Summer holidays 2021

It began with packing. I had one day and a half to do it. Kids were looking forward to getting on the road.

Our first stop was in Jönköping. We often drive half way so that it is not a long way for the kids to sit in the car although they are very good with it.

Jönköping was good I liked a playground in the city’s park when we stopped there last year. At home we don’t have a huge park like that. It’s fun for the kids. Sofia is still too small for some plays in the playground while Tilde fixed all since last year.

Next day we arrived in Falkenberg where we spent a week in a 18 sq.m. cabin. There were no toilet and WC in the cabin but the kitchen. No water but electricity. It had all we needed for a good stay as well as great neighbors for adults and playmates for kids.

I started the first morning in Falkenberg with a 10-km run to the city and the old town. That was great.

The rest of the stay was spent on the beach and at ice-cream houses. Main activities were going to the beach in the morning or in the afternoon or both and ice-cream on the way to the beach or after the meals.

One week was short if you have a permanent residence there but for us it’s time to move on.

Our plan was changing as often as the weather. We left for Karlskrona instead of Österlen. So Österlen was left for an unvisited destination.

Karlskrona! My company has a big office with a sea view here. I visited it unofficially to meet a colleague but we missed each other somehow. And Joakim found out that he had a cousin working as a lawyer here. Last time we met him in his sister graduation’s ceremony, he was just a student. We didn’t meet him either since it’s summer so he was out of town.

Karlskrona has a marine museum, showing a real submarine and boats and ships. We spent several hours there. Interactive activities on touching screens were fun for the kids.

Then we left for Öland where we got good treat for adults and the kids: a drive to the south cape, fully equipped bird watching, bird bingo, play like at home and tasty food.

The visit turned out to be a short visit since we were tired of being away from home and the weather forecast seemed unstable. So we decided to go home just after two nights. It’s a pity but we needed to recharge.

After resting for a few days, it’s time to do a new activity, visiting Tom Tits Experiment, a place where all can do and try scientific experiments.

It was an intensive day from 10:45 to 17:00.

Summer couldn’t be completed without a visit to nature. We had a day trip to Tyresta national park.

The 1.3 km of the Tjäderstigen trail was really fun and well maintained. I can really recommend for family with small kids.

We were on the last week of my vacation. I spotted on one activity which I wanted to do with the family since before the start of this vacation, painting at Moderna museet.

It turned out to be a very enjoyable and rewarding for the family.

The last one was to visit Mariefred and take a steam train in a rainy day. It rained when we left home and constantly rain sometimes more sometimes less until we were home.

However, it was a very fun trip and the rain was the least problem for us.

Now we had done it and went well. So weather is not our main problem.

That was a conclusion of my summer holidays 2021.

On top of this I completed AWS cloud practitioner course and ran six 5-10 km runs, also managed to keep my weight from going up while I could enjoy food and desserts.

It doesn’t matter

Keep myself updated to new technology, try to make services we own bugs free, try to make it better for the team. None of these matters after all.

One day I will leave my job, I will get replaced, there will be new people come, some old colleagues will leave, new colleagues will come. I hope when I leave this world is a better place than when I come. I leave a better place for my offspring.

It’s memories with Tilde and Sofia that matter. That we have tons of good moments together, to remind us, to save us when we’re weak and feel lost. So we have good memories to hang on, to help us pass when things are difficult.

It matters that Joakim and I are happy. That we have time to do what we like together when we still can.

So I need a job that allows what matters to me to happen. And I have fun at work. That I make this world a better place when I leave.

A short history of home Internet

Soon I’ll be working with fixed network transformation.

Lucky and funny enough I got this job without good knowledge in telecommunication.

Soon mobile network transformation is over, and fixed network transformation will start.

So far, I’m doing well at work and it is a reason why I have learned a lot.

I found this article and it gave me a very good overview and understanding different kinds of network access (fixed vs mobile) and a short history how home Internet has developed.

Now I’m well equipped with basic knowledge and ready for more technical knowledge how the network and equipments are installed so that there are home network access.

Why a PO role interests me

I look at a PO role for a while and try to understand why it strikes me.

Until today, I didn’t know. The more I read and try to understand my feeling the more I know myself.

I’m looking for a new challenge. I long for a moment that I call the greatest moment.

When I read PO job description, I don’t really feel that I’m qualified and it is an unknown area for me. That awakens my curiosity and defies me. I want to find my limit.

