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About ten years ago, when NCSA Mosaic was making the WWW popular, I was wondering why people were making
home pages along a common pattern, listing the name, picture, hobbies
and favourite web pages of the proud home page owner—useless
information for a random visitor. Now, in the year 2003, I am
constructing a similar
useless home page.
Everything that you have not wanted to know about
me and my Curriculum Vitae.
I met my wife Heli in the beginning of the
year 2000. We were engaged a year later, and we were married in 2002.
We have two sons, Väinö and Otso, born in 2003 and 2005.
Our sons used cloth diapers (my wife was the first chair of the Finnish
Cloth Diaper Association), and they are bicycle enthusiasts just
like their father. As my wife started working in April 2008, I became
a house-daddy for a few months, so that I can better witness
the experiments of my kids.
have given my sons mathematical stimuli early on. I designed
two bedspreads for them and
assigned the manufacturing task to their grandmothers. My wife made
cushion covers from some of the wool that was left over.
I am eager to see when Väinö
and Otso will be able to figure out what this picture and the programs that generated it
are all about.
Some of my Hobbies
- old computers
- I got my first computer, a Commodore 64, after a long time of
begging my parents, in the spring of 1986. I did not acquire further
computers until the 1990s, and I will not forget my first computer:
in 1993, I founded a public file archive for 8-bit Commodore
computers on FUNET’s
file server, and I maintained the archive until June 2005. In the
summer of 2009, I gave most of my
largish collection of Commodore computers
to fellow hobbyists, as Väinö needed an own room.
I had some other computers as well, such as a few Atari VCS 2600.
- When I was about five years old, I learned that it is not wise to
connect a flashlight bulb directly to mains power, even though it is
possible to attach the cord of a 4.5-volt LEGO motor to the bulb with
a piece of tape, and the other end of the wire can be plugged into the
cord of a radio cassette recorder. Luckily, I inserted the plug into the
wall socket last while conducting the experiment.
Digital electronics and embedded systems are easier for me than analog
- I prefer to use free
software. Not only to save money but because I and others will
be able to adapt the programs to better suit my needs. I have
written some free software as well, mainly in the C programming language.
- Even though we live in a suburb consisting of detached houses
with poorish public transport service, we have not acquired a car.
Kids and goods are transported by trailers. Thanks to water-proof
pannier bags and rain clothes, we can bicycle all year. For long
journeys, we usually choose the train or bus.
- In the beginning of 2009, I entered the GPS era by acquiring
a bicycle navigator, which I attached to a
USB dynamo charger of
my own design. Because I prefer open systems, I became a
member of the OpenStreetMap
community. It is great to learn new bicycling routes near and
far from home and add them to the map. Even on long journeys, one
can use silent small roads without getting lost. I use and make a
map of Finland for Garmin
- Late 2011, as the GPS trace transfers from my Garmin Edge 705
stopped working, I got myself a SonyEricsson Xperia Active, a
waterproof phone that supports ANT+Sport sensors. I plan to
contribute to open-source GPS software projects on Android, such as
My Tracks and OsmAnd+.