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I have never understood why men and women wouldn't have more or less equal possibilities in study and working life. After reading this book I understand that there's more connected than just a persons own survival strategy. It might not be enought if a person decides to claim one's place and space and be a Person instead of a stereotypic representative of one's sex. There's certain sosiomechanic structures in working environments too. Raising them to the open certainly helps to start understanding these issues. For that reason I would have wanted to see more issues from the book on the posters that Mahdollista menestys -organisation is publishing 1) 2). Posters sadly include more orders than explanations.
Reading this book also reminded of the bubbles that we create around us. For me I have found myself already in engineering bubble, academic bubble and arts bubble. Bubbles are comfortable but also make us forget what is happening in other bubbles or on the ground. I didn't remember how stubborn ideologies people still can have in some bubbles.
Most of the bubbles leave out rural areas and suburbs, where new kind of equality thinking would help a lot according to Marklund and Snickare. Unfortunately writers don't go too deeply in that what kind of changes could be made, but at least schools have major impact on the development and misery of both, boys and girls.
One thing was nice to understand. I have been on the right track when I have expected equal results from both sexes. But it is not always simple. Even now I feel that I have started to be carefull in some situations, so I wouldn't break anything. Too much political correctness is not a good thing. If we try to guess other peoples opinions, we end up rating them.
For you who are regular visitors might be aware that I'm a user for several social web services like, Flickr, Facebook, Blogger, Google reader, Del.icio.us and Dopplr. Using many different services can be challenging and that's why services tend to collect themselves as clusters (money plays also a major role in this). But like me I have to use several clusters, like Google and Yahoo. And balancing on these services is sometimes quite awkward. Feeling of control is lost on these several services.
The thing about Flock is that now I have all my accounts open on the sidebar of my browser and I constantly receive RSS feed from those all. This means that I skipp the whole mess of opening pages to see my accounts. And for example uploading my photos, I just press the upload button, and after that I can choose to which service I want to upload. Or for this blog entrty I needed a single button. -Me likes..
Another great generalization could be that people with usability expertese have all experienced something which has formed them to be more emphatic than the average Joe.
A usability oriented person senses the problems more easier, but like the rest of us, cannot escape those. This is a reason why usability persons themselves are an interesting group to monitor and see what kind of protective tactics they use against the stress the world has to offer.
So in this case I'll proritize and only leave you the link -that is said to be a really good one- and just wait for you to comment was it any good..:
Time Management #1: Why You Need to be Organised to be Creative
You can also download it, thanks BODO.
Opening our University webmail I popped into this nice contradiction in the picture. There's been a campaign for the IT security and password policy. This picture astually shows what is the difference between talking and doing.
People are willing to adopt protective means, if they can do it conveniently. -The meaning on convenient for starters is Not:
1) You just Have to uninstall your firewall not knowing where to get a new one. (picture)
2) Every year you have to go to helpdesk to loan a CD to get your virus scanner running.
3) An old post about passwords
Microsoft breaking into map services; Imposing bird-eye perspective views for example Oulu city centre from 4 different directions.
Flock; a web browser that combines blogs, friends, picture services and some more into same window.
Smugmug; competitor to Flickr?
Recently I've had some friend requests from my colleagues. Few I accepted, but for some I'm just not sure. In the end I know and like the persons, but where the boundary goes, who get's the access to my 'livingroom'.
Facebook appealed for me for the reason that it felt safe. I could add pictures and personal data, for only my friends to see. On the opposite, Facebook is by far the easiest application to find friends. -These two appealing factors seem contradicttive, without a convinient solution. Somehow it doesn't seem so fair thing to use 'limited profile' either. -I better try, so I'll know..
Totally other story is, if Facebook really is so safe like it seems. The applications you add to your Facebook account -which actully make Facebook so live- supposedly get all the data available on your account. And anybody can make an application. -That's really frightening.
There already was news about false bank accounts made by Facebook data. Facebook didn't publish this information on it's pages, although it would have been a fair thing to do.
