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Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

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    WS-Eventing for Dummies

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    WS-Eventing is a standard that enables interoperable publish/subscribe systems. The spec itself is quite short and sweet – I recommend taking a look at it. As a tester, I’m quite pleased by the simplicity because it makes implementations easier...
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    Software Testing on Mars

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    Here is an interesting summary of the problem encountered by the Spirit probe on Mars. Important test lessons: “ test real-world conditions ” “ run long-haul stress tests ” “SYSTEM BEHAVIOR: Spirit began acting up last week...
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    lies, damn lies, and statistics

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    Just read an interesting blog entry by Eric Lippert, about the use and misuse of statistics. I’m particularly partial to his explanation, because I’m subject to the same job performance rating system that he uses to explain his concepts. Bonus...
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    Using Blogger? Enable Atom, please!

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    I notice that Blogger has provided the ability for its users to expose syndication feeds (in the Atom format). “Great!” I thought; “Now I can go subscribe to all those sites that look interesting but don’t have syndication feeds...
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    Bruce Gets Back To Work

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    I’m back at work, after six weeks away – vacation and then paternity leave. Please examine the pictures of my daughter Lucy and post admiring comments. <grin> http://www.lucille-alsdorf-williams.com Also, special thanks to my friend...
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    WS-Eventing published

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    I noticed the WS-Eventing proposed standard has been published – this is directly related to the Indigo feature area I work on.
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    Welcome to the world, Lucy!

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    On Wednesday, my wife gave birth to a darling baby girl – Lucille Alsdorf Williams. What can I say – she is just perfect. Words cannot describe my joy when I hold her. There are some pictures up at http://www.lucille-alsdorf-williams.com
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    Welcome, Dom!

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    A friend of mine, Dominic Hopton, recently joined our ranks here at Microsoft – he’ll be a test developer, just like me. Congratulations, Dom! We always need more smart testers here at MSHQ. If you need anything to help get settled in, let...
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    Is that a rail gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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    Here is an interesting site about a guy who builds rail guns in his spare time. (If you don’t know what a rail gun is, you need to read more science fiction. <grin>) He also builds a variety of other powerful and/or destructive electromagnetic...
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    "Ender's Game" should be movie

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    Scott Hanselman lists out some of his favorite books that he’d like to see made into movies. One of them in particular really hit a chord with me – “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card would be an * awesome * movie! P.S. Anyone...
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    how to contact me

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    I published this info when I started my GotDotNet blog ; with the move, now is a good time to re-present the info: Bruce Williams I am a test developer for Indigo – current and future Web Services technology at Microsoft. e-mail : bwill@microsoft...
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    should this blog be technical-only?

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    When my blog was on GotDotNet, I asked if I should limit myself to technical issues, or if I should discuss any old thing that interests me. (I’d prefer the latter.) The response I received was that non-technical posts are fine. Now that I’m...
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    new A/V cable format has built-in copy-protection?

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    I was reading an article recently about a new audio/video cable format that a bunch of companies are supporting, called HDMI . (Free registration may be required to see the link.) It looks pretty cool and all, but the last paragraph of the article has...
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    old blog entries at http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/bwill

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    For anyone who is new to my blog at this location; the content from my old blog should get migrated over sometime, and meanwhile you can see it at http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/bwill .
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    If you develop on Windows - use AppVerifier!

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    I read a post recently from a person who was disappointed that they hadn’t heard of the AppVerifier tool that Microsoft ships. So let’s fix that – if you do commercial software development on Windows, you owe it to your customers to...
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    Honk if you can read this!

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    First post in the new blog – lets see if the .Text plugin for NewsGator works…
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    Blog moving...

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    As with so many other GotDotNet bloggers, I am moving over to WEBLOGS.ASP.NET.  Yeah, I know – my weblog isn’t ASP.NET related.  One of these years I’ll go to a hosting company and set up my own server.  Of course,...
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    think you're good at puzzles? try this one.

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    I ran across this puzzle a little while ago.  I’m still working on it – now you can too: You have a port that you are reading numbers from. You know that there is one number that is generated in more than half of the cases. ...
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    Excellent customer support story about COVAD

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    You hear crappy support stories all the time.  Here is a great one – this COVAD DSL company sounds like da bomb! 

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    Privacy? What's that?

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    Take a look at this very interesting map of the Carnegie Mellon college campus .  It shows, in real time, the location of every wireless device.  You can kinda guess where the classrooms are, by where the WiFi laptops are clustered. ...
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    ever wanted to make your software more usable?

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    If you are a software developer, I’m sure you’ve considered the usability of your software.  We all want to make something that is at least functional, and at best stunningly pleasing and usable.  Well, usability doesn’t...
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    wanna write an online/offline app like Outlook 2003?

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    If you are interested in writing an app that transparently caches and goes offline gracefully, like Outlook 2003, it looks like some help is on the way… http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/jmazner/permalink.aspx/9d922aa0-56b5-4cfc-ae82-77a80d25caa6...
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    "connected media center" devices - the new stereo component receiver?

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     I was reading a Gizmodo article talking about the proliferation of “connected media center” devices, that can feed media from your PC to your stereo setup.  Now, I’m no Hi-Fi guru, but isn’t there already a device...
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    The *real* story behind "Design Patterns"...

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     Check this out – it appears that the book “Design Patterns” was actually just an elaborate smokescreen designed to hide the author’s real research – on geek dating! http://datingdesignpatterns.com <grin>
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    FreeNet looking for donations

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    I notice the FreeNet site is soliciting donations .  FreeNet is a distributed, anonymous file sharing service.  I’m sure some people use it for pretty seedy purposes, but overall I’d rather have this capability than not. ...
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