29 February 2008

job for Project Manager / Browser Technology Specialist

my colleague is hiring - he looks for "Project Manager / Browser Technology Specialist" title

more details below

Company: Nokia
Job Title: Project Manager / Browser Technology Specialist
Description: The position below describes the browser technology specialist but I'm also looking for the project manager to work for the same domain.

Position Description

Are you a talented and dedicated software developer looking for a new career challenge? If the answer is yes, why not join our New Generation Software team in Helsinki, Finland. As a Browser Technology Specialist, you will work with a group of experienced software engineers in the Open Source environment. In this wide-ranging role, you will add exciting and innovative new features to Nokia's best in class web browser for the Maemo platform. To do this successfully, you will use C/C++ on the Linux operating system.


Your toolbox of skills includes at least five years experience of software development for embedded Linux. In this time, you have also gained in-depth practical knowledge of C/C++ as well as object oriented analysis and design. We especially appreciate any previous knowledge you have of core web technologies such as HTML, XML, DOM, CSS, JavaScript and RSS, and protocols like HTTP. It will also add an edge to your application if you have a solid understanding of the Maemo software development platform. Any exposure you have had to Open Source communities or professional Open Source development will be beneficial too. On a more personal level, you are highly motivated and driven to succeed. A solid performer, you are able to communicate effectively in fluent written and spoken English. If you have the special skills we are looking for, apply today.

27 February 2008

Höyryveturi 1009 a.k.a. Ukko-Pekka - model at Helsinki railway

Originally uploaded by silpol

When you come to long distance / international ticket hall at Helsinki railway station, you can see this model of Höyryveturi 1009 also known as Ukko-Pekka. Amazingly, one can order a private travel on the original train .

The series had been named Ukko-Pekka. There were 22 locomotives produced in this series at Lokomo factory in Tampere during 1937 - 1957. The Höyryveturi 1009 featured as model had been done in 1948. It has maximum speed of 110 km/h, length is 22.25 m, loaded weight 155 tons, coal capacity 9 tons, water capacity 27 m3.
After cars were renovated, the current interior is pleasant enough
salon car interior restaurant car interior pub car interior car interior detail

to have comfortable luxury travel not worse than on infamous The World Class Trains routes around the world.

24 February 2008

back to PIM

so, what I want from PIM on Nokia tablet?

  • thumb-ability - usability tuned more for finger-on-screen operation

  • better integration with tablet internals, i.e. with contacts db

  • better integration with external (http but not limited to) web services

  • this list to be continued...

    Saturday photo shooting session

    Originally uploaded by silpol

    ... and yesterday I went out again Helsinki downtown on purpose - this time to memorize largely ignored areas of Kluuvi, Kruununhaka, Katajanokka and around Kauppatori. These are mostly *polished* by tourists and postcards, and it is difficult to find something new - so here is Another Saturday photowalk in Helsinki downtown for your judgement

    Friday shooting walk

    Originally uploaded by silpol

    This Friday I had some time to walk in Helsinki downtown - and here is another set at Flickr to see it my way ;)

    21 February 2008

    unexpected lesson(s) on privacy

    sometimes you bump into someone's else privacy, and that person turns to you by completely different side/angle... interesting enough, it doesn't make that person worse of any kind, if not even more interesting... the other side of this rather emotional - I know it from previous life/work in banking: you had discovered something what nobody else discovered yet, but you must keep your lips tight as they were glued and sewn. No, there will be no even slight hint on "who, and what and how and etc" - I value my privacy hence I do not sell someone else privacy. Yet, something to think more...

    18 February 2008

    on bloging my SL-everything

    I've been thinking for while on how to blog about my SL/metaverse/opensim/etc efforts & experience, but today Prokofy Neva's comment at Gwyneth Llewelyn's blog made last nail into the coffin - I have to start a separate blog on SL experience (i.e. what I feel and think when I am inworld) from what I think and do along SL/opensim/metaverse in technology sense. The thing is that I have to separate mindstream about technology and non-technology: latter is mission impossible for Prok and Ko, and I don't want a noise in any form.

    16 February 2008

    of music and smooth jazz in particular

    one of my constant (though only monthly) suppliers of smooth jazz music is Smooth Jazz All Sax Show podcast - so author behind it has podcasted a lot of very good music

    episode 1
    Boney James, Euge Groove, Dave Koz (live), Jeff Kashiwa, Kees ten Dam, Mindi Abair, Nelson Rangell, Richard Elliot, Kenny G, Candy Dulfer (live), Eric Marienthal, The Rippingtons and Kane.

    episode 2
    Euge Groove, Art Porter, Buckshot Le Fonque, Everette Harp, Boney James, Najee, Warren Hill, Bill Evans, Bob James and David Sanborn, Dave Koz, George Howard, Michael Lington and Michael Mc Donald ft. Dave Koz

    episode 3
    Candy Dulfer, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell, Courtney Pine, Gerald Albright, Art Porter (rare 13 min. Passion Sunrise live recording from The North Sea Jazz Festival), Alfonso Blackwell, Kim Waters, Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows, Kees ten Dam, David Sanborn

    episode 4
    Najee's new cd "Rising Sun", after that a great live song from The Rippingtons "She Likes to Watch", Mezzoforte Live, a track from Jeff Kashiwa's newest cd "Play", Kirk Whalum together with his brother, Euge Groove's "Living Large", Steve Oliver, Paul Taylor, great song from the new Rick Braun and Richard Elliot cd "R&R", Paul Hardcastle, Walter Beasley, Mindi Abair and Sting.

