06 Mar 2011 @ 9:03 PM 

I believe every tester went through all the stages expressed by these emoticons.

I saw also the tweet from @ajay184f that made me think about it.

Posted By: Eusebiu Blindu
Last Edit: 06 Mar 2011 @ 09:03 PM

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 03 Feb 2011 @ 9:09 PM 

These days it seems to be a little of an issue the dispute between Google and Microsoft. It started  with “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results”,  in which there were accusations that Bing is using the Google engine for its own results. Then it was this post, as a response “We do not copy Google’s results”, in which Microsoft tried to deny stuff. Then again “Microsoft’s Bing is using Google search results”.

Well, I guess it raises interest, but I also think not too many care that much about. People use Google because is simpler and it is useful and they got used to it. Its is a philosophical/legal/many-other-perspectives issue between the two corporations, but as long its a good search engine there, its all fine.

However, no engine is really perfect. As an example I have this:

Try to Google search for images, with the default filter (“Moderate”), by entering this as query:


I don’t think though the results are very “moderate”, at least at the time of writing this post.
(used my experience from a while ago as Internet Assessor at Lionbridge, where I  had to rate the search results based on a query, for the main engines :) )

Every engine could do better and for that competition is a necessity.

This gave me ideas to play with some queries related to my website and my usual ID “testalways”.

1) Google curiously does not return my website after querying “test always”. And a while ago it did show it like 5th or 6th.

2) Yahoo tops my website first for the same query.

3) Bing also tops my website first

4) Ask.com doesn’t top my website first, but within top 10. It looks btw like Google results a while ago :)

5) AOL search doesn’t show anything within first results related to my website.

Well that is strange that Google doesn’t show it. Maybe because I tweet it  :)

Now about what is the best result for “test always”, I think I have to agree a little bit with Google’s. I actually used very rarely “test always”, and only when I say that I don’t test always, but most of the time :)

So “testalways” is an ID, not necessarily  referring to “test always”. Indeed it suggests that, but its still an ID primary.

I kinda like it, whether its not correct, to have it as first result.

Edit: after I wrote this post I am able to see my website within top 10  results in Google search…

Posted By: Eusebiu Blindu
Last Edit: 04 Feb 2011 @ 07:31 AM

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 11 Dec 2010 @ 1:55 PM 

Another puzzle based on TicTacToe

The link for the puzzle is here:

The mission is to find patterns and bugs, but also to describe the application. You can post questions in the comments section but please send proposed solutions to eusebiu.blindu@testalways.com

Posted By: Eusebiu Blindu
Last Edit: 11 Dec 2010 @ 01:55 PM

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 20 Oct 2010 @ 8:38 PM 

For testers is good to improve the ability to describe so I will use a short video of a device that I filmed in a Vienna museum. I don’t know what the device supposed to be btw. I don’t like the auto-resize of Youtube btw also.

I wont make a very detailed report on it but only a quick listing:

  • Its a device with a certain dynamic in it, compared with the rest of surrounding objects
  • The color green is  an important element that is striking when looking at it
  • The fluid looks like it follows a cyclic transition going through the main recipient.
  • It has 5 main parts: a cylinder, a support for this cylinder, a long tube, an engine, and a green fluid
  • Apparently it looks self-sustaining but its supported by electric power
  • It is in a room with artificial light
  • Even if the fluid is constantly flowing in the cylinder there is a fluid volume half of the recipient inside
  • It has a lot of similarities with blood flowing through human body
  • The fluid on the bottom of the cylinder looks like is more dark-green than the rest
  • It is also observable by the noise it makes
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Last Edit: 20 Oct 2010 @ 08:38 PM

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 13 Jul 2010 @ 11:28 PM 

I saw that is somehow popular to create sometimes a 101 list, so I though I would create one myself.

The list is about the terms encountered, most of them in testing folklore,job ads, some relevant some not, but in general words related to testing.

1. Tester

2. QA

3. Test Case

4. Test Plan

5. Selenium

6. Automated Test

7. Pyhon

8. Programming experience

9. Agile

10. White Box

11. Black Box

12. Grey Box

13. Verification

14. Validation

15. SQA

16. GUI testing

17. Unit Testing

18. Integration Testing

19. System Testing

20. Regression Testing

21. Acceptance Testing

22. Alpha Testing

23. Beta Testing

24. Performance Testing

25. Load Testing

26. Stability Testing

27. Usability Testing

28. Security Testing

29. PEN (Penetration) Testing

30. Internationalization and Localisation

31. Destructive Testing

32. Smoke Testing

33. Ad-hoc Testing

34. Waterfall

35. Test Cycle

36. V-model

37. Tools

38. Exploratory Testing

39. Pass

40. Fail

41. Input

42. Output

43. Testing Team

44. Test Team Lead

45. QA Lead

46. Testing methods

47. Associate tester

48. Junior Tester

49. Senior Tester

50. Specifications

51. Documentation

52. Bug

53. Bug Report

54. Bug Tracker

55. Jira

56. Bugzilla

57. QTP

58. Test Run

59. Coverage


61. ISEB

62. Certification

63. Test Specialist

64. Check

65. Values

66. Oracle

67. Algorithm

68. Heuristic

69. Statistic

70. Model

71. State

72. Step-by-step description

72. Expected result

73. Actual Result

74. Test Suite

75. Test Summary

76. Test Scenario

77. Test Procedure

78. SUT (System under test)

79. Test harness

80. executed tests

81. Test execution engine

82. Test script repository

83. Manual Testing

84. Assumption

85. Session based testing

86. Path

87. Test environment

88. User acceptance testing

89. Risk

90. Test estimation

91. Test configuration

92. Test results

93. Investigation

94. Error

96. Windows and Linux environments

97. Test Analist

98. Test Phase

99. Test Design

100. Fix

101. Test Experience

Well I might have duplicated or forget some important ones but this are pretty common terms used when referring to testing. It might not be in the same context but they are there and maybe it shouldn’t be.

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Last Edit: 13 Jul 2010 @ 11:28 PM

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