Monthly Archives: September 2012

I must really love Kindle

  • Yesterday, my Kindle DX wouldn’t connect to wireless. No amount of coaxing would turn it on. Finally as a last resort, I reset to factory defaults. Then wireless started working again. The only problem was that I had over 100 books loaded into my DX and now they had to all be loaded again. Then there’s the Pragmatic Programmers books that I have to connect to my PC and manually copy to the DX…
  • Before I could start loading books into the Kindle I had to re-register it. I tried three times and in all cases, after entering my name and password the screen came back and said it wasn’t registered. Finally I went on line and de-registered, came back to the device, registered and it worked.
  • This morning I wanted to read a book on one of my PCs that I had deregistered the Kindle reading app from. When I launched the app, it helpfully reminded me that this instance of the app was deregistered and offered me a form to register. I entered my Kindle account information and the application crashed with a null pointer reference in the C++ runtime library.
  • The DX that I used day to day is my second Kindle DX. The first one is sitting in my closet because one direction of the 5-way switch doesn’t work. I paid for both Kindle DXs. When I called Amazon asking if there was some way to get the 5-way switch on my first Kindle DX fixed they said to not worry, they would ship me a new device. It never showed up.
  • When I’m out and about and have some free time I like to read books on my Samsung Focus (Windows Phone 7). I used to have an iPhone and read Kindle books on that. The iPhone version displayed the time inside the app. That was very helpful when I knew that I had to be someplace at a certain time – I didn’t have to leave the app to know what time it is (I don’t like to wear a watch). The Windows Phone 7 version of the Kindle reading app doesn’t show the time. I have to exit the app to check the time on my Windows Phone. Reloading the Kindle app on my phone takes time and really disrupts the reading experience.
  • Sometimes when reading some Kindle books, there is obviously some text missing between pages. If I re-orient the device, which I guess re-flows the text, and page back and forth I can then see the missing text. Another disruption to the reading experience.

Despite all these annoying issues I still use my Kindles every day. I love them for so many other reasons. I think it’s the best way to deal with books in the 21st century. Still, I sometimes wish they didn’t have all these issues…


Testing Talks on the Eastside

I gotta say, if you are a software tester in the Bellevue/Redmond area of Washington state you should know about a couple of monthly software test talks. First, there’s SASQAG. This one has been around a while (years) and they usually have a great monthly talk. A newcomer on the scene is the Seattle Software Test Talk meetup group. They’ve had about five of them so far and all the ones that I’ve attended have had great speakers. Kudos to the folks getting speakers for these meetings.

This week those two organizations joined forces to host a talk by James Whittaker on the future of testing. This was a great talk and much less sensational than the one he did for QASIG a few months ago. I didn’t attend that one but watched it on UStream. Maybe it was the fact that he had a beer in his hand for that presentation but it seemed to be more about making controversial statement about how folks shouldn’t be identifying with the testing profession. In this week’s talk, he kind of made a similar point but he explained it more. And in a way that I could agree with for certain contexts of testing. He did make a point to one of the Boeing guys in the audience that what he said didn’t apply to them. And software that runs nuclear plants.

So it really comes back to doing what is most effective for your particular environment and situation. That’s something that I can get behind.