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Synzkä-piknikki

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HOX! Keliarpojilla putos kolikko toiselle kyljelle, nyt on luvassa sadetta. Seurataan tilannetta ja pysytään rauhallisina. Suunnitelma Bollingeria pohditaan tarvittaessa.

HOX II! Joo nyt taas paistaa. Väliäkö hällä. Pian se nähdään. Ehkä jo sunnuntaina saavat ennusteenkin kohdalleen.

HOX IIIIIHH! Vettä! Märkää! Iiiih! Ulkoiloittelu vaarassa! Tai pikemminkin mäellä!! Niin siis arvon asiakkaat, pohdimme suurissa mielissämme että jos keli ei vakaannu aurinkoiselle puolelle niin siirtäkäämme lejriä lähemmäs katettua tilaa eli tuohon tähtitörnin mäelle. Voidaan jekuttaa keliä ottamalla välillä satunnaisia spurtteja kohti mun kämppää.

Jos keli kuitenkin paranee niin voidaan hypätä lauttaan.

HOXIS! Fiudat tääl mitää ala sataan. Mut eisemidist, otetaa ny silti toi tähtis ettei kelit muutu.

Kaikki saa liittyä seuraan lauantaina 27.6. suokkiin tähtitorninmäelle jos aurinko-povaukset pitää jotensaki kutinsa.

Hieman jos viettelisi suurieleetöntä synttäriä siinä ohessa.

Hissimusat hostin puolesta ja jos ei sillä päihdy+kylläzy niin kandee pakkaa eväxiä mukaan. Ja äänet tosiaan pihistetään näistä mun työpöytäpurkeista, ei mitää isostelua siinäkään.

Lahjoituksia ei oteta vastaan. (En kannata ostos kexuxia.) Panostakaa omaan viihtyvyyteenne.

Leiripaikka tarkentuu jossain vaiheessa, mahdollisesti jo ennen sunnuntaiaamua. Järjestyksenvalvojia karkaillessa voi myös vaihtua pitkin iltaa.

Eli neljäks tai jälkeen inee, viimeistään kahden lautalla lentää pihalle.

Kesiä ainakin! (tai, muodossa yksikön kolmannen persoonan indikatiivin preesens, kesii!)

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June 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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My Musical Taste

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Well, less open than age average, but at least more open than finnish average, 103 vs. 98 vs. 93…

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October 11, 2007 at 12:22 am

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Joined Jaiku

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Eventually. Contacts welcome.

The IM interface is the killerest, thanks guys. It feels like the way Jaiku should be used, 140 char input really doesn’t need a web page.

Update 10/09: And at the very last time: Jaiku got bought by Google, and they’re invite-only currently.

Congratulations, guys! That’s awesome!

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October 7, 2007 at 5:21 pm

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Dreaming of Control

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Rosenberg’s Law: Software is easy to make, except when you want it to do something new. And then, of course, there is a corollary: The only software that’s worth making is software that does something new.

— Rosenberg, p. 268

I just finished reading “Dreaming in Code” with some mixed feelings. It was really good as a story book, but entertainment was pretty much all it had to offer. I had hoped a little more; new stimuli for improving project management, not just to confirm the average case. The book described a lot of “don’t do this”-stuff, but the “do this instead” was missing.

The bulk of the content was a well-written story about the early history of OSAF, and it’s project Chandler. While it was some easy reading, the project was yet another incident of unclear plans and execution. So it wasn’t that helpful, just (somewhat) entertaining.

The last third of the book was more interesting as there was listed some of the most accurate and interesting observations from the history of computer science and practice. Still, even if the quotes were very interesting reading, it didn’t educate much. Programming methodologies and technologies have advanced a lot in half a century, but, although some later developments are also described in the book, the main focus in the book was just in verifying the unfortunate state of an average software project with less-than-optimal practises.1

However, it was a very fine story book! A must read for managers and relatives, not so for programmers themselves.

Joel Spolsky was quoted several times, and I must include this quote here as it describes one of the most important aspects of my aspiration for being an entrepreneur in software product business:

Craftsmanship is, of course, incredibly expensive. The only way you can afford it is when you are developing software for a mass audience. Sorry, but internal HR applications developed at insurance companies are never going to reach this level of craftsmanship because there simply aren’t enough users to spread the extra cost out. For a shrinkwrapped software company, though, this level of craftsmanship is precisely what delights users and provides longstanding competitive advantage, so I’ll take the time and do it right.

— in ‘Craftsmanship

(Delivery as shrink-wrapped is essentially the same as delivery as a service.)

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PS. a three-page excerpt of the book available here.

1) Perhaps the main message of the book was that software projects are hard to manage; thus the title.

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August 19, 2007 at 2:08 pm

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Define Excellence

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The principles of lust // Are easy to understand
Do what you feel // Feel until the end
The principles of lust // Are burnt in your mind
Do what you want // Do it until you find // Love

— in “Principles of Lust” by Curly M.C. et al. (1990)

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June 24, 2007 at 3:07 pm

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Working

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FYI, I’ve been and will be working for an outside project for a moment. Here.

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June 16, 2007 at 5:28 pm

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Battlestar, Crossroads

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Oh my god. The latest1 Battlestar Galactica episode just rock. (Well, ok, a major minus from not having any neat space action.) They burned a whole lot of plot in the end—I guess it was about time—but oh it was beautiful! Couldn’t have been executed any better. And I loved the soundscape. Balls.

My sincere congratulations. I thank you for handling my emotional investment with care, again.

Screenshot Battlestar Galactica, season 3, episode 20

(Regarding the picture: no, they didn’t reach Earth (yet?). I hate spoilers, and I try to avoid offering any. I never even watch any trailers.)

1) Update: Yeah, it was the season 3 finale. Now we’re up to a liiitle waiting…

PS. Has anyone else packed their luggage for the Gliese 581 yet? I guess we have consumed this ball already…

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May 1, 2007 at 11:44 pm

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