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Yodeller

Welcome to the Yodeller: my ongoing project to try and write something every day. You can read more about the background from here. If you are a new reader you might want to start from the beginning.

Professional tools

You can get quite far with a set of quality basic tools and for some ad hoc jobs even the cheapest consumer tools does the trick. But some jobs just require tools that are made for the job.

Even getting the cheapest tools for a small job might cost quite a lot. And the quality of those tools are what you pay for them. The cheapest ones might get the job done, but the end result might also end up cheap. Also the investment in such tools might be moot as there probably isn't going to be much opportunities to get any return of investment later.

It's better to rent such tools. You get better quality and better results as well. Renting those professional quality special tools is probably going to cost less than buying those cheap, poor quality substitutes. The only problem is that the clock starts ticking as soon as you check out the tools and you need to get the task done within a reasonable time instead of taking your time.

Non-smart home automation

I don't want everything in my home to be connected to the internet even though the possibility of controlling everything remotely sounds intriguing. Working on the software industry and having a good understanding of the state of security I definitely don't want to expose anything not absolutely necessary to the internet.

Yet I don't want to give up on all those quality of life improvements the modern technology can offer. Actually, not having connected devices requires the automation to be on a much higher level. Besides, the devices can be smart on their own without needing to be connected. Of course there is also options for local connections without exposing the devices to the public internet.

Building the home automation from these elementary blocks feels a lot like low level coding. On principal level you just have a few logical elements, the building blocks for anything more complex.

Simple elements also enforces simple design. Which in turn is less error prone than anything that tries to be in any way smart. And that's really important in the case of home automation. Everything needs to "just work".

Rough week

This week have had a lot going on. From time to time I've had the feeling that I'm not on top of everything. I think this might be closest ever for me to actually feel stressed. Hopefully this doesn't keep going on for too long or I might actually finally find out what s real stress feels like.

Renovations, moving preparations and the new role at work is quite a lot to handle. Especially when renovations are behind the schedule due to the COVID situation and the new role requires quite a lot of attention to get started. There is a lot to do as it's a completely new role within the company. A much needed one as there was a lot of things that weren't really nobody's responsibility before and now everyone is looking at me on those matters.

Good thing is that there has been a lot of progress as well. It has been really rewarding to see things setting in motion that have been stagnant for so many years at work and at the new apartment you can concretely see the change happening.

Getting the message through

It feels like no matter how many times I repeat a message there is always somebody telling me this was new information. It's hard to get everybody on the same page on any organization or group of people with more than a few members.

Repeating the message is one way. But it leads to a situation where growing number of people is just getting tired of hearing the same information over and over again. This leads to them not listening to you anymore. Even if you have new information to share! They just join the group of uninformed and the repetition cycle begins.

Anything but the smallest organizations also have a lot of information to share. It might seem that once you get the people listening it's better to tell them all the things at once. The problem is people are bad at digesting large amounts of information at once. So they will only remember the highlights from the topics that matter to them. The rest is as if they had never heard of it.

Writing down the information has a few benefits over spoken information sharing. It can be digested asynchronously, whenever the recipient has time. It's also easy to refer back to the text if something is forgotten. But there is no easy way to track whether people even bother to read all that info. It's also possible that people disregard the notifications of new bits of information and let them pile up to be read at later time. That leads back to the "too much information at once" problem. But at least they might have a faint memory of reading something and once coming across the topic there is always the text to check back.

200 words in Finnish

Writing 200 words in English feels like cheating. There are so many prepositions and articles and not that many compound words that 200 words (if you count all those) isn't that much.

In Finnish we cram all those little extra things in the base word itself and then we join the words themselves into a elongated compound word. While you can construct pretty long words with adding suffixes that, while technically correct, usually doesn't mean anything or are not usable in common language with compound words there isn't even a limit of how long they could be. On top of that we also have some pretty long base words as well, like järjestelmällistäminen (yes, that's just one word in it's basic form without any suffixes or anything). That's by the way the base word used to construct the longest word in the world.

In English that means systemization, pretty long word there too. We can add the epä prefix there as it still has an English counterpart un. From there it's getting hard to keep up in English. We go from unsystemzation into the lack of it with epäjärjestelmällistämättömyys. Being more specific that it's somebody's in particular lack of unsystemization we get epäjärjestelmällistämättömyydellään. How about making it into a question: "ones lack of unsystemization?". Sure epäjärjestelmällistämättömyydelläänkö?. That's already one to four ratio.

Of course not all our words are that long. But still, on average, counting by words in Finnish you need about 25-30 percent less words to say the same thing.

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