Old meets new

This is where old meets new

A lot of things have happen since the last post. I’m not posting too often, but when I do, I got too much to tell. I’m going to try to keep the post short and change the format a little.

VOICE OF FINLAND 2017

This is just way to cool to be ignored. I don’t watch much TV, but there is one show I love, and that’s “Voice of Finland”. Now I got the ticket, to the finals. Ringside 1, Row 1, Seat 1.

Quit my day job

I’ve been working for years for other people. There have been everything from Securitas and Nokia, etc to my recent employer, Helen Oy. I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but maybe I’ve been to lazy or had too easy life? Maybe both. Too easy, monthly salary for easy work. Nothing to fear.

The problem is, I don’t feel the energy in my life if I don’t have one leg outside the comfort zone all the time. I really need that little extra to keep my mind and body go like a thunderstorm.

So – I quit my job last friday and now I know this is going to be hellish. I got to learn everything about everything I do. Now there really is no “easy money” anymore, but – this time, I’m really going to be responsible for what I do and I have full control of everything. If I mess up stuff, it’s my fault, and if I succeed, I’ve earned it.

Now I got one month to build some kind of front page for one of the startups I’m going to run. There will be more, but this is the first and the “original”. REDIGEN – it’s going to be a consulting, conceptualizing, idea factory for business and technology, with a strong networking focus. Not so much money, I want to learn and find the wizards of the internet.

Nikola Tesla

A few weeks ago I read about Nikola Tesla, how he have changed the world etc. That’s “old news”, but I did not know how he thought about the universe and existence. It was fun to read, I think Nikola Tesla is the first one I’ve read about, who feel the universe the way I do. I think. Maybe. I think I understand Elon Musk also better now 🙂

Interview with Nikola Tesla from 1899

Crazy stuff is funny

I don’t just think “outside the box”, I also love to live “outside the box”. One way to do this, is randomly dress as something strange and create confusion at the office. In the picture I dressed as a wizard and tried to cast a frog spell on help desk operators. I just loved the very unreal situation, when the operator had trouble speaking with the client, because there is a wizard trying to transform me to a frog in front of me, and the client laughs – but there really is a wizard, and he really is casting a frog spell. LOL. Sorry, this is the stuff I do, maybe to much. It’s just so funny.

D-Day @ Nokia /w TEKES & Co

In Finland we got this “reboot Finland” thing. I participated at the first DDay-session and this was amazing. Much better than expected. Real stories, real people and real opportunities. Now when I’m all in for the digital disruption in Finland (and the rest of the world), this was the perfect event for me. I honestly believe the people who attend to these events, are the ones who will put that extra in the transformation process it needs. I hope I’ll get a lot of good contacts in the coming DDay-events.

 

The world is changing!

As I told you earlier. I want to be part of a new way to shake up the energy sector. I woke up one morning and I just had it, now I have the secret recipe just for that. I put the idea trough my canvas I got on my wall at home and it just makes perfect sense. You just maybe want to follow my tracks if you are on this industry 🙂 I had to take a blurred picture of the canvas, now you can say you have seen the crazy disruption in energy business before it happened.

 

Next generation of me

Been a while again. Wise man once said, busy man writes no blog.

Tesla-project fail

This is both sad and great. I come very far with my “Tesla-as-a-service” project. I had almost everything I needed to just press the “GO” button. Luckyly, I meet a few guys from FinPRO and they said something that made me think. Tesla probably have some kind of automated operator service planned already. I googled a while and found the blog post where Tesla openly tells they are not only going to operate a fleet of Teslas, but going to operate your Tesla in that fleet also if you allow them to. So, that’s pretty much it for this idea. There is no way Tesla is going to give me all the API access to their backends for fleet operation. No way.

Still, this was very good training for being a entrepreneur. You have to polish your idea to a clear vision. You have to get that vision trough a business canvas and find obstacles. You have to do some market research and some level of sanity check on the business plan. I’m happy I got this far with this idea, because now I know the process all my ideas must go trough. I got a better grip of the people I should contact and how to do this when I get a idea that passes all the way trough the business canvas without looking totally mad.

Quote from Tesla blog: “In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are.”

What the Trump!

I thought I’d never write about this, I’m not even sure if it’s a good idea to write about this if I’m going to do any business in US in the future. But I just can’t hold back anymore.

What the hell happened? There is no such thing as the “perfect moment” in any nations history. There have always been, there is, and will always be, something that’s wrong or problems. Even here in Finland we got maybe the worst government in my personal history, but still, this is a pretty awesome country. Same applies to US.

I’ve always admired US for their history where everyone who had a dream, traveled to US. It’s built on dreams and entrepreneurship. When there was wars or rough times in the world, people wanted to try to get a life in US. This is the magic US possesses. This magic is taking severe hits at the moment. US never was “bad”, there was, is and will be their own problems, but it was never “bad”. Please, don’t make it that way.

MaaS/EV/Energy/other business

Even if my “TaaS” service did fail, I can see a crazy revolution in electric cars, all the infrastructure around that and shared car services. This is something where there should be easy to find new business anywhere in the world. I’m sure ideas will present them selves to me when they are ready to emerge.

