Thursday, December 29, 2011
I started blogging for fun years ago and its since turned into a way to express myself and coalesce my thoughts. Only recently have I felt the confidence to step up and blog about testing. A majority of my blogging occurs at My Technology Fetish and at Search N Recovery. My hope is to write thoughtful enough that in the future I have the privilege to do some guest posts / blogging elsewhere. I understand that blogging <> journalism. =) Occasionally I do reviews of books including those provided to me for free by O'Reilly's Blogging Program. Of those books I review that I get for free I make note of it so readers can tell if I have reason to be biased.
I'm a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (scuba instructor) and have been teaching for over 4 years. A big believer in teaching from experience, from things you know and learn, I try to dive on a weekly basis - outside of classes. I'm always looking for a good diving adventure and hope sometime soon to dive outside the U.S. and Mexico.
I'm a technophile which means I love (new) technology, always have. I started as a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst outside of college but only in the last few years have I begun to challenge the conventional wisdom on testing - testers don't belong doing QA. It just doesn't work. A follower of the context-driven school of software testing, I enjoy learning rapidly and applying that knowledge to investigate new systems and technologies. I'm interested in becoming an "expert" software tester and contributing what I can to the community. Someday soon I hope to start a local weekend testers / test dojo to meet other like-minded individuals.
I've posted My Tester's Commitments for anyone who is curious what it's like to work with me.
So that's me, your author. I hope you take something of value from this blog. If you do, please share your story here in a comment.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What if you want to watch YouTube videos and free movies? How about Hulu, not Hulu Plus, which has many of your favorite shows?
He makes the case that testers need to be professional skeptics. If testers are constantly skeptical about what they are supposed to test, ask lots of questions and can backup their reasoning for the tests being performed then they should do very well. A software tester's best assets are their ability to rapidly learn about new systems and apply that learning to find gaps in the system. Some gaps will be based on written requirements and some on unwritten requirements.
The lecture presented at Google is worth a watch:
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
subscribe to My Technology Fetish through Google Reader, then click the Add More button on your Current Library and within a few minutes you've got us or any blog displayed in a nice newspaper-like format.
I've already Search N Recovery as well as a few other news sources into my library:
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Starting with Windows Vista (including Windows 7, 2008, etc.) a feature called Windows Error reporting is enabled by default and takes dumps of all application crashes. You can use this feature first and if it doesn't report any crashes you can use Debug Diagnostic Tool. In my case Windows Error reporting wasn't catching anything.
To download the Debug Diagnostic 1.2 tool go to http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26798. Before you install the .msi make sure you remove all previous versions.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Why would someone want simple and free (or cheap) monitoring tools for Windows? Remotely monitoring CPU, Memory and Hard Drive usage for a test lab of 6+ servers (or for any size network) is important for detecting resource constraints, either before the happen or as an explanation for why something fails.
Some may want flexibility in the resources they monitor. Personally I wanted a tool that is web based, has low (or real-time) refresh, could send alerts, relatively easy to install, is free and works for Windows Server. Nagios, which is one of the most popular (supposedly) network monitoring tools, is overly complex and takes far too much time to setup, however it also provides great flexibility.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The first is an updated About This Blog page, which previously was just a trivial About page. The second change is a link at the top for Software Testing (looks like a page). This link will become more relevant over time as the number of articles I write focusing on Software Testing increases. In the meantime you can see the few things I've written about.
Lastly we are now using Disqus for our commenting system which is a huge addition. Be sure to leave comments! On everything!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I already pre-ordered his book through Kickstarter and while I wait for my Kindle version to arrive I'll sign up and a copy in ePub format to read on my iPad. I will be mentioned in the book in the Acknowledgments section so take a look!
