Archive for December, 2005

Download Insurance?


My friend and co-worker Mark ran into this the other day while purchasing some software online. Download Insurance? Now, if I understand correctly… You want me to pay $3.95 to hold a copy of MY software on your servers? This just seems wrong to me. First off, if they’re going to do this for the customer they shouldn’t be charging them.

Why? Here’s the reality of it: Your copy is most likely everybody else’s copy too. It’s not like they’re going to archive a special version for you. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good idea. It just seems wrong to give the customer the impression that you’re doing an extra service for them when the reality of it (if done properly) is that they aren’t really doing anything extra, but merely keeping the download version for 18 months along with your key (again, they most likely already do this).

I’m looking forward to seeing how this “Download Insurance” evolves. I don’t download music (MP3s) because of the fear of losing the music and not having the source to get it back from. I’m still buying CDs and ripping them. If my hard drive dies I can still re-rip them from CD. If I had FREE “Download Insurance” at ITunes or Napster my problem would be solved and I’d start buying my music online.

Browser face-off with Internet Explorer 7, FireFox 1.5, & Opera 9


PCWorld has done a browser face-off between Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1, Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1, and Opera 9 Preview 1.

In a nutshell, they have recognized the changes as:

Internet Explorer 7: Tabs, RSS, phishing support, integrated search, easy method to clear personal data, security

FireFox 1.5: Auto-update

Opera 9: No more ads in the free browser and support for widgets.

PCWorld is making the changes sound so minimal and boring. Internet Explorer, FireFox and Opera have done so much more… We’ve got a lot of cool stuff in these new browsers!

See the unofficial comprehensive FireFox 1.5 changes here.
See the Internet Explorer 7 technology overview here.
See the Opera 9 changes here.

Let the browser wars begin, this should be much more interesting than the war of the 90’s. Can we get IE usage down to 60%? Whose side are you on? Before you pick sides you better take a look at Flock too.

RAID for Dummies


I’ve been setting up three servers for load testing over the last couple days. It required a complete burn down and reload. Naturally that started with a selection of a disk array level but we wanted to put extra though into our SQL box since the load will be greatest there. Conversations with co-workers pointed me to RAID 10. I brushed up on the all different types of RAID at Wikipedia. All signs seemed to point to RAID 10. Something was missing though; I just needed a little reconfirmation. Jim (our Chief Security Executive) pointed me to this. Ah, it’s so much clearer now…

Hello World


I’ve broken down and done it…my own personal blog. Don’t get me wrong, blogging is not new to me, I’ve been blogging for my son Jace at for a year now, but will be from my perspective and will be more on the technical side ( is 1st person from Jace’s perspective).

I’m really excited to share some of my thoughts with you on Software Quality Assurance and whatever else that may cross my path. Who am I? What do I have to share that is so important? “hello world” I’m Brent Strange. I’m a Quality Assurance Engineer who is currently employed at Corillian Corporation and have been here for almost 5 years. Prior to that I worked at Intel, and before that PCTest. History with these companies has given me experience with both software and hardware QA. I’ve tested applications as unique as Barbie Horse Adventure and apps as cool and new as Intelligent Authentication that runs on .NET Web Services. I’ve got a lot of QA thoughts and experience busting at the seams so listen up world!

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