Friday, September 16, 2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview Screen Shots

Here are a couple of screen shots of my Windows 8 Developer Preview running on VirtualBox. For information on how to install Windows 8 Dev on a virtual machine go here.

When I first logged into Windows 8:


The new version of the OS (at least the preview) uses a lot of solid color backgrounds which looks pretty good.

Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview on a VM

Microsoft released Windows 8 Developer Preview a few days ago to give developers and whoever else a sneak peak into the new Windows version. They released it in ISO format which can be burnt to a DVD and installed on a computer. How old school. The best way for most people to experiment with it is installing and running it on a virtual machine. The problem is both VMware and Microsoft Windows Virtual PC can't run it.

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

Blogger App for iOS

I just saw this but frankly it's about time Google put out an iOS app for Blogger: http://buzz.blogger.com/2011/09/announcing-blogger-app-for-ios.html

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

Access to the registry key 'Global' is denied

Recently I was getting the error "Access to the registry key 'Global' is denied" in a software program running on server with Windows 2008 R2 SP1.

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

Align Your SSD Partitions for Improved Speed

This is an good post from Lifehacker for those of us with Solid State Drives (SSD).

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

Google Correlate's throat job

This is completely random and funny but I guess that's the point. I found myself on Google Correlate's Draw page where you can draw a search curve and Google will match whatever keywords followed that search pattern.

Here's what I drew and what Google correlated with it on my first try (not joking, click the image for a larger view):


For those who can't see it Google correlated "throat jobs" to line I drew. Pretty funny. Apparently it was big from 2004 to mid 2006 before it starting tailing off fast. 

What interesting things has Google correlated for you?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Testing Applications on the Web

This is my new testing book to devour: Testing Applications on the Web: Test Planning for Mobile and Internet-Based Systems.



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

uTest's Business Model

Note: I am an active uTester.

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

Needle Free Injections

Needle Free Injections are the type of medical technology that the U.S. should be developing. It may sound a little reminiscent of Star Trek and their hypospray but it's real: