Semi-Digital Finnish bureaucracy

Ten years ago I had been dreaming of a paperless office for couple of years already. Today once again I was inspired by the fact that the current state of affairsis making me postpone things. Recently, I talked to a young EU specialistwho had been making a stint of 5 years in Belgium. We had …

Tech gone bad – travel card kludgism

This article contains two main branches. First I’m going to talk aboutthe misjudgments somebody made in the design of a Finnish traveling card,and in the latter part I’m ranting about tech in general, but mobilesand new services in specific. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious when something has been designed badly, orin a user-hostile way. I was …

the next 50 years – comments about possible technological and other advances

Reading Thomas Sowell’s books about economics is refreshing for a technocrat like me.He’s an american economist, born in 1930. Sowell likes to write text which is understandable to common man, yet he brings out distinguished phenomena of economics in very interesting way. Those kinds of books and their acute findings about even very counter-intuitivephenomena happening …

The summer is going on, having left the hot periods and now more ordinary rainy season

I’ve been virtually (literally) going through machines and technology at the hospital. Reading is a pastime of high priority. Finnish magazine Kotitietokone keeps me updated about what’s around with the consumer segment. New memory card readers, multimedia harddisks, laptops and GPS navigators to mention a few. The computer world has really commercialized in about 10 …

the evaluation of Finnish IT projects on a national level

This statement by the NAO (National Audit Office, ‘Valtiontalouden tarkastusvirasto’ in Finnish) does not give high credits to the impact of public-led information technology projects. It states that – the concrete impacts on local geographic levels have been mild, compared tothe substantial financial bets placed in these projects– the goals set in these IT projects …