If you install too much stuff then...

Jun 10, 2006 - 2 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

…these tools might help you out: Safarp, Startup Delayer, ShellExView It may be obvious from the rest of the website that I install and try out a lot of different software. And yes… sometimes it doesn’t work right, and I don’t always install it under a virtual machine first, and my machine can get in a bit of a mess. So there are a few tools that I use which have helped me get out of trouble in the past

Yorkspace tools list

Jun 6, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

Yorkspace.com has a small list of essential tools. I use many of these, and a few alternatives… From the Yorkspace.com list have not used the torrent, podcast or mp3 tools, neither have I used Thunderbird. I certainly recommend AutoIt, particularly with the SciTE4AutoIt editor. And I use VLC media player, as my default DVD viewing application. I use the listed 7-zip and I use an alternative called PicoZip. There are a couple of tools where I do not use the one listed, but I use something very similar and these alternatives are listed below.

Utils for a minor edge

Jun 4, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

A few useful utilities: Switch Window And from the Microsoft XP PowerToys: Command Prompt Here Alt-Tab Replacement Switch Window provides a handy little popup window that lists all current windows and you can easily switch between them. I tend to use the [Start] context menu to trigger it. Microsoft XP PowerToys has a few tools that I use regularly, I’m just going to draw your attention to 2 of them below

Can the words that we use affect our thinking

Apr 26, 2006 - 5 minute read - Blog CompendiumDev

Can the words that we use affect our train of thought? How do the different words we use to describe a system, change the way that we think about that system? Can we describe the Application Under Test differently and change the way that we think about it? One exercise I tried recently was to think of different words to describe the software that I was testing and to see how that affected my thinking about that software.

How to cope without MS Project

Apr 26, 2006 - 4 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

MS Project is the project schedule tool that I encounter more on site than any other tool, and the one that I personally prefer to use on sites. But sometimes things don’t go as planned and I recently found myself without MS Project on a site with many MS Project Plans. Sadly Microsoft do not provide a viewer for MS Project files so I hastily tried to find a tool to help me view the plans.

3 Useful Questions, GS

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

What do you mean? How do you know? What then? from driveyourselfsane.com Articles on General Semantics from the European Society for General Semantics.

Ivor Cutler (R.I.P)

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester WebWatch

Ivor Cutler - I believe in bugs Lying in the silken ground one day, I shall sense the buggies wriggle as they eat me away, Singing “I believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs…” (born January 15 1923; died March 3 2006) This post originally appeared on compendiumdev.co.uk but I moved it here as it seemed more Evil Testery

Excel For Test Data Generation

Mar 15, 2005 - 1 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

MS Excel, and spreadsheets in general, are the testers friend. I have written up some notes about how to use Excel and VBA to generate test data. Moved to github.com/eviltester/XML-EXCEL-Test-Data-Generator

I am a bug - Book Review

Mar 14, 2005 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Book Reviews

Find it on [amazon.uk] [amazon.com]

A book review of the Children’s Software Testing Classic “I Am A Bug” by Rob Sabourin, suitable for everyone.

Book Cover for I Am A Bug


Descriptive Words And Software Testing

Feb 15, 2005 - 1 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

Words, and how they affect cognition, perception, state and action, interest me. I wanted to experiment with a less linear and more diagrammatic communication format, so… I thought, and I drew, and I experimented, and I turned a textual blog entry into a single page of diagrams and boxed out text. Words, and how they affect cognition, perception, state and action, interest me. And that is one of the reasons why I continue to study NLP, and General Semantics (ESGS,IGS).