It’s like a song in Frozen II, into the unknown. There’s a voice calling me out there. I don’t know what it is and I want to find out.

That is exactly how I feel with the PO role. There are aspects that I have seen since I work with POs. But there are aspects that I haven’t seen and I don’t know all of what the POs do.

Should I like them? Yes but perhaps not all of them. But I like everything in my current role that I think my role should do. So, I might like everything that the PO role should do, too.

So a PO equals a new challenge equals the unknown.

AWS Cloud Architect Bootcamp

This is funny and it is like a test on me. I wrote about a birthday’s present to me that I bought an online course with lived sessions. The program is sending a new lesson every Tuesday for 12 weeks. This sounds great and it’s good with lived sessions so that I push myself to study.

However, I haven’t managed to do it live. The first week, it was on my birthday. So, I just had to skipped it and learn from a record video instead. The second week, my family is on vacation and the live sending time is the same time as our dinner. So, I have to skip it again.

I will find time to write about week 1, when I learned about security with IAM (Identity and Access Management).

At the moment (week 2) is about Automation and Development. I’m going to learn Boto3, an Python SDK for AWS.

A rewarding year at Telenor Sweden

Today (9 Mar) last year I started to work at Telenor Sweden. It was a REWARDING year.

I’ve learnt so much in a year: industry knowledge such as BSS, OSS, eSIM technology and its ecosystem, online retail business, software development with containers and kubernetes in Microservice architecture, agile team skills esp. inter-squad and team collaboration, DevOps and its culture, and the list goes on. On top of that, these learnings happened while we worked from home.

The most significant skill I learned was bridging the gap between business and IT. As we are transforming into a digital business, the solution architect role is one of the roles that is most fun to work with. It requires an in-depth knowledge in my own domain and a broad knowledge in other domains to implement business processes.

I also realize how much I enjoy working in a team, to discuss, build and deliver together. This is how we can achieve something that makes prominent impacts.

I’d like to thank my SA colleagues for constructive and fruitful discussions and endless efforts to create a solution to the problems. And my team for our contributions to every single functions and continual improvements in the devops journey.

Chinese Lessons 1-5

Introduce yourself and numbers 1-10 and 100

我 wo叫 jiao姓 xing好 hao几 ji
是 shi什么 shenme岁 sui多 duo大 da

我叫 Jay。我姓林。

一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十
十一 = 11
一百 = 100

Basic Chinese strokes

At this age I’m searching for tranquility for soul. I have found a way back to what I did when I was younger.

I’m always fascinated with Chinese characters. I used to take a class to learn to write Chinese characters.

I found many benefits of doing it. One is to meditate. I am calm and relaxing when I write. One is free art appreciation. It’s an art. To write beautiful strokes with a brush requires a hundred hours of practices. One is learning a language and helping to remember characters.

The first lesson begins with three basic strokes: a dot, a horizontal line and a vertical line.

Lesson 1: diǎn,héng,shù

Birthday gifts to me

Happy birthday in advance! Shēng  kuài !

Two things I start doing now to celebrate my birthday!

First, to keep myself up-to-date to new technology. 12 weeks in a bootcamp format. There are webinars delivered lived every Tuesday. A commitment here is to finish the course and complete all 54 projects.

Second, I start learning Chinese. I haven’t found a course or a platform that I can use to track my progress yet. I’ll do the same as when I learned Swedish by myself, reading children books. After 12 months, I should be able to be in the same level where I left off 15 years ago. That I can learn Chinese in Chinese.

Birthday’s wishes

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while” – Gretchen Rubin

At my age I’m longing for the greatest moment. I want to be part and do something that is bigger than myself.

I’ve been thinking for years that I want to contribute to development of societies and pay it forward in child education.

My background is from IT and therefore I want to use it to help and improve quality of life by using it.

I want to increase IT literacy in low opportunity kids in suburb areas. With a wish that IT would give opportunities they lack due to economic conditions.

It’s education I want to contribute.

Another thing which is my own interest is IoT and smart cities. I want to level up quality of life with sustainable solution using technology.

At the moment, we are many new development going on in an area of IoT and many smart city projects.

The ideas and thoughts are around me but they require actions. To prove that they ignite energy in me then I must take actions and explore more.

This is how to grow from ideas to reality.