Album art vs. search box

I’ve been using Spotify for a long time now, practically from the beginning it was available in Finland. Today I unsubscribed. Why? Glad you asked!

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Habits & focus, my nemesises

Getting excited and starting new things is always super easy for me. I tend to get easily excited and quickly burnt out and lose interest on things that just don’t stick. One example is video games; I have a quite respectable collection of PS3 games that I have started but are now gathering dust in the closet. In case of games continuing them gets even harder when time passes, as it’s often hard to recall the controls (the tutorials are long gone) and remember what was happening during the storyline.

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Investing in WordPress

Yes, thank you. I know WordPress is 11 years old. I know it’s not that rare that someone finds a gaping hole in WordPress1. I know PHP isn’t exactly the new hotness (especially 5.2.4, which WP still uses). To be totally honest, I used to be a big believer in custom-built software, that is, building admin-UIs and APIs from scratch using Grails or Node or what have you.

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Castin’ Some Pods

Me and my pal Jarkko started a tech podcast called Tyyppimuunnos (Typecast in English). It’s in Finnish but I thought I’d still write my thoughts about it here.

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Beginning Web App Development

I visited Oulu with my Futurice colleagues (Riku, Andre, Tuomas and Ykä for an afterwork event filled with juicy web tech speeches. I talked about modern web app development, the JS frameworks and tooling and all that good stuff.

In case you’re curious, you can download the slides even though they might be a bit hard to follow without the actual talk.


The Developer’s Dystopian Future

My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I’m less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity.



Staying up to date with iOS development world

There are a lot of resources to follow, browse and read when it comes to iOS development. I listen to podcasts, follow RSS feeds and Twitter discussions around iOS development but if you just want one good source, it’s iOS Dev Weekly, an email newsletter that curates all the most relevant stuff once a week. Recommended++.


Actually useful Caps Lock key

This post is deprecated. Go here for a good rabbit hole:

I hit the Escape key plenty of times a day. Vim, Irssi, cancelling dialogs… Reaching out to the top left corner can get quite annoying. An easy fix for this is mapping the otherwise almost useless Caps Lock key to work as Escape. This can be quite easily achieved by first mapping Caps Lock to Control and then mapping Control to act as Escape. Here’s how to do that in OS X 10.9:

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Podcasts for the design-oriented iOS developer

I listen to a lot of podcasts. And when I say a lot, I mean I subscribe to about 20 podcasts and try hard to listen to every episode of them. Most of the podcasts I listen to are about Apple, iOS/Mac/web development or design. Or in the optimal case, all of the above. I thought it’d be useful for likeminded people to take a peek at the Apple/iOS-related ones.

Curiously I used to listen to a whole lot of 5by5 podcasts. Now there are a total of zero of them on my list; a couple of interesting podcasts have ended (Build & Analyze and Hypercritical), another one has moved network (The Talk Show).

By the way, Build & Analyze and Hypercritical have still episodes very much worth listening, in the (extremely unlikely) case you run out of podcasts to listen to.


So I ordered a Nexus 7 2

Yesterday I went an ordered a WiFi-only Nexus 7 2 1. Me, a guy who’s somewhat deeply invested in the Apple ecosystem! Also, me, who’s been pretty vocal about how dumb it is to buy a tablet without cellular connectivity. Yep. Here’s why:

  • I read a lot of books.
  • Most of the stuff I read is technical (contains source code), thus PDFs are the only viable format.
  • E-ink readers suck at PDFs, I need a good color display and a fluid reading experience.
  • My current 9.7” iPad is too heavy for comfortably reading books.
  • iPad mini has a perfect size and weight, but it’s screen makes my eyes bleed after using retina-only devices (iPhone, iPad, MBP).
  • Retina iPad mini’s won’t be here this year. (Or so I believe. If they really release a retina mini next month, awesome, then Nexus goes to my wife and I’ll just buy that for me, problem solved!)
  • Looking around the tablet space, I see iPads (ruled out above), Surfaces (also heavy and clunky) and the Android options.
  • If I’d go Android, it’d have to be vanilla, Samsung is not coming to my home.
  • Thus leaving me pretty much with just one choice: the new Nexus 7.

Regarding the WiFi-only choice, it’s simple:

  • Reading books while commuting requires no connectivity.
  • I already have two ways to get online while mobile; my iPhone and my iPad.
  • WiFi-only Nexus is way cheaper than the LTE one.

Nexus 7 came to retail stores yesterday here in Finland. The cheapest price for the 16-gig WiFi model I’ve seen is €269, substancially more than the $199 US price (granted that’s without any taxes while Fi-prices always include taxes). But still, seems a lot! I browsed around and found that Amazon UK sells the device for £179 plus a few pounds for delivery. I ended up paying a total of €220, almost a whopping 20% less than the RRP in Finland.

Now I wait for the device to arrive, should be here around next Friday. I’ll be sure to write up my experiences in the Android land shortly after that.

Related: worst product name in the history of mankind has to be the smartcover knockoff Amazon tried to upsell me. It’s called: drumroll please…

New Asus Google Nexus 7 FHD 2013 (ALL Model Versions, Android 4.3) BLACK Multi-Function SMART FOLIO Front & Back Case / Smart Cover / Typing & Viewing Stand / Premium SLIM Flip Case With Magnetic Sleep Sensor & Screen Protector Shield Guard & Nexus 7 FHD 2 2.0 II Tablet Black Stylus Pen Accessory Accessories Pack by InventCase®.

Tweeted that yesterday. Took three tweets.

  1. What a douche name! I know iPads nowadays are also named in a similar fashion, but it actually took me quite a many checks on various e-commerce sites to be sure I was looking at the new Nexus 7 2 2013 and not the old sucky one.