Software Quality

March 6, 2015

Mobile Testing of websites with DNS Entries that are not yet public

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 7:27 pm


You have a new website, but it uses a URL entry that is not yet public, or it is public, but it points to a different IP than the one that will be there when you go live.  Yet you MUST test the site using the exact host name. What do we do? (more…)

January 19, 2015

SSD Drives really are fast – and Ideal for Hyper-V storage

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 3:52 pm

I just bought a new SSD (Solid State Drive). It’s a Samsung 850 EVO – 500 GB from MicroCenter.

OMG! I had no idea how fast it could be.


January 3, 2015

Nice large monitor for productivity work

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 8:08 am

If you are an office worker who needs lots of screen space, then I can recommend the LG 34″ Curved Widescreen IPS LCD Monitor. I just got one and it is amazing. It has a nice crisp resolution, and the width is great for a software developer. But it would be equally useful for someone who needed to see several documents side-by-side or someone who deals with large Excel spreadsheets.

The curved screen is kind of nice. It’s a mild curve. Not radical. And it does seem to make it easier to view. (more…)

January 2, 2015

Developers Dream Machine

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 12:35 am

I finally fulfilled a long-time dream. I got a computer that’s fast for a software developer. It loads Visual Studio 15 Preview and my sample web application, all in 15 seconds. And builds it in 5 seconds.  If most of your day consists of loading visual studio, loading solutions, and building them, you want those things to happen fast.

I am finally content with the performance of my development machine … for now :)

Here is how I did it. (more…)

October 16, 2014

Why I love Microsoft OneNote – it helps me be more effective

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 12:16 pm

Why I love Microsoft OneNote

1. It works well for a person on the go (mobile traveler or a Work-From-Home employee)

I can take it on my laptop, access lots of info while offline (perhaps on the plane or in a restaurant without WiFi), and then when I am connected to my network, it synchs up reliably and quickly, without drama.

2. It has quick and effective search tools

3. It works well for taking notes during a meeting.

You can easily flag things that need attention elsewhere later without losing your engagement from the meeting. I  find it very annoying when others are taking notes and are so distracted by their program (Word, Excel, whatever) that they become disengaged from the conversation. Though you can still be distracted while using OneNote, I find it is the easiest program so far for taking notes and doing research during a meeting with the least amount of distraction penalty.

4. It has ways to easily organize large amounts of data (notebooks, section groups, sections, pages, sub-pages)

5. It runs on all my platforms (PC at work, PC at home, iPhone)

I especially enjoy being able to get o OneNote on my iPhone.

And here are some of my favorite features


How to hire good talent

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 12:02 pm

I love this article on How to hire good talent. I’ve worked has a hiring manager for several years. In those roles, I have observed that the best people for the job are not necessarily those who have the exact skills. In our technical field, where technology changes so swiftly, and where technology is so diverse, it is difficult to find someone who is an expert in the particular toy you happen to own. If that is your main critierion, then you may be disappointed with whom you hire. I love simply being transparent with them, posing the problems we face, and asking them how they will tackle them. It gives me an idea whether they have a clue, and it gives them a clue about what they will face.

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