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What is the Finnish word for scam?

Saturday, 30 January, 2016 0 Comments

On 28 November 2014, we posted an item titled Jolla is pronounced “yolla’. It was about a Finnish startup, “which topped the crowdfunding target it had set for its Sailfish OS tablet in just two hours. Now, almost $1.3 million has been pledged and the campaign has 12 days left.” The Indiegogo crowdfunding platform said a total of $2,571,382USD was raised and the “Original campaign was 479% funded on December 9, 2014.”

And now? “Dear Jolla Tablet supporters and other Jolla followers, Happy New Year! Together, let’s make this an ever better one than last.” So began a post that appeared on the Jolla blog on Thursday. The date was 28 January, but Antti Saarnio (“your Jolla captain”), awakening from his Nordic hibernation, did not seem to think that it was a bit late in the month for greeting 2016. That should have raised a few red flags. The post was titled “Jolla Tablet: Aiming for Closure” and it contained the following disclosure:

“We have been analyzing different alternatives regarding the Jolla Tablet project situation. But no matter how you come at it, the tight financial situation remains a major constraint and therefore a main driver of the solution. Furthermore, due to the delays in the latest financing round it has simply become too late to produce all the tablets for the project. The supplier no longer has the needed components and many of them are no longer available. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done now to change this.”

Jolla said that it had shipped 121 of the tablets and it will deliver another 540 units next month and that will be the end of “the world’s first people powered tablet.” Everyone else will be offered refunds, but “Due to the financial constraints this will happen in two parts: half of the refund will be done during Q1/2016, and the other half within a year, our financial situation permitting.” Good luck with that.

Jolla

Note: The Finnish word for word for “scam” is huijaus (noun), and the verb to to defraud or embezzle is vedättää. This does not suggest that the Jolla founders intended to scam, defraud or embezzle, of course.


Jolla is pronounced ‘yolla’

Friday, 28 November, 2014 1 Comment

Your blogger once committed the mortifying faux pas of pronouncing the name of the affluent San Diego neighbourhood La Jolla as if it rhymed with “jolly”. However, when Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed in San Diego Bay in 1542 and claimed the entire area for Carlos I de España, he ensured the Spanish pronunciation of La Jolla.

Which brings us to Jolla, the Finnish upstart startup, which topped the crowdfunding target it had set for its Sailfish OS tablet in just two hours. Now, almost $1.3 million has been pledged and the campaign has 12 days left. Move over Nokia, the Jolla looks far cooler than your N1. By the way, Jolla is pronounced ‘yolla’ and is Finnish for dinghy.

Jolla


GigaOM gets responsive

Thursday, 10 January, 2013 0 Comments
GigaOM gets responsive

January AdAge headline: “AOL to Redesign All Content Sites with Responsive Design.” December Mashable headline: “Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design.” What’s going on? Well, responsive design is a new approach that enables web developers to build and maintain a single website to serve to all kinds of devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops […]

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The end of ink at Newsweek Inc.

Friday, 19 October, 2012 0 Comments
The end of ink at Newsweek Inc.

“One day, we’ll see movies with people reading magazines and newspapers on paper and chuckle. Part of me has come to see physical magazines and newspapers as, at this point, absurd. They are like Wile E Coyote suspended three feet over a cliff for a few seconds. They’re still there; but there’s nothing underneath; and […]

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A web aesthetic that reduces to plain text

Monday, 1 October, 2012 0 Comments
A web aesthetic that reduces to plain text

The Brighton-based interaction designer Paul Robert Lloyd is less than pleased with the current state of play and he makes his feelings known for A List Apart in The Web Aesthetic. One of Lloyd’s guiding principles is “progressive enhancement” and he expands upon the technique with the example of the BBC News mobile site. Snippet: […]

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Taking the Microsoft Surface Tablet apart

Monday, 25 June, 2012
Taking the Microsoft Surface Tablet apart

Danny Sullivan is devastatingly dismissive of the Redmond presentation in “Hands-Off: Microsoft Surface Tablet Review“: “Nice trick? No, you know what’s a nice trick? Bringing out devices that no one can actually use. I know they work. I could see that one of the Microsoft guys was all logged into his. But why not let […]

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