Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Authenticity of the Book

A huge challenge is to write a book that the readers read as authentic. I've granted myself several years of editing time (K2020).

The biggest decision was made 2015 when I  released to a few friends that I will write the book. I've been open about the writing project to increase the social pressure (upon myself) to make it happen.

"Kajaani 2020" might evolve into an Alice in Wonderland innovation and globalization report. I'm not digging for the final truth but more about a model for future entrepreneurs.

The good, bad and ugly will be included. Yet, I vision that the end-result is positive and I'll also be gentle with the people involved.

I also have to get a consent from the people with names while this is not history and they will be given roles in future.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Digitalization of Banking in Spain

Francisco González: "We are building the best digital bank of the 21st century"

  • Digital transformation: “Our goal is to turn BBVA into a totally digital company, including  all our products and services, and with our over 100,000 employees working digitally.”
 The BBVA Chairman & CEO first went over the global and European economic situation, before covering the Spanish economy. “In 2011 and 2012, Spain was on the verge of collapse,” he pointed out. “And, in 2015, we expect it to lead Europe with a growth of 2.7%.” Francisco González also pointed out that more than 400,000 net jobs were created last year.

Nevertheless, he said job quality needed to improve and warned about the high unemployment rate (close to 24%).

Likewise, he highlighted the need to promote innovation, improve education and the Public Administrations, streamline the judicial system and effectively fight against corruption.

“To build on our achievements, we need strong governments. With political stability, 2016 and the following years will be very good for Spain,” he said.

Key developments in 2014

Francisco González recapped the key developments of last year: “Despite the complex environment, 2014 was a good year for BBVA.” The Chairman & CEO of BBVA referred to income growth and the Group’s good cost performance.

Furthermore, he pointed out the improved risk indicators and high solvency levels.

He also underscored that BBVA was one of the strongest institutions among large European banks in the adverse scenario of the stress tests.

As for the shareholder remuneration policy, he asserted that the bank has set a “recurring profit payout target of 35-40%, all in cash. We will carry this out progressively, according to regulatory and market conditions.”

In 2015, BBVA will make four payments, two in cash and two with the Dividend Option scheme, which allows the shareholder to choose between cash or shares.

The Chairman & CEO then focused on the transformation of BBVA to anticipate the impact that the technological revolution will have on the banking industry. “The financial industry has lagged behind, but we see new competitors popping up in many segments of the banking value chain,” he explained.

Eight years ago, BBVA started to build its new technological platform, giving us “a big edge over the vast majority of banks.” The platform now processes 350 million transactions a day, a figure that will reach 1 billion in 2017.

In 2014, BBVA set up the Digital Banking area to accelerate its transformation and make “BBVA a totally digital company, including all its products and services [such as BBVA Wallet or the one-click loans,] and with our over 100,000 employees working digitally.” 

Source: BBVA

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Lund University Campus


Need some tips for your summer reading list? Kerstin Bergman, a researcher in comparative literature at Lund University, discusses why Scandinavian crime fiction has become such a global success, and recommends a few Swedish authors for this summer.

Video of The success of Nordic Noir literature

Kerstin Bergman is a crime fiction scholar, a literary critic, and a member of the Swedish Academy of Crime Fiction.

She is the author of Swedish Crime Fiction: The Making of Nordic Noir (2014), and has also written numerous popular and scholarly articles on Swedish and international crime fiction (in English and Swedish).

As an expert on crime fiction, a writer and lecturer, she runs CrimeGarden and blogs (in Swedish) about crime fiction at

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Paving the way to Industry 4.0

Networked production in the furniture industry and the fourth industrial revolution was increasingly setting the pace at Ligna 2015 in Hannover, Germany.

Deutsche Messe did full justice to this trend at LIGNA 2015  from 11 to 15 May 2015, and was staging two events designed to bring the visitors up-to-date  on Industry 4.0 technology in general, and the networked production in furniture industry in particular.

KK-Net attended the lectures in the Robotation Academy at the Hanover Exhibition Center. The guest speakers presented various solutions and reports on their own experiences with examples of best practice.

For the first time ever, Ligna featured Guided Tours on highlights in networked production and automation technology.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Brookhuis handheld and in-line moisture meters and strength grading

Jos Schuurmans, let me introduce you to the Dutch Brookhuis company. I visited their stand at Ligna 2015, Hannover, a few weeks ago but didn't have time to speak with their people. Got their PRESS material at the Ligna Press Center.

