devZing Partners with QASymphony to integrate qTrace

If you are a tester you owe it to yourself to check out qTrace. It is a screen capture tool on steroids. devZing is also offering a special deal so you don't have to pay full price. Check out devzing.com/qtrace for all the details.
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Internship with devZing

devZing is looking for an intern. If you're a hotshot with html/javascript, seo or ad words take a look.
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Bugzilla will no longer support Windows 2000

Time to migrate off that old box to a hosted bugzilla solution
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devZing.com now has Hosted Subversion

from the devZing Blog

devZing.com is proud to announce the release of our Subversion Hosting plan. Like all our other plans it features 1 Gb disk space, unlimited repositories, unlimited users in each repository, a simple interface for creating repositories and managing users, and daily off-site backups.

The Subversion only price is a low $6/month. However, you can bundle Subversion with Bugzilla Hosting or MantisBT Hosting for only $10/month.

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How to delete bugs in Bugzilla

Good description of the trick to delete bugs in Bugzilla.

devZing - No Hassel Open Source Project Management Hosting

The next revision of our open source project management hosting service is now live - devZing.com

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New Tires, Self Mounted

After the Oregon Desert Tour it was definitely time for a new rear tire. My 2001 Ducati ST2 came to me with an inexpensive tire with OK performance and I wanted something like I had on my 1998 ST2. I also wanted to tackle doing the work myself. After spending hours pouring over the internet I ordered a Diablo Strada Rear Tire.
The only things that had me worried as a first time tire changer was breaking the bead, seating the bead and balancing the tire. My original KLX 250S tires were not balanced and I didn't want that feeling on the ST2. I ran across Dyna Beads as an alternative to stick-on weights and I was sold. Other various sites and youtube videos convinced me that I could break the bead without expensive equipment and that my compressor was more than capable of seating the tire.
Here is the bike with the tire removed. No big surprises here except the shop manual doesn't say what size the axle nut is (30mm) and I had to go buy one.
I thought about building a home-made bead breaker, but I found that my largest C-clamp would fit around the tire and it worked great for breaking the bead.
Here you can see the end results next to the old tire - definitely time for a change.
Total time to change the tire was about 3 hours. Mostly because I was being careful and it was about 98F. I expect next time it should take me about an hour. The Dyna Beads seem to work great.
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Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?

 Tom DeMarco, arguably one of the key thinkers when it comes to how we develop software has been reflecting.

My early metrics book, Controlling Software Projects: Management, Measurement, and Estimation (Prentice Hall/Yourdon Press, 1982), played a role in the way many budding software engineers quantified work and planned their projects. In my reflective mood, I’m wondering, was its advice correct at the time, is it still relevant, and do I still believe that metrics are a must for any successful software development effort? My answers are no, no, and no.

-- http://www2.computer.org/cms/Computer.org/ComputingNow/homepage/2009/0709/rW_SO_Viewpoints.pdf

If that doesn't rock you back on your heels, then you need to re-read that paragraph.

Next you need to go read the whole article (2 pages).

As someone who prefers the agile approach I have been pushing the value based approach over the control based one for nearly a decade now. But to see someone like Tom question publicly what he (and we) have been doing for the last 30 years makes me respect Tom even more, and give me hope that as an industry we are heading in the right direction.

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