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Blog Archive for robogeek during October 2005

A couple weeks ago I did a little experiment in community processes. Supposedly community driven processes are better quality because there's more eyeballs. That's an interesting claim, and I wanted to test it. The Register has an article along the same lines as my test: Wikipedia founder admits to serious quality problems My test is written up here: An experiment in community process Basically...
Remember that vague announcement last week with cooperation between Google and Sun? The concrete piece of that announcement was for Sun to bundle the Google toolbar with the Windows JRE download. Now, a week+ later, the combined JRE+Toolbar download is available. The windows install help page discusses it, showing that the installation of the toolbar happens as part of the JRE Installer. Since...
A long time ago I came to understand that human-computer-interface specialists studied what people mean when they say "the computer/application/widget/etc is 'slow'". What's meant is that the response time between the user doing something, and the widget responding to the doing, takes longer than the user expects. "Slow", then, means unresponsive. If the response time takes longer than a given...
On friday I was reading some discussion about open source projects. Among the claims was the typical statement that the thousands of eyeballs results in high quality. The assumption is that with that many people, there is continual ad-hoc testing going on and any problems get spotted quickly. Well, I don't think that's actually the case. First it presumes the project has a lot of active...
My colleague, Konstantin Boudnik, has begun blogging. He's discussed some of the tools we use (the Java SQE team) in our daily work to test Java. (see: Java quality's open-source tools) For the last 2 months I've been studying what openness and transparency could mean to the Java Quality team. Overall the java team has this Peabody project going on where we are stepping towards being open and...