Assembler – long time no see

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I recently installed the assembler editing and compiling environment
for my PC. It’s MASM, freely available over the Internet. I am looking
forward to doing some coding with it, mainly going to implement basic
algorithms like trees and sorting in the language. It is always a challenge
to make complicated things in such low level language, and one might
be very tempted to just suck the source code from a site, but I think it’s
the intellectual puzzle and curiosity as to “whether I can do it” which
drives me forward.

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testing HTC phone

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Test-driving the HTC phone.
I got one from office, and test driving it currently. It’s got a Windows Mobile 6.1
The user interface tries to emulate pretty much of Windows, and thus brings familiarity
to the use. But because I am brainwashed to be a Nokia person, it’s somehow difficult
at first to grasp the new concept.
This is just the initial feelings of what I’ve gathered and experienced so far.
– the phone’s form factor (shape) and weight is nice. It’s a little bit like my current
Nokia e71
– the black colour and materials used are also good looking and they seem quite robust
– rounded corners feel good, in hand and in pocket
– screen is not very responsive, ie. misses some taps with the stylus; but when you get
used to this you can do much better.

More to come. This is update 1, on 29.11.2009

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The lovely truth about entrepreneurship

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I was working two years as independent consultant back in 2006-2007, and still have the
company as idle one; it can be reactivated at a short notice, and I’m back in business.
I like to tell you my experiences so far. So, let’s take a roll back over to 1998. I
had been graduating from the military (conscription), and received officer training
there. My alma mater, Helsinki University of Technology (soon Aalto University) was
a place of a lot of enthusiasm, new people, boring maths lectures, and interesting
algorithms and neuroscience lectures. I enjoyed every moment of it, until I got somehow
distracted by the reality: working life. It was the 2000s IT hype, and I got into a
company coding with Java. We were pretty novice people, but learned at incredible pace
since our vision and goals were set. We wanted to devour information, turn it into code,
and keep up with technology. Java was quite simple with its API library, compared to
today. Web was quite stable, though I think that java server pages were already invented.
Linux was a new guy in town, with hardcore freaks tweaking it to do things that didn’t
impress most people. The campus was going in a routine pace at weekdays, but thriving
with activity in the weekends. There’s just so many memorable parties that I attended.
TKK taught me many lessons, but not exactly always in the lecture halls; more in
outside world actually. It was human interaction, curiosity, ideas, sometimes very
crazy ideas that got small spinoffs breathing. The guys that were sitting in class,
suddenly were sitting at office doing their favorite thing: development and convincing
customers that the thing they’re working on is going to improve business processes of
the client.

Some ideas thrived, some died. People shifted from company to another. Typically tech
people tend to stay 1-4 years in one place, then migrating to other companies. There
are exceptions, but this is just my intuitive statistics engine churning out solutions.

Now I’m in a kind of crossroads and upwards mobile development phase, and love it totally.
Into challenging projects and developing my own pet project. It’s pure fun, even though
my heart punds pretty heavily on weekdays. I get kicks out of having the possibility
to make an impact and contact people; think about what is the problem we have to solve,
how to do it, what kind of resources to put on it, how to motivate; propagate, investigate,
and execute. Get early feedback and act on that. Make milestones for projects also.
Because in the middle of a “whirl”, the red thread is important to maintain. Always focus,
even though the time slot would be 30 minutes at a time. Make it your best 30 minutes, feel
the flow, and go in with it. It feels so much better than just severe multitasking.

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Upcoming USA trip in 2010 summer, meet up?

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USA trip 2010 (planned, version 1.0)

14 days in western USA, crossing to east and meet people & see things in
a short period. I’ve been once to Las Vegas, in the Comdex computer fair in
2000 or so. It was magnificent experience. We won the best looking presenter
award thanks to our lovely ladies, not the sweaty nerds 😉 Good memories!

Rent a Porsche 911, and bring home one Dodge -69 7.2Liter for a friend.
– auto costs 3500 dollars
– Porsche Boxster Sv6 295hp (a’la $250/day)
– hostels total 650 dollars for the whole trip
– food 500 dollars
– see indian reservoirs
– meet at least Danielle and Gretchen
– see Google campus in San Francisco
– mail me at (jukka.paulin) @ gmail.com if you’re along the way, or in
the same direction. Would be great to meet! I’m open both to business
and just leisure time.
– representing Genusync Finnish branch office (web projects), looking
for prospective clients always
– my own project Tuokko will be introduced if you want, you can see
it at http://tuokko.blogspot.com

Thoughts

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Some thoughts in a bachelor box. I’m engaged in a deep
thought session; there’s a C# programming language book
in the background, my current project in computer science.
It’s been a refreshing period of New things coming lately,
and got my car back from maintenance. The Tuokko project
has also taken a lot of time. I’m so thrilled with it,
and getting good feedback and tips from veteran entrepreneurs.
Days are filled pretty much with creating, sketching, and
coding. Plus ad-hoc marketing and recruiting people to the
project. I love this period of life.

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Mind the Box.

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The picture is taken from London, a park where I just had to jump over the fence
to get to the other side of the box. Jumping is fun, even though at this age
you tend to think that it’s not appropiate. But heck, I did it. And no straints.

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The Message

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The Message matters. ‘Viesti’, or message in finnish, is happening right now
in this picture. There’s a guy offering information probably about a volunteering
or charity organization. He’s engaging in street level action. This phenomena has
increased a lot in Finland during the early 21st century. It’s probably a good
tool in the vast array of communications that we have available nowadays.

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D-wok in Helsinki: excellent food!

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If you want good wok and other chinese stuff, do definitely pay a visit
to the D-wok in Kamppi, center of Helsinki. D-wok offers great food, and
it’s served quickly. They have nice customer service, excellent taste,
and quite a good selection of daily papers; usually business magazine
Kauppalehti plus Helsingin Sanomat.

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