There's been a lot of talk around how you shouldn't close a shop (in finnish). -I just received a mail, which gave a perfect example How you shouldn't invite a member to update one's profile.
First I was happy to receive a mail saying there's something new at Club Nokia And I was ready to update my profile, but the way it put me to wait for a confirmation mail _before_ the update, was really awkward.
While editing that pic on right and writing this post, I haven't received the mail, so I think the next thing I'll do for my account is to delete it.
Mobile phone charger manufacturer Salcomp decided to shut down it's factory in Kemijärvi in the autumn of 2003. This resulted in a fairly great depression of the whole town. People got sick, several killed themselves and the overall financial situation for the city and it's habitants was compareable to afterwar time.
Last month Yle reported how things in Kemijärvi start to look positive again after four years.
And this week Stora Enso informs that they will shut down their profitable pulp mill in Kemijärvi - second and last major employer from the town. Stora Enso doesn't want to sell the mill - only shut down, which will surely bounce the unemployment procentage to 45%.
Ok, so what you ask.. There's families where the salary is coming from the single company. Families have bought or built houses by loans, and now they have to move, apartment is worth nothing and the bank still want's their money. And there really isn't that many tax payers anymore in there.
So in the end, I'm happy just to be able to pay my parking ticket. I just wish it went for better purpose.
More from: Lapin Kansa, Helsingin Sanomat and Kaleva
"Committed to sustainability
Today I received a ticket. -I took my bike to for service and placed my car on front of the shop making sure everybody have enough space. -Everybody else had, but the warden. There's no place for explanations - those women are rude here in Rovaniemi.
The shop owner felt bad. -He said it happens a lot.
I continued to Kauppayhtiö to have a comfort-baquette and started to read a newspaper Lapin Kansa (21./22.10.07).
Another bicycle-shop owner was complaining about the same topic. -He actually ended up changing his whole profession 'due' the wardens. -Please read more from the pic, where the text is unfortunately only in finnish.
Some might remember my post about Nordea's good UI on ordering personalized card. This was the delivery, but the best was yet to come. -The double-slider package was a blast, after all those dull, thin letters ;D
I found a clip of Dan Shaffers presentation How To Lie With Design Research on Mobile Observations. It had a kind of similar message. The key point was maybe 'Most companies are looking to have their ideas validated anyway. So why waste your budget on field research. -Just do it in the Google.'
I can't help wondering, does this tell more about clients or designers.
When a company starts to gain size, daughter companies and additional product categories, the problems in keeping the product portflio in tact start to form. This and pirate-copies about the products create a challenge for a consumer.
I found these. -Please somebody tell me that the restaurant made a quickfix and these are not in the market!
This weekend the theme was all about our user experience team visiting the north. We went all the way up to Karigasniemi. Somehow we ended up talking about could you live up here as an designer.. -And the visit to Tivoli in Rovaniemi added a flavour to this conversation:
Mie is a clothes-line based on the very same idea. I have to say that I appreciate the values they work by. And the print 'Kemijärvi Night Train"-is one of my favorites.
Read their story from their site.
In my opinion that was one of the greatest inventions for a social networking where a virtual and physical content and objects are being intertvined. I would like to see if they have come up with a design for that, but while waiting news you can watch a video about the consept:
See also an open blog Exploring creativity, by Portugalilainen.
-Around the cabinet, four metal rods are used to create the unexpected shape for the textile cover.
-Changeable and washable textile covers the speaker on all four sides. User can tune the speaker into any interior or atmosphere. The four piece textile serie called Elo is designed by Eija-Riitta Vähämaa.
-Terminal is placed at the bottom of the speaker, and the wires can be lead conviniently to any of the four directions, making it possible to place the speaker even in the middle of the floor.
-Speaker is based on single Tangbang element and the cabinet design relies on transmission-line principle, which makes it possible to reach frequences down to 60Hz.
Come and see yourself how it looks inside the grey and stoned fasade. Lapin Yliopisto at Ahead! -area in Hall 5.
Take a note next time you eat in your local pizzeria what is their practice with the cash register. -Does it really print a receipt ;)
(Edit; photo location changed)
Habitare 2007 will be held at Helsinki at 20.-23. of september.
