Give me back my folders!



Enough already with this tagging frenzy! Tagging is a poor substitute for hierarchical folders. Tagging is for people who don't organize. Tagging is a way to improve searching, and search is what you do when you have lost something. If you organize, you don't have to search. There is nothing wrong with tagging - but it is not a way to organize.

I like Flickr and I like Gmail, but they don't let me organize. Sure, I have tagged my 5500+ photos, but they are all floating around there without structure.

Hot air balloon



One of these dropped down in front of me while on a bicycle ride. I photographed it using my mobile phone and my GPS is telling me we are at N 60°14.702' and E 25°01.442'. I am starting to appreciate the fact that I always have a camera with me, even if it is somewhat lacking in quality.

Kernel panic in the bus



"Kernel panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler!"

That is what it said on the TFT in the bus today. Having screens for the passengers in the bus, usually showing news and advertisements, is a new phenomenon here in Helsinki.

Yes, computers crash and this was not a critical component in our information society, so what is the big deal? Well, I still find it kind of funny being driven around town with a kernel panic in front of my face. Silly me.

10 years of post modem (1996-2005)



It was 10 years ago (kind of) that I abandoned my modem. To commemorate the occasion, I upgraded my DSL connection at home to "full rate" witch is 8 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

In 1996 I was still using my trusty old SupraModem 14.400 - the one with a fancy little matrix display on the front. Cutting edge at the time was 28.800 bps but I had my mind set on a leased line - no more counting minutes and having to go off-line. I wanted a 24/7 connection.