December 28, 2013

Sports betting recap - November 2013

Total balance of betting accounts in November: +627.06%

Oops. This result needs to be explained and I should do some serious thinking for the future. As I told before, I was having a little break from betting. I have bought some betting tips earlier from ESBC, a company that is offering commercial betting consultancy. In November they were promoting tips for Moniveto offered by Veikkaus with extra money on some bets. So, there was a chance to win with higher than normal odds. Knowing that I wouldn't be spending money on other bets in November, I decided to take one shot at it. And this time, it was worth it.

When I won the first bet, I decided to take a second one and won some more with that. This may show a difference between an amateur (me) and pros (ESBC), but I think also luck had a big role in it. I've made some similar bets during December with less encouraging results and it seems December won't be a winning month.

Anyway, with less focus on betting I've had more time for other things, for example Christmas. This has been a welcome change and I think I must spend some time considering where I want to put my focus in the future. This applies to both work and free time. I see some room for improvement in both areas.

December 12, 2013

Importing contacts from Nokia Suite to Jolla smartphone

I received my Jolla smartphone yesterday. I will not write a review right now, perhaps never. Others can do that better. But if you happen have an older Nokia phone, you may be wondering about moving contacts to Jolla phone. I managed to do it without putting my precious info into any kind of a NSA sponsored cloud service and it was really quite easy.

If you plan to do the same, here is one way to proceed. I will assume that you already have your contacts synced into Nokia Suite in Windows.
  • Create a new temporary folder for exported contacts.
  • Switch to contacts view in Nokia Suite and select all contacts you have.
  • Choose Export Contacts from the File menu and in the dialog select the folder you just created. Nokia Suite will write a .vcf file for each contact.
  • For easy import to Jolla, you will want to have the data in one .vcf file. Open Command Prompt in the export folder and give command: copy *.vcf contacts.vcf
  • Connect Jolla phone to your computer with USB and select the PC Connection mode in the phone.
  • Copy the contacts.vcf into the Downloads folder of the phone.
  • And finally do what Jolla Guide tells you to do: "Now in Settings| Apps | People: tap on "Import contacts from" and your Jolla will let you pick the vcf file you just copied over." 
For me, this was one of the first things I wanted to with Jolla and fortunately it went smoothly. Me and my Jolla are still getting to know each other. What I can currently say is that the UI is the prettiest design I've seen in my phones. More about my experiences a bit later.

December 04, 2013

How to fight a surveillance state?

I haven't written much about Snowden, NSA or privacy and freedom. I know it totally concerns me, but it's the Americans that have to clean their own backyard. I don't think you would listen to me anyway. So, let's hear it from someone whose words weigh more. Mikko H. Hyppönen from F-Secure:

So, what everyone can do is to try and pick more secure products and services in the future. It won't be simple, but a change is needed.