Our department from university of Lapland is also participating. Earlier today I heard that one of the early prototypes is featured on university web pages ;)
Unfortunately the article is available only in Finnish, but have a look at other designs too.
Codesigner for the textiles, Eija-Riitta Vähämaa and I hope that you come and visit Ahead-design area in Helsinki Fair Centre hall 5 to see how the design Really came out like.. Other interesting object might be Grandma's Revenge, by Mikael Heikkilä
The idea for the design of Pylon speaker relies on combining everyday living with new technology.
Pylon is a high quality speaker with unexpected shape and changeable textile cover on all sides. Speaker is wired from the bottom, and wires can be led to any of the four directions, which makes it highly suitable for surround speaker. With changeable covers speaker can be tuned into any interior, either to be bold or almost invisible. Textile covering all sides, speaker can be placed even in the middle of the floor. The four piece textile serie called Elo, is designed by Eija-Riitta Vähämaa.
Check the video from their site.
-Anyway it's absolutely great if we could get rid of massive use of different kind of batteries.
Sometimes when repairing windows (it must count as a hobby) you end up in quite contradictive situations. Maybe most of these situations are related to internet connections.
Here Windows tells that everything will be fine after I can connect to internet. -Yes, I know that. That's the reason why I'm trying to fix it..
-Just put the article on my system!
In the regular layout, with the hands of taiga- region dweller, it's nearly impossible to reach the lowest keys like C.
It is coming increasingly difficult to take your bike on a train at times of InterCity and Pendolino.
While old express trains can take bunch of bikes as freight at the rate of 9€, typical InterCity can take only 3 bikes at the same rate - accompanied by the passangers.
On Helsinki area commuter trains the bikes are a headache for both other passangers and bikers with the price of 3,60€. On my opinion taking bike with you could be free - if only VR facilitated trains with hooks, to lift the bikes up.
Actually those three bike places in IC-trains use kind of complicated hooks, but the actual system is terrible. There's no intuitivity nor proper guidance. The good thing is, that it locks your bike (needed?) and gives your money back - if only you end up sticking your finger into right hole.
Via Treehugger Via Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Check also how some American Federal Agencies are "leading by example" on their site for best practices Federal sustainability
The gem was Church bells of Konevitsa by Piirpauke. -The melody literally comes from the church bells: At the time when lake Laatokka still was part of Finland, there were some musicants living around the lake. And at still summer evenings they could hear the bells from monestary of Konevitsa island. Musicants started to follow the sound by Kantele and turned it into a folkmusic.
And pretty well it came out even on modernized(1975;) version. -At least I can really easily picture the lake shore while listening..
Even more modern version is made by Finnish metal band, Sentenced on 2002.
I have boosted earlier about Fring. -Despite the obvious advantadges there's still some annoyances in Fring, so the use has been less than I expected. -Today I read from Tero Lehto's blog that Live Messenger is available for S60 phones.
I haven't tested it yet, but I waiting a lot. -After all there's Nokia and Microsoft behind this, so there's probably no 3rd party complications..
Via: Mobiili- ja PDA-blogi, Symbianv3.com
Pictures in bank cards. -That's an old story. Even using your own pictures doesn't sound so sexy anymore.
But I wouldn't have imagined it to be this easy and enjoyable.
The only problem is that which picture should I choose.. -How many cards would I actually need ;)
The lake itself is remote, quiet and complex with all it's islands. Great place for kayaking and camping. The water is really good and clear even on finnish scale.
-I would like to have that kind of stuff on my knees next time I go off-piste. -I would be great if it could support joints in similar manner, only when you need it.
When I wrote about the headset wires I got a hunch that I had a sketch in my bedside notebook about how the interface could be used through shirt or jacket.
Still I might prefer one which would be U-shaped and would come out-and-front from the collar. Never the less, now after I searched the pic, here you go..
I bought a Nokia HS-20 headset, a really enjoyable purchase. Especially the plugs fit into my ears perfectly and shut a lot of noise out. -Should try them today in night-train instead of normal plugs..
