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One can easily tell this blog is mainly there to challenge the blog of Tomi Ahonen. Yes, that’s the main reason. I have been following Mr. Ahonen’s blog for some time and shaking my head in disbelief. However, several people seem to regularly comment to his blog, pointing out the mistakes he has done, so I felt little interest to do the same. What made start a blog was YLE (Finnish national TV and radio broadcasting company) that had a live talk show 14th of June 2012 to cover Nokia strategy update and personnel reductions. They chose to have live video interview of Tomi Ahonen – person who is potentially more against Nokia’s current strategy than Anssi Vanjoki, who was not elected to be CEO when Stephen Elop was.
Shame on you YLE – that is not journalism, that is pure intent to make subjective view and make it sound like truth. As engineer, I want truth to be told. But going after YLE is waste of time, some other news media will take Ahonen’s claims as granted unless somebody starts to challenge those claims. I felt enough pissed to do exactly that.
YLE has made a program later and I have to say it makes up all their bad work from summer 2012. Tomi Ahonen is interviewed side-by-side with other analysts and his fallacies sound as baseless as they are. Thank you YLE.
Now this is a blog that is not bringing any profit to me (except the warm feeling inside one gets from clearing some false claims). I do this on my own spare time (which is rather limited). I sell nothing here. I don’t have adverts that would earn me anything. Actually, I promised recently that I will never put any advertisements here.
Problem is: I don’t pay $30 to have paid account in WordPress, so you may see adverts from WordPress itself. I have no control over those but do not gain anything from them either. (See more here.)
Unfortunately Mr. Ahonen deletes actively comments that challenge his views with good proof. So commenting to his blog is fighting on enemy ground and futile. I decided to go on and do my own blog where I correct the false claims. Now this is just because I worked over 13 years in Nokia and I have lots of good memories from there. And lots of friends still there. It hurts to read someone writing so much FUD about Nokia. You can read my short biography here.
Just for the records – from my recent comment here – I say Stephen Elop has done his work better than Tomi makes us understand. While I still was inside Nokia, he was actually good at motivating people and making us break out of old habits. For communications I’d say he has been… …not so good. If he really is Microsoft Muppet as Tomi says, he at least has done significant improvements in the internals of Nokia. Makes me wish he had hired skilled PR person to do public announcements, though.