A look behind Finland’s job market

six-weeks vacation, decent working hours, and a stress free work environment Finland has created sounds great right? Unfortunately, the reality has become quite different. Unpaid overtime, extended work weeks, and never ending trial periods are a recent and growing phenomenon in Finland. Before coming to Finland I had a decent degree and some work experience…

Haptics: Understanding the Senses of Touch

I’ve been working on converting the following text I have written into video: Intro to Haptics: youtu.be/9FifA6rSkyg Thermoception: youtu.be/pi3jgGcFD24 Mechanoreception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj0XMJAGs_U Nocioception: Coming soon From mobile phones, video game consoles and personal computers, users are interacting with a multitude of interactive technologies on a daily basis. Interaction through touch is what we call haptics. Most of us likely…

Pancake dinner: Planning an Event

I have always enjoyed participating and organizing events wherever I’ve been. Back in Kentucky I had organized computer equipment donations throughout the region, and video-gaming activities for youth. In Chile I use to dress up as Santa to hand out gifts, and in 2010 when the earthquake hit, I provided network assistance wherever I could…

Wire your Network, Secure your Wi-Fi

It’s not unheard of for a family home to have a dozen networked devices. Home networking devices have been around as long as I can remember, as a kid I remember setting up a caching proxy server in order to share a slow dial-up connection. These days it is easier than ever to take advantage…

Finland Shuts Down: The Power of Unions.

Old article I wrote about the power of Unions in Finland: This Friday Finland will essentially shutdown. Flight traffic will stop, trains will no longer run, buses won’t be an option, the metro will stand still, and even the harbor will be on strike. Furthermore, Police and emergency services will run on minimal personnel, many…

Why is owning a car cheaper than public transportation? (Helsinki)

In any city that is trying to ensure quality air, reduced noise pollution, and alleviate heavy traffic, public transportation is part of the solution to these problems. Not too long ago a plan was proposed to eliminate traffic in the city center of Helsinki within ten years. Public transportation in the Helsinki region is very…

Finland Says NO to Racism

An old article I wrote on some events in Finland that lead to an anti-racism protest involving 15,000+ participants. The dream Recently Olli Immonen, a member of the Finnish parliament representing the Finns party posted some controversial ideas on Facebook which has opened up plenty of discussion. For those readers unaware, he poetically posted: “I’m…

How/Why Post articles to LinkedIn?

I am not a writer, nor have I ever had much interest in writing. Yet I post here, and I post articles to LinkedIn. So why do I and many others continue to do so? Is it because we have some unique perspective, special expertise, or strong opinion we feel needs to be shared throughout…

Relocating? – Is Your New Salary Worth It?

When it comes to whether or not to take a new job offer, salary tends to be a deciding factor. You’ll likely be asked for a salary request from the application stage. If not then, definitely during your first interview. I tend to avoid an answer at this early of a stage, a piece of…

Education and Technology Challenges in the U.S. (Kentucky)

In Kentucky schools continue to play an increasingly important role to the community. In an area where some students rely on the school system for their only two meals of the day, it is important to see that education is not the only focus for School Districts. The school system is also often one of…

Green IT – Save Your Organization’s Money and Reputation

As we continue to progress and understand our world to create a stronger future for generations to come, we are beginning to understand the environmental impact our energy needs have. It has become important to reduce energy consumption in all areas, from the individual consumer to all forms of industry. In the IT field this…

Wipe It! – Delete Deleted Data

It’s a common misconception that once having deleted your documents from your computer they are gone for good. Wrong. It doesn’t matter if you empty your trash bin or recycling bin, your old files may still be within a moment’s access. This is especially important when you are ready to sell your old laptop or…

Kali Linux – Penetration Testing for Everyone

It security has always been a hot topic. But how do you guarantee the security of your network, servers, or even individual workstations? You try to break in. Kali Linux is my tool of choice. Before it was rebuilt, Kali Linux used to go by the name BackTrack. As its successor Kali Linux continues to…

Backup Your Data!

There is no excuse not to backup your data.  Whether you have a collection of old family photos, writing your thesis, or holding onto client data, backups are crucial to ensure you don’t lose your precious data. In one of my previous IT jobs we used to run a RAID-5 array that was set-up to nightly…

Save $70k – Study Abroad

I wrote this article a while back ago. The statements are not quite true anymore as Finland will now be charging tuition for non-EU students.  The introduced cost here in Finland are quite high, and not very attractive at all. There are still many countries in the EU that do not charge tuition and have studies…

Foreign Service Specialist Interview Experience

My interview with the State Department was actually my first “real” interview. You know the kind with a suit, a tie, nice shoes and all those fancy accessories. It was a six hour ordeal. First an exam, followed by another exam, and a final interview. A point system was used to determine a successful interview….