And it’s not only the EV/MaaS business, it’s the whole energy-sector. I’m feeling just some insane changes in the whole sector. There will be many new virtual energy operators, new concepts with handling data, consumers and devices. There will be completely new business inside this business. B2C2C2B 🙂

I’ve got some crazy other ideas too, involving VR, AI, IoT, blockchain, distributed information, revenue platform and something I’ve never seen anywhere and it already passed a very thorough sanity check.

Stuff picked up along the path of life

I’ve lived a almost health life for 43 years. Of course there have been some harder life lessons on the way, but mostly I think I’ve survived with good results. I’ve learned to know awesome people along the way, got to do stuff that are just insanely cool.

The most important thing in life, is to find the craziness inside you and let it out. This is where the secret sausage of life resides and where your true personality grows. Find the way to let it out, trough music, painting, dancing, singing or doing something that feels very natural to you and don’t care if there is people around you. Just do it.

Another thing you should know about this life thing, is that always trust life is taking care of you if you do your part. If you get your ass up from the sofa and explore life and the world, the universe takes care of the rest.

Third thing before I close this post. Don’t be afraid of saying and doing stuff. You’re going to be here just one time and even that is a very short time. You don’t even know when it’s your time to leave, could be before you’ve finished this post. Just ffs do stuff you enjoy and want to do.

If you were given something between one hour and 100 years to live and there is no way knowing how much you are given, what would you do? Just let that sink for a moment.

Love you all, the world, universe, life, kids, music, science. Thank you for existing. <3

First project 2017

First project @ 2017

Only two days on 2017 and I had a new project going on, and this project have taken absolutely crazy speed right from the beginning.

I don’t know should I call it “Tesla as a service” or “Mobility as a service“. Tesla is the best car for this service, because all the intelligence already factory built in and the autopilot hardware version 2.0. I’m sure there will be soon other cars too, but for now, it’s 100% Tesla.

Let’s just call it “TaaS”, as in “Tesla as a service” for now.

The story is almost funny. I read a comment in Facebook and one week later I had the connection to US, got the partners I need in Finland to build the service, dealing with insurance companies, garages, software developers etc.

I know, I’m very inspired my self to build a fully automatic car rental service with autopilot future, I don’t know if there is anyone who would not be enthusiastic about that, but this really took me with a surprise. Everyone is going crazy on this matter.

Now building business canvas, trying to calculate costs and revenue etc. I just have to do a few more magic tricks to make this work. I really don’t know how I’m going to do this, but talk Tesla to sell me a few Model 3 right from the the front of the queue. Another painfully reality is money. Need investors, but I’m sure that should not be too big problem now when I see how everyone going just full speed besotted about EV, mobility as a service and autopilot.

The most important thing is still missing. I need a crazy hippie partner who is willing to put the blood and soul into this project. I’m not doing this to get a few extra bucks, I’m doing this to change the way people are using vehicles – fully electric ones.

I want to create a quick, easy, cheap and duplicable concept. It should be so easy to replicate, that you can build the business from zero to full production in months, anywhere in the world where the law is not a barrier.

Press a button on your app and the car is yours, press another and you free it to someone else. Pay as you go, by hour or maybe even minute.

First stage, just the “mvp”, to create some research and build this concept, but this summer I want the service up and running with the first cars. Before year 2020 I want this to be completely coordinated by artificial intelligence in the cloud and fully autopiloted fleet. They pick you up where you need the car and leave you where you need to be.

Any investors, feel free to contact me if you want to be part of a new movement @ 2017. 😉

Well, anyone interested in this, just send me email to hoppania @ gmail.com or DM me on twitter @jounihoppania or message trough linkedin or find some other nice way to contact me. I’m sure this will be something nice, big, fun and crazy. If nothing else, at least anyone involved in this project will have the ability to see into the future for EV and services like this. Even for investors this can be a cheap lesson, good investment or both. Probably both 🙂

Little something outside the project

I’ve been listening to audible books since my last post.

  1. The agile samurai
  2. Start with why
  3. The entrepeneur

All these three books have been great. Anyone who just want to be efficient and understand some basic human behaviour, including yourself, should read them. Specially if you are going to start a company, including other people and software development 🙂

This is strange how the opportunity presents itself. This is not what I had in mind for 2017 but I just can’t leave an opportunity this magnitude unused. My real project just have to wait a month or two more to get some energy into this TaaS service.

There is so much I’d like to write about, but this post is already too long and if I write even half what I want to write about, this will be just way to long post, to even be called a “blog post”.

Maybe I’ll write a “off topic” post later. There is so much. I’d like to tell about something on my vacation in the north, something I bought for my kids, the way people are paring their cars in Finland (one more reason to give parking to the computer), Saara Aalto etc.

Life is something you must respect, live, and really feel, every day. Feel you are alive. One day this will change and there is absolutely nothing you can do about that. Do not waste your life on mediocrity. Do not waste your life to “fit in”. Experience it. Feel it. Be who ever you are and do what ever you love to do. I’ve been too sensitive way too long, tried to “fit in”. Now I’ve realized, I do not have any urge to hurt anyone, I do not have any need to break anything and I don’t need to steal anything. I don’t have to fear to be who ever I am, I can concentrate in really feel life and let myself loose.

