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new server!!! new domain!!!

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After some problems with the old server, I’ve decided to move the entire site to a new super-server sponsored by silenci :) and, I’ve done a thing that I should have done many years back: get a domain. I’ve chosen xphere.me, I don’t know why, I don’t have any reason, and even if I had one, you’ll be probably not interested in knowing it!

new site!!

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wahooo!!! I’ve moved all my blog to wordpress and I hope I’ll be posting more often now!!!

wordpress rocks!!

It’s defect speaking

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Great letter extracted from here: http://www.testinggeek.com/index.php/testing-articles/188-defect-speaking

I am defect. For some people I am a mild inconvenience and for some I am their worst nightmare, probably a life threatening nightmare. For many years, people like you have treated me as a hunting target and treated me as a non-living entity – without any emotion, say or dreams. Till now, I kept my silence but now I had it enough. TestingGeek has allowed me to tell my story to the world, to tell you truth about me and my feelings. (more…)

Com perdre respecte als mossos d’esquadra

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El passat cap de setmana, de camí a França (a la mainparty), em va passar una cosa si mes no curiosa, que ha desenvocat en la meva total pèrdua de respecte per el “cos” dels mossos d’esquadra.

Resulta que anàvem per una autopista, i ens apropàvem al peatge, jo començo a reduir, i m’adono que volia anar per un carril que estava mes a la dreta, per tant, poso l’intermitent i em preparo per fer el gir (redueixo). Al costat tenía un furgó dels mossos, i veig com redueixen mes que jo, per tant, interpreto que m’estàn deixant passar… CRAAAASO ERROR!, ja que jo vaig accelerar per adelantar-los, i poder-me posar al carril del peatge que m’interessava.

Total, que els mossos peguen un altre ‘acelerón’, i es posen a la meva esquerra, eren 2, el que conduïa, que portava ulleres de sol, i el “compi”, que es veia un tipus bastant normal. Al posar-se a la meva esquerre, el que conduïa em comença a dir que he comès una imprudència… i jo flipant, dic que he interpretat que m’havien deixat passar i habia indicat el gir amb els intermitents (a mes, que això havia passat a 20-30Kmh…).

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trying to do serious code

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I try to do serious code… but… sometimes, I fail (spanish joke):

Llarga vida a la PS2!

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Enmig de consoles de última generació i consum nadalenc desmesurat en època de crisi, ha caigut a la meves mans una PS2 que estava oblidada a un armari i m’he posat a trastejar amb ella. Al principi li he posat el de sempre, el HDLoader, un HD de 60Gb, targeta a xarxa… i al vicio!
Però al cap de uns dies, entrant per un foro vaig veure que ha sortit una meravellosa aplicació que es diu FreeMCBoot, que ve a substituir el boot de la PS2… increïble vamos! A més s’instal·la a la memory card (ocupa uns 1,6Mb) i no fa falta arrancar amb cap disc de PSX ni tenir xip, ni coses rares.
Una vegada arranca el nou boot, apareix un menú amb les opcions típiques de la PS2 (Navegador i Configurar el sistema), més totes les aplicacions adicionals que haguem instal·lat: HDLoader, uLaunchELF, ESR, etc… tot molt bonic!

La Mala llet de la gent

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Últimament estic cansat de la mala llet d’algunes persones, tots amb chismorreos de “què ha dit aquesta persona”, o “què a fet aquella altra”, buah, no puc mes i estic fart, a veure si la gent es deixa de tonteries i es preocupa mes per ser feliç ell mateix!
Jo mateix reconec que a vegades m’agrada comentar alguna que altra xafarderia, però últimament ja és massa, no se què passa últimament que tothom sembla que s’hagi convertit en editor del HOLA o algo aixi! A veure si ho enteneu tots de una vegada: deixeu-vos de subtileses, foteses, malentesos, mals rotllos, i demés xorrades, perque no van amb mi.
Els que em coneixen saben que no m’agrada anar amb segones, i que soc directe i ho dic tot tal i com raja. I si algú li senta malament, mala sort.

I ara… a continuar barrallant-me amb el SDK del iphone!

La crème de la crème

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Avui estava per cotxeres i he agafat uns DVD’s de curts de la Marató de cinema fantàstic i de terror que es celebra cada any… i m’ha picat la curiositat per veure pelis ‘cutres i de sang’, tipus ‘el vengador tóxico’, ‘reanimator’, etc… i ves per on, youtube ha saciat la meva sed (i sobradament, per cert), amb la peli mes cutre i amb mes sang i fetge que he vist mai: Machine Girl!!! Una peli japo, que bueno… l’argument és el de menys!!

CPU vs GPU

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Si mes no… curiós! :D

Pink box testing

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Brutal aquest article!!! per desgràcia, jo he sofert els mateixos problemes, treballar amb vendors pot ser molt difícil.

Pink box testing

Some years ago (1999′ish) I was in a job where I needed to bring in a lot of software contractors in a short space of time. As a result I ended up dealing with a good number of IT contracting agencies. To help the process I wrote very specific job / task descriptions, and sent these to all agencies.

Generally I would receive agency-specific CVs, where they had reformatted the candidate’s CV, and in places tweaked the content. Over time it became clear that some agencies certainly did a lot more than reformatting, adding things they thought I wanted to see. This was really annoying, as the fabrication would reveal itself at some point in the process, sometimes after wasting time on a candidate.

We needed a software tester, and while writing the task description I decided to see how far the agencies would go. The descriptions all had a section listing required skills and experience, and another listing desirables. In the required section I listed “Pink box testing experience”. There’s no such thing as Pink box testing (see below) – I made it up to see if I received any CVs with pink box testing listed.

Sure enough, a week or so after putting out the description, I received a CV for a software tester. He clearly had a lot of relevant experience, but the agency had added pink box testing as one of his strengths (it was an agency modification, not a claim of the candidate). It was fun ringing up the agent and explaining that he’d been caught in my trap, and listening to him trying to weasel his way out.

No such thing as Pink Box testing?

I can’t remember exactly when this was, but from my memory is was most likely 1999 or early 2000. At the time I did a quick web search to see if there was any such thing as pink box testing, and a quick skim of my testing books. Certainly didn’t seem to be at that time. As several commenters have pointed out, there are (now) several valid definitions of pink box testing, not all of them appropriate for polite conversation.

The term “pink box” was clearly relevant to phone phreakers at that time, so the term “pink box testing” made sense in at least that context, but in the context of software testing it didn’t.

Article original.

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