Friday, October 28, 2011
The interview is broken into 2 parts and I highly recommend watching (may take some time to load):
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Using a feature called jump breaks or "after the jump" summaries, edit a post and in the "Compose" mode there is a icon that looks like this:
Insert the jump break after the paragraph or line where you want the introduction to end and everything below that line will appear once the user clicks the "Read More" link. That's all there is to it!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I was surprised when I was able to catch up to and chat with him after the class. I asked about the books he recommended that were on sale at the convention at which point he gave me his copy of Captivating Lateral Thinking Puzzles he'd shown in class. (Thank you, although my girlfriend finds it amusing to open the book and quiz me randomly.) In our chat I told him I enjoyed this Open Lecture:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
My company is like the first company in his post: the metrics of success change constantly and our product definition fluctuates regularly. Our development team is always busy but those efforts don't exactly lead to added value to the product. We are pretty good at selling the one-time product but we have to put a lot of effort into each sale and so the sales process isn't scalable. Worse it's frustrating that management doesn't see this.
Friday, September 16, 2011
When I first logged into Windows 8:
It's a little odd that Microsoft would release Windows 8 Developer and not give people the ability to download the Virtual PC based version in addition to the ISO files. Note to Microsoft, if you want to push Windows Virtual PC market share up, release your downloads in the format for quick running.
To install Windows 8 Developer Preview you need to use VirtualBox.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
To download the iOS Blogger app directly go here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blogger/id459407288
It's funny and sad that Google and Microsoft don't have more full blown mobile application's (think iOS, Android) for some of their biggest products. Not being there doesn't invalidate the market, so why not make some money and maintain some market share?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A quick Google search revealed this article on Stack Overflow describing a problem in IIS with users not having the correct user permissions in the associated application pools of the running application which lead to a similar error. Further searching turned up this article on IIS.net describing Microsoft's changes to IIS 7.5 (running on Windows 2008) where they created a new, less powerful user to run application pools called "ApplicationPoolIdentity".
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Turns out if your SSD's partition isn't aligned correctly it will under-perform. Luckily there is a very easy way to check if it's aligned properly for Windows:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
It's a big book but I'm hoping there is a ton of useful information. I just finished James Bach's Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar, check out the review here. Before that I was reading James Whittaker's How to Break Software Security, which I also need to write up.
Soon I'll get all the review posted here!
Friday, September 2, 2011
The last few months I've completed a number of rounds of testing for uTest's clients, mostly in dealing with web applications for my iPhone. In fact a majority of work I've done since joining has been for functional testing of mobile applications. It's been fun because mobile testing isn't in my area of expertise but is a nice break from my normal routine and I like learning new things.
uTest's Business Model:
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I've seen a number of good ideas coming out of Kickstarter lately including the Desktop Jellyfish Tank which I really want!
After I get it I'll be sure to include a book review.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet but when I do I'll write a review. I originally saw this book on The Startup Foundry where Paul Hontz interviews the author Jared Tame about the reason behind the book and what it covers. Jared talks about the revenue generated from the book sales and how he wants to use the profits from the book sale to invest in a new startup.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
This is an interesting blog post from Google Engineering about how 50% of their code changes every month and how important their continuous integration system is. It's worth a read to know a little bit more about How Google Tests Software.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I can't remember where I originally found this post and the corresponding eBook but the eBook is definitely worth taking a look at. Here is the uTest blog post: http://www.utest.com/webinars/5-ways-revolutionize-your-qa
While this tool was designed for testing desktop software I'm inclined to think it would work well for testing web applications. Essentially with the CFC you are mapping out the individual components / features in the web application in a branching form that closely resembles a mind map. Matter of fact a mind map might be better! =)
Monday, August 8, 2011
I'd heard Bach was an expert in software testing, checked out his blog and then found this book online:
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
At least Google is being obvious about taking those street view photos.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Unfortunately his site hasn't been updated in years: http://www.riceconsulting.com/cheaptools.htm (February of 2009 was the latest). Some of the software programs and/or websites have been shutdown like testersdesk.com.
I'd say at least 85% of the list is still worth looking at if you want to broaden your "testing tool horizons".
Friday, July 15, 2011
I was getting "unrecoverable build error" and a .tmp file was giving me 'Access is Denied'. At first I thought it was because Microsoft Office was Breaking Visual Studio as I posted here. Then I did some research and according to Microsoft VS 2008 displays the "unrecoverable build error" when it can't determine the exact reason for failure. This meant it was probably related to the previous error.