Artificial-Intelligence Developers: We’re Thinking beyond Autonomous Cars

9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Driverless Cars

Tesla Model S JSON API

 

2017 will be my year

 

2nd generation startup should not be called a startup, but a start over?

Life

I don’t want to change the world. There is nothing wrong with this world. I want to help people to see the magic in life. That’s not changing the world, it’s just helping people to use the power that is already there.

As I told you before, I’m not a religious person, but there are something very special in this thing we call life. I’ve also realized one thing, it’s really not about getting rich or any great goal. It’s all about the journey. We all know how this life ends, there is no surprise there. It’s about the journey. In the end, there is no one more valuable than the other. Pick your journey and adventures, not your goals.

The year 2016 have been very special in many ways. There have the extremity of all emotions. People close to me have died, I’ve felt stronger love than I’ve ever experienced in my life. I don’t have a god, I don’t have any cause or purpose. I’ve simply been given the most awesome chance possible to enjoy this absolutely crazy realistic, super immersive experience called life.

2016 have been intense. 2017 will be even more. Yesterday I thought if I have to start drinking or something to numb my emotions a little. This, how I live, just feels like a continuous, totally insane roller coaster ride.

Every single morning when I wake up, I know there will be some shit storm or drama, at least one or two plot twists. I don’t know how common this is or is it just me who get too intense involved in my own life 🙂

Not complaining. This is very interesting and fun, but the downside is, it’s also very consumptive. I try to let my kids live the same way. No limits. Enjoy life. Most important, HAVE FUN! 🙂

Saara Aalto

I love music. I don’t watch much TV anymore, but every time there is a song contest I’m drawn in front of the TV. Saara Aalto is a girl with fabulous voice and skills, but she have not found the right place for her yet. Now it looks like she maybe found her place. X Factor UK final part 2 is today (Sunday) and Saara or Matt.

Saara Aalto had a “homecoming party” on Senaatintori in Helsinki. I just had to be there and so had 10 000 other finns 🙂 Let’s keep thumbs up for this evening. She have worked so hard for so long and I think now she deserves her success.

On my way home, I saw this poster, “think big”. I smiled, I don’t think I’ve ever thought anything small, but the stuff I got in my mind now, is just something totally different caliber.

Now I got three totally insane big “projects”, which I know at least one will fail, I don’t know which one, but I’ve been failing so many times that I’m starting to know how this failing works.

One good thing with failing. It’s literally the best lesson you can get. It’s a “hands on experience” on stuff that does not work 🙂

 Three big things

One

I want to change how the energy-sector works. I’ve been working in the energy business for the last 8 years and I can clearly see what is missing and what is the problem for the entire energy sector from taking giant leaps. It’s time for the energy sector to wake up.

Two

I’ve been missing a social media solution for a long time. First I thought I just don’t find that app but it’s there somewhere. Now, I’ve been looking for a year and I still can’t find it. This is very strange, because now when I know what I’m looking for, I’m amazed that there just is not this kind of a app available. This is very strange, it’s obvious the world needs this. How is it possible nobody have done this yet?? I’ve done the concept on balsamiq but next step is to secure the idea officially.

Three

I want to create a new standard for “hypercloud” solutions. How to decentralize cloud capacity over multiple providers and even be able to sell unused capacity from on-premise to the “hypercloud”. Something like AWS spot instances from on-premise to a hypercloud.

4,5,6,7,8…

There are a lot more ideas, but I just don’t got time for all of them. One thing I draw on my wall yesterday was the fully integrated and intelligent home with dozens of data sources and stuff you can analyze from them.

Let’s say you have sensors in all windows and doors if they are open or closed, then you got sensors in every room sensing human presence. If there is a window or door open for more than n minutes and there is no human presence in the house, it sends an alarm to the family mobile phones, telling you probably forgot a window or door open. Same can be done with stoves or other electrical equipment. You can put sensors sniffing air quality, temperatures in every room, amount of light, collected energy from solar panels or static floor “collectors”. Basically, just fill the house with crazy amount of sensors everywhere and push the data to a nerd who will make a diamond service out of it for the future mobile world.

This is not a new thing, nobody just have made it simple and cheap enough for the big masses to adopt this. Maybe Elon Musk would be interested in this kind of project too. I’m sure he will change the world.

Small link spam, as usual:

Netflix VR Launches on Google Daydream

Authentication Strategies in Microservices Systems

3 Signs You’re Doing DevOps Wrong

How to Simplify Development Complexity

7 Automated Testing Tools to Watch in 2017

Renewable energy is here to stay

 

The awakening

I know I’m a little crazy, and I enjoy it. I don’t know if I could appreciate life more than I do right now. I totally understand the exceptional chance I got to enjoy life and how good it have been to me. I’m not religious, but this “life thing” is just pure magic.

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This week I had so much happening again that I just have to write a short blog before it’s just too long to read again. Crazy stuff happens again, mostly in my head.

SLUSH 2016

As many of you maybe know, I constantly get new ideas. Like world wide unicorn magnitude-ideas once or twice a year and maybe 10 smaller ideas. There is not one month that goes by, without some new idea.

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This is why I want to try out as an entrepreneur. This is not that easy, because you need totally different skill set for this than I got. I can spark out ideas from nothing but I have not woke up enough “E” in me.

