OneNote Testing

What it is like to be a tester on the Microsoft OneNote team and day to day life as an SDET in Office. Plus a few tips for using OneNote and an occasional powertoy.

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    OneNote wasn't working, but at least there were no bugs

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    When I got in this morning I turned to my laptop to check some OneNote pages I use to track some To Do items. I grabbed the mouse connected to the docking station and tried to click the page. The mouse pointer did not move, though. Next I tried the little...
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    A really cheap estimate

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    One of the questions I was asked to answer this week was, “When do you estimate you will be done with ‘Project Caribou?’” There are a number of techniques I could use to answer this, and I have written about a few different models I have used in the past...
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    Using OneNote to help me at a triathlon

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    This weekend a couple of friends and I signed up to compete in a local triathlon as a team. Helen said she would do the swim, Ted would bike and I would complete the 5K-ish run.  For any serious racers, the run length was listed as 3.2 miles. ...
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    Lessons from the Dreamliner?

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    Up here in Seattle, Boeing is a very important company. Now that their Dreamliner is going through some "teething pain," as they phrased it, I read a little bit about how this happened. After all, they had spent years designing the plane, built...
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    Defining a "bug" part 3

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    It is review time here at Microsoft and I already heard the phrase "I do not think I opened enough bugs last year. What do you think?" I typically give the answer "Well, how much homeowners insurance do you have?" which seems odd (and is) so I want to...
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    Some acronyms I am using this week

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    I found myself using these acronyms repeatedly this week and since they are all relevant to testing, I figured I would share them. WoW - (no, not that WoW ). For us, this means "Windows on Windows" and is the state a machine is in if a 32 bit...
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    Off to an all day training session

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    Today the entire OneNote team is headed out to an "offsite" training session in Bellevue. These are not very common but are usually a useful way to build team spirit and get everyone introduced or re-introduced to each other. This time we are...
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    Minor fixes (tweaks) to some test code

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    One of the automated tests I own had a failing result a few weeks ago and in the process of fixing it I updated quite a bit if our test code. First, the test that failed was one that uses the arrow keys to move lines of items in a list up and down within...
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    Getting caught up after a short break

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    I was out of the office last week (enjoying some Texas BBQ) and of course that was the week I got a huge number of emails and responses on the test blog here. Additionally, the day I left was the day the building in which I work needed some electrical...
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    Simple logistics with managing offices these past few days

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    We have some new folks coming from other buildings here on campus (Microsoft calls its set of buildings a campus, by the way) but we don't have space for them yet. In an effort to ensure we can build effective teams, we need to get everyone involved in...
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