My dissappointing Google phone interview

GOOGLE! Internationally revered tech giant One day out of the blue google e-mails me To ask for a phone interview. To, well, go out and work in the middle of nowhere. Apparently they have a hard time finding people to go out and work at a data center out in the middle of nowhere. But…

Cheap online glasses (Zenni Optical Review)

Glasses. I’ve been needing glasses for a while, and on occasion here in finland eyeglass stores get hyper competitive offering free eye exams to everyone. So I got a new prescription and jumped on zenni optical. There’s a few Online shops for glasses, but I’ve bought from these guys before, and I’ve been happy 36…

5 dollar controller review

So today I’ve got two cheap controllers to show off. A generic usb controller, and a generic xbox compatible usb controller Let’s start with the xbox compatible controller – it looks identical to the official xbox controller down to nearly every detail. But no promonent X on the central home button And no inscription on…

Safety Critical Technology Design

Continuing on the topic of safety, we look at “Tangible Multimodal Interfaces for Safety Critical Applications” by P. Cohen and D. Mcghee on the topic of Safety-Critical applications [CoM04]. These researchers look at some of the challenges facing integration of multimodal systems in safety critical industries such as military and hospital use in the year…

Haptics: Designing Multimodal Interfaces

We’ve been talking about haptics, our sense of touch, and how it ties in with technology now and in the future. But so far we’ve taken these unique senses, heat, pressure and temperature individually. But we need another aspect to consider Multimodal interfaces. Each channel of reception or feedback is a modality, whether this is…

Fixing a logitech mouse nano unifying receiver

I’ve been having an issue with my m305 Logitech mouse cutting in and out. I would have to wiggle the receiver to just the right position… and if I was lucky it would work until the next day. It got frustrating to the point that I really couldn’t use the mouse. After a bit of…

Elitebook 900 review

The elitebook 900 by hewlett Packard I have a cheap laptop. Our main machine. Where I video edit. Where I play the games that I can. And where I work. Shared with my wife. She really needed a device of her own. For her needs. She wanted a tablet. Something to slip in a bag…

The windows phone in 2018

The windows phone! It wasn’t long ago that I became part of The 1% The elite. The unique. Windows phone users. Oh. I know. We’re late to the party Microsoft is quiet on the future of WP With no new hardware as of recent, and nothing but rumors to follow. Look. I was never attracted…

Haptics: Material Identification

Haptics. Our sense of touch. It’s how we interact with our world, and soon it might be part of the way we interact with virtual worlds. Think about this, our hand typically has a resting temperature between 25 and 36 degrees Celsius (That’s 77 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit). Usually warmer than the world around us. Because…

Old Renders

Some old renders I created about a decade ago. And with that, I believe all content new and old has been transferred over from my old domain. I hope you enjoy this mess of old and new content.

MAKING A FLASH GAME

If you ever wanted to make a simple flash game, here is a guide I made back in 2009. Flash isn’t too popular anymore. In under 30 easy steps Running Macromedia Flash 8 1. Turn you computer on, and log onto your desktop 2. Click on Start So you’ve booted up your computer and logged…

campus-wide wireless solution

An old incomplete article from 2009 based on the implementation of a campus wide wireless network solution. There are no real plans at the moment of completing the article. Even though the technologies involved are out of date the techniques involved are still valid. Incomplete. Implementation of a campus-wide secure wireless internet solution on a…

Multimedia Content Delivery over LANs and WANs

This project was done as my Capstone project for my Bachelor’s completed in 2009 Executive Summary Whether it is for a long distance business meeting, long-distance learning, or communicating with family, video and audio communication have become a crucial part of everyday life in today’s fast-paced world. For my project I set out to research,…

Old flash Games

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Berries – Last post of old blog

  This was the very last post of my old blog. Posted in August 2013. I felt it needed to be reposted as a journey and experience for others to look through. It may be sparse at times, but I do hope the imagery is enough to build a tale of sorts. It was written…

Animation

Posted from 2012-2013 Some look at the progress I made through the year. At a later point I will post a reel of the progress made.   A character that is ready to be animated first modeling of the course

