Cool things I read this week (10-Aug-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the 5 best things I read every week.
1. Judit Polgar retires
2. Algorithm detects Ebola outbreak 9 days before humans could
3. Major advancements in computer chess since Deep Blue
4. Flow vs resource efficiency explained with Lego
5. LOL QTP


My notes:

1. Judit Polgar retires
A sad day for chess. A sad day for me. Judit Polgar, among my favorite players of all time, announced her retirement from chess. This fantastic Chessbase piece does not do enough justice to the phenomenon that was Judit Polgar. My favorite Judit anecdote is hidden in this article. Search for the quote:

“they did not beat it. How could you imagine that? They are just babies. No, they did not beat it, they murdered it, they tore it to little pieces, they chewed it up and spat out the pieces, they massacred the thing!”
— Fidelity programmer Kathe Spracklen

2. Algorithm detects Ebola outbreak 9 days before humans could
I feel vicariously proud since I am involved in a tangentially related healthcare product.

3. Major advancements in computer chess since Deep Blue
I love chess and work in the tech world. This Reddit thread delivers.

4. Flow vs resource efficiency explained with Lego
I’ve been reading about this concept for a while. This piece, while not the best I have read on the subject, engaged me – may be because of the Lego? Google cache link here.

5. LOL QTP
If you are a tester, you are guaranteed to laugh at this photo from Ben Simo (aka @QualityFrog).


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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