Building Student Life in Finland

When I first moved to Finland to start my Master’s degree I had set an incredibly tight budget for myself: 300 Euros a month. I moved here with the savings I had made working minimum wage in the US. I didn’t know how long it would be until I would find a job, so I…

High Quality Pixels Explained (Joke post)

Recently Microsoft announced project scorpio, making the claim of the use of high quality pixels. Techno-babble that doesn’t mean much of anything and has been poked fun at for the last few days. This is my quick take on explaining “high quality pixels”.   With all the hype about high and low quality pixels, I…

Riding Cheap on the Viking Line.

Summer is here, Falls up next, and Winter is inevitable. Whatever the season, you want to travel cheap and to see the world. If you’re new here, and don’t speak Finnish or Swedish, you’ll jump on Viking Line’s website just to empty your wallet out on that day trip to Stockholm. To illustrate what I am…

Rounds 3 – 2 weeks for 100€

So, last weekend was just about our third round of buying 2 weeks of groceries for two people under 100€. I didn’t take any pictures or compile a list this time – maybe next time. Process is still the same – compile a list online, head out to the ethnic markets, stop by lidl, and…

Finland Spoiled Me

I sit here today sitting on a couple of Master’s degrees looking towards the future. Occasionally I receive an e-mail or a call from a recruiter in the US. An excellent opportunity, good pay, and great benefits? If I still lived in the US, yes. But now, not so much. The fact is, Finland spoiled…

Finland – A Sample of 500 Job Applications

When I first moved to Finland, I was set on finding a job to help support myself while I studied. Ideally I would be working back in an IT position, but it did not matter. Like many, I just needed work. Landing a job Finland is a hard place to find work. I’ve known many…

Arctic Delivery Boy – Finnish Work Experience

It’s -30 C (-22 F), A deep snow covers Helsinki on one of the coldest nights of the year. A night like many others as I prepare to spend it outdoors. I fill a thermos full of hot tea, pack a snack, put on my overalls and head out to work. The drop-off point isn’t…

Mechanoreception: The Sense of Pressure

Haptics – The Senses of Touch – Part 3 – Mechanoreception: The Sense of Pressure     If you haven’t check out: Part 1: Intro to Haptics youtu.be/9FifA6rSkyg Part 2: Thermoception – the sense of temperature youtu.be/pi3jgGcFD24 Pressure as a tactile response offers a fast and highly accurate interface of information transmission, particularly in the…

Short walk

Another short walk. Now trying to finish up on the next video on haptics – mechanoreception. Mechanoreception is our sense of pressure. In haptics it’s what we all feel when we feel our phones vibrate or a gamepad shake.

Video: planning the 100€ budget

Just a quick video on planning the 100€ per person a month budget. Part of keeping a budget is proper planning. We are two people. One vegan. One not. We decided months ago that our grocery budget for the two of us would be 200€ a month That’s 100€ every two weeks. We’ll shop every…

Haptics, Senses of Touch – Part 2: Thermoception

  Temperature Part two of my intro to haptics and the senses of temperature. Check out the video, or read below to learn more. Let’s take a look at the sense of temperature. Temperature is of particular interest as it can be used in order to intensify perception of other variables of touch.  For example,…

A quick ride

It’s summer once again here in Finland, which is more like a long spring. The weather was nice so we went out for a bike ride through the park. One of the nice things here is that you are never too far from nature no matter where you are. At the moment I’m working on…

Pancake, cake, and brownies

I spent the night preparing pancakes, cake and brownies. Makes for a good breakfast sweet, or a nice dessert. These are quick and large recipes meant to last you through the week. I suggest you refrigerate the mix for later use, or cook it all and freeze it for a quick microwavable treat. I am…

Prepaid: DNA vs Elisa vs Sonera vs TeleFinland – Price comparison

Updated August 6th, 2016 – TeleFinland Unlimited Monthly(20€) and Weekly(10€) data packages Update November 24th, 2016 –  DNA has upped their Data rate to 300 Mbps at the same pricing. (Graphic not updated) By request, here is a chart of prepaid options and fees. I hope I got all the info here right, as a…