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I’ve also done many times already the mistake to believe that “this have already been done”, then waited a year, maybe two or three, before someone gives a hint of this and even then they usually got it wrong.

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Now I want to try out and change this. First place where to get some experience how this startup-investor stuff works, was to attend the “Slush 2016” event. I expected much from this event, mostly something like startup and investor networking on stereoids.

To be honest. I’m a little disappointed. There was just too much hang around people. I’m going to write the the Slush organization and ask them to squeeze the event, make the tickets much more expensive for hang around people, like 3keur. Then there will not be people that are not serious about the event.

Anyway, good speeches and I met very interesting people, who can and will help me on my journey to conquer the world 🙂 One thing I understood at Slush was, all money my companies will make in the future, must be used to fund startups and the “ecosystem” around them. This really is the only way to go. Pump all good back into the system.

This is essential. If I do this for money, it’s bullshit. If I do this to create something new and extraordinary, it’s worth any obsticle I’ll encounter.

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LOVE THE KIDS <3

I’ve been conceptualizing at home with my kids, listening to music in disco lights. This is the right mood for me and I begin to think I’m teaching this to my kids too. They probably will also be little weird when they grow up. We’ve used maybe 30 pieces of whiteboard paper on the walls already.

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I think I’ll need two or three crazy good developers with blockchain, mobile platform and eCommerce skills, a coding technical lead with experience in social media platforms and preferably some mad CI/CD and AWS skills, one insanely good data scientist, one well networked marketing and sales person and a CEO to start with 🙂

And money of course. But I think that will be a smaller problem than crazy skilled developers with some real experience.

TESLA MODEL S P90D

We also went for a drive with a Tesla model S P90D on Friday. OMG! This is by far the best car-experience I’ve ever got in my life. The car is so smooth, handling, technology, acceleration and the silence. If you have not tried a Tesla before and you get a chance to try one, please do. You will not regret that.

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I was a little afraid my 3 year old daughter would cry when we accelerate, but the first time I stom the pedal into the floor, and the TESLA S teleported trough the street my both kids just yelled from the backseat “WOOOOOHOOO!!” Got some video from that testdrive, sadly, not the first acceleration, that was just too fun to listen to the kids.

 

In this post there will not be many links, I’ve not had time to read the internet last week, but still something must be linked or this would not be a real blog.

Peace and love!

Straight Talk from Founders of Supercell, Skype and Spotify: How We Failed Our Way to Success

Docker vs. Virtual Machines: Understanding the Performance Differences

Understanding Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment

Hacking is the new face of espionage

Goodbye SIEM, hello SOAPA

Hidden ‘Dark’ Galaxy Found Orbiting Milky Way

Siri, Echo and Google Home: are digital assistants the future of the office?

 

 

The winter is coming

Hello again, long time since my last post. Winter is coming, and with it, a lot of changes and new adventures.

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Working

First things first. I’ve been part of a great team, working on great ideas and almost infinite possibilities. Now, I still feel I’m missing something.

I’m the kind of person that need much more freedom and flexibility at my work. I don’t mind working a lot, or continuously “walk the extra mile”, but there are some things that I just cant live with, one is a timecard and “office hours”, this just does not work for me. I more or less work 24/7/365 and that just must count for something, if it does not, I’m in the wrong place.

I’ve had the chance to work at the most interesting companies in Finland, with the most advanced technologies, the craziest, nerdiest and coolest people you can find. I got nothing else than great respect for everyone I’ve worked with. Some random a-holes have come along too, but – I know, people are people and it’s just not possible that we could all fit in the same room. Nothing wrong with that. I just have to accept this fact.

Now I want to combine my own startup, maybe some new customers and/or employer who can accept me working for my own startup too (creating symbiosis for the employer, bringing customers and building cool things together, kind of strategic partnership).

I got some ideas for public cloud and how to change cloud computing completely, some ideas for the energy industry and how to change the world in a Elon Musk-magnitude, some nice ideas for a new social ecosystem (yeah FB, I’m coming for you!) etc. I know, I it will not be easy to find people, money or right connections to join my visions, but I will never stop trying 🙂

I’m sure some crazy stuff will happen to me in the future, because all my life have been a series of more or less crazy events. This is, why I’m not too worried about what happens next. Just enjoy the ride of life as long as it takes.

Talking about that, I hope I’ll find myself one day working with companies like Magic Leap, Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop or any company that breaks the wall between reality and fantasy. I want to have several similar project myself one day, and I will – or die trying.

So, if you know anyone who does not feel it’s a burden if I got my own startup and want to create a strategic partnership, someone who needs a jack of all trades with experience of almost everything you can imagine in the IT business, most of things you can imagine in security/cyber security and “walking the extra mile” is the default setting – the magic happens when there is a need to push the limits of “walking the extra mile”.

Let them know there is a wizard available 🙂

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Blockchain

I did not know much about blockchain a year ago. Since then I’ve read one book, watched about three hours of videos, attended four webinars and a few blockchain meetups. First, I did not really see how this technology will change the world. Now I understand. I don’t think blockchain will be widely adapted in the next 2-3 years, but I’m sure it will, and when that happens the world will change. I’d give blockchain 5-8 years time to change the world. There will be FB-style companies and effect on the world with this one. Mark my words.

