the future is here – and only 8 months old

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Here’s the future. You see her above this text.
I usually talk a lot about future, and it’s only now I realized she’s the one.
She will be skipping a lot of tech generations, which I have used. She won’t be much bothering
with a certain piece of equipment by Commodore Business Machines – instead she will start playing
probably with Apple’s or Nokia’s toys.

It would be really interesting to have even a glimpse into the actual selections she will make.
I have honestly no idea. Of course it is early to tell, since she is less than year old.
Ok, she will have better laptops and way more cool cellphones, with better mobile services.
I can definitely track her via GPS, and keep sending those irritating messages which warn of
the dangers of the world. And she will come up perhaps with a way of blocking daddy. This
advise will come from her peers, either via a social network or face to face.

She won’t be too interested in IP numbers or antivirus software. But she will be somewhat aware
of what’s cool and what’s not – I’ll teach the tech enough to keep her from fumbling.

What inspired me to think about the situation in my family, was this:

Why our ‘amazing’ science fiction future fizzled – CNN.com

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Summer feelings – a pictorial

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It’s impossible for me to have such eloquent words that would properly describe
the beauty of summer. So let the pixels talk for themselves.

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Hot Sunday, 29 celsius in Helsinki

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It was a day to be expected. By Friday I’d got the news that Sunday would be extremely hot.
The centigrades rose to 29 degrees. We headed down to Linnanmäki amusement park. Due to me
lacking an ID badge (it was a company-only private occasion from 10-13) we didn’t get in
yet. My social engineering skills weren’t adequate, so to say 😀

But no problem, later on in the day we went strolling around the park and it was fun.
It was the first time I skipped all the equipment but enjoyed good company instead. Our
daughter was delighted and behaved spectacularly.

I started writing about the overall network speed of Internet. It’s an interesting question,
and I need to get more background information from it before writing anything.

The weekend went really fast. Doesn’t it always? 🙂

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Future, part XXIII ?!

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WARNING: extremely confusing post. 😀

Creating your own mobile presence is pretty easy with Gypsii, brought to you by an ex-Benefon company turned into GeoSentric. It was recommended by a friend, and I started using it. More and more! This could be the thing I had been searching for many years. I wrote about a social media product with the title BrainDiary. It was during a multimedia course in Helsinki Univ. of Technology. Combining the story-telling part with automatic mobile presence (=location) it really gets interesting.

I’ve kept diary for a long time. I was thinking one day that this whole blogging trend is basically transforming your diary into public bits. It’s about writing, revealing, discussing, arguing, and having fun.

I am going to reveal something to you: I tend to write a couple of afternoon each week in a cafe in Helsinki. It’s a kind of way for me to invent fresh thoughts, let go of the steam accumulated during the week, and also I honestly believe that just by writing you are participating in something Bigger. Nobody can tell what it is; blogosphere, global consciousness, whatever.

When I don’t read blogs and news, I feel kind of missing seriously on the world. I can skip ordinary mainstream news, but blogs are pretty important part of my life. They seem to have more of an editorial view in many occasions. And there’s definitely a persona behind one. News corporations do have people working, but they’re
taking this work-role, naturally. It’s an interesting difference nevertheless.

Sitting at the cafe sparks many thoughts. I look at people passing by, eating, shopping, discussing. It reminds me a little of the holidays in Italy early in
my life, when part of the trip was the experience of… well, sitting at cafes!

Scratchpad – these things would make me happy:
* a good single sign on system for the Web
* easier user interface to Gypsii – faster to use
* phones that would start to suggest useful things, like route optimizations
* getting rid of paper – in favor of bits
* lighter laptops
* remote battery charging for devices

In the year 2039, we are partly scanners. People walk with 3d scanning beams coming
out of their eyes or other parts. These make sense of the environment.
When you see something interesting, you can instantly follow up on it in the
virtual world: load a web page, or store the point into further reference.
Safety in all meanings of the word becomes number one issue for city dwellers.
Cities become carefully crafted entities, where it’s fun to live. The ecosystem
works extremely efficiently, yet without a stress-creating effect.
We have recording devices, which can alleviate crime. But these systems
also encompass an intelligent system that preserves privacy of individuals.
We have access control mechanisms to the visual data.
Laws are decided by a new mechanism, which enables people to better participate
in the governing of their own lives. We get news feed about parliamentaty
debate and decision-making. We no longer have to randomly pick a candidate in
elections; we can use hard statistics to back up our decision.

being social – security viewpoint

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Elements of security

A very short memo about what security in a company means.