It's just that the wires in the headsets are so incomprehensible. You need to keep the microphone near you mouth and that creates a fair length of extra wire near your neck. With this kind of miniplugs you wouldn't need the connector behind your neck. My headset lacked the connector, but even with that, the wires would bee too long.
-I wish there was a place for extra length or the wires would be adjusted to this use. And am I really the only one who want's to lead the wire under my shirt, because there's no headset that allows it properly?
Nowadays you can live your life based only on virtual calendars. I think MS should provide local calendars for Outlook, so that at least holidays would be marked, preferably also other calendar information.
My colleague brought up the the way how traditional calendars are sold to different target groups and the thing is, there could be 3rd party providers for different kind of calendar items. -Outlook might actually start to look more attracting and inviting, rather than _the_ dull office application.
This morning I dropped some coins below the conveyor. It reminded me a lot how harsh Finland can be for foreigners. Nobody moved to help in a situation which was basicly caused by 'service provider'.
I still remember how they handled the situation in Osaka airport security check when I forgot that I was using metal enforced shoes: They really made me feel it wasn't my fault. They offered me a pair of slippers on a plate and were quite sorry that they needed to scan my shoes. It made me laugh, but since - finnish security check has seriously lacked some service attitude.
The small plastic bags seem to be also really Required. The point is that people want to bag their liquids, and staff want's to see them. -So if I have a single bottle of liquid, why is it nescessary to bag that into a plastic bag? -That's regular stuff too..
Information architects have created nice maps about what's kind of internet services are hot at the moment.
The map is interesting as it is, but is also a great example how statistics can be formed interesting and usable form.
Another good new service is asuntojen.hintatiedot.fi, where you can find the prices of apartments in 15 major finnish cities.
Today I took the subway to east and we started to explore forests around Vuosaari. Kallahti was a great place, felt nothing like Southern Finland. Also Uutela with the beautiful cow sculptures by Miina Äkkijyrkkä is a sight to see! (On Google Maps)
And don't forget the sausages. -Plenty of places to grill, but unfortunately no axes.
The thing about festivities is to prepare those. -Like christmas, the thing is to make the food and decorations. If those are done already, what's the point just sit around..
But sauna is finished and tomorrow is just for sauna and games. And hopefully some more sun 8)
The great thing in this is that your clothes don't smell anymore like fireman's. Unfortunately though, instead of smoke, the dominating smell nowadays is sweat.
At least the scenery on streets has changed. In away it's nice, but I can believe there's bunch of problems rising from this. And the least of those isn't the noise and smoke for the apartmens around the bar.
-I was the only person listening when 30 young energetic women sang 'Tulisit' (would you come). I couldn't help smiling .. a lot =)
Later that afternoon I had to go to see KYN's real performance in Tampere talo, where Tampere Vocal music festival was taking place.
-Now just have to order a cd from them ;D
I decided that Bianchi is a perfect choice for me. (see earlier post) And now I've been cruising around city.
One of the best things about shopping outside Helsinki is that you can really talk about the price and conditions with the owner or clerk with a sufficient negotiation rights. When considering the user satisfaction in shopping experience, this is a major factor to utilize. It cannot be too hard give negotiation rights to clerks also in bigger organizations. The cost for this is not nescessary high, but the loyalty of customers is gained easily.
In this case I bought the bike from Suomen Urheilupyörä. The deal was all together more than 20% cheaper than the same in Helsinki. -Some more customer satisfaction for me ;)
Go to www.panasonic.fi and select support and downloads.
-Then you need to answer some quizz questions to find your digital camcorder..
Basicly you could select the cam by model, but it doesn't really help you finding the driver. -Even after you might realize that it actually isn't NV-GS500 like spelled on the side of the cam, but instead it is PV-GS500.. -Enjoy ;)
I seriously think that at least in Finland the direction has changed during last 2 years.
Todays quizz was in a sunny city of Kotka. -At least I wasn't sure at all, how to park with these signs.