Trump. WTF?!

This is something I do not understand with the American people. They are not stupid, in fact, most of the great discoveries come from US. The wtf in the presidential election is not in fact Trump, but the way the competition is done. If a president, that acts like Trump in the competition, wins. What the hell? Is this really a competition about who can despise the other more, be more aggressive, lie more to the voters, be more corrupt and who just makes more noise, any noise? If this is the case, we probably will see some bat shit crazy elections in the future, this will just spin off the rails.

Elon Musk

I’ve been listening to a audio book about Elon Musk. He is one of my super heroes. I kind of feel little alike Elon, according to the book, but he got more personality and intelligence than me. I feel like a dumber version of Elon 🙂 Can’t complain about my hard childhood, Elon probably had even worse than me. He’s just super. He is here to save us from ourselves. Who else would create a car with autonomous driving? Or fill application to FCC to launch 4425 satellites to orbit? 😀

Climate change

I’ve been wide-eyed in this matter. I admit, I have known about this issue but not taken it too seriously. Then I got involved in an project around cleaner energy, watched the DiCaprio documentary, watched some 360 degree VR videos about Greenland and climate change. Now I’m horrified, this planet is screwed. Only chance to make this planet habitable for our children is for everyone to contribute to this now and as much as possible. This is important. I got children of my own and I hope they will have their own children too. This is our legacy. So I did order a Tesla Model 3.

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Slush 2016

Hope to meet a lot of interesting people @ Slush 2016 next week. This should be the place to be at, if you want to find new ideas, money for your projects, interesting work opportunities and networking. Big promises. I’ve never been there so this will be one of the big experiences for me.

LINKSPAM

Google and Intel announce strategic alliance

Google Earth VR Comes to Vive

7 Deadly DevOps Sins

Implementing devops culture in a legacy company

Google AI quickdraw

DevOps in 5 Easy(ish) Steps

Git Behind the Curtain

Why Microservices are so important

Bimodal People Management

The Satir Change Model

14 Things Every Agilist Should Know About Kanban

 

Easy, chilling week.

 

T2 Infosec

Every year there is this very good hacker conference called T2 infosec. It was a good conference, again. Last year, T2 started to give these small “badges” to people. Only a few selected people got them. Can’t remember exactly what was the requirements to get one, but it will function as a key to something and (?) some invitation to some happening in the future. Last year there was these superstars like Hyppönen who got the badges. I was a little jealous and dreamed I could get one of those one day.

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T2 infosec 2016 started, they started with the badges. There was a name, then another and a third. I checked slack and email for any urgent messages, I thought to myself I got some time here before the actual presentations. Then I heard my name. I had to read it from the screen, look around me and then it hit me, I’M GOING TO GET ONE OF THOSE FRIGGIN BADGES! 😀 Did really not expect to get up on the stage today when I arrived to the conference. So, now I’m part of a secret society, so secret I don’t even know anything about it 🙂

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AWS Meetup

I attended to a AWS meetup, organized by Cybercom. There was so many friends and other familiar persons, I almost felt like I’m just joining some party with a lot of people I already know.

One of the performers was Santtu Stolt, working for VMware. He was speaking about the new strategic partnership announcement. I’ve know Santtu for about 35 years.

I think this is the best news for a long time. vCloud AIR really was not that good public cloud provider, the APIs sucked and managment interface was slow and the technology under the hood was changing too much and that influenced the services.

Disco @ Home

At our trip to Yyteri, my kids loved the kids disco. I had to create a small disco for them at home. Since the new home-disco, we have had morning-disco and evening-disco. The kids love it, and to be honest, I like it too 🙂

My son caught me dancing too and I can sense a little Travolta here.

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My 3 year old daughter singed Nelly Furtrados “man eater” song to me <3

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Magic leap to Finland

This is a place I could work for. I think I have to ask if they need a dude like me 🙂 I believe ML got the gems in their hand to create something big and new, in facebook scale.

Haunted toilet

I don’t know why our home sound like a haunted house 24/7. Specially in the toilet. This little bird, trying to get in to kill me in Hitchcook-style.

 

 

I had to write a blogpost soon, because I don’t want to post 100-page blogposts.

This weeks link-spam:

Hacker’s Icarus machine steals drones midflight

Fact or Fiction: Google BigQuery Outperforms Amazon Redshift as an Enterprise Data Warehouse?

Creating Graphs with Python and GooPyCharts

Building a Secure, Fast Network Fabric for Microservices Applications

No one knows what these hexagonal structures the Chinese keep building in the South China Sea are for

Containers and microservices find home in Hadoop ecosystem

DevOps Resources to Consider (this toolset could be useful when I try to get the devops culture into a legacy environment)

Microsoft makes its deep learning tools available to all

Fun for the future

My mother showed me this quote when I told her I got little too much drama in my life and it immediately freed me from a lot of drama burden. This is awesome advice, it could almost be a Yoda quote.

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I planned a ton of IT-stuff to do during my vacation. I managed to do none of them.

When my vacation started, I looked at my kids and realized, I just can’t give them a boring vacation with dad sitting at the computer.

So, everything I planned the last few months just flew out the window in an instant. Priorities, priorities. Kids got the golden ticket.

