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The Tech Blog of Ben Martens

June, 2008

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About The Tech Blog of Ben Martens

I'm an SDET in the Connected Systems Division. The Calendar Printing Aassistance for Office is the first public product to be released from our group and is available with Office12.

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    Tester Spotlight: Bryan Lipscy

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    Michael Hunter and I recently recorded an interview with Bryan Lipscy, a tester on the Windows help team. I never thought about all the work that goes into testing the help system, but it's quite impressive. The video is currently on the front page of...
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    I Am The Empire

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    Thanks to the team over at Microspotting.com for sending me an "I Am The Empire" t-shirt!
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    Microspotting

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    One of my favorite parts of my job at Microsoft is the wide variety of people that I get to interact with on a daily basis. Want a meet a guy who toys with buying a hovercraft? How about the guy who wrote a bunch of the code books on my shelf? What about...
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    Elevated Permissions and the Vista SP1 Registry

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    We recently ran into an interesting issue with our installer which requires elevated permissions to run on Vista SP1. The installer wrote registry entries to HKCR. This is a virtualized hive and the entries are actually written to HKCU. When we ran the...
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    Oslo in BillG's Keynote

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    The project I work on, Oslo, was mentioned in BillG's keynote at TechEd. You can see the video clip here: http://msstudios.vo.llnwd.net/o21/presspass/zune/Looking_Ahead_Zune.wmv And you can read a few articles about it here: http://news.idg.no/cw/art...
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    Failure to Fail

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    Here's a quick testing tip: make it as difficult as possible for your test to pass. Otherwise, a failure to fail may be reported as a success and mask a real problem. For example, if your method returns non-zero for a failure, initialize your result code...
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    Test Center Spotlight - Rob Straavaldson

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    I recently had the pleasure of meeting both Michael Hunter (the Braidy Tester ) and Rob Straavaldson to videotape a Tester Center Spotlight interview. You won't see me on the video, but those two guys are much more interesting than me anyway. I'm lining...
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