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Brent's Favorite Bug

This bug is my favorite mostly because of how my experience with it transformed my career.It was...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/25/2012

JMike's Favorite Bug

I found this bug while working as one of the first QA engineers at the MathWorks (makers of MATLAB...

Author: humbugreality Date: 02/09/2012

Mohan Sagar's Favorite Bug

I am working as a SharePoint QA. We developed the Status Reports project. It is basically used to...

Author: humbugreality Date: 09/14/2011

CASTing About

Last week found me at CAST thanks to Jeff Atwood on behalf of Stack Exchange (now with a...

Author: humbugreality Date: 08/13/2011

CAST Away

Last week found me braving the Grand Rapids, Michigan summer (heat! humidity! sun! loved it!) to...

Author: humbugreality Date: 08/11/2010

Talking Clocks

We have a set of clocks counting down the time until our next big milestone, one where all the...

Author: humbugreality Date: 07/02/2010

I'm A Twit!

I'm on Twitter now; @humbugreality if you're interested. No promises whether I'll post there more...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/25/2010

Book Review: Mistress of Molecules

Last fall Jerry Weinberg sent me a review copy of his scifi novel Mistress of Molecules. I pretty...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/25/2010

Reliable Intent

I've been super busy talking with as many testers and leads on my team as I can, gathering data on...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/13/2010

Sometimes Sausage Making Is Beautiful!

Seeing Microsoft from the inside, I often don't understand what is going on. Sometimes, however,...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/12/2010

John's Favorite Bug

This particular one is more of a hardware defect than a software defect but it's a good story...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/26/2010

Stressing The Matrix

Recently I saw a way to describe any particular stress test that I liked:First, define the sets of...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/21/2010

Denise Signer's Favorite Bug

Earlier this semester my capstone (= senior project) group wanted to print a 30-page Word 2007...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/20/2010

I'm Stressed!

David Treadwell once advised me to take a job where I knew what I was doing about fifty percent of...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/19/2010

My Very Busy CPU

Hmmm...I start a build and all eight of my cores gets busy - what's up with that? <g/>

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/07/2010

How To Increase Your Chances Of Surviving A Microsoft Interview

I've talked with several people recently about how they can increase their chances of making it...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/07/2010

The New Guy

My first week on Windows Phone went great! Not that I did much of anything other than set up my new...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/01/2010

Raman's Favorite Bug

We were seeing weird issues for Microsoft Systems Management Server's (SMS) Software Update Reports...

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/19/2010

Corey's Favorite Bug

My favorite bug was an issue that would cause a test hang on roughly 1 machine in 100 running...

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/16/2010

Status

2010 is going great for me!2009, on the other hand, was the sort of year I wouldn't wish on anybody...

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/10/2010

John Mac Millan's Favorite Bug

I was testing a radar system that controlled the guns and missile launchers on a naval combat ship....

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/09/2010

Sumit Kalra's Favorite Bug

Our application (web based) is built in .Net and Infragistics. It has 6 modules. One module is...

Author: humbugreality Date: 08/27/2009

Thelma Whitehorton's Favorite Bug

The one that says that it is erasing my old email when it really isn't!I like to erase old email....

Author: humbugreality Date: 08/05/2009

Donny Liu's Favorite Bug

Our team uses a web-based tool to test our product. In one page, we can input tree-like structured...

Author: humbugreality Date: 07/29/2009

Sherry Chupka's Favorite Bug

In one application there is a small line of whitespace between a custom toolbar and the menu;...

Author: humbugreality Date: 07/27/2009

The Bug Craig Will Never Forget

Of all the bugs I've came across I'll never forget this one because it was so severe and easy to...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/19/2009

The Bug That Makes Craig Laugh Every Time

When my first test manager left Microsoft he told the team this was his favorite bug and it is easy...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/15/2009

Tom Whalen's Favorite Bug

The most interesting recent bug was a Vista upgrade error that was initially assigned to my...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/12/2009

Anutthara's Favorite Bug

There was this bug that I remember even 4 years later now. Since we expect our users to install our...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/08/2009

Bruce Shankle's Favorite Bug

During Windows 95, I was a beta tester. It was the first time I'd seen a 'Recycle' bin on a...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/05/2009

Vamshidar Rawal's Other Favorite Bug

Problem:Release To Web (RTW) for Office Online site and we were seeing features breaking randomly...

Author: humbugreality Date: 06/01/2009

One Of Vamshidar Rawal's Favorite Bugs

Problem:We had instrumented our code to spit out timing markers at various points of pages that were...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/29/2009

Implementing Automated Software Testing

Elfriede Dustin sent me a review copy of Implementing Automated Software Testing (IAST), which she...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/13/2009

Jurgen Appelo's Favorite Bug

My favorite bugs are the errors that generate themselves recursively. I have two examples:The first...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/11/2009

Xu's Favorite Bug

I was happy after I upgraded my laptop's memory from 1GB to 2GB until I noticed that sometimes XP...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/08/2009

Scott Banning's Possibly Most Frustrating Bug

I opened a bug 1.5 years ago about an issue where the product would stop displaying updates to the...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/04/2009

Siderite's Favorite Bug

My favourite bugs come not from our code, but from the code of the things we depend on, like the...

Author: humbugreality Date: 05/01/2009

Jeetendra Kukreja's Favorite Bug (2 of 2)

So, I am typing some value for a file name in the project palette in my product and I happen to type...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/27/2009

Jeetendra Kukreja's Favorite Bug (1 of 2)

The XAML editor would not show up if the user did not have admin access – Most dev’s and...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/24/2009

How We Test Software At Microsoft (Sometimes, Somewhens)

Some time back, Alan Page sent me a review copy of How We Test Software At Microsoft (HWTSAM), which...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/22/2009

Anand Thakker's Favorite Bug

When we were very close to release of the first version of our product, I found a bug in which the...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/20/2009

Alan Myrvold's Favorite Bug

I get excited about bugs, especially ones that I learn from. Years ago, I was testing some data...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/17/2009

Eric Sink's Favorite Bug

I once worked for a company that had a product that caused OTHER applications to crash.We didn't...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/13/2009

Jake P’s Favorite Bug

You can call me Ishmael, err...Jake. We had been getting a bizarre error reported intermittently...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/10/2009

Alan Hynes' Favorite Bug

I was giving the customer (Product Owner) a first pre-User Acceptance Test look at a modified...

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/06/2009

Baskets Of Bugs

My life of late seems to be one bug after another. It all starts with my product: Live Mesh for Mac....

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/02/2009

Snow In Seattle On April Fool's!

It is snowing here in Seattle today, 1 April 2009. Mum Nature evidently has a sense of humor!

Author: humbugreality Date: 04/01/2009

JakeBrake's Favorite Bug

I refer to years ago where a major "production" defect in a networked military tactical data system...

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/20/2009

Cathy McBride's Favorite Bug

A number of years ago I was working with a development team that had been acquired by my company....

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/16/2009

Jonathan Kohl's Favorite Bug

It's hard to pick a favorite, but this is a recent bug story:Report: customer support alerted the...

Author: humbugreality Date: 03/13/2009

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