Software Quality Insights:

October, 2008

October 14, 2008  4:42 PM

Florida voting machine update

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

I experienced a bit of relief today after reading that a mock presidential election in Palm Beach County resulted in perfect performance from the voting equipment. County officials tested voting equipment using 1,332 ballots marked by election workers. "The votes were tallied perfectly and...

October 10, 2008  4:01 PM

Human, voting system errors a concern in Florida

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

No matter how much or how well you test a system, human error can still bring the whole thing down. The voting system in now-infamous Palm Beach County in Florida is one example. Since the 2000 presidential election (at least), the county has dealt with significant system and human errors in its...

October 8, 2008  6:52 PM

Change is good — if done properly

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Change is good -- at least that's what some people say. Change within software or computer systems, however, can wreak havoc if not done properly. In fact, Enterprise Management Associates says more than 60% of all critical system and application outages are caused by inappropriate change. Sounds...

October 3, 2008  2:51 PM

Web application security more important than ever

Jake Sorofman Profile: Jsorofman

Discussing Web security with even the nicest security professionals can leave one feeling chilled to the bone. It's not the fault of the security people -- it's just chilling to be reminded how vulnerable the Web really is.

October 1, 2008  3:43 PM

The importance — and challenges — of debugging

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

Debugging is often challenging for programmers, so much so that many books have been written about it. One of the latest to hit the shelves is

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