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    Tricky Trojans

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    Wayne writes seeking suggestions for dealing with simulacra of complex and complicated interfaces. While I usually want to do some end-to-end testing in order to see how the system as a whole functions, I generally prefer to do most of my testing at lower...
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    Josh Poley's Favorite Bug

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    One of the interesting bugs I dealt with on the Xbox 360 wasn't very exciting from a "how found" perspective, but rather from the duration it was open and the edit history of it. In the very beginning of development for the console I was working on testing...
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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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    Heuristical Madness

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    Recently I was thinking about the plethora of Test Heuristics floating about the blogosphere. HICCUPPS , CRUSSPIC STMPL , FCC CUTS VIDS , and on and on and on. Eventually I became overloaded and started searching for a heuristic to help me sort through...
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    Conversationally Communing

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    Maria writes: This is my first time as a tester...let me tell you I'm happy with this, but is really difficult to deal with the feelings of the developers who takes the bugs as personal (well, they are responsible for it, but is not a hurt feeling...
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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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    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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    James W's Favorite Bug

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    I like the back and forth between QA and Dev with regards to whether or not a bug is worthy of their time to fix and that is the central theme to my favorite bug. We had an app that was getting blown up by a few different fonts. When dev pushed...
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    Banking Expectations

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    For weeks now I have been seeing ads for a local bank. These ads consist of a vast expanse of white space disturbed only by the phrase "(This space intentionally left blank)". These ads baffled me. Yesterday, however, I realized that the last word in...
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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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    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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    Back In The Saddle Again

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    One reason I have not blogged these last two months is that my wife took ill and I haven't been at work. She is home now and I am getting into the swing of work again. Another reason I have not blogged these last two months is that I have been doing...
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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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    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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    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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    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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