Conditional Formatting of Appointments in Outlook 2010

Note: if you have problems with Outlook or this feature, please check out the Answers Forum, and/or this tutorial. Conditional Formatting in is a neat feature that lets you create rules for your appointments, and formats them based on those rules. For example I have a rule: If subject contains any of the words "interview;…

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Code Coverage, It’s Exciting!

In the recent Star Trek movie, following an on bridge brawl between Kirk and Spock, new arrival Scotty announces “I like this ship, it’s exciting!“.  Now replace “this ship” with “debates about code coverage” and you’ll understand the tone of this blog post.   As someone new to blogging I feel I can learn a lot…

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What is an SDET?

SDET stands for Software Development Engineer in Test (or Software Design Engineer in Test). I believe this title was originated at Microsoft (but have not researched this). It is also used at Amazon.com and Google. The SDET role can be compared with that of the SDE (Software Development Engineer) role. The latter is what most…

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Software Testing Cage Match: Amazon.com vs. Microsoft

While I previously made some comparisons between Amazon.com and Microsoft’s different approaches to software testing in Building Services: The Death of Big Up-Front Testing (BUFT)?, I think now would be a fun and interesting time to do a deeper dive on this. Before I joined Amazon.com in 2005 as an SDET, while I was interviewing…

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How NOT to Write for the Software Engineering Community

Pop quiz…. here is an article I recent stumbled upon, which side (pro or con) do you think the author takes? Pros and Cons of Requirements-Based Software Testing For something that is essential, fairly fundamental and seemingly straightforward, requirements-based software testing sure does generate a lot of discussion. Rather than representing opposite extremes of the…

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The Four Colors of the New Microsoft Company Logo

In a previous blog post I talked about the introduction of the new Microsoft Logo.   Another source on the web (sorry, cannot remember where) has pointed out that each of the 4 colors in the new company logo represents a division or product line, and each color is used in that respective product’s logo. …

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Microsoft and Design: The New Logo

Today Microsoft has launched a new Logo and it looks like this: (hey, if you are going to any of the logos on this page, then be sure you know and follow the legal guidelines on using logos) The symbol on the left has actually been in use for over a year now as part…

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Apple Doesn’t Suck

Reading the title you might think I am pulling a Don Dodge… the Microsoft evangelist you got canned, moved to Google, and almost immediately penned a blog post on the wonders of Apple versus stodgy old Microsoft.  No that’s not it… I thought to write this blog post after recently writing on my Facebook wall:…

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The return of A-Z Testing in Production – STPCon Fall 2012

The folks at STPCon have asked me to give an encore presentation of my March 2012 talk A to Z Testing in Production: TiP Methodologies, Techniques, and Examples.  The new talk will have some updates, and I plan to focus more on the use of Big-Data.  Reflecting this the new talk title and abstract are:…

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Microsoft Cosmos: Petabytes perfectly processed perfunctorily

I tell non-technical friends and family that I recently switched roles at Microsoft to the Bing team. Many have heard of Microsoft’s new search engine http://bing.com, although most don’t know all the cool features Bing offers. But for my Technical friends (allow me to include you in that group), the details are a bit more…

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