Thursday, December 29, 2011

About the Author

Hi my name is Chris Kenst; I'm a software tester, scuba diver and blogger. Cool, huh?

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 review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program

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

Watch Videos (YouTube, Hulu, Amazon) on your Xbox 360

For years Xbox 360 users with a Gold Xbox Live membership and a subscription to Netflix could stream movies to their TV. But what about streaming from Amazon, Hulu and YouTube? If you just want Amazon they have a work around that will allow you to stream from your PC to your Xbox here.

What if you want to watch YouTube videos and free movies? How about Hulu, not Hulu Plus, which has many of your favorite shows?

Becoming a Software Testing Expert

From a software tester's point of view a lecture entitled Becoming a Software Testing Expert is a bit enticing. A lecture by James Bach is even more so. Bach, widely considered an expert in Software Testing, is a passionate advocate of software testing. As an expert he's in a good position to help others.

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

Read mTF using Google Currents

Reading My Technology Fetish or any blog just got a little more fun with Google Currents, the new "reader" appl from Google that works on any iPhone, iPad or Android device. Simply
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

Install and Configure Debug Diagnostic Tool

Microsoft's Debug Diagnostic Tool can be run to collect memory dumps of a process when it is crashing. Recently I used it to identify a crash in IIS, w3wp.exe, caused by an unhandled exception in ASP.NET serialization. Using the debug tool I was able to get more debugging information on the specific reason for the failure.

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 Before you install the .msi make sure you remove all previous versions.