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Turning on video during Microsoft Teams meetings – why, or why not?

  • Thoughts

I’ve used Microsoft Teams – mostly daily – since November 2016. That’s almost 3 years, and probably about 3 billion meetings, calls, chats and other messages over that time. I bought a Logitech BRIO 4K webcam last year, mainly to use it with Windows Hello-based authentication. That means I can just casually stroll to my study room, sit down and the computer unlocks automatically upon recognizing my face. It’s beyond great! The webcam comes equipped… Read More »Turning on video during Microsoft Teams meetings – why, or why not?

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Building an automated pipeline to keep my Amazon Kindle full of interesting content

I have several Amazon Kindle reading devices. The one that I use – almost daily – is the Kindle Oasis, from last year. Battery life is insane, as in “it’s never empty”, and rarely needs a recharge. Perhaps I’m not using it enough. I traded in my old and beaten Kindle from 2015 for this, and only paid about $100 for the upgrade while visiting in New York last summer. The problem is, however, that… Read More »Building an automated pipeline to keep my Amazon Kindle full of interesting content

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Thoughts on entrepreneurship and building a company

  • Thoughts

Tomorrow on September 5th is the Finnish national Entrepreneur’s Day. The fun and somewhat comical part is that it does not coincide with World’s Entrepreneurs’ Day, which was in August this year. In addition, in Finnish – which is my native language – the word entrepreneur is ‘yrittäjä.’ Don’t try to pronounce it, but what it literally means is ‘someone who tries.’ I’ve been a trier for 10 years and some months now. For me,… Read More »Thoughts on entrepreneurship and building a company

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I’ve got a newsletter now – in a modern email!

I like writing. I really, really, like authoring content. Currently, I have one book in progress, another one that I’m overseeing and a few more ideas brewing for future books. It’s great. There was a time, not too long ago, that I was afraid to open Microsoft Word. The white, blank page was scary and ruthlessly demanding. Not so anymore. I spent serious effort to understand how to put myself into a writing mode, without… Read More »I’ve got a newsletter now – in a modern email!

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Challenging myself with Microsoft’s Quantum Computing development tools and Q#

Every evening I read a book to my youngest son. He’s turning 2 later this year and loves books. Or perhaps it’s just his way of buying more time before going to sleep. We started with Astrophysics for Babies, back in 2018. Since then, we’ve read Newtonian Physics for Babies, Rocket Science for Babies, General Relativity for Babies and plenty more. One of his favorites is Quantum Computing for Babies: It’s pretty great! Taking a… Read More »Challenging myself with Microsoft’s Quantum Computing development tools and Q#

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Building a custom Twitter Analytics tool using .NET Core, Azure Storage, and Power BI

This week has been very productive for me. I’ve been running and thinking, and in the mornings I’ve written about my thoughts. Today is no different! I’ve been a Twitter user for 10 years now – I joined in May 2009. At first, I was a passive user, but in recent years I’ve given it more effort and I’ve found Twitter quite useful and valuable for myself. One thing that’s kept me awake all these… Read More »Building a custom Twitter Analytics tool using .NET Core, Azure Storage, and Power BI

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I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando this November!

  • Events

I’m overly happy and proud that I was selected as a speaker for the upcoming Microsoft Ignite 2019 event this November! The event takes place November 4-8 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. It’s going to be a massive event with over 1,000 sessions. This is my third time speaking at Ignite, and each time I’ve enjoyed the experience very much. It’s hectic, massive and memorable each year. I will be presenting… Read More »I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando this November!

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Building my own RSS feed generator using .NET Core and the new System.Text.Json assembly

It’s that time again! And by this I mean I was thinking of grabbing a cup of coffee, splashing out a few lines of code and have something useful come out. The way I seem to make learning easier for me is to build something. Many times when I’m in the middle of debugging some code, I realize the solution I’m about to build has probably been done a thousand times already, by more experienced… Read More »Building my own RSS feed generator using .NET Core and the new System.Text.Json assembly

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A look at Azure costs based on a real solution

  • How to

I’ve used and worked with Microsoft Azure for a decade now. Often I’m working in customer subscriptions, and don’t have to worry about the cost that much. Obviously many times customers are querying about long-term cost, and what operating expenses they should plan and budget for. My own Azure subscriptions are financed by myself, and I get some credits through the Microsoft MVP program also. I try to minimize services that cost more, and often… Read More »A look at Azure costs based on a real solution

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Everything is subscription-based – so how much am I paying for the services I use every month?

I wrote about closing down my Dropbox account last week. During the weekend I had some time to reflect back on that decision (for which I am still happy with), and also the amount of money I paid for Dropbox over the months. It was close to $1400 in total over 10 years, or so. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 10 years. For the first two years, I struggled, quite a bit, with making ends… Read More »Everything is subscription-based – so how much am I paying for the services I use every month?