Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
- I am still running even though
- I was surprised with how incredibly unfit I was and that surprises me that
- I am actually getting better
As I said when I started this http://outspokenhobbit.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/1st-run-of-year.html I have been gathering statistics on every run and averaging them out over each week of the C25K programme. I've decided to make this public in case anyone is interested. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-7xcvGz_rH-HVOS9o4qSADZZ4iFWtFigdp-tGxYg--o/edit?usp=sharing Apart from the raw data I have learnt a few other things:
- Running with spectacles, in the rain, while getting too warm means you spend way too long trying to wipe away the rain and haze.
- Hills are hard, but only in one direction
- Never judge a run by your heart. I can feel that a run has gone badly but the realz of the stats show that the run was awesome
- Running makes me feel so much better
Sunday, 4 January 2015
After my new years resolutions I had to commit and actually run. Naturally being a nerd this activity required tracking and monitoring. I spent quite a bit of time working out how to track my run, what I was going to listen to and where I was going to run.
Tracking my run.
I have started using run keeper on my phone for this task. It tracks my run via built in GPS, gives me details of my progress every 5 mins and then saves all the stats of my run to the cloud. I did consider a fitbit or jawbone device but this app was free and seems to do a fine job. The app also allowed me to design routes online and then view them on my phone. Quite handy to see where I was going to be running and how far that was in advance rather than just be running aimlessly.
What to listen to.
Instead of just picking a random running album I decided to use the NHS free couch to 5km podcasts. Each one uses intervals of running and walking to build up stamina over a period of 9 weeks where hopefully I should be able to run 5km. I transferred the podcasts to google play and then stream them to my phone. Having someone tell you when to run and when to walk was quite helpful
So no need for any new toys. Amy had already bought me some trainers and I have clothes that I can run in. However since my phone was going to be my tracker and music player I invested in a karrimor arm band to house my phone and a pair of runners headphones. Both were half price. The headphone were very comfy and the arm band although too tight to fit on my upper arm kept my phone safe on my lower arm.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
So it is another new year and as is customary I wanted to make some resolutions. Reading my news feed on Twitter I saw a re-tweet from Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin pointing me toward this page http://www.listsofnote.com/2011/12/new-years-rulins.html?m=1 which is a list of new years rulins from a musician called Woody Guthrie. I have never heard of him before, but I liked his list and how through reading it I started to see a part of his life. So taking his lead (and his list) I have made my own heavily based on his, but adding my own thoughts and removing some of his less transferable entries. I doubt this will be a year that unlike all others I keep to them all. But at least I can try.
Wishing everyone a happy and fulfilling 2015
NEW YEAR'S RULIN'S
1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD - FRUIT - VEGETABLES - MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. LOSE WEIGHT
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES - LOOK GOOD
10. START RUNNING
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. ALWAYS KEEP LEARNING
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP FINDING BETTER WAYS TO FIND BETTER DEFECTS
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. YOU DON'T HAVE TO AGREE, BUT YOU MUST HAVE RESPECT
25. LOVE EVERYBODY
26. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
27. WAKE UP AND FIGHT
28. SPEAK AND LISTEN TO GOD
Friday, 25 April 2014
Why No Test Cases
What is a test case?
- Starting condition
- End condition
- Status (open, in progress, blocked, closed)
Reasons for change
Not all test cases are created equal
Someone always wants to track them
- How many defects testers are finding.
- The spread of defects across the product
- What tests have actually been done yet (have we just done the easy ones)
- what if we have completed 90% of the test cases and found no defects?
They don't react well to change
Whats the alternative
Test work is just engineering work
- What types of testing have we done?
- What defects have we found?
- How much time do we need to complete the high priority work
- The total amount of test work that needs to be done including prep, defect recreation and verification as well as actual testing. We can plan our iterations a lot better.
- Tracking is a lot easier as we can understand the duration as well as the complexity of the work rather than simple counting measures
- We are starting to ask better questions about the state of the test project.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
At this point we were just about to meet friends for dinner. I only had my mobile on me so couldn't do the background searches I wanted to do but was absolutely sure that this was a scam. I wanted to wind this guy up. So I quickly unfriended him on facebook and carried on talking to him. Thought I would give him a chance to confess about the true nature of his request.
I gave him his chance. So lets help this man get some money to his son.
OK he isn't getting my address, ID card, email address or anything. But I'm not too keen on 20% plus lets throw some other words in there to see if we can throw Kelly off his script:
- Wow he does have pictures. Amazingly the exact same pictures that you can see if you type "soldiers money iraq' etc into a google image search. He also wants to know me better. Wonder if I fabricate a story I can try and get him to realise that I am not going to bite.