Category Archives: nfoWorks

Reactive Systems and Software Fire-Drills

In contrast with the fault-injection aspect of failure testing, the ACM Queue case-study article on the Hootsuite reactive system evolution is more understandable at a 40,000-foot level.  There are a great many architectural and software-engineering organization and process considerations in … Continue reading

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Failure Testing of Complex Distributed Systems: Confirmable Experience?

The article, “Abstracting the Geniuses Away from Failure Testing” puzzles me. There appears to be agreement that the inability to demonstrate the durability and graceful degradation of distributed protocols is a matter of failed abstractions.  At the same time there … Continue reading

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Welcoming Open Live Writer

Although many have asked for it, today was the day that a team of Microsoft and other Volunteers managed to fork Window Live Writer to become Open Live Writer under the .NET Foundation. I am creating this post with Open … Continue reading

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Guardian, Dictator, Manager, Mentor, or Collaborator Be?

For open-source projects that I initiate, I want some way to acknowledge differentiation of roles that permit me to preserve in some friendly way my vision of what is essential for trustworthy development, releases, and life-cycle support.  I settled on … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Off-by-One Defects

Yesterday, I happened to be filling out a Windows 8.1 Xbox Games message form.  I filled the form with exactly 0-characters left. When I sent the message, I received a “message too long” pop-up, reminding me of the length limit.  … Continue reading

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How to not Support Windows Platforms

This analysis presented by Ed Bott on 2013-01-01 reminds me of something that has been nagging me for the past couple of years. It is amazing to me that web-site and application developers manage to be in complete denial about … Continue reading

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How an epic blunder by Adobe could strengthen hand of password crackers | Ars Technica

Via Dan Goodin on Ars Technica, 2013-11-01 Four weeks ago, Adobe disclosed a sustained hack on its corporate network that threatened to spawn a wave of meaner malware attacks by giving criminals access to the raw source code for the … Continue reading

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