Archive for September, 2013

Somebody’s Mama Made The Never Happen

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by The Director

Long-named US woman celebrates government climb-down:

A US woman has won a battle to have her full name put on her driving licence.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele’s name is so long – containing 36 letters and 19 syllables – that it would not fit on the documentation.

What is the lesson here?

The obvious lesson, of course, is that you need to consider names other than Mike Smith when building your applications. Of course, we’re pretty much past that now given our more worldly software development culture (people who build and alter government computer systems not included, of course).

But you’ve got to test those long strings going into the system, and you’ve got to test those long strings coming out of the system.

If you’re displaying someone’s name, does the name lie over other design elements on the page or, urk, the mobile app? If it’s printing out somewhere, is there room on the page or in the PDF for it?

You’ll never know until you try. Your developers will never know until you try, either, because they won’t try it themselves.

(Link via Tweet.)

Think of the Test Cases

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by The Director

Apparently, there’s an Android game called Send Me To Heaven that… Well, I can’t explain it any better than:

S.M.T.H. (Send Me To Heaven) is a sport game. Player throws his phone as high as he can. The higher, the better. The phone registers the height and uploads result to leader boards. World Top 10, Week Top 10 and Day Top 10 lists are available.

That’s about the funniest thing I’ve read all week.

Apple, though, rejected it.

QA Music – Elevator Music

Monday, September 9th, 2013 by The Director

Five Finger Death Punch, “Lift Me Up”.

Language warning.

That Particular Never Happened

Friday, September 6th, 2013 by The Director

Motorcyclist survives lightning strike while riding on freeway:

A motorcyclist riding on Interstate 5 survived a lightning strike Thursday as a tumultuous day of weather saw thunderstorms and rain roll through Washington on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

The biker was riding through Chehalis in western Washington when the lightning hit Thursday morning, Washington State Patrol Trooper William Finn said.

Remember, remote chances of a bad thing occurring are not the same as no chance, and you need to assess your risk accordingly. Individually, people have a very remote chance of winning the lottery, yet someone wins the lottery every couple of weeks.

Make sure when assessing your risk, calculate in the severity of the problem and the number of users mashing the keys in addition to the remoteness of the possibility of that happening.

QAers Gonna QA

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by The Director

The first step on software testing appearing in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 6: a scientific-sounding name for the QA mindset: negative dispositional attitude:

New research has uncovered the reason why some people seem to dislike everything while others seem to like everything. Apparently, it’s all part of our individual personality — a dimension that researchers have coined “dispositional attitude.”

People with a positive dispositional attitude have a strong tendency to like things, whereas people with a negative dispositional attitude have a strong tendency to dislike things, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The journal article, “Attitudes without objects: Evidence for a dispositional attitude, its measurement, and its consequences,” was written by Justin Hepler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dolores AlbarracĂ­n, Ph.D., the Martin Fishbein Chair of Communication and Professor of Psychology at Penn.

Realism is an illness.

QA Music : Thrift Shop

Monday, September 2nd, 2013 by The Director

I was alerted via Tweet about a software test engineer getting noticed for his pipes:

It took only 45 minutes to change Michael Wansley’s life. The Seattle-based singer, known by his stage name Wanz, has found himself at the top of the charts with his bass-heavy credit on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which has now enjoyed two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

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Now, the former software test engineer is taking a shot at solo stardom. Having toured the country with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis over the past few months and performed with them on “The Ellen Show,” Wanz is building his brand on social networking sites and recording a six-track EP that he hopes to release before he joins the pair on their Australian trek next month.

Here’s the song the article talks about, “Thrift Shop”. I think it’s about quality assurance budgets somehow.

Warning: Hip-hop language. Might not be safe for your workplace.


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