Experiencing Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha

During my transit at Hamad International Airport in Doha, I had the opportunity to visit one of the fanciest lounges in the world, Qatar Airways Al Mourjan lounge. I did travel on an upgraded Qatar Airways business class ticket, which unfortunately, does not include a lounge access. However, I am on a sapphire level in the Oneworld program (Finnair Plus Gold), so I had the right to get in anyways. 😊 This is by far the fanciest lounge I have ever visited, however, looks can be deceiving, so let's break it down.

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Plaza Premium Lounge in Helsinki - a Pleasant Surprise

I wanted to visit the Emirates recently, and I had to find flights. As a loyal Oneworld customer, I was disappointed to see that Finnair had cancelled their Helsinki-Dubai flights until the fall season. My only natural alternative was to go with an airline I had never experienced before, namely Qatar. After booking my tickets, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that while Finnair has their Oneworld lounges closed due to the Covid-19 virus, Qatar had gone an extra mile and ensured their customers had a lounge to enjoy at Helsinki airport. This is how I became acquainted with the Plaza Premium lounge. 😊

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How to Fix Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED fan?

I absolutely love my Gigabyte 15 OLED WA. It is one of the few laptops out there that actually has a 4K display… In 2021, I think that 4k is a bare minimum on a laptop because Full HD is just too small to fit anything on the screen. Another thing I like about this laptop is that it has a dedicated RTX GPU, so I can game on it ☺️. Recently, however, the laptop has failed me on one aspect; after the warranty period ended, one of the fans of the laptop started to produce an awful sound, something compressed air wouldn't solve. 😕 Let's get our Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED fan fixed!

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Aspire lounge in Helsinki - is it worth it?

Now that Finnair has their Oneworld lounge closed, I had to seek for an alternative lounge access in Helsinki. The only one open during the pandemic was the Aspire lounge. In addition to Aspire, I have previously visited Finnair lounges, the SAS lounge and Plaza Premium lounge at Helsinki Airport, and I must say that Aspire was the most modest one out of the options that would be there without the Covid-19 situation. 😅

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Free corona test for travelling in Finland

I decided to go for a trip to Dubai, but my travel plans were almost stopped by the expensive prices private health care services charge for their corona tests. I am not going to pay the price of my flights just to get my nose poked! 😣 Luckily, in Helsinki and Uusimaa region, it is possible to get a coronavirus test (COVID-19 PCR test) for absolutely free of charge! On top of that, you will get your negative coronavirus test certificate that is completely accepted for travelling abroad. ☺️

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Rooting Nokia 3.2, European version

I recently bought a Nokia 3.2 phone with the sole intention of rooting it so that I could play around with it. The phone was just around 70e on Amazon and comes with Snapdragon, so it was an obvious choice. However, I learned quickly after receiving it that the guides online for rooting Nokia 3.2 were terrible. So I compiled a tutorial here explaining how I rooted the phone. This should work with mostly any Android phone, and in fact you can root whichever firmware version of your Nokia 3.2 00EEA with this method. Android 9 or 10, doesn't matter, this one will work for sure. 😎

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A laptop with vpn

A VPN is a nice tool for securing your internet connection and changing your virtual geographic location. VPNs are useful especially if you are using a public WIFI in a hotel or an airport, visiting a country with not so free internet such as China or doing activities that might get you into a trouble due to the political climate in your country. Now, some VPN providers offer an internet killswitch as a part of their Windows app. And sometimes this option will literally kill your internet for good. 😅

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an airplane flying over the buildings

This year I have had the chance of experiencing the business class a bunch of times for free as free upgrade and even one self paid vacation. Traveling in business class is probably a dream of every traveler, but what should one consider before throwing a bunch of money in for a business class ticket or an upgrade? 🤔

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Poetry and a cup of coffee

Poetry is a complex genre of literature, and it is often something that we wouldn't expect computers to be able to understand. Poems play with the language by intentionally breaking its structure and by expressing meaning in figurative language such as metaphors. A lot of the expressive power of poetry lies in its ability of provoking certain imagery, certain emotions, in the reader. 😌 As it turns out, it is possible to analyze Finnish poetry automatically in Python. 😃

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The amazing murre Python library

When we Finns write online or message with friends and family, we hardly ever resort to using standard written Finnish (kirjakieli). Instead, we write as we would speak (in puhekieli), as using the standardized spelling would make our communication sound a bit too official. Now, for computers, this is quite a challenge, as most of the datasets used for NLP tools represent well curated normative text. 🤯 Luckily, as always, there's a solution for processing spoken Finnish text in Python. ☺️

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