I think this was just what I needed too. One month of total breakaway from work and IT.

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In Espoo where I live, I watched the weather forecast and it looked like the sun hates Finland and specially Espoo.

No way! I quickly googled where is the closest place where we can enjoy the sun.

That was Åland and so I booked ferry tickets to the next day and off we go. First time in Åland for the kids and it’s been more than 30 years for me too.

I really do live “in the moment”.

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I must recommend Åland to anyone who visits Finland, or anyone in Finland who have not visited Åland yet.

It’s just amazing. It’s like being abroad, when you are in Finland. There is a lot of fun things to do.

After one week in the archipelago and we went back to mainland. One night at home was enough and the walls started to fall on me.

I had to get away from home. So, next stop was 650 kilometers north to Oulu/Ylikiiminki (mother in law lives in Ylikiiminki).

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davIt took me two days and the “wall phenomenon” was on me again.

I rented a recreational vehicle for the first time in my life. Did not know literally anything about “recreational vehicles”. Steep learning curve there.

This is a small dream come true. Next week we traveled trough Sweden, Norway and Finnish lappland with the family.

We saw santa’s village, santa’s reindeer, a german police car (what thee .. ?!), climbed a ski jumping slope, got lost in a bad ass candy store etc. Fun trip.

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One night we were all sleeping already and I woke up to something that sounded like a tank parking next to our van.

I was too tired to check what the hell parked next to us. Next morning I rubbed my eyes. What .. the .. hell.. is that?

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I believe it was some kind of a german millionaire? That bad ass six wheeler is priced at 500 000 euros and even if you got a shit load of money, you just don’t buy “recreational vehicles” you can use for vacation in Syria.

After the caravan life, I had to get to our cottage. It’s a strange place, very colorful history. It’s very close to the Finnish airforce HQ and SIGINT/ELINT HQ.

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If you bring the phantom4 drone up in the air from our cottage, you can see the military buildings and airstrip.

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In this picture (below) you can see the area that will probably nuked first if Finland goes to war or any other country needs to eliminate Finland as a threat.

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I can’t be sure, but got a little paranoid, because every time I got the drone in the air, there was a small cessna skyhawk apering and I had to take the drone down. The cessna usually flew 5-10 minutes right above us. When it disapered, I took the drone up in the air again and .. cessna come back 🙂

I managed to fly my SECOND Phantom4 into a tree and it took some damage too. Next day I went to a local hardware store and bought myself all the tools needed to fix the drone and luckily I got it up in the air again.

Not as much damage this time. The first Phantom4 took a direct and deadly hit from the powerlines.

Vacation was coming to an end.

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Now I was preparing to go back to work. I’m proud to tell, that I’ve been assigned to a team that build a completely new platform for one of the biggest energy company in Finland.

It’s 100% microservices architecture, 100% AWS cloud solution, complete CI/CD pipeline, jenkins, docker, terraform and even spinnaker and all the crazy fun agile devops is built on.

At the moment I work as the technical owner for the platform and last week we got the first service out working on this platform. Our video commercial of the service below.

sdrdav Checking out the new office for the devops-team.

Everyone who work in devops, know how hard it is to find diamond skills. The technology and standards are too young and even if microservices, cloud, IoT, AI, devops etc. are the key to the future, hands down, you will have some serious problems finding hard core skills.

To make this even harder, it’s not only the skills, the people must also work together.

I’m happy to tell, Helen have managed to get maybe the best developers in Finland. This group is pure gold. Reaktor, Motley, Cybercom and Solinor.

I found two channels where you can connect to devops-people online, in real time and find good skills fast.

https://signup.hangops.com/
https://devopsengineers.com/

First digital service is called ‘Enne‘ and it will continue to develop and there will be more and new services in the future.

Crazy interesting stuff, crazy good devops dream team and I honestly believe Helen is going to be something the digital world want to watch in the future.

I believe the future is in the digital market, the possibilities IoT, blockchain, AI, VR/AR, microservices, cloud and DEVOPS!

Just .. love .. to be where I’m now. Could not be better. My problem is that I got too much interesting and fun going on.

My own startup, slush coming, Helen and the digital services platform. Drones. IoT. AI. Bots. Cloud. Automation. VR and AR. I’m stuck in some kind of a nerd-heaven coming true.

Talking about VR. I got myself a new toy. The HTC Vive!

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My 5 year old boy is so fascinated about the VR, that I think he is going to be one of the “VR natives”.

He already communicates with people in recroom and play many games as easy as I played space invaders in the 80’s.

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Helen Oy got these superb partnes, Hitachi and Multicom, and we had a small cooperation event in Lappeenranta/Lappeenranta archipelago.

It was fun and I can’t praise them enough, this is the kind of partnes any successfull company needs. No bullshit, only honest and open communication.

No customer-supplier-hierarchy, but honest win-win for all parties. The true ingredients to make the the best service with the greatest quality and cost-effective solutions.

And the people working in for these companies, just, pure.. gold. Funny, crazy, open, honest and friendly people who I could easily count as personal friends.

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I also went to “the first” blockchain meetup-event in Finland @ Microsoft Flux. This was pure heaven for a nerd who’s brain is shooting ideas a few times a day.