Brookhuis focuses on long-term profitable growth and the expansion of her international business. Why not get in touch with this company and discuss their needs for digital distribution of information? We know the mechanical wood working industry and the company has specialized products with a global potential.

Brookhuis is the ultimate partner in the wood industry for measurement solutions in moisture and strength. On 1 January 2015 the company has integrated all her activities in one new and more diversified organization; Brookhuis Applied Technologies.
BROOKHUIS APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES is manufacturer of professional measurement instruments and systems fort he wood and construction industry. Handheld and in-line moisture meters, machine strength grading systems, dry kiln wood measurement systems.
  • FMI: contact free wood moisture measurement  longitudinal and transversal sorting and production lines for wood sorting or selection, with easy calibration
  • MTG: machine wood strength grading
  • Handheld and in-line wood moisture measurement:  according to EN14081, EN14080, EN15497, DIN 4074,  DIN 1052 (MPA approval)
  • Approval handheld and in-line strength grading systems up to 180 boards / minute in EU (EN14081 – CE marking), USA (ALSC) and Canada (CLSAB)
  • Integration: wood moisture measurement, dimensions and weight measurement for industrial strength grading systems.
  • Low-budget wood moisture measurement:  for semi-automated lines (manual feed machines).
They have sold over 10,000 moisture content systems worldwide and developed the world’s first real-time particle deposition monitoring instrument. 

Brookhuis works together with universities, third parties and TNO, the Dutch Centre for Applied Research to bring the newest and most effective innovations to the market.

Brookhuis is a privately hold company, with her headquarters in Enschede, the Netherlands.
Brookhuis Applied Technologies. Technology driven since 1920
I did visit them @ LIGNA 2015 @ Hall 13, Stand C72.


Company               Brookhuis Applied Technologies BV
Address                  Institutenweg 15, NL-7521 PH Enschede
                                    P.O. Box 11, NL-7500 AA Enschede

Telephone            +31-(0)53-4803636
Fax                            +31-(0)53-4303646

Contact                  Ing. Pieter Rozema
Phone                      +31-(0)6-53431517

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Fourth Industrial Revolution just around the corner

I like the German definition of IoT that has been dubbed to Industry 4.0. This logo is trying to say what is included.

Digitalization, Robotization, Automation, Networking = Industry 4.0?

We've been looking into the future of the upcoming or emerging industrial revolution. Germans have dubbed IoT to Industry 4.0 and defining the 4.0 as the symbol of a revolutionary change that is taking place in eg the mechanical wood working industry.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Digitalization of Fast Fresh Flow

The Digitalization of Forestry Operations has been taking long steps from conceptual design to real-time value chain management from the stub to pulp, paper, and sawn goods mill. The picture (Irja Kallio) is from Ferdinand-Braun, Alsace, France. UPM was the owner of the biggest sawmill in France at that time (1997).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blogging to tell a story

by Rachel Cool  | Featured Contributor | Don’t just blog for the sake of blogging. Blog to tell your story, reach your market, inspire people and achieve your goals. 

We always hear how important it is that we blog and for so many businesses, it has become one of those things they do just to check it off the list.

 But, to really tap into the power of blogging and use it to grow your business, you need to do it strategically. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Female movie stars

From Now On, Women Save the World
Hollywood Has Realized That Movies Starring Women Can Make Money

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood has long known that women are better customers than men. It’s right there in the annual reports from the Motion Picture Association of America: Moviegoing in the United States and Canada was 52 percent female last year. Just as it was five years earlier.

So why are studios only now pumping out female-focused megamovies?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A Letter from the CEO – August 25, 2014
Aug 25 2014 · 118 comments · News, Press

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special.

But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

iPad to Write down your thoughts

Over at Medium, MG Siegler has a nice piece likening the iPad to a typewriter. He means the comparison to a defunct piece of technology as a compliment: Writing on an iPad with an external Logitech keyboard, he says, strips away all the distractions of other applications and web services and lets you focus on your thoughts and the words.
I know what he means. For almost three years now, I've used an iPad with a keyboard as my primary computer. About 85% of everything I've produced for publication in that time, I've pounded out on my tablet.

