Monthly Archives: September 2013

September 6, 2013

CS Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

Some really great stuff here.

September 3, 2013

The Ubuntu Edge campaign did not reach its $32 million goal

I am not surprised that we didn’t hit this ambitious $32million target, but I am surprised at what we did achieve. We broke all the crowd-funding records, garnered media attention across CNBC, Engadget, The Independent, TechCrunch, the BBC, T3, Stuff, The Verge, The Guardian, Wired, pandodaily, Fast Company, Forbes, The Telegraph and more. Every single person who put their support into the Ubuntu Edge campaign should be proud of their achievements and we are all thankful for your tremendous and inspiring support.

Microsoft to acquire Nokia's Devices & Services business

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Helsinki's tube stations, translated to English

I’ve seen a image floating around on Facebook where someone took the time to translate Stockholm’s tube stations to English, often with hilarious results. I decided to do the same with Helsinki’s tube stations. The map looks like this (the names in bold are in Finnish; below them are their Swedish equivalents):

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Image: HKL Metro

The results aren’t all funny, but some are. Unfortunately, in some cases, I couldn’t find a direct translation. Without further ado, the list:

  • Ruoholahti: Grass Bay
  • Kamppi: from the Swedish word kampen, meaning  fight or battle
  • Rautatieasema: Railway Square
  • Kajsaniemi: Kajsa Peninsula
  • Hakaniemi: Hook Isthmus
  • Sörnäinen: from the Swedish word Sörnäs, meaning Sör Peninsula
  • Kalasatama: Fish Harbour
  • Kulosaari: Wildfire Island
  • Herttoniemi: Hertto Peninsula
  • Siilitie: Hedgehog Road
  • Itäkeskus: East Centre
  • Myllypuro: Mill Creek
  • Kontula: no direct translation, unfortunately
  • Mellunmäki: Mellu Hill
  • Puotila: no direct translation
  • Rastila: no direct translation
  • Vuosaari: Flow Island

Hook Isthmus has to be my favourite.