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Resolving an incredibly pointless struggle with RCC

Okay, this might be my least general and overall most pointless article ever, but I felt I needed to document it anyway. Maybe it’ll help someone with a similar gadget, despite being a bit off-topic on this blog. Apologies to any regular visitors! So, what am I talking about, then? Recently I bought a radio-controlled projector clock as a gift to my wife. I reasoned that such a device would never require any fiddling with (due to its automatic nature), and hence be the one…Continue reading Resolving an incredibly pointless struggle with RCC

Of Course I Still #ValoLove You

Long story short: My 6-year career with Valo is now coming to an end. Today was my last day at Valo. This is the longest I’ve ever worked at a company, and I’ve had the time of my life in the many positions I’ve held within Valo / Blue Meteorite. Rarely does a company offer you so many different possibilities and options – and let you grow into the role you’re looking to fill with any support you might need. Anyway – to take a…Continue reading Of Course I Still #ValoLove You

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2020 – Year Review

Like almost customary at this point, I decided to take a look at 2020 – which goals I had set for myself, if I hit them, and what happened on koskila.net during the year. And like last year, I thought I’d set myself a few new goals! In my last year review post, I commented on 2019: 2019 was borderline tumultuous – in 2020, I hope it’ll be slightly smoother sailing. Me, in my 2019 review Oof. Overall, 2020 was definitely not “smoother sailing”. But…Continue reading 2020 – Year Review

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Is Lifetime Spotify Premium legit?

This article describes another fishy online offering I ran into, Spotify Premium Lifetime subscription. Long story short, it’s a scam, just not a very heinous one. Depending on the calibration of your moral compass, it might even be worth it, although definitely not recommended. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on with this criminal affair, then! (If you’re in a hurry, check this out first: How to approach a Spotify Premium Lifetime upgrade safely) A while back, I wrote an article about cybercriminals…Continue reading Is Lifetime Spotify Premium legit?

Worx Landroid L2000 (WR155E) – an honest review

In this article, I’m sharing my perspective and experiences of Worx Landroid L2000 – an autonomous lawn mower I’ve had for about 2 summers now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help someone else make an informed decision about getting a puppy like this. Anyway – a step back, the 10k-feet view first, as usual. Robot lawn mowers are slowly becoming a commodity, but choosing the right one is still tough. The models are different, the marketing differs, the features and even the behavior of the…Continue reading Worx Landroid L2000 (WR155E) – an honest review

SharePoint Home Sites – a Game Changer?

This topic seems to be on everyone’s mind right now: SharePoint Home Sites. They’re finally rolling out (again). Or maybe even rolled out, in case this article ends up late in my publishing queue! But what are they? How do you create SharePoint Home sites? How do you best use them in your organization? To take a step back, let’s first take a step upwards – to get the 1000-feet view! Getting the big picture – why is Microsoft doing this stuff in the first…Continue reading SharePoint Home Sites – a Game Changer?

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Top Tips To Survive Working From Home!

Due to the outbreak of Corona-virus, there’s a sudden influx of people working remotely. As someone, who has only recently gone through the transformation from a regular office worker (with an actual assigned desk and all that classic stuff), to a full-time remote worker, I thought I could share some of my experiences on how to survive WFH (that’s Working From Home for those of you who’re even newer to this stuff than I am!) Introduction Up until recently, I used to work at Valo’s…Continue reading Top Tips To Survive Working From Home!

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Office 365 video migration to Office Stream imminent – Get Ready!

While this post will mostly be about the highly topical migration from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream, there’s also a fair amount of rambling about Microsoft’s partner strategy and a bit of history included. I’m starting with the main stuff and then proceeding to the ranty parts, so just skip the last 75% of the post if you don’t care about that kind of stuff! On to the content, then! Microsoft Stream is taking the world by storm There’s been a lot of buzz…Continue reading Office 365 video migration to Office Stream imminent – Get Ready!

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2019 – Year Review (200th post on this blog!)

When I started this blog in 2015 as a place to stash my, eh, thoughtful workarounds, I didn’t think I’d ever hit 200 live articles (with another hundred still in draft mode). Or that I’d get half a million people reading them in a year! Man, I didn’t know either one of these things when I was writing my 2018 review, which feels like was just a moment ago. Taking a look a bit further back, year 2017 living, working and traveling in the United…Continue reading 2019 – Year Review (200th post on this blog!)

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Awarded MVP for Office Development

Late Friday night a couple of weeks ago, I got an interesting and a bit of a surprising email from Microsoft. Flabbergasted, I tweeted this right after: Wait, WHAT? First of all, when did #Microsoft learn to write proper Finnish, second of all, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? :D I’m genuinely at a loss of words. Just… Thanks everyone for sparring and pushing me – I’ll do my best to be worthy of y’alls trust! 🤩 #MVPBuzz #MVP pic.twitter.com/wn3EMKfrvA — Antti K. Koskela #MVPBuzz (@koskila) November…Continue reading Awarded MVP for Office Development

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Another year, another Hacktoberfest (2019)!

