Sunday, 25 December 2016
Nana and Pop
Jeff, me, and our kids
Stuart and his kids
Russell with Amanda, and his kids
Tegan with fiancé Todd
And I've tried for photos of everyone. So here goes...
Here's Ron and Elaine (Pop and Nana) enjoying the very convenient seating provided by Russell and Amanda.
In the background, Mitchell and Thomas. Thomas is doing a Rubik's cube. Of course.
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Friday, 15 July 2016
Our system gets translated into other languages. That means someone has to send the words off to the translators. That's me. Actually, it's the tech writer, but I give them to him.
But today's challenge is, a tester wants to test the translation. But we don't have the words back yet.
So I thought we could make some fake translations, half install them, run a compile, pull out the language files, and then undo all our changes. Then send those files to the tester. Will she work out how to install them, do you think?
Turns out yes, she did. Our tester has a Masters degree.
Were you keeping notes on all those procedures, Barbie? We'll probably have to do this again one day. That's right, keep those devices charged.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
So, we've stopped the error message. Problem solved? Nope, we need to work out what that missing code was supposed to do . Or rather, what the original code would have done if we had originally wanted to do the thing we now want to do. Yeah.
What should it do? Clue's in the name. It's named along the lines of "verb - noun", so I guess we just have to verb the noun.
Then it will be lunch time. Didn't you bring lunch? I did. But I do like to treat myself to a bought one sometimes. We rather like spicy Asian food around here. And cake.
Barbie, we are NOT having macarons for lunch. Oh, you were thinking of afternoon treats? Well, that's perfectly sensible.
Trying the first one … there we go, I've just added an empty thing that doesn't do anything. It means it won't find a gap. Can you test it for me, Barbie?
Yes, testing is your job! We test stuff about every five minutes.
Yes I have a lot of pens. I use them to mark up printouts. The different colours help me think. That one's a stylus too.
Now we're getting down to it. Check the issue tracking system - next thing on my dashboard is a defect to fix. Looks like, when we connect one of these things to one of those things, the result isn't stable. Why would that be? Ah, when we wrote it, we never expected to be connecting these with those. OK, let's fix it!
I've recreated the issue - I had to get another developer to help me decipher the user-speak. Before we go on, let's write out the "steps to reproduce", and add that to the issue tracking system. After we're done, this will go through at least one tester, can't have them waste time. Too.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
I had a visit to Scotland! It was for a sad reason - my father passed away, and I went for the funeral. But, it was a time to see my brother Frank, and also, see some of Scotland.
I thought it was very impressive that, with the level of tech available now, I could decide to travel on Tuesday, and be in the air on Wednesday, with all accomodation and services booked ahead. I even had a map showing me how to walk from the bus to my Edinburgh hotel, and another just in case I wanted to walk from there to the castle.
Friday, 25 March 2016
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
I announced the "Best Creature" competition - find a good creature in the rocks to enter. You know, crabs, starfish, lobsters...
And I took the time to enjoy watching the birds. The terns were doing that thing where they flutter into the wind, then dive for a fish, and come back up again.