1 Exam done, 1 course and a Thesis left.

Posted August 2013 That is if I passed the exam. It’s a course I’ve been trying to avoid taking as I feel it’s a subject matter I can read on my own. I’ll find out if I’m right soon enough. If not, that leaves 2 courses. One in the Computer Science department, and the other…

Importance of an offsite back-up

I recently replaced my Hard Disk with an SSD drive to speed up my computer’s performance. I had two extra hard drives laying around and I thought I’d pair them together in a RAID setup to increase performance… problem was those two drives consisted of my primary back-up as well as a redundant secondary back-up…

An effective residence council.

Posted August 2013 Over the last few weeks I’ve had a couple of impressed members of other residence councils reach out to me to look at how our community here is managed. When I first came in as vice-president the entire decision making process was inefficient and burdensome. Our council was not much different than…

Value of a Worker: How Finnish wages are simply more valuable

Posted July 2013 Salary negotiations are inevitable in any sort of job interview. It got me thinking, what am I valued at today? As it seems my best bet at finding IT related work still seems to be in the US, it seems necessary to compare the basic living standard in Finland with that of…

For the Thesis

The prototype represents a phone with various inputs and outputs. The idea is to study how users interact with the device. Still needs guidance to become a completed Thesis.  

Cones and Cream

Posted June to July 2012 Porvoo. It’s nice when your guests drive you around. Graduation doesn’t look to be far off, the question is, what next? As I remember when I first arrived I had told my adviser I was planning on taking my time… maybe four…. five years. Time moves fast. 95 credits out…

Garden Conclusion

Posted April 2013 The garden goes. But why? It seemed no organization could give a clear answer. In general it was a “because we said so” attitude. I sent the story to the student union and they went to look further into the matter. After a couple of weeks worth of emails, the conclusion turned…

Thesis – Arduino

Posted April 2013 Reminds me of the micro-controller classes I had to do for my bachelor’s. This year is the first time I’ve been able to play around with the arduino and I am impressed. I can’t remember what device I had learned to programme, but I remember much of it was done in assembly…

Memories

Posted April to May 2013 Vappu Old graphics card died

Good-bye Garden

Posted April 2013 The top photo is the typical state in which tenants receive their balconies in our building. Sometimes in better condition, and sometimes in worse. The bottom is a photo of my balcony. A winter gardening project that proves that urban gardening is possible. The condition of the apartment received in the top…

repainted

Posted April 2013 In the winter I ride around in a mountain bike with under inflated tires. Now that the summer is coming (3 degrees Celsius outside), I decided to clean up and retouch my summer bike last night. Ended up repainting it, finishing up with a couple coats of wax today. Now I just…

Is it worth growing food at home?

Posted March 2013 Here you go. I would say in Finland, in the winter, as an individual, no. But then again, what if this were incorporated into buildings and households? would it then be more cost effective? Waste heat gets sucked back into living spaces to create less waste. Transportation costs are reduced. who knows…

Imported food

As I live the life of luxury these days, I decided I’d order some international cuisine. The most common place American food items come across as a new and foreign taste here in Finland. Turns out Amazon UK ships groceries to Finland free of charge. Cream soda, root beer, cereals and real peanut butter to…

Restart

Posted February 2013 Eight community events on the calendar this week. A year ago our goal had been to have at least one event a month. Up from 2-4 in years past. Its not just more events, but a higher level of community involvement. Glad to see how this student residence has evolved over the…

Highschool Diploma

Posted February 2013 With my Master’s nearing its end, I need to prepare for what comes next, whatever that may be. Work in a degree related job is what I think most are pursuing and would rather expect. Personally I came to the conclusion that if I am going to continue to study, it would…

Hobbies – indoor garden

Posted January 2013 Most job applications have a little section asking about your hobbies. Just to fill in the blank, I usually I just put down Biking and cooking as my hobbies. I find biking to be as much as a hobby as riding the bus to school. At first a way to reduce my…