Importance of Sociability
– being a learned person, but lonely: so much information to draft through each day; task impossible; 1,000,000 viruses and increasing. New kinds of tricks: social engineering, technical bugs, vulnerabilities, spamming, malware, etc.
– loneliness also increases the likelihood that a social scam will work: people who don’t interact, don’t know the latest scams going around.
– social activity increases the possibility to learn new things. It’s what has kept humanity alive and developing for millions of years
– modern tribes may be virtual: a sysadmin feels closest kinship with fellow sysadmins around the world

=> companies should make sure that people also engage in interactions. Preferably
facial, but virtual interactions can be useful too. The better people know each
other, the more they form integral networks, where trust exists. Too many unknowns
mean cumbersome co-operation and also due to lack of trust, there’s probably
a lot of duplicate work being done.

The problem is that many organizations are shattered in the social sense. There are tight, small clusters of people; and in addition to that, there are many outsourced persons, etc. The old-fashioned family business type of model no longer exists. So if there’s a social engineer (somebody who wants to con information) he has a high probability of cutting it.
At least once.

Where does it lead? Security and competence problems. If there’s no mentor-attitude, the newcomer may be quite lost. People working under pressure and feeling the expectations for fresh meat may do critical errors early on in their careers;
giving out passwords to people who should never know these; revealing otherwise
sensitive information to someone who demands it. Etc.

ease of readability and content – info for blogs

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Do you remember the time that word processors had this legibility and grammar indexes, calculated for each document? You could easily determine basically how difficult
the text would be to read.

Introduce this to blogs!!! Use case: I’m heading home in a bus, want to read
some easy and entertaining texts. I could choose such blog entries by
weeding out the candidates using the index.

Anyone? Some linguistics expert company?

first day at the new job

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It was a start for new job today. Of course due to non-disclosure I’ll
keep most details inside, but suffice it to say that it was an interesting
day. I am going into full action on Wednesday, with first real customer
cases unfolding. I made my own work laptop a bit more customized, meaning
that it now has Chrome as the browser.

According to Murphy’s law, it was well into late afternoon that actual work came available. Well, setting apart some complications with software that I’d never
like to see, the installation went well. We countered some well-known “features”
that make the installation procedure bit more complex. But of course, it’s
good that these exceptions really are known know. I used to fight with the same
issue for many, many days 2 years ago.

The house holds a lot of experience, in fact it’s probably the most
experienced people I’ve worked with. With an average career length of
over 15 years, it’s quite exceptional in IT. (Is it? If you have
countering knowledge, let me know).

What is a little troubling is the complexity of traveling. With bus,
it’s not your average walk in the park. My role includes occasionally
going between sites within the same day, and this holds a challenge.

P.S. our management does blog! 🙂

Logging out,
/J

writing about internet law as exercise

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I’ve got a couple of exercises which involve the decisions by both
The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman and Justice Ministry in Finland. Let me tell you, I’ve never been an enthusiastic follower for things that involve law. I think they are mostly really boring, compared to new technology. But reading some cases and thinking them through is actually interesting. I will not study law as a major, it’s only a minority detail in my studies, so getting the spirit of law, and understanding why certain decisions are made, is crucial. With a sample of 3 exercises this will not yet happen, though, but a sense rises of what is there to be expected. And if I’d tackle any real case, I would make sure proper professional law services would be available for me to use.

A sample case goes like this:
Mr. A had borrowed a digital photo taken by B, and used it in a sales ad he placed in certain web-based service. B wanted a fee of 400 euros, because A had used the photo without his permission. The jury decided that since B took so many almost-similar photos of the target, the photo was not particularly unique. And thus A was in no
obligation to pay anything.

Tomorrow starting a new job. I know more when the day has passed. It’s definitely
IT, and involves several clients in the 3 month period. I figured the best way to get there tomorrow morning, taking the bus. The routes are simpler than I thought, which is definitely plus.

We’re also developing with a friend some pre-stages of the aforementioned Tuokko transportation
service. It’s really fun to just give ideas the wings; even though there’s no
prototype and it’s all in talks, I enjoy the mental work. Just going “in the wild”,
meaning keeping your eyes open while shopping, gives material for the requirements
specifications. It’s after all a lot of negotiations and making sure all the parties involved get their motivation. What’s it all about is being smart; recognizing the needs, recognizing our greatest problems (which may well be non-IT) and keeping our mind open. We haven’t set any timeframes yet. It may take 6 months, or it may take several years for a first working prototype. Or it may not happen at all, that’s a possibility too.

It’s going to be busy for a while now, with studying (Microsott C#) and working at the same time, but not for long. The studies cease for summer.. I’ll try and write more this week. Tomorrow I’ll probably be too busy to do that. Which reminds me
of a good question my friend posed: “How the hell do you have so much digital
presence?”
I was a freelancer at the time, and honestly it meant that I had more than enough
free time 🙂