What are testers?

I'm often asked what I do for a living, and when I tell them I am a software tester I do wonder if they think it is an easy job that any idiot can do. Well, good testers are certainly not idiots and are an essential part of any software development team. I think I'm [...]

Is The Cloud Too Expensive?

One of my current Open University modules (M362 - Developing Concurrent Distributing Systems) discusses "The Cloud" quite a bit, especially the Amazon solution. It is supposed to be cheaper and more scaleable than creating your own infrastructure. Well, it seems that a few years down the line this may no longer be true, at least [...]

All change

Hello there. I'm still here but been a little busy recently. I've recently moved the blog to a new server (cloud-based, so that should probably be servers) and I'm yet to import all my old posts. I've, er, forgotten where the exported file is... Anyway, normal service will be resumed shortly. Probably. In the meantime [...]

Malicious content?

Is that even how you spell malicious? Oh, it is. Anyway, it seems that Google has found some malware hosted on my blog and has thus flagged my site as "potentially dangerous". If you're using Firefox or another browser that checks Google's list of bad sites you'll get a a big red page telling you [...]

Decorating

As is sometimes seen in shops and restaurants: please excuse our appearance while work is in progress. I'm trying out a few themes at the moment. I go in cycles with this. I'm trying to work out a decent minimalist theme that's typography-based. The one that's active now - Wu Wei - appeals to me [...]

A Stitch In Time

If you're using a self-hosted blog running WordPress and you haven't upgraded for a while I would highly recommend upgrading. From the official WordPress blog (by Matt): A stitch in time saves nine. I couldn’t sew my way out of a bag, but it’s true advice for bloggers as well — a little bit of [...]

Back to the Firebug theme

I'm currently having a few problems with my admin backend (not a euphemism) caused by my preferred theme. Something broke along the way to WordPress 2.8.2 and it's the Woothemes-written theme that's causing some problems on the create post page. I can't add tags or upload media, so I've decided to roll back to a [...]

I killed it

Work have very kindly updated our IT clients recently, or are at least in the process of doing so. On Monday I was presented with a rather nice HP laptop, which is my replacement for the ancient IBM Thinkpads that we currently have to put up with. This new laptop uses Vista, which I'm not so familiar with. I spent the best part of Monday and a bit of Tuesday getting to grips with its differences to XP - of which there are many.

Earth rise

I was born about six weeks before the first lunar landing. Yes, that was nearly 40 years ago. 40 years! Despite my birth happening around probably the most exciting event in the history of science I didn't really start getting into astronomy until fairly recently. I've been reading the odd blog post by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer, as it were) and since I started reading his posts I've been getting more and more into cosmos-related science stuff.

Yet another new theme

My quest for a blog theme continues. This time I'm trying out Irresistible by Woo Themes, a rather nice free theme with lots of options. This includes something that I've been after for a while: a lifestream. It's not that my life is particularly exciting or anything, it's just that I've been wanting to incorporate a feed of my various internet-related activities into one place, and now I have one.