This was an interesting read. I wasn't aware there was a teenager as a co-founder for Firefox before I read Seattle Post-Intelligencer's article: "By age 10, Blake Ross was designing Web pages on America Online. By 14, after mastering complex programming languages such as C++, he was fixing bugs in Netscape's Web browser from home, a hobby that landed him a job offer."
Development/Quality Assurance (QA) Testing
Broadband Reports mentions Neowin's sneak peek of Microsoft's upcoming anti-spyware software recently acquired community favorite Giant spyware, and has code-named their re-hashed version of that software "Atlanta". It is currently in an internal beta test. There are screenshots of the application in action.
An effort to get more well qualified bums on techie seats... Despite the comparative good health of the security industry through the tech downturn and its 'sexier' image than other areas of IT, 2005 has been declared the year of the IT security professional in an attempt to attract more talent into the sector.
ZDNet UK News' article say coders, who give up their spare time to contribute to open source projects, are the virtual equivalent of lifeboat men. This is according to latest research from Demos Britain's open-source software developers make a valuable contribution to society and the British economy through the high quality of their work, according to Demos.
"What I am presenting here is not really a game, per se. Rather it is an example of putting testing concepts into the format of game theory. I designed The Quest for Test specifically for a few reasons. Chief among them, however, was to present the thinking behind some testing concepts. Obviously solving the puzzles of such a game (or is that meta-game?) is not going to make someone a "good tester" nor will the ability to solve the game indicate if one is or is not a good tester. However, what the game does do is exercise certain cognitive faculties that are of use in the field of testing. Another reason for this was to allow testers to ... test the game! This game is being released as a "beta" version that players can test if they wish. Finally, I present the source code as well for those who are interested in the mechanics of such a game.
Jakob Nielsen's useit.com has a new Alertbox/column. He says, the Internet scams cannot be thwarted by placing the burden on users to defend themselves at all times. Beleaguered users need protection, and the technology must change to provide this... User education should not be the main approach to countering security problems for three reasons.
First, and most importantly, it doesn't work. Computer security is too complicated and the bad guys are too devious and inventive. Itâ€™s simply unrealistic to assume that average users can keep up with them. Yes, you can tell people not to click on attachments in email from strangers, but then attackers start sending email that apparently comes from your boss, your wife, or your best friends. In a modern office, you can't do your work without clicking on attachments.
NewsForge has a story on how NASA's most sophisticated gear and the space agency using open source software heavily. This helped the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers to receive clearance for an extended tour of the Red Planet.
Jeff Norris, a senior computer scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who headed development of the rovers' open source-heavy Science Activity Planner (SAP), said the mission extension was a steal for taxpayers, whose space and research support has shrunk along with NASA budgets...
This InfoWorld's article shows that this year's programming survey reveals developers' conservative side. Now that they've embraced Web development and picked their favorite tools, they're not budging. The watchword of IT today is to make the most of what you've got. Developers are no exception, according to the results of this year's InfoWorld Programming Survey...