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 a scam?

This article describes another fishy online offering, 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 stealing your money…Continue reading Is Lifetime Spotify Premium a scam?

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?

Work from home? Work from anywhere! | Hockey player reviews weekly reports Cassie smiled. The results were finally beginning to materialize. It was gratifying to see her hard work pay off.

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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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)!

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!

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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

Microsoft Stores Backups For 14 Days, But Restores Them in 15

A cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint Online

So Microsoft keeps 14-day rolling backups of your SharePoint Online sites. That’s awesome – no need to take backups anymore, right? Not so fast. It’s not always so easy, and by just relying on these backups, you risk losing your data. Forever, I might add. This cautionary tale is about SharePoint Online, but I’d say you’ll need to take caution anytime you’re dealing with Microsoft’s automatic backups. The story starts with the client doing something unwise – a prime example would be them removing the…Continue reading A cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint Online

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Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now available!

Whoops – this post comes quite late, as the session was a couple of weeks ago already.  I recently had a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities (SPS TC for short) and thought I’d share my materials and document my experiences. Oh, and do the shout-outs, since I referenced some materials and tools by some extremely talented people! Don’t want to crawl through the jabbering? Just the materials are here. Thanks for your interest, and you’re welcome! What was SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities like this year?…Continue reading Materials for my SPS TC session: “Citizen Developer Tools are not just for Citizen Developers” now available!

EIG sucks, Site5 sucks, Bluehost sucks, Hostgator sucks...

EIG / Site5 review – Part 2, the Aftermath

This is part 2 in my “One web developer’s story about the downfall of web hosting” -series – a frustrating firsthand experience with a formerly-great web hosting provider taken over by EIG (Endurance International Group). You can find the first post here:EIG/Site5 review – Part 1, experience with Site5 before and after EIG takeover I was able to actually get most of the money EIG got from me back from them by opening a Visa claim. In this short post, I’ll try to explain how…Continue reading EIG / Site5 review – Part 2, the Aftermath

EIG is basically a host of scams now.

EIG/Site5 review – Part 1, experience with Site5 before and after EIG takeover

This article is part 1 in my “One web developer’s story about the downfall of web hosting” -series – a frustrating firsthand experience with a formerly-great web hosting provider taken over by EIG (Endurance International Group). You can find the second post here:EIG / Site5 review – Part 2, the Aftermath Okay, so this is going to be a bloggish rant about EIG – Endurance International – a web “hosting” company that’s ruining the web for everyone. If you hate salty rants, browse something else,…Continue reading EIG/Site5 review – Part 1, experience with Site5 before and after EIG takeover