When I would browse to C:\Users\name\AppData\Local\Temp and delete all the files, that still didn't help. Another coworker said they turned off our backup software (CrashPlan) and it worked! Somehow CrashPlan was constantly checking the same files that Visual Studio was trying to access and created a ownership conflict.
Now before I doing any compiling in VS 2008 I set my backup software to sleep. Problem fixed!
I went to CES 2011 (last year) which occurs yearly at the Las Vegas Convention Center and I had a last walking around checking out the latest gear / advancements the world had to offer. CES offers a wide range of technologies from computers, monitors, to tablets, to 3D TVs, cars, connected homes, charging stations and pretty much every else in between.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
When I got certified as a scuba diver I thought it was a little weird we recorded our dives in paper logs (circa 2006) so I went searching for web-based dive logs/planners to replace it. I was disappointed in the few I saw. Then I got a smart phone (an iPhone) and assumed it was only a matter of time before I’d be using it to fill out my logs. A few apps were available for dive planning but none were (are) amazing. Then came the release of mainstream tablet computers and still no great options.
At the Long Beach Scuba Show this year (2011) there were no companies or divers using the web or mobile devices for dive planning. Weird. What year is this again?
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Ryan Singer at Future of Web Apps, London 2010 from Ryan Singer on Vimeo.
They follow a few simple steps to make it all happen: model, screens, designs, html/css and live code. In his demonstration, Ryan makes it look incredibly easy to get something up and running. It's worth a watch if you want to learn to how rapidly design and prototype a web application.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
As is typical James Whittaker style this book offers numerous test methods you can apply immediately to your test design. In fact I should leave my feedback / review on Amazon now that I've read it.
Monday, July 4, 2011
A Rapid Introduction to Rapid Software Testing with Michael Bolton. It's a full day course. Hopefully it's interesting so I can stay awake the entire time! http://www.sqe.com/StarWest/Tutorials/Default.aspx?Date=10/3/2011
The quality of the courses on available on Tuesday is far below Monday's so I went with two half day classes. In the morning I'm taking Using Visual Models for Test Case Design with Rob Sabourin. In the afternoon I'm taking Testing Web-based Applications: An Open Source Solution with Mukesh Mulchandani. I'm hoping it will broaden my understanding of automation since the full day automation tutorial from Monday isn't available. http://www.sqe.com/StarWest/Tutorials/Default.aspx?Date=10/4/2011
James Whittaker from Google will be there Monday morning as he mentions on Google's Testing Blog here. Google has two people presenting on Monday: James Whittaker in the morning talking about How Google Tests Software and Ankit Mehta on Testing Rich Internet AJAX-Based Applications.
If I had more time I'd check those two tutorials out but I don't. Bummer. Hopefully Google's Testing Blog will recap some of the things they covered.
Friday, July 1, 2011
With Jimmy Fallon interviewing Sean Parker, there's a lot of pointless jokes and most of it's not funny. A few are good. The rest is interesting. Sean talks about MySpace's collapse, the monetization of Spotify and a few other random tidbits about his personality.
It's worth a watch:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
As my coworker pointed out to me earlier there has been a lot of hype over this new social network in the media but very little skepticism. Do people hate facebook that much or do they just enjoy someone taking stabs at them? News Corp. just sold Myspace for $30 million as MSNBC reports which spells the end for the closest social competitor. I guess people are applauding the entry of a new competitor?
xkcd sums it up nicely:
Then again maybe media firms don't want to piss off Google? Can you say a drop in PageRank? - Oops I guess I'm screwed.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I’m one of the recipients of Google’s CR48 Pilot program which was their Beta program, so the hardware I’m using isn’t the same as what's for sale today. Before I bash the OS I’d like to say the unstable-ness of the Chrome OS could be the result of the low hardware capabilities aka not enough processing power and/or memory.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
You can see from the video it looks like Windows 8 is really Windows Phone 7 + Windows 7. You get the tile overlay of Windows Phone 7 in place of the Windows 7's sidebar and start screen and you can also switch to the Windows 7 interface for regular use. The touch gestures look pretty nice and resemble the PlayBook.
