Thanksgiving

It has been hard at times to feel gratitude in the face of the overwhelming fear-mongering, bigotry, racism, and hatefulness  that has become widespread throughout this election season and especially since November 9. But, I am thankful. Thankful for this moment, this breath, this family of which I am a …

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Looking Ahead

About two months ago, when many of you were probably at Whistler, Amazon appeared to have an outage. The eastern region seemed to go completely dark, and about half the internet (or half the internet I was connected to anyway) seemed to go down. It turned out to be a …

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Profit Machine

On KQED’s forum program last Thursday, retired congressman Barney Frank talked about the recent “religious freedom” laws that Indiana enacted and that Arkansas was considering. He said something that struck me: “I’m really glad we have this moral objection to homophobia. But what really helps in America is when people …

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Quality and Automation Community Call Tomorrow!

One of the many different things we are trying this year with Quality at Mozilla is exposing opportunities for people to get involved in our projects in more significant, meaningful ways. We’ve always had these kinds of opportunities available, but we’ve historically been terrible at making them known. To remedy …

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Getting Ready for Fall

As leaves begin to turn in some places, the Bay area gets a nice blast of heat in September. It’s like a week of summer that forgot to happen back when we were socked in with fog in July. But, that nice last bit of warmth before our leaves start …

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The Odyssey of Per-Push, On-Phone Firefox OS Automation

When we started automating tests for Firefox OS, we knew that we could do a lot with automated testing on phone emulators–we could run in a very similar environment to the phone, using the same low level instruction set, even do some basic operations like SMS between two emulator processes. …

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Future’s so Bright, I gotta Wear Shades

Last week, the Mozilla Quality Assurance team came together for the first time in years to plot out a new direction for themselves and for Quality at Mozilla. We have dedicated ourselves to making a transition to a Quality Engineering team. There is more to that change than a simple …

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Quality and Automation

For a long time, I’ve led the automation team at Mozilla. This past fall, I took on the job of leading the QA team as well. I don’t really like the term “QA.” Technically, it means “Quality Assurance.” It’s a term borrowed from industrial settings where you actually have quality …

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Experential Things

The line from the Matrix comes to mind: “No one can be told what the matrix is; you have to see it for yourself.” I was originally going to write that the same could be said for having a baby. Until you become a parent, cannot imagine how busy a …

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Last Stand of Daronwy Published!

I’m so pleased to be able to finally announce that the Last Stand of Daronwy is published. It’s available in print, ebook, kindle, and pdf from my publisher’s website, Barking Rain Press.  If you like the more traditional online booksellers, you can pick up a printed copy on Amazon, a …

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