Current projects as of spring 2008

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My current research areas are:
– Ridefree, a distributed traffic model where people participate in giving and receiving rides in metropolitan Helsinki area
– my software company http://www.jukkasoft.fi

The Ridefree project is taking a lot of time. I’m on the road making a model of current traffic near Helsinki. The area will be divided into segments, whose in- and out flow will be measured and then mathematical estimation patterns developed.
I’m also very interested in the nitty gritty ie. seeing how it feels to really drive in there and observe how people utilize vehicles. The forms taking place are taxi, bus, different forms of urban traffic (subway, rails, etc.)
Bought my first car couple of weeks ago, it’s a Volkswagen Golf III 2.0 liter.

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The home connector, my WLAN access point right after installation, sitting in the bedroom table.
These are marvellous piece of technology, one of the biggest inventions that have changed the
way we access data. Freedom is always good with IT! It’s really much about removing constraints
that are hindering us from getting things done. As long as the basic security is in place,
wireless LANs are great. They should not just be installed out of the box, but let somebody
with knowledge take care of the setup and also leave documents about what has been done.
I’m currently waiting for some better Internet connection from a Finnish telecom provider.
We have now a HomePNA connection (8/1 mbits) shared with about twenty apartments.

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This is the beginning of one future, the best day of my life.
We’re getting married here in September 2007.
What’s hanging behind the Jaguar are a keyboard and pair of sneakers.

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Saturdays are such a great time to take off my hands from the keyboard. It’s a slightly on the plus centigrade today, so I head off to a nearby gasoline station, and took the other car (a Ford Mondeo STW) to wash. Shell Tullinpuomi has this different kind of auto wash system. You drive a little bit in the, on a guided rail, shut your engine off, and leave the gears to neutral. Brakes are off. After turning off the engine, you can sit back and relax (and this time it really means it, so it’s not in the way Windows tells you can do it while the operating system installs).

The rails take your car slowly through the was sequence, and it feels like in a bath. First there’s some sprayed shampoo falling all over, then either a water cannon or a brush washes the car. Then you get a hairdryer of a bit larger capacity the one you use at the bathroom. It whirs while the drops of water start to form small capillary rivers.

I bought a cotton linen and some “trasseli” to make a hand waxing. It took about 30 minutes. The car looks better than ever. It feels different to drive a clean car. I hate to see our cyber companions in such muddy and bleak condition sometimes. 🙂

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