It seems weird Microsoft would combine all these features instead of separating the desktop and tablet OS's but I guess this will make sure Windows stays relevant in an increasingly touch / mobile world.
Walt Mossberg also hammers Marc Andreessen who runs the VC firm Andreesseen Horowitz with his partner Ben Horowitz over whether the market for technology companies is in a bubble and/or on it's way towards a bust.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A quick search of Amazon Books > Computers & Internet > Software for the term "testing" turns up some 450 results. If you organize those results by bestselling Lessons Learned in Software Testing and Testing Computer Software both by Cem Kaner, et. al. appear on the first page towards the bottom. But why are they the best selling? If you search by relevance you get many more books and those two I mentioned previously come up towards the top. Again why? Perhaps Amazon needs to add a separate category for software testing?
The reason for asking is simple: If you want to get better at something you try and learn as much about the topic as you can. Maybe I should do like other people online and just publish my own?
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Over the next 30 days to year, depending on how I like it, I will try to review the service so that others may gain a better understanding of how it works.
As of today it looks like Action Alert's Plus portfolio has 33 positions (stocks), it's 2011 YTD performance is at 4.18%, a lifetime return of 34.99% and a value of $3,117,825.00.
Friday, May 20, 2011
He then lays out his "guide" for blogging: Ignore the stats, publish whenever you want, make it personal, keep the default template, etc.
Check out the post:
Monday, May 16, 2011
The Samsung and Acer ChromeBooks will be available June 15th from Amazon and Best Buy and they will feature many hardware improvements over the pilot program devices including dual-core Atom processors, a better track pad and longer battery life - for all day computing. The dual-core processors should allow for better streaming of movies, something that is incredibly painful today on the pilot devices.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I assume some program that I installed hijacked my location bar search based on this Mozilla support article: http://support.mozilla.com/ast/questions/767962#answer-129005. Fear not, it's easy to change.
To fix the problem you need to edit the Keyword.URL field in the about:config section of Firefox and this article here has the steps on how to do that.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
The video is worth watching, perhaps several times considering the dense amount of information and the depth at which Dr. Lustig goes to prove his point. The downside is the video is about an hour and a half long.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
According to the Google Testing Blog GTAC 2011 will be held in Mountain View, CA during the week of October 25th. STARWEST 2011 will be held in Anaheim, CA during the week of October 2nd.
The real question is how do I get my company to pay for both? Hopefully GTAC is reasonable inexpensive.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Transaction log files are by default allowed to grow automatically and if left unchecked these files can grow to be tens of gigabytes in size. If you don't have a lot of allocated space it can be quite nerve racking to learn a single transaction log has eaten up all your available space.
To stop database log files from growing too large and later having to truncate them you can set a Maximum File Size or even turn of Autogrowth per database. To set these attributes:
- Open SQL Server Management Studio and connect to your database server
- Right click on the database you want to adjust and click Properties
- Click the Files page and in the table there should be a column called Autogrowth.
- Select the row for the file you want to stop growing (like the log file) and click the ellipsis (the ...)
- The Change Autogrowth window will appear
- From here you can Turn off Autogrowth, adjust how quickly file growth is allowed or set a restricted file growth in MB (which is what I recommend)
Monday, April 25, 2011
- Windows SharePoint Services (WSS)) 3.0 uses the Windows Internal Database. It installs on a Windows machine as SQL Server (folder name) but doesn't appear in Add/ Remove programs.
- The Windows Internal Database can be accessed using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express 2005. Download it here.
- It's usually not the database that grows too large (WSS_Content.mdf or any .mdf) it's usually one of the log files (like SharePoint_AdminContent_xxxxxx_log.ldf). Mine grew to 7GB.
- In order to fix this problem we want to shrink or truncate the SQL Server Transaction Log and we can do it without using any separate queries or commands like
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Personally I like the idea of having a cheat sheet for eating healthier despite not knowing the exact details for the grades.
