Tony Svanström


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Sometimes you forget important details when 3D-printing; and have to apply a bit of brute force. 😆
3D-printed cased, brutally modified with drill.
This is of course why we always do about a gazillion trial runs; because there's always something that has to be adjusted as a design goes from concept to production.
A quick update about my consultancy: As this has always been a side thing (to my own projects) I have over the years jovially been switching my titles back and forth a bit, based on whatever my current interests are; and generally between the areas of IT strategy, deep tech, as well as business development (with a special interest in startups). Due to all the current digital networking, thanks to the pandemic, I once and for all wanted to lock in that easy to explain title. So here goes… As a consultant I’m primarily available as a chief tech strategist. In some ways that’s analogous to how a CEO is to a COO, in the sense that the day-to-day operational work stays with the CTO; but I’m more the temp goal-specific specialist that make sure that the tech side is aligned with the needs of the business side. A tech strategist, simply put. With my tech-heavy background that does include me hands-on evaluating code, doing systems architecture, and so on; but I’m not available as a general developer (outside my own projects, of course).
The river Fyris at night Winter darkness, pandemic, and work 7 days/week; and in the middle of it all, suddenly there's this beauty. I needed that. :) Also, this time of year marks where we start getting longer days again. Right now the sun sets about 6 hours after sunrise, with the weather most days being just a grey uni-cloud; but 6 months from now there will be 18 hours between sunrise and sunset.
Verifying the quality of the 3D-printer, that we'll be using to print the "cases" for the hardware I'm designing for a project. (Currently using stock RPI0, as can be seen in the second picture.)
3D printed case
Tiny computers, high resolution display, 3D printed case
The struggle with branding in a world with fewer and fewer available domain names is real. I recently got Open Media ID (openmedia.id) for a project, which I'm quite happy with; but I'm also keeping an already launched commercial project simply the way that I would do consoluting, just because there's no obvoius available (domain) name for it. 😣 At least none that I'm happy with. I dunno. There's just this expectation, perhaps placed on me by myself, that I either fix someone else's problem (i.e. consult), or build a company (i.e. provide ready-made solutions); but perhaps I should just whilte label a series of products?! No branding to deal with, no website, no nothing; just creating damn good products, and network my way to meetings with potential customers. It's tempting. And, to me it's a new way of thinking. Which is an absolutely beautiful way of starting a new week. Happy monday, everyone. 👋
My latest side-project: Open Uppsala (OpenUppsala.se). Being "stuck" (🦠🔐) in Uppsala I realized that our small, but very talented, tech community is lacking a coordinated effort to highlight our open community; the people, businesses, and projects, that work with open source and/or open data. So, I decided to create such a project. Right now openuppsala.se is kept "prelaunch", to give the local community a chance to react (to make sure there's no overlap with what some other group is about to launch); and I'm also trying to get a feel for where things are heading among businesses in post-vacation time. Stay tuned. Update (2021-03-09): Let's just say that this project, for now, has a non-specific timeline.
The river Fyris
📍(🦠🔐): Uppsala (🇸🇪) Spending the lockdown almost exclusively in Uppsala; but drop me an email if you've got an interesting project somewhere warmer and sunnier. ;)