Category: Geekery

  • 30 Days of Tools – Day 3

    30 Days of Tools – Day 3

    OK, so after day 2’s rather vague questions we have something a bit more concrete for day 3: Share how you evaluate a new tool How do you discover all the things you like/dislike about a new tool? I have two main ways of doing this: by reading the reviews and by giving it a […]

  • 30 Days of Tools – Day 2

    30 Days of Tools – Day 2

    Well, that didn’t last long did it? I’m onto day 2 but I’m already six days behind. I should have predicted that I’d be doing this in my own time rather than in tandem with the challenge, but here we are. At least I’m doing day 2 rather than just mucking about on twitter. So, […]

  • 30 Days of Tools – Day 1

    30 Days of Tools – Day 1

    The Ministry of Testing are my go-to place for all things testing. I have been a member there since the beginning – I was around before it emerged from The Software Testing Club – and while I read more than I post it is one of my more important social networks. It is one of […]

  • 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 […]

  • I can count up to 8!

    I really liked this article about performance metrics. These kind of charts can be used to justify just about anything, and there are plenty of managers that spend so much of their time measuring rather than listening to their staff. Still. I do quite like a whizzy chart… Do you produce loads of whizzy hard […]

  • 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 […]

  • Just trying out a Google Chrome extension that enables me to post links directly on my blog. The details are here: http://iamfriendly.com/blog/delectable-your-own-private-delicious/ It looks very interesting but it appears I need to make a small theme change to get the most out of it. I’ll have to do that at some later point. This will be […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]