Steve Rowe's Blog

Ruminations on Computing - Programming, Test Development, Management and More

December, 2006

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    Secret Santa is NP-Complete

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    Every year my group of friends undertakes a Secret Santa gift exchange. When we started we each drew names from a hat and bought a gift for the names we drew. Being budding programmers, we soon dispensed with the hat and wrote a program to do the work...
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    Functionality Over Elegance

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    I'm reading Where Wizards Stay Up Late which is a book about the people that invented the internet. It's the story of ARPA and BBN and the creation of essentially the first computer network. I ran across an interesting quote from one of the programmers...
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    New Vista Sound

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    This is a bit dated but it's worth mentioning anyway now that Vista is officially launched for businesses. Each major release of Windows comes with a startup sound. Vista is no different. It has a sound created by Robert Fripp. I was lucky enough to be...
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    The State of PC Audio

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    One of the things I own at Microsoft is test development for audio in Windows. For Vista we did a lot of work to rewrite the audio system and make it more stable and enable more features. Just recently ExtremeTech published an article on the State of...
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    None of Us Is as Dumb as All of Us

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    That's the subtext on the "Meetings" inspirational poster from Despair.com . What it means to me is that you'll never get a great design out of a committee. When designing a piece of software, you want to get input from many people but how do you keep...
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    Merry Christmas

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    By now you're all probably stuffed full of food and staring at a pile presents not to mention wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and boxes. I hope you all had a great day. Enjoy your time away from the regular routine for a while. Take the time to do something...
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    What To Unit Test

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    Several months back I wrote about unit testing. Following that I received a question from a reader about how to actually carry out writing unit tests. What should be tested? How much is enough? There is no single answer to these questions but I can give...
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