I have been encountering deadlocks in Internet Explorer according to the Windows 7 Resource Monitor. More than likely, this is related to some sort of extension that I added recently that is not written correctly. Anyhow, I will be receiving Windows 7 Ultimate soon and will be reinstalling so it probably isn’t worth diving too much into debugging what is going on. The Analyze Wait Chain functionality is nice though for determining why a program is not responding.
This is a test using a different plugin that updates social network statuses through Ping.fm. This plugin seems like a keeper for now.
This is a second test of a Facebook notifier plugin. I decided I did not like this plugin.
I installed a plugin to push status updates to Twitter and Facebook and so forth. This is a test to see if it is configured correctly. I decided I did not like this plugin.
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.
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.