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    The Bug Craig Will Never Forget

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    Of all the bugs I've came across I'll never forget this one because it was so severe and easy to miss. Later, when I was a Test Lead it was the first thing I added to my sign-off checklist… A few years ago, our product was practically out the door when...
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    The Bug That Makes Craig Laugh Every Time

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    When my first test manager left Microsoft he told the team this was his favorite bug and it is easy to see why (testers are often asked about their favorite bugs when they leave). On his first week on the job one of my friends hit a crash in the speech...
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    Tom Whalen's Favorite Bug

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    The most interesting recent bug was a Vista upgrade error that was initially assigned to my component. We had a couple of Watson reports where the symptom was there would be an error logged during upgrade which caused a fatal error and a roll-back. Unfortunately...
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    Anutthara's Favorite Bug

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    There was this bug that I remember even 4 years later now. Since we expect our users to install our product on operating systems of different languages, we do globalization testing on this. So for the Beta release, I installed our product on a Japanese...
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    Bruce Shankle's Favorite Bug

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    During Windows 95, I was a beta tester. It was the first time I'd seen a 'Recycle' bin on a Microsoft platform. (We had some undelete functionality in DOS that required you to know the first letter of the file you wanted to undelete on the FAT file system...
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    Vamshidar Rawal's Other Favorite Bug

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    Problem: Release To Web (RTW) for Office Online site and we were seeing features breaking randomly with no reason at all. A lot of debugging led to no indication of what the problem was. Cause: Testing features before RTW, testers did not catch...
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    One Of Vamshidar Rawal's Favorite Bugs

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    Problem: We had instrumented our code to spit out timing markers at various points of pages that were tracked via automation and measured actual end-user download times 24/7 on the production site. The results showed that 25% of the time the download...
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    Implementing Automated Software Testing

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    Elfriede Dustin sent me a review copy of Implementing Automated Software Testing (IAST), which she and her colleagues Thom Garrett and Bernie Gauf recently published. I am familiar with some of Elfriede's work on test automation, so I was looking forward...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    How We Test Software At Microsoft (Sometimes, Somewhens)

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    Some time back, Alan Page sent me a review copy of How We Test Software At Microsoft (HWTSAM), which he, Bj Rollison , and Ken Johnston published late last year. I was curious to read this and discover whether their view of testing matches mine. Now that...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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