Scan Agile 2013 videos getting uploaded online

I already blogged in Finnish on my other blog that we finally have started to upload Scan Agile 2013 videos online.

https://vimeo.com/channels/658330

Vimeo’s upload limits will limit how fast and how much we can upload, so it will be few weeks before all the videos are online.

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Windows 7 backups failed me

Ugh.

Microsoft seems to make features to all products.

I was no longer able to make system image backups from my system disk, as Windows had decided that my data disk had become a system disk and was to be included in the system image.

Even removing software that was installed to data disk and made to start in the image.

I tested and registered Macrium to handle the the job for future.

They offered 20% discount via Facebook message, so it was much more cost effective to just take it and use it — instead of trying to fix the Windows backup issue.

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Testing Ghost ( blogging platform )

I started to test Ghost blogging platform as a base for my new sports blog with mixed feelings.

On the other hand the Ghost ( Ghost.org ) has managed to create the hype and evidently has done something right to get people to get interested. Then again it is the hype and some technology choices that make me feel not so good.

Setting Ghost to run with Node.js on your machine was easy — as well as setting up forever to run the Node.js process on the server. Editing / Authoring posts was also a breeze on the Ghost — so in principle the UI works really well. It worked especially well for me as I usually store images in Flickr and files elsewhere — so the blog engine does not need to handle static assets for me.

However in the current version of Ghost there are not that many features available yet – and the roadmap ahead is a bit spotty on what the focus will be. They have lots of work to be done – and apparently have done architecture refactoring, so what happens and when it happens is quite open.

As I spoke about Ghost with friend of mine, he suggested to look also static website generation possibilities and how they would fit my needs. Based on his own experiences I decided to look at Jekyll ( http://jekyllrb.com/ ) and was impressed how well it worked, especially as they had a Ghost-like theme called Kasper available.

The benefits of running a static site that is produced with Jekyll is evident, but naturally downsides are similarly clear. You don’t have nice online editing features as with CMS — and need access to the filesystem or use Github Pages and use external editor like Prose.io.

With few searches I managed to find also interesting project – Markdown editor called Dillinger ( http://dillinger.io/ ), which could be used as an editor — if I had energy to build own webapp to enable user to edit content on filesystem and then run the jekyll workflow to publish the static content into a site.

Naturally I also suggested the idea to Ghost also:

https://github.com/TryGhost/Ghost/issues/1856#issuecomment-31611499

Apparently in future versions it could be possible to create an app that publishes changed posts into the filesystem and from there on launch the Jekyll toolchain to publish the site.

That is something that I will look forward testing and trying out.

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Doing development is awesome!

I am so happy doing programming and development in the modern world.

I mean what could be more fun these days?

Ability to see progress almost instantly, tools that allow you to introspect what happens in systems in real time, really flexible computing capabilities available from the cloud and insanely powerful consumer level computers available for dirt cheap.

For few thousand euros you can have a really powerful computer at your disposal to create whatever your heart desires. Great development tools are these days either free or available for smaller fees than ever.

We have been spoiled. Life is great.

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Maintenance work is maintenance work — working with systems

Today I met an old friend of mine who works in maintenance. As in maintaining the facilities of a large shopping mall, not maintaining or creating software systems like most of my friends do.

It was funny to have a conversation with him about work, as there where so many similarities though contexts are so different.

  • No specifications
  • Wrong specifications
  • Locally optimised systems
  • Lack of responsibility and understanding of the whole system and interactions between different elements
  • No tacit information passed about the history from previous vendor

And in all that people are trying to do the best they can, openly communicating and inspecting the system(s) as they interact with the system(s) and take better care and responsibility about it’s future.

Reminded me immediately about lectures David Ing has given about systems sciences in different contexts. So if you haven’t already watched videos about his great lectures, I highly recommend spending some time on those… As you will never know where the lessons might resonate and help you understand the world better.

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Finally Sats Itis is open

We are so happy that the new gym finally opened in Itäkeskus shopping center Itis.

Though there are still some starting problems with the facilities, it has already been so much fun to go the gym, participate in few group classes as well as do training in the weight area. Location of the gym is perfect for us – so close to everything and easy to access.

And they have a decent sauna for relaxation after the training.

Not bad for under 50 euros per month.

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Replacement for Google Reader – Feedhq.org

Feedly has been the front runner to replace Google Reader for the masses.

I want to be different – and therefore started to support Feedhq.org.

Well there where other reasons too.

– it supported open reader api ( replicating the Google reader api more or less )

– Feeddler Pro supports it ( RSS reader for iOS )

– Vienna RSS supports it ( RSS reader for OS X )

– it has a simple web interface that works

– costs only 12 dollars per year

– is opensource and could be hosted on your own too

With this setup I have the feeds synched centrally on Feedhq.org from all the clients — and clients use feeds nicely also in offline modes, making it convenient to read feeds even while traveling and with on/off internet connectivity.

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