It happened

My wife Kelsey had a giant baby boy -- 10 pounds 12 ounces, 23 inches long. I'm having a blast with my son. Harmon.  Details are at our joint blog

About to be a dad

I'm skipping work today.  Kelsey started having contractions at 11:45 last night.  They have progressed steadily and it will probably be any time, though they're still relatively mild, they're getting closer together.  We'll go to the midwife when the contractions are 5 minutes apart and 1 minute long. I'm installing Ubuntu on a desktop and … Continue reading About to be a dad


PHP crashes with these extensions on Windows XP

I'm putting this list here so I can find it again.  I hope people will add to or subtract from it. I'm using PHP 5.2.5 on Windows XP with Apache 2.2.10 (ssl included).  The only test I've done so far on this machine is phpinfo() Below are the PHP extensions that I had to comment … Continue reading PHP crashes with these extensions on Windows XP

installing ZenOSS

I found a great article on installing ZenOss It covers RedHat/CentOS, Debian, and source installs. One minor typo I noticed. It has 'service snmp start' where it should read 'service snmpd start'. Also it doesn't mention you could run 'chkconfig snmpd on'. One thing I ran into was a dead PID file from a … Continue reading installing ZenOSS

Network monitoring tools

Complex deployments require monitoring.  It starts with a shell script that pings a remote server occasionally.  Then you've got "hey I just rebooted" emails added to init.d.  You might write some tests using wget or curl or expect (or even an automation tool like selenium to verify functionality.)  It can get out of hand. Let's … Continue reading Network monitoring tools

Test data Builders

An interesting article about Test data builders Imagine the situation of testing a typical website. You are trying to test PageX, but first you have to create a user and login. But pageX is completely different whether the user is a new visitor, existing member, or an admin. So you need to create all … Continue reading Test data Builders

Concordian – Fit style acceptance tests

Concordion is an open source framework for Java that lets you turn a plain English description of a requirement into an automated test — an active specification A nice looking tool with the right philosophy.  I particularly like in their example the simple method of providing links to manual and automated tests, as well as listing what's out … Continue reading Concordian – Fit style acceptance tests