Just an Otter blog by Aku-Jaakko Saukkonen

Website deployment for the 5 minute manager

Ever wanted to create and publish your own website, just to get it out in the wild as quickly as possible? Bored of spinning up new server instances just to show "how it looks" to your manager working from home? Do you feel like all those hosted services like Squarespace or Wordpress.com are too costly or just not quite...

Analyze posts, comments and reactions of any Facebook page

Wouldn't it be nice to know why your competitor is performing better than you on Facebook, or what kind of content makes people feel the love? Or like me, to know what is happening on Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's Facebook pages. All of this and more is possible with this handy little script and a bit of data analysis....

Custom iOS Beta Program Signup Page in less than 2 minutes

When building iOS apps, it's unnecessarily tidious to get users to onboard your Testflight Beta Program. With Apple's iTunes Connect, you need to manually gather and add testers' email addresses - uncool. Luckily you don't have to do it anymore. There is a way to publish a custom Beta Program Signup Page in less than 2 minutes and not costing...

Creating Events to your React Native App with Answers

This is not a post about what to measure and why - just a quick 101 to fill in the gaps on how to get started (at least for newbies like me) when creating events to your React Native apps using open-source wrappers. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to get up and running with your...

DIY mobile testing suite

The other day, our team thought about how to test our soon-to-be-released iOS and Android app in the most efficient way possible. First we planned to set up automated tests via Sauce Labs+Appium, but finally opted out and settled on manual testing with actual devices (which we would've done otherwise as well, ofc). To expose us to real and...

Mini-lifehack apps for builders (partly OSX only)

1. Licecap Licecap makes it dead easy to record your screen as a gif animation. See this gif I made while watching gifs: Licecap is so straightforward it hurts. You open the app, it gives you a resizable bezel inside which everything gets recorded, you press "Record", do whatever on the screen you want (Licecap runs on the background) and...

Product = Business

Product is not only the single most important part of your business. It is your business. For an early stage startup, the choices they make, the direction they take and the things they fake should all be based on their product: no matter what the product is....

To help or to serve?

Heard while doing website projects: "They didn't deliver what we wanted!" "That wasn't in the specification!" "They are behind the schedule, AGAIN!!" "Who agreed to add these two features to the project two weeks before launch!?" "Our CMS doesn't let me add cat GIFs to our front page slider. FML." "If it's a quick thing to do, just do it...

The WTFs of the future that actually matter

Source This first-world problem is not one of them. The real what-the-fucks that hit me today are more something like: WTF are we gonna do when antibiotics don't work anymore? WTF are we gonna do when AI overcomes human intelligence? WTF are we gonna do with global warming? WTF are we gonna do with our own short-sightness and stupidity? Over...

Never throw away The Box

I have a little box in my closet where I keep my memories. It’s filled with letters and cards from ex-lovers and friends, birthday cards from my parents, my first screenplay of an agent movie and lots of pictures from the time before Facebook. It’s all there from my elementary school days all the way through university. When...

How (not) to be Jack of All Trades

Let's face it: nobody can be Jack of All Trades, not even when it comes to the smallest of the smallest of areas in any given subject in this world. There is just too much to know about. And still many of us try to be that way. And that's just pure madness. Don't get me wrong, to have understanding...