Sunday, August 03, 2014


Mexico is an intoxicating land of archaeological treasures, vibrant cities, vivacious culture and welcoming locals. 

With jungles, mountains, beaches, reefs and caves to explore – and museums, cafés, bars and markets to visit – any time spent in Mexico will never be long enough.


Thursday, May 08, 2014

Brown Moses, his alter ego Eliot Higgins, and the rise of the self-trained journalist — Tech News and Analysis

Brown Moses, his alter ego Eliot Higgins, and the rise of the self-trained journalist — Tech News and Analysis

The term “citizen journalism” gets thrown around a lot, used to refer to everything from people tweeting in crisis zones to high-school students covering city-council meetings. But for me at least, one of the people who best epitomizes that term is the blogger Eliot Higgins, better known by his nom de plume Brown Moses — a man who took an aptitude for painstaking research and used it to turn himself into one of the leading sources of information about the conflict in Syria.
I’ve written about Higgins before, and described his somewhat miraculous transformation over the past couple of years, from an unemployed accountant to a pioneering war blogger — one whose research is relied on not just by aid groups and government agencies in Syria but is praised by established journalists like New York Times war reporter CJ Chivers and others. But I was reminded again of how amazing his story is when I interviewed him on a panel at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy last week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Ways to Launch a Successful Online Business

5 Ways to Launch a Successful Online Business

Tim Ferriss is an angel investor (Twitter, StumbleUpon, Uber, etc.), and is the No.1 bestselling author of The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.
The momentum a company builds in its first few weeks can signify its potential to soar — or, alternatively, the inevitability of its failure. That's why contests like the Shopify Build-a-Business Competition are so great: They can predict the success of a startup early and help companies identify the weaknesses in their business models before they officially launch.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BBC News - Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

BBC News - Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer.

Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm
that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs.
Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online.

"Robo-journalism" is increasingly being used in newsrooms worldwide.

The LA Times is a pioneer in the technology which draws on
trusted sources - such as the US Geological Survey - and places data
into a pre-written template.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong |

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong |

If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so
here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days.

We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake
sharing for reading.

We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Networking newsletter: new model - new offer

Dear Partner,

Let us bring to your attention the latest members of our PingBrother product family, the EPIW114-XXXX series, at an unbelievably competitive price.

Exclusively for our distributors and system integrator partners, we offer these products at a price of
EUR 59 / pc
for orders over 10 units.If you need more pieces, please contact us for an even better offer.

The EPIW114 series has been developed based on eedback from our partners, and the product does not contain POE selector slide switches. The POE output of the ethernet ports can be pre-customized based on the purchase order number, so you can find the right configuration for any application method or area. The benefits of this version are the reduced occurrence of errors and a more competitive price.

Features of EPIW114-xxxx

  • POE switch for standard or passive-POE devices
  • Manageable POE power
  • Management of any devices by contact outlets
  • Monitoring with measuring of the
    • Inpout voltage
    • Internal temperature
  • Manageable automatic watchdog functions
  • Watched events:
    • Lost ping of any host
    • Faulty http answer of any host
  • Automatic watchdog responses:
    • Turn ON/OFF/RESET of the POE power
    • Control of any other device by contact outlets
    • Email warning
  • Free management software to remotely control several devices in one clear GUI
  • SNMP remote management

EPIW114-xxxx ordering codes:

  Adjustable POE power on
Model Eth1 Eth2 Eth3 Eth4
EPIW114-0000 - - - -
EPIW114-1000 + - - -
EPIW114-1100 + + - -
EPIW114-1110 + + + -
EPIW114-1111 + + + +

PingBrother is

a 4 port industrial 10/100 passive POE ethernet switch and IP watchdog with built in web based GUI.  It is an intelligent device, which watches a lot of qualities of its environment, such as input voltage, temperature, current consumption of the connected POE devices, operability of any network devices (ping, http availability), water leakage or condensation.

It gives a user defined response, for example turns off /on or reset the power of the POE ethernet ports, controls any connected device by its relay contact, and/or sends an email.

PingBrother can work on nearly any low voltage (8-56V DC or 9-42V AC), and can distribute its input power to any kind of connected standard or non standard POE devices (PD).

PingBrother can manage other, non-IP devices through the relay contacts connected to the terminal blocks.



PingBrother is a multi functional device. Eth. switch, POE injector, remote management device, and more. Read More »

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