The scorecard is broken down like this:
6+ points Eat regularly
4.0 to 5.9 points Eat occasionally
0 to 3.9 points Eat rarely
Thursday, April 21, 2011
My hope is that someone, Mozilla or otherwise (me?), sets up a test case exchange of some sort so it's easier to build and exchange test cases or smaller test case pieces. The problem with most existing test case management systems is once you spend all this time building out your test cases, you execute them once or twice and that's it. Most of the effort is then lost because re-usability is limited.
An open source system does present a lot of possibilities including new and exciting tool development. Hopefully it also doesn't mean no support for Windows. =)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I subscribe to a blog called The Startup Foundry which talks about everything startup-wise. In one of their posts they mention the site 99designs and how they are an easy way for startups to get nice website / blog designs on the cheap.
After looking around on their site I think I could get a custom Blogger template (they list Wordpress templates for about $495 and I figure Blogger would be similar). Through 99designs I’d get several dozen offers or mockups and from those multiple offers I could choose the best. Plus I could probably get a pretty cool My Technology Fetish logo designed – something I’ve always wanted as well.
Now I just need to generate some more revenue from this site – Google Ads to pay for it. Last year I got my first AdSense check from Google for $102.27 so hopefully this year I make enough to reinvest in the site design.
What do people think? Any suggestions?
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
To get virtual machines onto an ESXi server you need to import them via VMware Workstation and export them to the exact server. To do that:
Monday, April 4, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
- To install go to: http://pc-dl.panasonic.co.jp/itn/support/win7info2_f8w8t8.html
- Scroll down to Operating Systems and Others
- Download the Pansonic Misc Driver (at this time it is ver. 1.2.1100.0)
- Once it's downloaded, run the file and the drivers will be placed in C:\util2\drivers\newmisc
- Go to Hardware Manager, choose to manually update the drivers and give it the path listed in the previous step
- Driver installs correctly!
Friday, March 25, 2011
If you are getting this error and are running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) you just need to exclude the entire battlefield directory from MSE to get PunkBuster running again. To do that:
Thursday, March 24, 2011
vssadmin list shadowstorageand my Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space was about 45GB.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
As I've done previously with my MacBook Air's SSD and a coworker's MacBook Pro SSD I've done some benchmarking on the 120GB X25-M SSD drive. To give you some background on the drive here's what SSD Life had to say about my new drive:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Desktops & Laptops:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
My T3500 has a DVD Burner with the model number: HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH50N. I located this information in Device Manager. When I tried letting Windows 7 update the driver it gave me a Code 19 error message which means the driver information in the registry is missing or damaged. To fix this problem you need to delete the registry key and uninstall the driver.
Here's what I did to fix it:
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Check out the video:
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I've read a few articles in the Wall Street Journal about modular nuclear energy and there seems to be quite a bit of potential. Innovation in the nuclear arena has been missing for decades but this is simple: build smaller nuclear reactors (they produce about 1/10th the power of regular reactors) and install them in existing nuclear sites or coal sites when they extinguish their life (or become obsolete due to emission control). The benefit of smaller reactors is less danger of explosions (no big reactors wiping out cities), lower manufacturing costs, faster construction times and less emissions.
Here are some of the articles I've read:
Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes
America's New Nuclear Option
Just food for thought.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Let's forget that I received the Chrome Notebook for free and that it contains 2 years of free but limited wireless data access through Verizon Wireless. Let's also forget the iPad v.2 isn't available yet and the specifications are pure speculation. Having said that which would I rather have?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
w32tm /stripchart /computer:targetcomputer /samples:number /dataonlyyou may see the response as "timestamp, error: 0x800705B4". This just means the local machine's time source isn't available.
To fix this error you need to set the client machine to use an external time source like another server. In order to do that the other server must be setup as a Authoritative Time Server. Then configure a manual time source using
w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:targetcomputer /syncfromflags:manual /update.
When running the manual time source command on a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 machine I got a different error "The service has not been started. 0x80070426". To fix this problem go to services.msc, find Windows Time and start it. When you rerun the command all will be well.