Closing shop

Posted January 2013 Decided tonight to stop offering Finnish candy online. It was a means to help cover a little of my cost of living when I first moved to Finland. With part-time work and studies, it is just not worth the time anymore. It was a good experience. Something to add to my wealth…

Year at an end

Posted December 2012 Merry Christmas! Here we had a big feast with neighbors. Played a game of capture the flag outdoors with a good snowball fight. What am I doing now? Looking at future possibilities once again. Now is the time to apply for Universities around Finland if I plan to begin studies anew. With…

Age

Posted December 2012 A week ago I get a rejection letter for an internship from a multinational corporation on the basis that I am not a student…. All my efforts to get through to someone are to no avail. Phone calls get forwarded to nowhere and e-mails wait for a response. Reminds me that nearly…

Bye Bye Laptop

Posted November 2012 Laptop finally died. It was sort of expected, the graphics card had been showing signs of degradation over the past year. That and having had the LCD fail, it was sort of time to move on to a different machine. To think, this laptop has seen the world, been in a dozen…

Re-thinking

Posted October 2012 The second study period has started. The break week turned out nice, I had organized a 3-day cruise to Stockholm for residents here, along with some activities on return. I had forgot my Aalto classes were still in session, but happen to have a professor kind enough to redo the lesson so…

Backlight dead + fireshow + empanadas

Well, just had our first Ida party + a little fire show to break the rhythm. I think all attendants enjoyed themselves. Backlight on my screen went dead…. I’m thinking it might be the inverter, so until a new one arrives you can see my temporary solution. (big lamp behind the screen) We’ve been organizing…

Now that I’m rich…

Posted August 2012 It’s the way me and a friend start every sentence these days. Both landed a job just around the same time. A job, any job, the most basic work in Finland pays generously. You’re getting paid this much?? For doing what?? Lies. But it’s the reality here. A nice, comfortable reality. Just…

Deer

Posted August 2012 Already getting questions from exchange students that are on their way over here. Summer is just about over. At night here in Helsinki you see plenty of rabbits, porcupines, the occasional fox, and this morning a couple of deer. One interesting achievement. All accounts accounted for… the past twelve months came in…

Thesis and Update

Posted May-July 2012 A quick week of intensive courses in Petrozavodsk. A nice quiet city by the lake. Now I’ve started working on this Software Factory work experience course to get a taste of software development. When did this happen? Already half-way through my studies with only a pair of mandatory courses left… which means…

Inventory

Posted April 2012 Snowing again. I have always found the snow pleasant and am still waiting to see if there will ever be a day I tire of it. So. Homework as always. Exams as always. Here, still waiting on word for traineeships and internships. An application to be a newspaper delivery boy is in…

One last visit

Posted April 2012 Just when we thought the winter was over 🙂 A pleasant surprise. No graham crackers around here, but these will do. Smores. For all those who have never tried one. Yes, there’s chocolate in there. My room has grown a little character in the last year hill was too steep ‘ vappu

Trainee

(Posted Feb-Mar 2012) I’ve had an amazing winter, and can’t be but a bit disappointing that it is soon coming to an end. New study period starting up means new courses, new projects. If I ever get around to posting more… well… I’ll post more. Twice I’ve visited Rovio’s offices, and on each occasion I’ve…

Warm Day

(Posted January-February 2012) Well, busy days. Had an interview with Rovio. Left thinking, wouldn’t it be something if I worked there. Took a quick shot of this evening’s sunset, and back to studies. oh. and also set up a quick page for the student housing group, just to get things started Homemade brownies commute to…

Study Plan

(Posted December 2011) I’ve noticed some of the other students have posted their study plans along with their current progress online. So here. It’s posted. My study plan with my progress (No longer Posted – Studies complete). I decided to take an easy start; told my coordinator I’m in no hurry. Studies here are no…

Apply to all jobs

(Originally posted December 2011) I’ve been trying to find a job for about a year now. Researching companies, writing personalized letters, trying to get a start. It hasn’t really worked. Especially as I am far from Finnish fluency, interest dies away quickly. So. In frustration. I had the great idea of applying to every job…