Cool things I read this week (09-Nov-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the five the best things I read every week. This week’s topics include working remote, Philae landing on the surface of a comet, Reddit’s drama at the top and some humor.

1. The responsibility Razor
2. Working remote
3. Philae lands on a comet
4. Reddit CEO resigns
5. Programmer humor

My notes:

1. The responsibility Razor
An old piece apparently – but very well written. I noticed this on my Twitter feed this week. We seem to have regular conversations at Qxf2 about how responsibility is a key ingredient in what makes good software. I have always struggled with explaining what being a responsible member of a team means. This piece will let me express myself better.


2. Working remote
A very good piece on working remote. Qxf2 offers out-sourced testing services. Which means, working remote is a topic near and dear to our heart. This article read like an FAQ on remote working.

3. Philae lands on a comet
Technology is growing more and more marvelous. Sure, engineers seem to debate silly things ad infinitum. But there is no denying the vast progress that we have made. This week, we were reminded of another instance of progress – we landed a space-craft on a comet. I liked the linked article best. Maybe because it had a very nice cartoon linked to it.

4. Reddit CEO resigns
And the soap opera continues. Yishan Wong, who famously wanted all Reddit staff to move from around the US and into SFO, resigned over his office location being twenty miles too far. Oh, the irony! For people that like following this drama, here are a couple more links: Sam Altman’s post and Yishan’s own take. Oh, I also discovered this sub-reddit: /r/yishansucks.

5. Programmer humor
Every programmer needs this sheet printed out. If I ever run a product company, I am making my development team capes with this stuff printed on it.


Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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