I just watched the movie Accepted. The premise is that several students are rejected from traditional colleges. They proceed to form South Harmon Institute of Technology, what some might think of as a fake college. Its authenticity is challenged, and the students founding the school go before the board of eduction to make their case for accreditation. This reminds me of my own thoughts on education.
Every now and then when I see a poor practice of programmers, I think about the possibility of a world where such mistakes do not happen. I think about what I can do to make that future a possibility.
For a while, there will be long trips to and from work for me. This is all due to a propane tanker that exploded along the route to my work.
Security is an interest of mine, so I wanted to describe some computer security tools I use. By no means does the use of these tools mean I am secure though. Security itself is more an attitude than a state. I recommend such books as Writing Secure Code, Second Edition if you want to get a good sense of software security practices.
For some time now, Internet Explorer has crashed for me in sometimes random scenarios. Before you get to bashing Internet Explorer, the main culprit behind Internet Explorer crashing is some sort of plugin or add-on. Therefore, with each crash, I use WinDbg to attach to the crash and do an analysis to determine a most likely cause. With the guidance of what it reports, I instructed Adobe Reader to not open in the browser, removed the Upromise Turbosaver for now, and removed the Skype plugin for Internet Explorer. With those changes alone, the Internet Explorer stability seems to have improved. There’s still something more happening though.
I ended up more productive than I have been lately.
Testing is an area of direction lately with my work. It seems that some work was done by a prior employee developing some tests, but it was never integrated into an automated system.
Each night I think of something to post about. Sometimes that is a challenge. But why do it?