I'm not sure why Windows Time Syncing has to be such an issue without a domain controller setup but it is!
When I landed on the website using chrome (via my Chrome Notebook) the site asked if it could track my located and with the click of a button found my nearest providers. It's amazing how Slow Verizon and AT&T are compared to Time Warner - at least for my area.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I've been "testing" Windows 7 SP1 since it was released last week via MSDN and ever since then Outlook 2010 has been unable to make a connection to Apptix's Exchange Server. I've sent an email to Apptix so hopefully they will find a fix. It wasn't until I removed Windows 7 SP1 that Outlook was able to reconnect and grab the last 6 days of email.
To remove Windows 7 SP1 go to Programs and Features > Click View installed updates on the left hand side > scroll down to the Microsoft Windows section and remove the update called "Service Pack". (I forget the KB#).
Friday, February 18, 2011
Anyways I sent in my data log and today SSD Life responded to my problem by sending me a beta version of SSD Life Free (version 1.3.19) and asked me to run it.
Here's the result:
My Macbook Air which has a 128GB SSD (firmware: VAM0BA1Q) was recognized and now I can see the health of my SSD drive is at 97% - considered Excellent by the product. Only time will tell whether this beta version will be able to calculate how long my drive will last.
Monday, February 14, 2011
SSD Life responded to my email and I've posted an update here.
SSD life is a Windows based tool that helps users monitor the health of their Solid State drives. Most Solid State drives have a certain number of writes they can perform before the drive itself is finished. This is pretty typical for flash drives and depending on the drive and manufacturer is around 10,000 writes. Therefore statistics about the drive's health is more important for solid state drive owners.
Knowing this I decided to run the lastest version (1.2.17) on my Macbook Air which has a 128GB SSD (VAM0BA1Q). Note: this is the first generation Macbook Air. Here's what I found:
As you can see from the warning I'm being asked to submit the log file to SSD life. I did and who knows maybe down the road they will support this drive.
In the meantime all I can see is that I've got about 1900 hours on the drive and my machine has been powered on about 2100 times. Not exactly the information I was looking for. I also knew that TRIM was unsupported.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thanks to the person who spammed everyone.
About a day after this happened Google sent an apology email out. They also created a new Chrome Notebook Pilot Google Group that is opt in. Good idea.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
At work I've got one regular desktop computer and a number of servers and virtual machines to do my testing.
- Dell Precision T3500: with 2.4GHz Xeon, 4GB of RAM, 256MB Graphics, Dual 20" Widescreen monitors and 500GB HD. It’s due for a few upgrades including an SSD. I’m running Windows 7 Professional x64.
- Microsoft Natural Wireless Mouse 6000: I use a conventional keyboard at work but when it comes to my mouse I love having the flexibility of wireless. The design of the Natural Wireless mouse keeps my hand and wrist from hurting after long days. I love it!
- Linksys 5 Port Switch: I never know when I’m going to need to figure out a problem with a wired device. Most of the time it sits at my desk doing another but every once in a while it becomes a useful tool.
- My Quality Assurance Lab contains:
- A varying Dell rack mount servers running Windows 2003/2008, SQL Server 2005/2008 with varying configurations.
- 2 KEMP Load Balancers
- 2 Dell PowerConnect switches
- 2 APC UPS units: You never know when the power will go out.
- 2 VMware ESXi servers: For quickly cloning and building test machines or consolidating Production servers.
- 1 VMware Server server: For older, less power intensive virtual machines. Mainly for browser compatibility testing.
Main Browser: Don't have one. I use IE 8, FF 3.6 and Chrome almost evenly. I also have Safari installed and have a bevy of virtual machines capable of running IE6, IE7, FF2.0, FF3.0, FF3.5 on a variety of platforms. I'm a software tester so all the bugs are in IE, Firefox has lot of good extensions and Chrome is super fast and has application shortcuts.
Extensions: For Firefox: Selenium IDE, Web Developer, Hack bar, Firebug, Greasemonkey and User Agent Switcher. For IE: ieHTTPheaders and IE8 Developer Tools.
