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    Jonathan Kohl's Favorite Bug

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    It's hard to pick a favorite, but this is a recent bug story: Report: customer support alerted the development team that several users were complaining about a recent release. Intermittently, the application would slow down to such a great extent...
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    Cathy McBride's Favorite Bug

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    A number of years ago I was working with a development team that had been acquired by my company. They were very resistant to outside advice or direction and I am a tester. Thus we butted heads from the very beginning. At one point in the madness to get...
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    JakeBrake's Favorite Bug

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    I refer to years ago where a major "production" defect in a networked military tactical data system - a system linking all the armed forces together. This high-visibility critical/major defect would blind all linked users by effectively wiping out all...
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    Baskets Of Bugs

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    My life of late seems to be one bug after another. It all starts with my product: Live Mesh for Mac. I have set some setting on my Mactop that prevents our Mac client from running on it. No one else has reported this issue, and I cannot reproduce it on...
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    Snow In Seattle On April Fool's!

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    It is snowing here in Seattle today, 1 April 2009. Mum Nature evidently has a sense of humor!
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    Alan Hynes' Favorite Bug

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    I was giving the customer (Product Owner) a first pre-User Acceptance Test look at a modified Commercial Off The Shelf system. I tried to call up the history for one of the customer's workers on one of the administrator's pages. The worker was not found...
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    Jake P’s Favorite Bug

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    You can call me Ishmael, err...Jake. We had been getting a bizarre error reported intermittently from the lab: 'No Disc Detected' modal message box. What was really bizarre is that the tests and machines it hit seemed to be random with no correlation...
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    Eric Sink's Favorite Bug

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    I once worked for a company that had a product that caused OTHER applications to crash. We didn't believe it at first. People would call our support line and complain that other apps would crash while using our product. But the crash was not reproducible...
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    Alan Myrvold's Favorite Bug

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    I get excited about bugs, especially ones that I learn from. Years ago, I was testing some data mining software at a commercial software company. This was cool, since I majored in statistics at university, not computer science, so at last a chance to...
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    Anand Thakker's Favorite Bug

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    When we were very close to release of the first version of our product, I found a bug in which the product crashed on entering the license key :). Debugging the issue was a lot of fun for developers and regardless to say the bug got immediately approved...
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    Jeetendra Kukreja's Favorite Bug (1 of 2)

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    The XAML editor would not show up if the user did not have admin access – Most dev’s and testers have full admin rights on theirs dev boxes so this would not have been caught unless the automation in the lab specifically ran on a user account with restricted...
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    Jeetendra Kukreja's Favorite Bug (2 of 2)

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    So, I am typing some value for a file name in the project palette in my product and I happen to type an invalid character in there which I don’t know about. I click on a button in the UI that should bring up a popup. Clicking on the button commits my...
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    Siderite's Favorite Bug

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    My favourite bugs come not from our code, but from the code of the things we depend on, like the javascript engine or the .Net framework. Either performance, unexpected behaviour or plain and simple errors in code really throw one off when trying to determine...
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    Scott Banning's Possibly Most Frustrating Bug

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    I opened a bug 1.5 years ago about an issue where the product would stop displaying updates to the user in a rare scenario dealing with boundaries; we have gotten customer reports about a similar issue that could be the same root cause and are linked...
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    Xu's Favorite Bug

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    I was happy after I upgraded my laptop's memory from 1GB to 2GB until I noticed that sometimes XP just won't shut down when I try to hibernate. It sits there at "Save personal setting" forever. One day I put it to hibernate and before I saw it shutdown...
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    Jurgen Appelo's Favorite Bug

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    My favorite bugs are the errors that generate themselves recursively. I have two examples: The first involved an error logging mechanism that logged each exception in a database. At some point our database started throwing exceptions because the disk...
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