During this event this went up to ten ideas an hour 🙂 I honestly believe, blockchain will be a total game changer before 2020.

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I attended a digitalistnetwork event @ Finnkinos SCAPE-hall. I feared it would be just another marketing event for .. C-suites, but I was wrong.

This really was an interesting event. It once again, put my brain on hyperdrive and I was shooting ideas a second speed.

I need to attend to digitalistnetwork-events in the future too.

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I had one week of holiday again with my family @ Yyteri SPA. It was fun, mostly relaxing and a ‘CE/CF’ event (continuous eating/continuous fun).

I tried to do one week totally without any eletronic devices but this proved to be impossible because most of my unread books are on kindle.

Well, this caused, of course, me to check slack, follow the ‘Enne’ release and even log in to AWS and Azure a few times.

So much for the “no electronic devices” week.

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I had to filter like 90% of the stuff I wanted to write about for different reasons, partly because even if I want to share personal stuff on the internet, there is some limits to that too (mostly when it comes to other people, I must take them into consideration).

I can’t tell everything I’m working with and then there are also places and stuff I can’t tell I’ve been visiting, not because of some super secret stuff, but some people just don’t want me to write about it.

Also, this post is already way too long for anyone to read it 🙂

Next week will be super interesting. There is some big changes at work and I’ll attend T2 infosec.

Anyway .. Here is a filtered link-spam.

New Episode Of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ Shows Scary Possibilities of Virtual Reality

Tieto’s path to containerized OpenStack, or How I learned to stop worrying and love containers

Congratulations to the Winners of the Serverless Chatbot Competition!

Kubernetes, Mesos, and Swarm: Comparing the Rancher Orchestration Engine Options

Netflix Chaos Monkey Upgraded

How Israel Became a Hub for Surveillance Technology

Anyone can chat with the White House… through a bot

A Microservices Demo Application

Why use microservices?

Five Principles of Effective Microservices Monitoring

101 Ways I Screwed Up Making a Fake Identity

Here’s How to Speed Up the Electric-Car Revolution

IoT Devices as Proxies for Cybercrime

Auto-remediation: making an Openstack cloud self-healing

Five Signs Your Business Is Ready For Digital Transformation

 

Let’s make some noise again

 

I’ve had so much happening in my life the last two four months, that it’s going to be pure pain to try to write it into a blog post.

I’ve decided to create a post this weekend before christmas so beware. A record long post with some crazy stuff, new toys, new job, traveling etc. So much I want to write about.

It’s just amazing how much happens to you, if you just stop and think about it. It’s like a hyper intensive rpg on stereoids.

Peace and love – to continued

 

Life is AWESOME

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As you probably guess, I’ve been very busy for the last three weeks. This will be hopefully the last post before August. My summer vacation begins on Friday and I want to use those four weeks on my own pet projects (webshop, new mobile app, I’ll talk about them later in this post) and my family.

This last three weeks have been somewhat of a emotional roller coaster with extreme emotions in all directions. Bear with me, I’ll be more specific in the post. This summer I’m going to do a lot drone flying and you will hopefully see some special clips.

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EMIL

If you have read my earlier posts, You maybe noticed I wrote about “Emil”, a young boy that went missing and I hoped this dude will not share the same fate as one of the most brilliant minds I’ve met. Well.. He did. Quite literally. He was found drowned in the sea, just as “RM” I was referring to earlier. Just can’t even imagine the pain Emils relatives are going trough 🙁

“AH”

I also write earlier about “AH” who got killed in a motorcycle accident. There was the funeral and I decided in advance that I will not cry and show how I can handle my emotions as a hard core soldier. As you maybe guess, that did not go that as planned. Tears fell and could not talk to anyone because I could not get a understandable word out of my mouth. It feels like one piece is missing in the world. I hoped my son would had time this summer to go and do all crazy things with AH as I’ve done when I was a kid. Now that will not happen and never will.

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TURF BATTLE

Ok, so there was sorrow and stress to some degree when I tried to be the cool dude who does not cry. At the same time, almost like fate just want to mess with my head, I was given a nice work opportunity and some extreme drama just a few days after at work. I’d like to think this as some kind of turf battle. And then, another very interesting work opportunity. I maybe write about this when I know how this will end, but we will not know before August.

Game of Thrones

I’ve managed to avoid this TV-series until now and I’ve been watching quite a few episodes from HBO Nordic. This really is that great series it promises to be. My favorite characters are Tyrion LannisterDaenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark. I had to do a “what’s your game of thrones character” test, and I got Ser Rodrik Cassel.

Putin, NATO, Russia and the whole darn world politics. 

Putin is coming to Finland on Friday. That’s kind of cool. Even if I don’t like the politics he is using, you have to admit, it’s not every day you have this world-class player, of this degree to visit your country. You don’t see Obama, Jinping or Putin visiting too often in any country and if they do, it’s planned far ahead, like months or even years. We have this, questionable honor to be very close neighbors with Russia. Personally, I’d like to see how NATO would not be some kind of Russian counterpart in the future, but as an member. We all know this will never happen, but if NATO gets dismantled and some new alliance could form from the previous members and include even Russia (and Finland), that would be the best solution ever. Together fight against everything that is threatening the human kind, not killing each other.

