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A fresh set of eyes
I'm pretty good at my job but sometimes when I'm testing, it's just not possible to think of every situation. Today, several days after the fact, I realized there was a loophole I hadn't thought of and I used it to gain access to information I'm not supposed to be able to see. I brought it up with the correct people and it'll either be addressed, or we'll decide that the security level in place is merely there to keep people from seeing people from seeing the information in the regular flow of things, not to stop someone with the exact right credentials who also has the patience to guess their way into it. I'm proud of the work, either way.

Not a particularly eventful day, though. Had a swim. Discovered one of the rubber tips for my earbuds was missing so I could only listen in one ear. I'd forgotten how noisy the pool really is, even if the people themselves aren't loud. And it's not a big deal, because four spares were included. And the timing was pretty good; I'm working my way through the Lip Locked episodes and the one I played today was a guest mix. I'm not skipping those, but if I can't hear as well one day, it may as well be during a guest mix.

This afternoon I'll be helping a friend move her computer to her new house, which I'm excited to see. While she was shopping for a new place, I sent her several listings a week to check out, but her agent ended up finding her one that wasn't even on the market. That means there hasn't even been a listing for me to snoop through, so other than some photos she sent over, I haven't seen much. I drove by one time on the way to my walk, and it's a very lovely area.

Moving a computer, that's a funny thing. It used to be such a chore for me, and I also had to do it for work a lot, but for four years now, I've had nothing but laptops. My desk has a docking station and two monitors, but nothing's very bulky. The only desktop computer I've touched in that four years is the same one I'm moving today, last time I had to help her out with something. Times really change.

A lot of people prefer tablets for casual browsing, but I'm a laptop guy. You have to hold a tablet up, after all. Laptops stay up on their own. And I can type really, really fast.

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Mr Cee has seen a lot of changes in his job with computers and he has the same set up as you with a docking station. It's incredible to think when he started work in 1980 the computer room at work had less computing power than his current work laptop!


I haven't been to a pool for ages but they are noisy. It's all those tiled walls I suppose.

I love looking at houses - have fun.

I bet his first work computer had less computing power than his current mobile phone!

The main source of the noise for me was where the water splashes over into the filtration system all around the edge of the pool. Our swim center's a little older and not quite as acoustically amplifying as a lot of modern ones.

Of course when it's filled with screeching kids, all bets are off. ;)

Laptops are the best. I still have my old desktop set up on the desk in the living room, but I rarely use it. That one has my itunes on it, so I mostly use it for music. :)

I'm so happy to be back home and done after taking apart a desktop setup, moving it, and setting it up again. One of my high points of the week was getting it set up again so efficiently because I had a system when I took it apart.

Funnily enough, I have iTunes on two computers. The work computer handles the podcasts, and they don't get put on my iPod. My own laptop has the music set up, and I manage a regular iPod from it, along with a waterproof one for swimming. And I had to add a podcast because the music show I like is easier to follow via the iTunes podcast version.

But tablets are still wack.

I don't even have an ipod any more. I have a few songs on my phone, but almost never listen on there. I like to be aware of my surroundings when I'm out in the world. But I always have music on at home.

More than one person should be testing anyway if you want good results, right?

Yes, but thankfully the user base for this tool is small enough that between what the guy who programs for us does to test and then my user tests, we're pretty good. There was a second tester but she's been laid off.

They always lay off the testers first it seems

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