Cool things I read this week (31-Aug-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the 5 best things I read every week. My reading preference over the last week was somewhat random.

1. Tap on build number 7 times
2. Shortage of Python programmers in India
3. A case against sorting youth for mertiocracy
4. A cartoon on social media overload
5. American football games have 11 minutes of action in three hours of television


My notes

1. Tap on build number 7 times
A hack? An easter egg? A feature? Whatever. The tester in me finds this cool!

2. Shortage of Python programmers in India
I never thought I would live to see this day. “Python programmer” does not feel right. Anyway, Python is not popular in India. I have no clue why. I faced a somewhat related issue when hiring testers in India. Testers thought that I insisted on Python – I do not. There was also a mental block of thinking Python was some esoteric and hard to use “programming language”. Luckily I do not hire testers based on how well they code.

3. A case against sorting youth for mertiocracy
I never understood why I could not spend all my waking hours playing chess. Actually I still cannot understand it. I hated the sorting when I was in school. Why bother? Good that the topic is becoming more mainstream.

4. A cartoon on social media overload
If you are an engineer, I bet your real stand up update looks like this. I also like the color scheme – grey scale with just the right amount of color. The wall of text, usually a big no no in cartoons, in the final panel works well here.

5. American football games have 11 minutes of action in three hours of television
Wow! 3 hours of television time per game and only 11 minutes of the ball moving around? No wonder football (soccer for Americans) is struggling to grow faster in the US. Well played, television networks. Well played!

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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