- VMware Workstation: Pretty much a requirement for creating and managing VMware based virtual machines and servers. You can’t run a ESXi or VMware Server without it.
- RoboHelp: The standard for creating and maintaining our help system. Used in coordination with our Technical Writers.
- Utilities: Notepad ++, Paint.NET, KeePass, Snag It, Zune Music Software, OneNote, CrashPlan, Outlook, Dropbox, WinMerge and WireShark to name a few.
- Other VM stuff: VMware vSphere, Windows Virtual PC, Oracle VirtualBox.
- Safari on Leopard and Snow Leopard for compatibility reasons.
- We don’t do any mobile application testing right now.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The system requirements can be a little confusing because they drastically increase as soon as you add one complex application (like BMC Remedy ITSM app) on Windows. Note: This list excludes database requirements.
For AR System 7.50 server and the separate Mid Tier server:
- 512 MB of available RAM
- 800 MB of available hard disk space
- 2.8 GHz processor
- 1 GB of available RAM
- 2 GB of available hard disk space
- 2.8 GHz processor
- 1 GB of available RAM
- 1.5 GB of available hard disk space
- 2.8 GHz processor
- 2 GB of available RAM
- 4 GB of available hard disk space
- 2.8 GHz processor
- 2 GB of available RAM
- 4 GB of available hard disk space*
- Dual 3 GHz processor
- 4 GB of available RAM
- 8 GB of available hard disk space*
- Dual 3 GHz processor
These are the system / hardware / installation requirements for BMC Remedy AR System 7.5 running on a Windows server and might differ from older versions.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
- One of my favorite is Fill Dresser Drawers From Front to Back which I was able to do quite quickly. It also helped me get rid of some older clothes.
- This is one I still have to perform but I like the idea of The Geeks Guide to Rebooting your Kitchen.
- For those who want a better way to store linens check out How to Fold Bed Sheets.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Then we purchased a brand new Brother HL 2270DW. I proceeded to unpack it, reset the toner cartridge, plug it into the network and then power it on. When the 2270DW came online again the network connection (Ethernet) wouldn't work - no activity lights. I found the directions for this Brother Printer and to reset it you:
- Turn the Machine Off
- Hold down Go as you power the Machine On
- Keep Go pressed down until all the LEDs light up and the Ready light turns off
- Release Go and all the LEDs should turn off
- Press Go 6 times!
- The 2270DW is now reset!
I've requested to review The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun via eBook (think Kindle) so sooner or later I will be posting a review. There are also several other books I want / need to post reviews on including James Whittaker's How to Break Software series - related to Testing.
When I signed up on O'Reilly.com (I guess I'm considered a member) I now get huge discounts on their books. You should sign up as well. I found one eBook that I really want to read called An Introduction to Testing Web Applications with twill and Selenium by C. Titus Brown, Gheorghe Gheorghiu and Jason Huggins. I've used Selenium but never heard of twill so I'm excited to check them out.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
O'Reilly Media will send bloggers eBooks, videos, etc. in exchange for reviews. I follow Scott Berkun who wrote Myths of Innovation and he mentioned it's one of the books available to read and review. Here's hoping I get the chance!
If you'd like to join the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program sign up here.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
If you are already a PMI member you can download a free version of the PMBOK Guide 4th by logging into PMI's website, go to the members area, select the resources tab and click on the global library.
If you're not a PMI member you can probably find the PMBOK guide on Rapidshare or the thePirateBay.org. Just search for PMBOK.
This is an excellent project management book to have as a reference. So if you like it, purchase it.
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Release Highlights (selectively copied from their forum):
- BluRay disc structure support. (No decryption support)
- Updated Libraries (x264, ffmpeg)
- MP3 audio now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
- VOBSUB subtitle now supported in MP4 files (Note: Limited Player compatibility)
- Updated Presets for newer devices and better quality
- AC3 encoding support.
