08-09 Contents: Lee Copeland, Appalling Vista, Cult of Significance, X
LTest enters beta
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IN THIS ISSUE
|1) Software Testing
SoftTest Ireland events with Lee Copeland 15-17 Sept.
|2) An appalling Vista
Vista gets my back up
The cult of statistical significance
XLTest nears release
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We had a great holiday! I'm ready to answer your needs for Excel spreadsheet development, testing, model review and audit.
Well, I finally got a new PC because my old one was just getting too slow and cramped. I got a quad-processor Dell Vostro 410 with 4GB memory. Actually there is only 3.25 GB visible in 32-bit Windows but that's another story. 1.5TB (2x750GB) disk space should do for a while. So, I transferred my files from the old PC and started the long process of installing the software I want to use on Vista Business.
How can Microsoft spend so long and so much money on an operating system that is actively unhelpful and has fewer features than before in essential facilities like backup?
After copying my files I wanted to set up a backup on the ones I modified, using the archive attribute bit obviously. My Winzip version did not run on Vista, so I tried 7-Zip, but that does not use the archive attribute. I then tried Vista backup. I'm fairly mild-mannered but I was soon producing expletives similar to this infuriated blogger:
"This is actually a backup tool that doesn't let you choose what to back up. "
James Random of Licrosoft apologises.
I view a folder the way I want - descending date order. I save one JPG into the directory and now Vista decides to switch the order to Name, remove the Date Modified column and show columns for Date Taken, Tags, etc , all of which are blank. I just want it the way *I* set it up.
I wanted to view a file on the boot drive D: and was told I was denied permission. I'm the administrator. I'll view my own bloody file if I want to. I set UAC to automatically escalate, to get away from the kind of pestering mocked by Apple in the videos below. The Vista Security Alerts still nag at me in the system tray. Kaspersky warns me that my computer security is at risk because I'm still on a free trial rather than a paid for copy. Nag, nag, nag.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci2D1ig4df4 "Apple - Surgery"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80sWifG40B0 "PC vs Mac - Vista Security"
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=450 "Should Apple be making fun of Vista UAC?"
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