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November 3, 2008  5:13 PM

Green computing

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Virtualization, considered a cost-savings technology, is getting "greened up." Increasingly groups and industry experts are talking about the ecological benefits of virtualization. By reducing a data center's power and cooling requirements, a company can reduce its carbon footprint, they say....

October 30, 2008  4:46 PM

Lowered cost for security testing suite

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In response to economic issues and as a way to encourage more companies to test applications for security, Ounce Labs has reduced the cost of its Static Application Security Testing suite. The shift in the pricing and licensing models will...


October 27, 2008  5:25 PM

Security review of Florida voting system

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Since writing about the Florida voting experience, it was brought to my attention how the state of Florida commissioned an independent expert review of the remote voting...


October 27, 2008  12:41 AM

Voting machines — what do you think?

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On SearchSoftwareQuality.com we're asking readers if they think voting machines (their usability, bugs, or security concerns) will cause problems for next month's U.S. elections. What do you think? Take the poll and let us know.


October 23, 2008  11:38 PM

What are your software requirements headaches?

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Understanding what your stakeholders want in an application can be challenging, to say the least. You need to know what questions to ask and get your stakeholders to explain their needs and wants. It requires not just eliciting requirements but also validating that what you're ready to send to the...


October 22, 2008  7:27 PM

West Virginia has e-voting concerns

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We're a few days into early voting for the U.S. presidential election, and some West Virginia voters are voicing concerns with e-voting machines from Election Systems and Software. In Putnam County and Jackson County, voters...


October 22, 2008  1:53 PM

One solution to software requirements challenges

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If you're responsible for making sure stakeholders get the software that they want, then you're probably all-too familiar with the four aspects of software requirements -- elicitation, elaboration, validation, and acceptance. Increasingly I hear how an iterative approach is best and how tools...


October 16, 2008  3:40 PM

The value of certification

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Certification -- this controversial topic continues to pop up and be discussed in columns and blogs. James Bach, long an opponent of certification, recently had an interesting experience with a representative of ASTQB (American Software Testing Qualifications Board). He asked her about what it...


October 16, 2008  1:23 PM

Agile tool tracks app changes

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Even when you think you've elicited and validated all of your stakeholders' requirements, you're still bound to have users who are unhappy with an application or a feature within an application. Determining what the problem is and what users would prefer, however, can be challenging. But a...


October 10, 2008  4:01 PM

Human, voting system errors a concern in Florida

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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...


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