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Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key features was that it kept all of your important stuff “in the cloud.”  That meant it stored all of your contacts, messages, photos, and just about everything else on a server managed by Danger.  This made it easy to recover your data in case your phone lost power or failed.  What nobody anti... (more)

Living with Plugins

Last week I wrote about some of the issues with plugins (especially those in Wordpress) – they’re often times poorly maintained, buggy, and insecure.  We got some great feedback, both on and offline, and today I want to give a few ideas for making the most of plugin based platforms. 1.) Popular Plugins Hint at Missing Features A plugin is fundamentally a way of making a piece of software do more than it was meant to do.  For product managers, a popular plugin can indicate that there is a lot of demand for a missing feature.  Integrating that feature into the core product can give... (more)

uTest CEO Addresses a New Era of Community-based Testing at STAREAST 2009

WHO: Doron Reuveni co-founded uTest, the world's largest software testing marketplace, because he believed that a global community was the most efficient and effective way to deliver testing and usability services. Reuveni is a published expert and entrepreneur in web and mobile technologies and application testing methodologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in software application delivery for both Fortune 500 companies and young, innovative start-ups. WHAT: The New Era of Community-based Testing in the Special Topics (T5) track WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 9... (more)

In Search Of The Q3 Bug Battle

In the past, we’ve brought you the Browser Brouhaha (Q408), a Social Networking Skirmish (Q109) and Twitter App Apocolypse (Q209).   Well it’s that time again, so we’re going to be kicking off our Q3 Bug Battle later this week.  For this quarter’s competition, we’ve chosen to turn our testing community loose on the most popular search engines:  Google, Bing and Yahoo! The Q3 Bug Battle will begin on Friday, August 7th and end on Friday, the 14th.  We’ll be awarding more than $3,000 in prize money to the top testers, based on: Top overall tester (based on the quality of bugs ... (more)

Testing the Limits with Jack Margo SVP of Developer Shed, (part 1)

In recent months, we’ve ‘tested the limits’ with QA notables like  James Whittaker, Rosie Sherry and Andrew Muns.  This month, we’re jumping over to the dev side of the aisle by sitting down with Jack Margo, SVP of Internet Operations at Developer Shed . Developer Shed is owned by Ziff-Davis and manages a bunch of tech sites — many devoted to open source technologies and communities.  They serve millions of visitors per month, for every breed of developer. Topics range from troubleshooting an Apache web server to programming a complicated Java application to successfully marketi... (more)