In case my opinion, that arrow pointing up means forward is still valid, for example the whole mall of Kamppi has signs pointing to all possible wrong directions. *starting to doubt.. Please leave an opinion*
Microsoft Surface is about to change many ways how we manage information, files and our everyday activities. -If only it will be affordable.
See engadget gallery and the video below:
There's also some other interesting films like Barbarella, 1968 and Modesty Blaise, 1966 ;D
-Still I'm missing one of the best TV series ever; Pikkukaupungin tarinoita, where Donner was a producer. It was filmed in Kristiinankaupunki at summer and had a really intimate small town feeling along with the stories, as the name already says.
The answer was surprising: Cappuchino cups in FAZER Cafe had an elevated plate to hide the bottom of the cup and it could be used also for small litter created during your coffee moment!
I'd go there again just for the cups, but luckily the coffee was great too!
(btw: they also have a great 'eat all that you can' -type breakfast ;)
Saw Tamminiemi, went to Turku to see Mikael, grilled in Aurinkolahti, saw Hietaniemi cemetary and finally had a hike in Uutela. -And all this in great company!
Btw: our companys official 'lähiökuppila' Luna has been mentioned in City-magazine. -Along with the next place I try to check, La Place..
Generally the guidance on bicycle paths in Helsinki is really poor. You might see the path existing on the map, you follow the sign at the start of the path and you would think that it really quides you somewhere. -Then, suddenly you don't have any idea where the path went..
Though this time it was quite extreme, especially for my replacement bike.. :D -Finally the next day I found the right way, thanks to Google maps for mobile and now I have a shortcut to work and back :)
This time I thought I was clever. -There was cleansing wipes in the cabinet, I thought!
-No way, it would have been too easy. Just some soap to make the floor even more slippery..
Only place where you actually can wash your face is the shower. Shower as a concept is great. But there is a mapping problem. You could think that just use the big knob. -No. Every 30 seconds you have to find the small metal button just over the big one. The pic is blury, but you can immerse yourself in the moving and steamy environment ;).
"Tuotekehitystä voi verrata vapaalaskuun. Päästäkseen nauttimaan menestyvästä tuotteesta tai onnistuneesta laskusta, on ensin kiivettävä pitkä tie vuoren huipulle ja tuotekehityksen huippuhetkeen.
Nousuun tulee valmistautua huolellisesti. Matkalla voi sattua odottamattomia asioita, jolloin on osattava toimia oikein ja pitää suunta oikeana. Valmistautuessa ei myöskään saa unohtaa mitään tarpeellista, koska takaisin kääntyminen on voimien ja motivaation kannalta turmiollista. Huipulle haluaa mahdollisimman nopeasti, mutta on osattava kiivetä resursseja säästäen, sillä voimia täytyy olla vielä laskun hallitsemiseen ja siitä nauttimiseen.
Jos lumi tai markkinat eivät olekaan odotetut, ei lopputuloskaan ole odotettu. -Tämä voi johtua siitä, että matkalla on eksytty, tai on alunperin lähdetty kiipeämään väärälle huipulle tai väärään aikaan. Tai voi olla että kiipeäminen on lopetettu liian aikaisin, jolloin lasku -ja tuotteen myynti- jää lyhyeksi.
Parhaassa tapauksessa lopputulos on kaunis, teknisesti täydellinen ja haluttava. Niin luontainen, että kaikki samaistuvat siihen. –Ja mikä tärkeintä, kuluttaja haluaa sen hinnalla millä hyvänsä!"
Today I saw a little text on the contact list of my messenger; www.fring.com.
-By far this is the most perfectly quided installation of any service for multimedia phones.
You should try it just to see the installation. But after half an hour use, it's really great. It really brings your Skype and Messenger in to your pocket. And the application even stays on, unlike Nokias own applications.
-Try it, probably you love it :D
I have been amazed by the willingness of banks to push Electron to market. On users point of view, the card is very unreliable and even humiliating when you have to keep the cue waiting the card to confirm itself.
-Why not provide a proper cards for the customers?