    episode 5
    Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum, after that Donald Harrison with "The Tropic of Cool", Boney James, Jackiem Joyner, Andy Snitzer's Passion Play, Malibu Dreams from Kenny G, André Ward, Bill Evans Live!, the new single from Eric Marienthal "Blue Water", Nelson Rangell, a track from Everette Harp's newest CD "My Inspiration", Warren Hill and the last track is from The Phill Collins Big Band Live ft. Gerald Albright

    episode 6
    Najee, after that The Rippingtons ft. Dave Koz with "Be Cool", next Candy Dulfer ft. David Sanborn, Marion Meadows, George Howard's "Just The Way I Feel", "In The Shade" from Michael Lington, Richard Elliot with one of the best Smooth Jazz tune ever, Lee Ritenour & Bill Evans Live, Michael Franks ft. David Sanborn (again) with an old song called "Mr. Blue", Kees Ten Dam, Kim Waters, a track from Will Downing's newest CD "After Tonight" with Gerald Albright on Sax and the last track is from Curtis Stigers

    episode 7
    The first track is from Randy Scott, after that Eric Marienthal with "Dance with me", next Nelson Rangell, Euge Groove, Steve Cole's "Everyday", "Only tomorrow knows" from Dave Koz, Art Porter, Spyro Gyra Live, Buckshot Le Fonque ft. Branford Marsalis with a song called "Another Day", great new Smooth Jazz talent Rod Tate, Everette Harp, Boney James & Rick Braun's joint venture called "Shake it up" and the last track is from Michael Bolton ft. Kenny G.

    sources Open In ItunesOpen In Windows Media PlayerOpen In WinampOpen In Real PlayerOpen RSS Feed

    Photographer is photographer...

    Vipera berus
    Originally uploaded by ksa_mis

    In normal life, average person has a common sense, a pragmatical no-adventures behavior and all other similar attributes... And when comes to women in delicate expecting condition, it doubles if not triples. But there is one notable exception - photographer which suddenly noticed a nice shot to be done.

    Here is an example - my wife was in middle of being pregnant with our son, when she took a walk with our friends on outskirts of Espoo, and bumped into snake which has been *warming bones* in last autumn sunny days. My wife is pragmatical and logical and calm person, yet she didn't mind about one meter distance to snake of the only poisonous kind of it in Finland. She pulled out slowly camera, made a shot, and... Meet Vipera berus :)

    another side of open source coin

    after conversation with my colleague on our internal-and-yet-not-clear-whether-it-will-ever-float-at-all project, i just had interesting thought - apart from all this saliva-dropping "Open source über alles" shouted slogans, there is one thing good of being not in corporation: you write app, they use it, but there is nobody to go after you, if it somehow goes around of law (quite often written for it's own lawyer's raison d'être).

    Which in turns begs an answer for question(s)... I hear very often that people out there almost beg for PIM-and-alike small business tools for our Nokia tablet - yet, inside our team this topic... no, it is not a taboo but sort of getting many just looking on the walls as if you were not present and asking - no, no hidden agenda or alike, it is just consequence of doom business in PDA market, and nobody want his career go down. So, may be it makes sense to launch yet another open source project? No, PIM for Maemo may be a good tool set and good starting point but it is very far from Hildon design paradigms (e.g.think of thumbing up on this, especially with only one finger/thumb free for that) and frankly need some deeper re-design, not only ugly PDA-caused UI

    another UI fix in Vagalume

    Alberto Garcia (after consulting with fans bakes out yet another Vagalume, now version 0.5.1 and promises more UI fixes soon.

    Winner looks better IM-not-so-HO
    Vagalume 0.5.1

    than previous one
    previous Vagalume

    Now, I guess, you have no wonder why I got stuck on that Smooth Jazz tag at last.fm, and I hope that after last.fm news that

    Full-length tracks are now available in the US, UK, and Germany

    we could hear them here in Finland
    ... can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website

    13 February 2008

    interesting quote from Paul Graham

    Paul Graham in his essay Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas writes:

    Reading the Wall Street Journal for a week should give anyone ideas for two or three new startups. The articles are full of descriptions of problems that need to be solved. But most of the applicants don't seem to have looked far for ideas.

    I wonder now, if it is that cheap then why WSJ is still not the only magazine in the world?

    10 February 2008

    another walk into foggy Helsinki

    I like misty, foggy weather and photo shooting in this weather is even more pleasant for me.


    08 February 2008

    Business Opportunity

    Business Opportunity
    Originally uploaded by galexian

    One of my precious virtual friends found on livejournal.com is Alex, or as he describes himself

    Professional engineer, writer, linguist, programmer, Linux maniac, private pilot, and "the ham operator known as KC0MWF."
    Apart from mentioned qualities, he is also talented photograph - see the example, not without tongue in cheek.

    07 February 2008

    EU changes rules on CRS

    Edward Hasbrouck in his The Practical Nomad blog has very detailed, informative, yet practical article on Europe reconsidering rules for reservation systems. While the article written in 2007, it has some interesting notions on privacy of travelers, of which many are not aware at all. He starts with explanations on what are CRS's, and what do they do. Then he goes on why were CRS's regulated and what did the regulations require. And here is interesting quote

    Violation of the privacy clauses of the EU regulations is near-universal and completely ignored by the EC.
    Rest of article goes on why and how are CRS regulations changing, do the European regulations matter only in Europe, what will happen next and what should be done about that. And the other nice quote
    The elimination of CRS regulations in the USA, and their reduction in Canada, makes it more important than ever that the EU retain its constraints on the demonstrated propensity of global CRS companies to engage anti-consumer, anti-competitive, and privacy invasive actions

    Edward is also author of The Practical Nomad book.

    04 February 2008

    another sunny Sunday - walk with camera in sleepy western Helsinki

    got some few hours to walk to long-thought shooting in Strömberg park, then along the most western part of Helsinki in Pitäjänmäki - for some personal reasons, I had a long stnding dream to go and shoot.