Like a lot of the more frequent readers of this blog know, I generally work in proprietary – that is, non-open-source – projects. Whenever I do have some time to dabble in OSS, it’s usually for a hobby. This time around, I’ve been really struggling to find the time to contribute to open-source projects. Last year I had just had a baby – so it’s not like I was sleeping anyway. I was able to submit a few useful scripts, bugfixes and documentation improvements during…Continue reading Another year, another Hacktoberfest (2019)!

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Au revoir Canada, bonjour Finland.. Eh?

Is this seriously my first ACTUAL post about Canada? What a major gap in my content! However, living in Canada has been fairly hectic (with the work, family and trips), so I haven’t been able to write much about our life here – unlike when we were living in the States. Which, conveniently, brings me to the main point of this rambling – This post works as an announcement of sorts: I’m wrapping up my life in Canada, and moving back to Finland. I’ll be…Continue reading Au revoir Canada, bonjour Finland.. Eh?

Thanks for coming to my session at SPS Charlotte 8/10/2019!

This is just a quick update to share my materials from my SharePoint Saturday Charlotte 2019 session. What a fun event – and a cool city! It was a pleasure getting to know the local community and visiting a new state. Thanks for the local user group (and the conference organizers) for having me! Charlotte – what a beautiful city! Charlotte seems like a really lively city. And what an active audience – a long day, but people actually stayed at the venue until the…Continue reading Thanks for coming to my session at SPS Charlotte 8/10/2019!

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Speaking at SPS Charlotte 8/10/2019!

I got an awesome, (kind of) last-minute opportunity to join a crew of awesome speakers at SharePoint Saturday Charlotte (NC) on 10th of August, 2019, and I was super happy to jump on it! I’ll be presenting about extending Microsoft Teams with some SPFx goodness. Last time, the session spurred so many questions I had trouble keeping up – pretty awesome! Having never been to Charlotte, I’m super excited about this trip. If you’re from the area, hit me up on Twitter with the most…Continue reading Speaking at SPS Charlotte 8/10/2019!

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Thanks for coming to my session at SPS Nashville 2019!

I had the honor of speaking at SharePoint Saturday Nashville 2019 again, and it was a lot of fun! I had the chance to meet a lot of new (and some “old”) people. And what a crowd – so many (difficult) questions about SPFx & Teams development… 😬😂 (Don’t want to crawl through the jabbering? Just here for the materials? Well, they are here: SPS Nashville 2019 materials . Thanks for your interest!) SPS Nashville 2019 from a speaker’s viewpoint Posting the materials took me…Continue reading Thanks for coming to my session at SPS Nashville 2019!

Internet Explorer finally gets left behind

The boring version of browser wars is upon us

The next browser war is upon us, and this time it isn’t fought on the battlefield of proprietary API implementations and badly implemented CSS and JavaScript standards, but rather it’s different ecosystems battling it out with their respective variants of Blink, which itself is a part of open source Chromium. Sounds boring, right? And to some extent it really is. No Firefox fanboys, no Opera elitists and Internet explorer normies keeping to their respective corners of the public space, each group looking down on the…Continue reading The boring version of browser wars is upon us

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Enter the BRAVE new world of Chromium forks!

I’m trying out a new, more long-form content on this blog – tell me what you think about it in the comments section below! This article explains one of the only cryptocurrency initiatives I find to be kind of level-headed – Basic Attention Token – and the browser that’s pretty tightly coupled with it, Brave. Note: If you just want to skip all the banter and download the hecking browser, click this. Preface As far as different cryptocurrencies go, there have been quite a few…Continue reading Enter the BRAVE new world of Chromium forks!

Koskela - SharePoint Saturday Nashville 2019 on 6/16 session.

Speaking at SPS Nashville 6/15/2019

Exciting news to share again! My session on using SPFx to extend Microsoft Teams got accepted to SharePoint Saturday Nashville next June. I’m excited to return to the Music City – it was a lot of fun last time, and I have a new session to present this time! Correction: The title has been fixed – it used to say 6/16, but the event is on 15. SharePoint Saturdays are typically on Saturday 😁 Thanks for pointing that out! What will I be speaking about?…Continue reading Speaking at SPS Nashville 6/15/2019

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Thanks for an amazing 2018!

Year 2018 is drawing to an end, and it’s a good time for some reflection on what an interesting year it’s been! Personally, quite a few things have happened in the last 12 months – I moved to Canada, started a new/old job, became a father, spoke at awesome events, met a lot of cool people – just tons of awesome stuff. But personal things aside, 2018 has been an interesting and rewarding time to be writing this blog! 2018 was the year when the…Continue reading Thanks for an amazing 2018!

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The Scary Anatomy of a Microsoft License Fraud

Note: While this was originally posted around the Christmas of 2018, and some company or seller names might not be relevant as scammers come and go, the principles in this blog post seem to be valid since early 2000s to probably until 2038 (when the Internet ends due to the Epochalypse). For those of you, who don’t want to read any extra fluff, let me just offer you this extra-short version of my article in FAQ-form: Tis the season for gifts, and lots of y’all…Continue reading The Scary Anatomy of a Microsoft License Fraud