Leaving Nokia

Leaving NokiaAs some of you may know, I have decided to leave Nokia and go back into the start-up world. My last day is only in the end of May, but the decision was made long time ago, and information seems to travel too fast, so I decided to publicly announce it already now.

I am staying in Finland and will concentrate mostly on developing social training log Moozement, where I see a great potential. I will also be working as an independent consultant, so if you need help with your projects – get in touch.

I am hoping to get more time to formalize my thoughts, ideas and experiences with agile development methodologies, development of internet services and marrying them to mobile devices. So watch this space for more interesting blog posts.

The decision to leave was a tough one. Nokia clearly is an amazing company to work for, especially now, when it is aggressively establishing itself in the internet services domain. What makes Nokia unique is its ability to reinvent itself, and I believe that it will emerge ever-more powerful from this latest transformation.

I feel privileged to have worked with and learned from so many passionate, talented people. But after about six years at Nokia, working on products used by millions of people every day, I’ve decided that it is time to move on and explore the world beyond the corporate pond.

Let the future begin…


Back to business

2008 has been a hectic year – with all the changes – bulding a house, travelling, moving, having a new arrival in the family, new position in Nokia, and a side venture-like project, there was practically no time for blogging.

Now things are starting to get back to normal – and I’m hoping to be more visible in the blogosphere.

Having spent almost 8 years working with Symbian devices, I decided to shift the area of my professional interests. I moved from Nokia Devices to Services, where I’m working on creation of one of the common components for Ovi services.

Software development processes and complete cycle (from building to deploying) of rich web applications are in the center of my interest. Ruby on Rails, Facebook applications and social objects are occupying a serious part of my free time. In the mobile area I’m taking a broader view and looking into iPhone and Android applications in addition to traditional Series60 and Symbian.

2009 promises to be a very interesting year…


Sampo bank software upgrade, Ubuntu and beta culture

Even if you are not Sampo bank’s customer, but live in Finland, you have most probably heard by now about continuous problems Sampo had with their web-bank system.

When Sampo launched the new system this Easter, they took into use Java-based authentication system. Of course it didn’t work in my Ubuntu 7.10, but after removing Open JDK and installing latest Sun JDK it started functioning again – at least log in worked. This Java solution raised a lot of concerns in internet community.

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Share WLAN with your neighbours?

Tero Lehto writes in his blog that (according to ITviikko newspaper) Anssi Vanjoki – General Manager of Nokia Multimedia is not protecting his home WLAN. According to the newspaper Anssi Vanjoki said that he even considers to put up a sign on the roof – "Free WLAN. Feel free to use."

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