B-Stealth

B-Stealth

Years ago I had a stiletto. Don’t remember why I bought it, and don’t know where I had bought it. Maybe I even bought it in Italy. I remember that I had spent a couple of weeks in the northern part of Italy that summer as teacher for a couple of young boys. The knife is also called butterfly as far as I remember.

Obviously there is a company in Italy near Venice which is producing knifes of superior quality. They manufacture handmade switchblades, stilettos or so called spring knifes, beautiful products as you can see on their homepage. One of their products is the classical Italian Stiletto, but my favourites are the modern models like the B-Naked or the B-Stealth.

Anyway, this small family company with name Frank Beltrame is producing these beautiful knifes and is obviously very success in selling them worldwide.

 

Helbling 485

Helbling 485

A friend an me, we decided this summer to join the local sailing club and to start sailing.

The lake with the sailing club area is just 1.5 kilometers from our flat, and I always wished to have my own boat. So, was just a question of time to start with this hobby.

And here is my boat. I bought it from a couple from the club who doesn’t need it anymore. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a Helbling 485!

Next spring, as soon as there is enough water in the lake, I will do my first turn.

Normally I am not the guy who is buying a sports device before he is sure to practise the sport. But this time, it will be different. But I’m sure, this will become a lovely hobby.

Flat in Salzburg

Flat in Salzburg

Just a couple of months before I went to Switzerland and decided to live there, I had bought a small flat a couple of kilometres, about 10 minutes outside of Salzburg.

It’s a really beautiful flat, I was very happy there from the very beginning. But living in Switzerland, I rented it to different people and was not able to use it myself.

But last summer I have renovated the whole flat and and will use it now for me and my family to make holidays there. We already spend a week over there in October and bought all necessary furniture and after Christmas, we will be there again.

Our idea is, to rent it on a weekly basis to people from Switzerland. So if you wish to have some nice days in Salzburg, in one of the most beautiful places I know, the just send me an email.

Why is estimating the effort necessary for a software development project so much more complicated than estimating the construction of a building? Because a software development project is a new project with mostly new people and often new technology for every new project.

Once again I had to experience that the estimation for a project was too optimistic. It is easy to estimate the expectable effort if yourself will be the person who has to realise the project. I remember that all estimations I did for myself where exact.

But as soon as the project is larger and is about a new business area, you have to do more work. You will have to do different kinds of estimations, for example a SCRUM story point estimation, a comparison with a similar project, a function point analysis and so on.

Now, there is the cone of uncertainty which tells us that an estimation done before the projects requirements were investigated properly could be far far away from the real effort you will spend. And the estimation will only come down to a more realistic value if you do another estimation after the requirements are clearer or even after you have started developing.

 

GolferAs I had an injury beginning of this year, I was not able to do as much sport as in the last couple of years. In fact, I was not allowed to do running and also did less on my bike and participated no races this year.

Instead I made some lessons in golf in June and went almost every weekend to the near golf court in Studen, just 15 minutes by car.

Golf is really a sport for everybody, you will not start sweating. But this is also a benefit because you can go to the green even after you already spent several hours on the bike or somewhere   else because golf is more relaxing than exhausting.

I had about 6 lessons together with 5 other guys and had much fun with the trainer and the colleagues. I got lent a good golf bag from my neighbour, so the only thing I had to buy for being able to do this new sport was a trousers, because of the dress code on the court.

Seems that I will stick to this new sport though meanwhiles I am back running (not such a lot of kilometres like in the last years) and back on the bike and I also started again doing some fitness in a studio.

 

 

DynamoDBNoSQL-Database is something quite new. I heard the first time about it a couple months ago and even read an interesting article about the topic which was in truth too complicated for me.

But recently I run into the question who a web shop like Amazon is storing its data. Surprisingly this is no secret and Amazon has published a description about their technology and you can even download an API to connect to the database and you can create your own DynamoDB on the Amazon cloud.

Here is a short summary about the concept in German. I had no time to translate it into English so far. Hope it is correct from a technical point of view!

I have a new hobby. In March I had an accident while jogging in the wood and had to go to hospital for a medical treatment. Since then I had to reduce my sportive activities which was not easy a the beginning.

Meanwhiles it is better and I am even happy because I spend more time with my kids again. But I also have a new hobby. Together with a friend we have rented a small room in the next building and do painting there.

This is a funny hobby. I was quite a good painter in school and even won once a school championship. But since then I lever practiced it. But my friend has this hobby since more than ten years, so once a month we meet in our room and drink beer and paint.

This is one of the good paintings I have done so far. Its not easy!

Zuerichsee

Zuerichsee

Starting from Einsiedeln there are a lot of mountain bike tours. You can go into all directions. But one of the most beautiful ones is if you go to the hill which is between Einsiedeln and lake Zürich.

From there you have a extraordinary view over the whole lake, back to Einsiedeln and the mountains and you can even see Zürich itself which is about 30 kilometres away.

Once a year there is a big mountain bike race called “Iron bike” which starts and ends in Einsiedeln. The tour goes up and down over several mountains in total more than 2300 meters of altitude. The first up is this hill with the lake Zürich on your left.

But while participating at the race you barely have the time to enjoy the view, so better to make the tour on a sunny sunday morning.