HeliumReborn on Harmattan

HeliumReborn is now the default browser in Nemo Mobile. I haven't done any development on it lately, but people contributing to Nemo have done couple of really nice contributions. The most important one was the addition of pinch-to-zoom functionality. It works quite nicely.

Since some people using N9 with Harmattan might also be interested in trying out HeliumReborn, I grabbed the latest sources from its Github repository, and packaged it for Harmattan. HeliumReborn 1.1.3 debian package is downloadable from here.


Getting started in hacking Nemo Mobile

We had a nice Devaamo Hackday here in Tampere yesterday. Topics were Jolla, Nemo Mobile, and Mer.

CIO of Jolla was present. He gave a short presentation of what the company is about and answered questions from the audience. There was also presentations from Mer and Nemo Mobile contributors (many of them work nowadays at Jolla).

I did a presentation about getting started in development. Here are my slides:

I did not get a lot of feedback on how the presentation went. I guess it was more or less ok. I do think that I could've done a better job, if I had presented with my own computer. However, I'm not having a laptop at the moment, so I had to use somebody else's laptop for presentation. Anyway, I had many interesting discussions with many people after the presentation part of the day was over.

It was a really nice event and I had a good time. Big thanks to Devaamo people for arranging the event and for all the presentators and attendees.


New Job

After my job at Nokia ended, I was originally thinking of doing something different like becoming independent software developer writing for different app stores or perhaps trying to get some kind of a management job in one of the big tech. giants. During the summer I however realized that I'd prefer to work in team with other people and that I would really prefer to stay in Tampere instead of relocating.

When Jolla announced in public that they are recruiting I quickly realized that Jolla offered almost everything I was looking for. It is a cool company, it works with interesting technologies, and builds its own product. They have great team, and the company offers possibility to stay in Tampere. Also, as bonus I already knew many of the cool people already working at Jolla. I made the obvious choice and applied. Luckily, everything went well and I got the job.

Tomorrow will be my first working day at Jolla.