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Learning Japanese? Web testing in Japanese? These might help

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For those of you (us) whose Japanese reading skills aren’t comprehensive, you might find some valuable assistance with a firefox plugin called pera-pera kun. It is an extension of the also excellent rikai-chan. It allows you to hover over Japanese words and phrase fragments and get a popup with dictionary / grammatical meanings. I couldn’t […]

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So I’m in Japan now

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and shall be for the forseeable future. I’m working with an insurance group, putting together a new software testing team. Can’t really say too much more than that. There’s a lot to do, but I have good people with me and I’m up for the challenge. I’m also a lot closer to the bottom of […]

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aaaand we’re back – sort of

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Things have been (and remain) a little crazy right now. A slight misunderstanding with my site host has added some further unrequested fun (they misunderstood how to bill my credit card apparently, despite having done so before – and shut down my site). I’m in the middle of a move to another country, so unfortunately […]

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You can make stats say pretty much anything.

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Jared Quinert pointed out to me that I missed an opportunity to work in a good point about testing in my entry supporting the WGA. I’ve recently been struggling with the task of coming up with meaningful stats to report to my handlers to help justify the existence of my team and anyone with a […]

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It’s not the writers.

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Another non-software testing / non kendo post, but for what it is worth, I want to lend my support to some people that deserve it. If you watch t.v. or see movies, you probably know there’s a strike on at the moment. I have a few friends who are participating. Your favourite television series might […]

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Discussions around AI

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I recently read James Bach’s blog entry on Artificial Intelligence and the concept of the Singularity. I have very limited exposure to the limitations and abilities of AI research as it stands, but I did have a couple of counter-questions to some that James posed. ‘What are the features of AI?‘ I don’t know. My […]

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I tried that once. Didn’t like it.

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I was having lunch with a friend of mine several weeks ago and mentioned that I was attending a scotch whiskey convention. He turned up his nose and said ‘yeah, I’m not a fan of scotch’. ‘Fair enough’ I said, and thought no more of it. Now, upfront I must admit to being a whisky […]

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The Outside Context Problem

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My regular reader might have noticed that I (re)read a book called ‘Excession‘ recently. Penned by a gent called Iain Banks, who in my opinion, can excrete pure gold. It is a great read. For those of you already familiar with his work, it probably needs no introduction. For those yet to experience it – […]