The Galactic Patrol

Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

September, 2003

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    Fault injection tools from Microsoft

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    In a response to my recent post on fault injection , Mark asks if I know of any publicly-available fault-injection frameworks.  Yes!  In fact, much of the fault-injection work done at Microsoft is built on top of work done by Microsoft Research...
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    Macs suck - they really, really suck

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    Ok, prompted by this Russell Beattie post , I have to say that Macintosh computers really bite the big one.  They are awful.  I can’t begin to describe how bad they are. BHWaaahahahaha!  I just can’t keep a straight face...
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    The coolest jacket in the whole world

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    I forgot to post the item that prompted my last post on containers – it is this jacket I recently read about at the Wired web site .  It has 30 pockets.  It has 2312.75 sqare inches of pocket space.  It has useful wiring conduits...
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    Raymond's Bits of Eclectic Windows Trivia, Legerdemain, and Historical Oddities

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    I’ve really been enjoying RaymondC’s blog posts on the history of Windows and the checkered past of its development.  Here is the one where he explains why Joe Schmoe developer isn’t allowed to add entries to the Start Menu pin list.
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    For a good time, call 1-800-FAULT-INJECTION-TESTING

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    We have occasional debates here at Microsoft on the value of ‘white-box’ testing.  (For the sake of this discussion, ‘white-box’ testing means testing that takes advantage of internal product knowledge, while ‘black-box’ testing relies solely on...
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    The Portrait of the Mastermind (INTJ)

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    Here is an interesting personality assessment test; the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, very popular in some circles.  I don’t know how useful it really is, but I do find that it describes my personality fairly well, and it is quick...
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    Hulk Hands kick ass

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    I stumbled across this blog entry , where the Accordian Guy is showing off his “Hulk Hands”, large foam gloves that make amusing Hulk noises when you bounce them off things.  I got a set for my nephew once, and I liked them so much...
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    old (and long) e-mail ramble about agent technology and other trivia

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    Peter’s response to my TiVo post for some reason reminded me of a rambling e-mail conversation I had several months ago; for your amusement I repeat it below.  Incidentally, mail threads like this are reason #128 why I like working at Microsoft...
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    I'm going to miss the company meeting!

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    Damn!  I just found out that the Microsoft Company Meeting, a yearly event, is on October 30 th , and I will be out of town!  Its hard to describe these meetings; but let me try. You walk into SafeCo field, Seattle’s new baseball stadium...
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    Test tracing - it is not optional!

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    I’d like to talk about one of the first lessons I learned as a tester at Microsoft: Anticipate failure investigations, and log everything. Let me tell you a fairly rambling tale of my early days at Microsoft: We’d just shipped Windows...
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    “The first priority, young man, is to find the bugs…”

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      Prologue One of my teammates recently set up a Wiki site for my team, and I must admit that I have become quite addicted to it.  One of the pages I’ve created has been a list of common test areas, a checklist of things most of our...
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    more Scoble stuff - there are many parts, but only one Microsoft

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    Again, while reading this same Scoble post , it got me thinking about my role at Microsoft.  When I tell people what I do at Microsoft, I say "I do software testing.  If you find a bug in a Microsoft product, it is my fault." Of course...
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    Scoble talks about "us" at Microsoft

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    I was reading this recent post on Scoble’s blog , where he talks about how he refers to “we” and “us” when talking about Microsoft.  A friend of mine told me once that they found it unusual that I say "we" and "us" when referring to stuff that...
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    Escape Analysis; or, 'how *did* that bug slip through testing?'

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     After the Indigo team's last milestone (M4), most of our feature test teams did an analysis of the bugs in their feature area, and extracted some useful 'lessons learned' to help us improve our testing in future milestones.  Here are some...
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    ASML - a modeling tool for testing

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     John Tobler talks a bit about Abstract State Machine Language (ASML) on his blog.  This is actually a really cool technology – one my test team has been looking at for a little while now, and one that I personally have been struggling to...
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    Pre-PDC checklist

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    I’ve never been to an industry conference (yet; I keep trying to convince my management to send me…), but to my uneducated eye, this pre-flight PDC checklist by Adam Cartwright looks eminently useful… 

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    How do I know I have four readers?

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    I recently asked the maintainers of http://blogs.gotdotnet.com if they kept access stats on my blog; I was curious if anyone actually read it.  They sent me to a web page with a ton of stats and charts; on one of those, it says that over the past...
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    father-son bonding

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    Here is a cute story about a father teaching his son one of life’s most essential skills.  Normally I wouldn’t post a link like this, but with my own first child coming in January, it hits a new nerve… 

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    Be verwy verwy quiet - we're hunting bugs!

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    Eric Lippert has a great post describing some of his adventures with security issues in VBScript.  I particularly liked this segment: “Of course, it could be worse.  There was a bug in early versions of the CLR (which I believe was...
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    Wireless surround sound; music, sweet music...

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    My dreams are starting to come true – see this offering by Sony , a completely wireless 5.1 surround sound system!  True, it uses IR transmission instead of radio, but on the other hand that means it doesn’t eat into your WiFi bandwidth...
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    Code Name: "Avalon"

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    I noticed this link to Wesner Moise’s comments on Microsoft’s “Avalon” technology, to be debuted at PDC.  I’m certainly no Avalon expert, but I’ve been to their internal web site, and saw a demo once.  This is killer stuff.  Not wanting...
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    Of course, I *love* those SysInternals tools!

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    Lest my last post be seen as overly critical of the SysInternals folks, let me comment that I personally have had nothing but success using their tools, and I find them extremely useful. 

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    retrobox.com sells Microsoft's old computers

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    I saw a question recently on an internal Microsoft alias, asking where old computers go when they are retired.  It turns out that Microsoft’s old computers (and those of other companies) end up at http://www.retrobox.com .  It looks like...
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    I work on "Indigo"

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    I noticed at this link that folks are starting to hear (and speculate) about Indigo.  That’s cool to see, because that’s my team!  I know, I shouldn’t tease, because I’m not allowed to talk about it yet – but still, it is just cool to start...
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    For better or for worse - but I'm not taking your name!

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    I read this post discussing wives who don’t take their husband’s last name.  Here is the comment I left at the site. “My wife (Gina Alsdorf) didn't take my last name when we got married. I'm fine with that; it seems to me...
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