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  • The Galactic Patrol

    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...
  • Arpan Shah's Blog

    WW Partner Conference

    I will be speaking at the World Wide Partner Conference, October 9-11, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCC) in New Orleans, LA. I'm giving a talk about portal solutions using SPS and the E-Business Server products (CMS, CS). I'll specifically...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    Freeze, sucker! and drop that download!

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    I recently discovered David Isenberg’s blog , and while surfing it I ran across a pointer to this cartoon that sarcastically pans the RIAA copyright crackdown.  My wife Gina is the lawyer in the family, so I’ll defer to her for the...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    Better living through chemistry

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    I read this recent article about a drug called Provigil, which restores alertness and lets one go without sleep.  (temporarily.)  Discoveries like this excite me; on a very visceral level, I’m a big fan of life-style drugs.  Maybe...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    Eyeglasses that record everything...

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    Here is a concept for a pair of sunglasses with a built-in video camera, that records everything you see .  This appeals to me; any number of times I’ve seen something particularly interesting or beautiful, and told myself, “if only...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    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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  • The Galactic Patrol

    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...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    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...
  • Fabulous Adventures In Coding

    Why does VBScript have Execute, ExecuteGlobal and Eval?

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    JScript has an extremely powerful feature: eval takes a string at runtime and treats that string as though it were part of the compile-time text of the program. I added that feature to VBScript version 5, but I did it with three methods: Execute, ExecuteGlobal and Eval. Why three, when JScript makes do with one?...
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  • The Galactic Patrol

    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...
  • The Galactic Patrol

    please ignore the last post for now...

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    Well, who knew that ctrl-S in NewsGator would post, in addition to alt-S?  And both my machines with the WinBlogX.exe client are not allowing me to use it.  Darn.  Please ignore that post, while I finish it; I’ll post the completed version shortly… 

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