Golden Unit Reference Logs for ZigBee

March 16, 2009

Many of you who are trying to get your ZigBee product (Platform, Smart Energy, MSP or other) ready for certification might be confused with all the documents to read – the specifications, the appendices, errata, etc. All you want is...

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Remote Access using VNC

March 13, 2009

It’s 6 p.m. and that automated test script is still running on your test platform. It’s time to go home, but if the test stops for some reason when you’ve left for the night, you’ll have to start all over...

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Linux – Getting Your Feet Wet

March 11, 2009

If you’re looking to expand your abilities/capabilities as a test engineer, Linux is a good way to become more familiar with Unix-based operating systems. Even if you don’t have an extra computer sitting idle to install Linux on, you can...

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How To Securely Erase A Hard Drive

March 9, 2009

When you’re doing lots of quality assurance testing for other companies, security becomes an important component. No one wants to lose business because they accidentally leak product information, even after the testing is complete. To make sure you’re erasing your...

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Snippy! Snappy! Screen Captures

March 9, 2009

When you’re testing a product, you often may want to highlight a particular bug or issue with a quick screenshot. Of course, 90% of the time, you just need to show a small part of the screen. Snippy is a...

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What Web Browsers Should I Test With?

March 6, 2009

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of testing your website with older web browsers. MaximumPC has a very informative article on the latest browsers of today and tomorrow (for Windows primarily) which makes a good starting place if...

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The start-up coffee run is coming to an end

March 5, 2009

  Sometimes all we need from our computer is email and the internet. I know many mornings I grow tired of waiting for my computer to load up the operating system along with all the support files (drivers, DLLs, Systray...

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Bug tracking analysis using SharePoint

March 3, 2009

For many companies, Microsoft Sharepoint has become an important way to communicate and collaborate on projects, including hardware and software development projects. It’s very simple with SharePoint’s custom lists to develop quick bug reporting solutions to meet your internal needs...

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Automating Tests – Python & PyVISA

March 2, 2009

Often in testing, it would be nice to have a way of automating mundane tasks on test equipment without having to dig too deep into proprietary code. Well, if your device has a GPIB/Serial/USB interface,  you’re in luck.  Using Python...

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History Lesson

February 25, 2009

  Back in 1945, engineers running the Harvard Mark II (an early electromechanical computer at Harvard University) found an actual bug in their hardware – literally, a moth that got stuck in a relay was causing problems. Decades later, we’re...

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