Joku aika sitten kirjoitin Ylen ongelmista digitelevisio kritiikin kanssa.
Tällä kertaa huuto taitaa käydä kovaksi..
Mikael Junger selitti hymyssä suin äsken televisiossa, että ensin sairaalat ilmoittivat etteivät halua joka televisioon digiboxia, sitten kuulemma taloyhtiöt. Asioita on ratkottu yksi kerrallaan ja nyt on tultu siihen tulokseen ettei digiboxeja tarvitakaan.
Ei sovi pohjalaiseen mentaliteettiin tälläinen. -Jos ajatus oli, että siirretään Suomi digiaikaan, niin sitten siirretään! Harvoin tulee sellaista oloa, että jonkun erominen tekisi asioille mitään hyvää, mutta nyt tuli.
-Toinen iloinen jälleennäkeminen oli Spreadshirt, jossa voit teettää paidat tai vaikka alushousut haluamallasi painatuksella!
Kiroileva siili on tyypittänyt persoonansa riviin, voit löytää sieltä omasi. Minä olin näemmä lähimpänä sarjan päähahmoa..
e-on tekee saman kodinkoneilla..
Olet sisäinen tulisielu, vaikka ulospäin näytätkin herkästi viileältä. Jos joku sattuu tulemaan luoksesi väärään aikaan, saattaa heiltä palaa näpit. Et välttämättä kaipaa suuria joukkoja ympärillesi ja viihdyt itseksesi varsin hyvin, mutta jos menet juhliin, menet sinne tyylillä.
Olet tarkka työssäsi ja yleensä jälki on erittäin siistiä. Paneudut työhösi antaumuksella.
Our goal is to make a lamp with costs closing zero..
I like the way Japanese work on their projects, they have a limited materials and amounts. Today we didn't have limitations. Sometimes the way that everything is allowed makes things really messy. Let's see how we survive out of this..
The weater was great today. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to take pictures of people ice fishing or skiing on the river. 8)
Anyway there's a party at railway station this evening. -Exotic experiences which only Rovaniemi can offer ;) Today it's about Radio Säteily, which starts in two weeks. Station is run every year for some weeks by the students of department of arts.
I participated a workshop called Green Imperative in UIAH about sustainable developement by means of converging technologies.
The week was busy, but enjoyable. It was really interesting to see how groups worked on the subject. And also to see, in vhich topics we all ended up thinking the same way. -In bad and in good.
We set the aim as far as possible, because it seems that everytime we fail to go far enough.
Our point of view was from the side of wireless technologies (including breakthroughs on nano, bio and information sciences). We ended up to a basic idea that available information for decision making on every level of the society might create holistic understanding about the causes of our decisions. This increased knowledge and understanding together with economical (and ekological) pressures would start to change consumption, production and also the way we are living.
Thanks for the group and all other new friends, hope to see you soon again :)
And some irrelevant pics from UIAH to fill the space ;)
Firstly I was surprised that I could do it myself. But the major surprise came a little later.
I used the backup option on the phone to store 'something' into my memorycard. Then I updated the firmware and restored the data from the card..
..Everything was back. And I mean EVERYTHING including all the 3rd party applications. Only things that didn't survive were the theme, the order of the icons and a text message which I opened just before the phone went black.
This has been a problem in Windows for -god knows- how many years. And then suddenly Nokia pulls it of! -And I know it can be a lot trickier on PC, but anyway. Thanks guys! ;)
Not that this is any kind of truth, but it still reminded me some US politics can be elected.
-Usually rasism is something what you practice against a minority, but are you rasistic if you don't like majority?
There was interesting article in NYT about rasism and how we can actually might cause harm with our over tolerance for Everything.
Also spending some time with japanese people I started to think, should I behave like a normal Finn, or try to adapt to their customs.. After all, the saying goes "When in Rome, do as the the romans do."
Some time ago Microsoft added a handy function for this problem:
When picture is selected and Picture toolbar is visible, click Compress picture, and continue selecting All pictures, 150dpi and Crop. The result is probably up to ten times smaller file size.