Check your ext3 filesystems for unexpected fscks on reboot

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Nov 8, 2012
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One “feature” of Linux systems is that ext2/ext3 filesystems can be automatically (and unexpectedly) fsck’d upon reboot. Technically, it’s done at mount time, after a configurable number of mounts or days. In theory, I suppose it makes sense to periodically check flaky filesystems running on low-end hardware. In practice, however, it frequently comes as a […]

Chrysler F-bomb Twitterer blames his software

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Mar 20, 2011
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It’s a poor carpenter who blames his tools, but that’s exactly what the guy who Tweeted the f-word from Chrysler’s corporate account is doing: Video: Fired NMS employee speaks out about errant F-bomb on Chrysler Twitter account [autoblog] Scott Bartosiewicz was fired from the ad agency NMS, which was itself fired by Chrysler. The real […]

QA Hates You interview

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Feb 11, 2011
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QA Hates You kingpin and all-around good guy Brian Noggle was recently interviewed by Matt Heusser at softwaretestpro.com. Read the article and listen to the interview here. Update: The podcast will not load unless you’re logged in to site.  It’s a free registration, or you can hit BugMeNot.com.

Promotion best practices, or, how to keep from $#!@%* up

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Sep 23, 2009
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I had a nice reminder recently of why it’s good to stick to best practices when putting something shiny and new out for others to see. Something that was supposed to be easy ended up causing some furrowed brows for a bit. Luckily, it ended up being just a bump in the road thanks to […]