- Many Bug Fixes and other small improvements
- Improved DVD Main Feature detection (when using dvdnav)
- Universal audio downmix support (all audio types can be downmixed)
- Point*to*Point encoding (second or frame start and end times)
- Peak framerate option (Capped VFR)
- Updated x264 Advanced Panel
- Video Quality Slider drops % value and only shows RF for x264
- Batch Scan (Scan Multiple files at once. N.B: Does not include multiple VIDEO_TS folders / Image files)
- Many Tweaks to improve usability.
- Ability to edit queue jobs
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
this leather case for the Kindle is defective and causes the devices to randomly reboot. The nice customer service rep couldn't explain why the case was defective nor why it was causing reboots but he did say that Amazon was taking care of customers.
For my troubles Amazon credited back the cost of the original case and then gave me a $25 promotional credit that I could apply towards the use of the Kindle Lighted Leather Cover which apparently doesn't have the problem. Essentially Amazon is giving customers of the original Leather Cover a free upgrade to the Lighted Cover.
It sucks the Leather Cover has this problem to begin with but it's good to see Amazon doing the right thing.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
In reality you don't need to watch the video from Too Smart Guys to backup your eBooks. First you need to remove the DRM from the .AZW book you downloaded then, if you want, convert it to a more open format. You can do this using the work around by Unskindle and Calibre which I will spell out for you below:
- Purchase a Kindle book from Amazon. I decided to buy The Comback by Gary Shapiro - it ties in well since I just went to CES a few weeks ago! DRM is bad, paying the author for their work is not.
- Go to the Unskindle Guide and download their software here.
- Extract the software to C:\skindle
- Open your Kindle for PC software and make sure the book gets downloaded to your computer.
- Browse to your My Kindle Content folder (probably Documents\My Kindle Content) and locate the book in the .azw format. If you have multiple books in the .azw format you can just double click on each until you find the correct one. Mine was called B004GNFONK_EBOK.azw.
- Copy your .azw format book and paste it in the C:\skindle folder
- Open the book you just copied over, make sure the Kindle PC software reads it.
- Open a command prompt and browse to C:\skindle
- Now type in the following command
- To make sure you put the correct name_of_the_book.azw, just copy it from the actual file.
- In a few seconds your
new_name.azwoutput file will be DRM free
skindle -v -i name_of_the_book.azw -o new_name.azw
- Download and install calibre
- Drag and drop your newly created (DRM free) .azw file into the library
- Click the convert button at the top
- When it's done, right click on the file in the library and say Open Location and there you will have a DRM free .mobi eBook.
You should also have a way to back up your eBooks, regardless if they are stored within Amazon. We've seen Amazon pull books from people's Kindles when they've gotten into a fight with the publisher. Amazon will also remove old periodicals (you can keep up to 7, unless you specify to keep them individually) to make sure you have space on your device.
This post was rewritten on 1/22/2011 because I thought the previous posting missed the point. Enjoy!
Monday, January 17, 2011
I used this website a while back to value my Macbook Air and Dell Studio XPS 8000 but then couldn't remember what it was called. Basically you enter the name, part number, or description of an item you want to sell (gadgets) and it searches it's index and provides you with several price points for the item in the form of a bell curve.
At the very least it's a good reference.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Outside of the convention center Tesla was showing off the new Model S sedan. I would have loved to get a video or a few photos unfortunately I had killed my iPhone's battery by that point. As we approached the area where the car was it took me a few minutes before I recognized it. As you can see below (this was the actual car on display) it looks closer to a Jaguar than to the Tesla (or the Roadsters body twin the Lotus Elise). I was able to briefly talk to the Tesla rep and then picked up the following booklet:
According to this booklet, Tesla will have 3 models with different ranges: 160 miles, 230 miles and 300 miles and the starting price will be around $50,000 (before any federal tax breaks). I'm assuming that means $50,000 for the 160 mile range version, not the 300 mile range. The rep mentioned the vehicle is aimed at the BMW 5 series and Porsche Cayman which puts it in a completely different category than the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf.
It's a great looking car but I think I'll wait for the prices to come down in a few years besides it won't be out until Q1 or Q2 of 2012. Over the years the Roadster has come down in price thanks to manufacturing advancements and economies of scale so its only a matter of time before the Model S does as well.