A bit of house keeping..

I’ve been away for a long long time! So long that I forgot about this blog and I need to start from scratch 😀

I thought of putting the list of my popular posts below so that it will be easier for anyone finding my blog to quickly go through them. So, here’s the list (in no particular order):

















Hope that helps some one! And I hope you enjoy reading them. As always, feedback would be great.

Until next time, Happy Testing!


Who is breaking the AC switch?

Disclaimer!! The characters in this story are fictional. Resemblance to anyone dead or alive is simply coincidental!!

“Ahh! Not again!!” Yelled the Admin team’s Manager…

and he goes on…

“Are you all little kids? Who is breaking these AC Switches daily? If you are not going to tell, then we are installing security cameras soon. Then we will see who breaks this stuff…”

We look at each other puzzled – someone from ourselves is breaking this switch… But who?

Don’t worry mates – Super Tester is here for your rescue!! He will find it and punish the offender (Grrrr!!) 😉

Puzzled?? I will explain…

Hope you all are aware of the temperature control switches for the centralized air conditioners. In our office, we had our centralized AC’s controls hanging from the wall. So people changed the temperature at will – when they felt it was too cold or too hot 😉 As a result the switches began to malfunction and our Admin team had to replace them. Also they instructed the security people to operate these switches and locked them up in a small plastic box. Now, if the employees want to change the temperature, they must call the security guys to open this box and change the temperature 🙂 In addition, they stuck these plastic boxes to the wall with an adhesive tape, to look more aesthetic…

And these small plastic boxes are causing the yelling now a days 🙂 Everyday the Admin team finds 2 of these boxes stripped from the wall and hanging inconveniently. They will fix it again and the next day, the same thing happens… No wonder the manager becomes mad at these…

So, from the day our Admin manager started to yell, I paid close attention to what is happening with these boxes. But it is sort of an intermittent issue and I cannot always keep on looking at these switches.. I somewhat forgot about this problem, even though the yelling and complaining continued 🙂

We usually have our video conference with onsite colleagues weekly. I forgot about this meeting once and went for lunch. I remembered about the meeting when my friend called me on her way to the meeting room. So I finished my lunch quickly and ran for the meeting room. I remember my shoulder stuck something, but since I was running to catch up, I didn’t really care about what I broke. While returning from the meeting room, I noticed that the switch box is broken!!! Oh my god! I broke it this time, rather unknowingly, with my shoulder 😉 Ah! here’s the naughty kid who is breaking the switch box!

But I was sure that this may not happen every time you pass that corridor. You can see the corridor outline in the below picture:

AC Switch near door
My first thought was like, the door when opened hits the box and it falls. But that was not the case, since they have fixed it in such a way that there is no problem in opening and closing the door. But I was also sure that the box fell off because I hit it with my shoulder. So what is the scenario which caused it?

I tried to rewind what happened earlier…

1. I was running
2. I hit the box
3. It fell off

That is not so clear – let’s try again…

1. I was running
2. I had to open the door
3. I hit the box
4. It fell off

That is also not clear – since there is no problem with opening the door as I mentioned above… Let’s try again…

1. I was running
2. I had to open the door
3. But, I didn’t open the door fully – since I had to be quick, I just opened a quarter of it and squeezed myself in
4. I hit the box
5. It fell off

Wow! That’s an “Aha” moment – I remembered the movie Source Code while writing this. Rewinding and fixing your actions to find a mystery…

But this solves only half the problem – what is happening to the other switch box?

Here’s the next corridor outline:

AC Switch near the Printer  You might have guessed it – there is a printer sitting on the way and someone is hitting the box with their shoulder while avoiding the printer. That is somewhat true. But, the corridor is big enough for a person to walk without hitting the switch box even when avoiding the printer. Here’s what happens:

1. You are walking towards the wall
2. Someone is walking towards you from the opposite direction
3. You two meet exactly at the printer
4. The person near to the switch adjusts so that you two don’t collide
5. That person hits the switch with the shoulder
6. Depending on the impact, it falls off..


So, what testers find?

They find this, this and this

And they sometimes find and solve mysteries as described above..

Have they fixed it? Not yet 😉

2010 in review

WordPress thinks I was on fire last year 🙂 Hey, thanks for that wonderful stats dear people at WordPress! Love you 🙂

Now if you are interested – please read the report 🙂

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 11 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 520kb.

The busiest day of the year was August 4th with 65 views. The most popular post that day was To my beloved… bug!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were satisfice.com, digg.com, twitter.com, forums.utest.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for defect triage james bach, elementary my dear watson, ujala techno bright, how to show passion for software testing, and deduction my dear watson.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


To my beloved… bug! August 2010


Elementary, my dear Watson.. June 2010
8 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


The Man Leaves home puzzle.. Are you limiting your thoughts? May 2010


About Me November 2009


A question, answers and a session with James Bach.. March 2010

To my beloved… bug!

Hello Bug,

Hope you are doing well. Even though we meet on a daily basis, I thought it would be nice to write a letter to you.

Since we first met in October 2006, it has been a pleasure to meet you daily. You have taught me many skills and ways to get to you, although there were occasions that you hide from me as well. I still remember the day when you hide from us, a team of 3, in a simple registration screen for about 17 builds! I would like to comment that as a failure for me, that I didn’t tried enough to find you.. Anyway, you were there and at the end one of our users found you and all of us were in the firing line from our CEO 🙂

But, what delights me is your enthusiasm to follow me at my work as well as in my day to day life. You keep peeping out when I’m playing Farmville, like this:

See, I used to take screenshots to keep track of you – otherwise your developer friend will say that you were not following me and I haven’t seen you 🙂

I know you were around when I was trying to download that upgrade for Snagit. What?? No, no – I’m not lying! I have the evidence for that too:

See, you are showing some junk when I try to select a location to Save the file. That’s very naughty, ok?

And what about that Google translate page? I bet you were there also. By this time you would have understood my routine of taking snaps for evidence, right? 🙂 Seems like you failed to recognize my input language!

And you came up when I started blogging as well! You were saying that my blog’s busiest day was a good 10 years before I was born! That’s pretty weird anyway..

And, what about that dreadful day when Manchester United lost to Everton 3 – 1? I was about to read the BBC Story, and you were saying that a scoreline of 2 – 2 means victory for one team. That’s pretty funny by the way..

All this said, I don’t mind you following me – in fact, I very much enjoy it and it gives me a confidence that you are always around. And it helps making me a better investigator 🙂

Thank you for following me..

Yours truly,