GeekSpeak with Scott Barber: Paul Holland

People always seem to be asking me if I still learn things at software events after having attended over a hundred in the past decade. And they almost always seem surprised to hear that I do still get things from sessions (though admittedly, very often it’s not what the … [Read more...]

9 Live Wallpapers to Make Your Macintosh Even More Beautiful

My name is Carol Pinchefsky, and I'm a Macaholic. I've never owned, or even seriously used, a PC. I find Macs intuitive and usable, and I've never once felt that way about C: drives and D: drives and oh-god-why-me drives. So may the ghost of Steve Jobs smite me for … [Read more...]

10 Live Wallpapers to Gussy Up Your Android Device

Recently I fell in love with Android. I should say, I fell in love with Android again. We broke up for a while when I got an iPhone, but then I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and Android started seducing me. Next, I ditched my iPhone and switched to a Samsung Galaxy S4, and … [Read more...]

Confused about Cloud Confusion

I am forever running into people who are confused about what “the cloud” is. Sadly, some of these are the same people who are promoting and using “the cloud” or “cloud-based services”. What has always confused me is the fact that people who work in IT are confused about the … [Read more...]

6 Cool Live Desktops for the Self-Respecting Windows Geek

Your Windows computer finally has enough horsepower to run pretty, interactive wallpaper. It’s time to revisit desktop enhancements. Here’s a few to tickle the fancy of any Windows user. In the early to mid-2000s, desktop replacements, gadgets, live-wallpapers and all … [Read more...]

Performance Testing: The “External Content” Challenge

About a dozen years ago, I had an argument with a client. Actually, that is an understatement. It was an all-out fight that nearly came to blows. For those of you who know me, this may not surprise you overmuch. What is somewhat surprising (or at least disappointing) is what … [Read more...]

Performance Testing: The Environments Challenge

Over the years, I’ve seen all kinds of challenges facing performance testers. Some due to technical constraints, some due to organizational constraints, and some due to situations so complex it was difficult to pinpoint the cause. But, of all the questions people have … [Read more...]

What Does ‘DevOps’ Mean to You?

The other day, at the bottom of an email, in the middle of an entirely unrelated string of communications, the person I was conversing with asked, “By the way… What does DevOps mean to you?” The response I gave was, essentially, a spur-of-the-moment blog post.  Here it … [Read more...]

Performance Testing As If Your Life Depended on it

Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT), a world in which ordinary objects and machines—from personal earbuds to corporate water treatment facilities—are becoming increasingly programmable, “smart,” and absorbed within the ever-expanding definition of the internet. In our … [Read more...]

White Water Kayaking, Software Testing and the Psychology of Skill Development

“From day one, they were testing.”  --Keith Klain, on the Per Scholas software testing training program. Software testing is still an emerging profession. Where software development has been around long enough to have a clear career track—complete with college degrees and … [Read more...]