Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hey, a new thing on youtube! Google Chrome Themes

I just read this post from Google: Art meets engineering with Google Chrome Artist Themes

It's not a usual YouTube channel. Check the 30 sec video and watch a nice surprise :-) Totally unexpected... cool.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Your own Harddrive in the Cloud

Checkout DropBox.

It gives you free 2GB of online storage always in sync with a DropBox folder on all your PCs or Macs. You can even share folders online with other people.

If you subscribe through this link, we both would get 250MB extra for free!

DropBox is not an Online Backup solution. For that, I use Mozy, but lately it feels slow and backup uploadtime is really important; so I'm giving a chance to iDrive. Its faster and has better UI. And it allows me to sync my two Macs to a single account.

So I ask you: Is your PC or Mac backup securely stored on a place outside your home? A local USB Disk is not enough.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Our biggest defect

In Mary Poppendieck: test driven development redefined Gojko Adzic shares Mary's insights about what Test Driven Delopment is. Please read it, its a short post. He also shares a quote from Mary:
“the biggest defect we have now [in software development] is tolerating defects”
Currently in my workplace, we have some unit testing in place but there are many defects found during our process. I fully agree with Mary's appreciation, defects are a waste in our process and each defect should be a learning opportunity for killig the root cause, so it will never happen again.

Hey, really, if you find the same defect over and over again in your systems, obviously you need to do things differently! IMO, TDD offers a great base for us to use tests for automating such learning (documenting defects is not enough).