Putin, if you get this, come and visit me too during your stay in Finland and I’ve give you some ground level ideas to work on in the world politics 🙂 I even got some experience in playing your character in a TV-series 😀 (this was so fun, more in one of my previous posts).

I know, Finland is in a difficult position, but imagine the position Finland could be in if everything played out well. We could be the EU country that gets the benefits of EU and most benefits out of being neighbor to Russia. The possibilities is just insane. It’s that crazy big possibilities, that we just have to think twice, how we want to relate to Russia. This is why I will not blindly doom anything or any idea. Even if I’m little scared of the very big firepower close to our borders.

BREXIT, What the f***.. 

Seriously. What the F. I thought this was just pointless use of UK citizens time and insult to their intelligence. They have already negotiated insanely good advantages for UK only, in EU. They kind of had the situation where they had all the advantages from EU and minimal amount of the crappy side of EU. EU is one of the largest economies in the world, got the diplomatic power to influence almost anything in the world as one. There was literally no reason, what so ever, for UK to vote for “brexit”. I told my friends that UK will not vote for it, it’s a stupid vote. Then, on Friday when I woke up and read the news, I was shocked. What.. the .. hell? Seriously? What will we see next? Trump as US president? This brexit is so stupid, it’s almost hilarious. Man who voted for Leave says he thought his vote ‘wouldn’t count’ and is now ‘worried’. I thought this was possible only in the US.

I really don’t know how UK is going to survive this. Here is something that makes you wonder about how screwed the politics really is: People are really, really hoping this theory about David Cameron and Brexit is true.

If you are interested in a nice analysis of the military implications in brexit, I found a nice article: Defence Implications of Brexit – Further Thoughts.

REDISHOP and REDIFIND

These two are the “pet projects”. Redishop is going to be a webshop for strange, fun and useful items from the world. I’m going to try to negotiate to be a retail channel for crowd funded products and other hand made, unique products. I hope this shop will fund the second pet project.

Redifind is going to be a new way to connect people again. We got facebook, twitter, snapchat, whatsapp and a many more, but these “social media” apps makes it just easier to not really communicate, really learn to know the people in the world or find real new contacts and friends. What I want my redifind-app to do, is to fill a big “social media hole” and steer the evolution of human interaction on it’s right path again. I’m a little afraid that if my redifind will succeed, it will have a “zenly” problem as described in the youtube clip below and I go bankrupt with when AWS sends me their bill.

I have pet projects 3, 4 and 5. But now I have to put them “on hold”, until I know where I’m going to end up in august. Can’t change the world in one night 🙂

I got tickets to slush 2016, where I hopefully get to show of the new mobile-app.

HDS dices

Finnish HDS gave me two metallic dices some time ago. I heard the country manager is throwing these every morning and I’ve taken this habit to myself too. Here is what I got today:

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CLOUD, OPENSTACK, CONTAINERS, SERVERLESS

There is really so much going on in the “IT” business these days, you can say this is the “golden age” of IT. There is always some development in everything, always, but now we have entered a evolutionary phase where we are going to take not one or two extreme steps, but several, at the same time. We are talking about Unix/Linux, analog/digital, internet, mobile phone, BW to color, BBS to WWW kind of evolutionary steps. Those are IoT, VR/AR, Cloud and services, BIG data and many others. All this will happen now. Not “in the future”, but now. This is the best time to be working in IT I can think of. So much new to learn, it’s like constantly pumping learning-heroin in your veins.

You know the feeling and excitement when you learn something new. It’s so fun, it’s almost like riding a roller coaster, you just need more. Much more. I’m so happy for everyone working in this field now, including myself.

My colleague showed me a youtube-video and I just had to subscribe to the channel. I immediately fell in a nerd honeypot. I’m learning so much new every day, I almost feel like I’ve never have known anything in my life. How is it possible to get this far, as I have, without knowing all this? I feel like I’m an empty bowl.

 

Interesting URLs:

General/Science:
Scrum Reference Card
Top 10 emerging technologies from the World Economic Forum
New NASA Tech to Bring Internet to the Whole Solar System
Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense
1st world problems, Chinese anger at Lady Gaga-Dalai Lama meeting

Cloud/Openstack/Container:
Howto: Getting from couch to OpenStack
Prometheus and Kubernetes up and running (container cluster monitoring)
Creating a scalable API with microservices (GCE)

Military:
Iraqis use off-the-shelf drones to battle ISIS
North Korea Arming Boats with US Gatling Guns: Report
US Spies Are Building Software to Spot Your Suspicious Behavior In Live Video
Navy To Test Superlaser Of Truly Terrifying Proportions
Drone Defense: Army Anti-Artillery Radar Tracks UAVs
Cool video from Baltops 2016! This is nice nato-stuff!

Military S-nnn missile specfic:
Below the Radar: Russia’s S-400, S-500 Set to Become Invisible to Enemies
Russia’s S-350 air defense missile system prototype to be ready soon
S-400 technology helps Seoul blunt Pyongyang threat

Follow-up reminders for myself:
New projects, security, and more OpenStack news
End-to-end Training for Open Infrastructure

Have a nice summer! Love you all humans, animals, plants, universe, fate, emotions and everything. Life – is just – AWESOME!