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    How to install a squid proxy server in a MS Azure UBUNTU instance

    Right now I’m facing the problem to test a website registration from several different countries for testing purposes. I’ve tried various free proxy servers but most of them were unstable, slow and didn’t allow the ssl navigation or even more javascript.

    Tired of this situation I’ve decide to at least have an US proxy and what best solution to create my own proxy server on my personal Ms Azure Ubuntu 12.04 instance.

    This is the simple steps to do this:

    1. Connect through SSH to the instance
    2. ssh username@PUBLIC VIRTUAL IP ADDRESS (VIP)

    3. Install the squid proxy server
    4. sudo apt-get install squid

    5. Allow to all http connections access to the web through the proxy
    6. sudo vi /etc/squid3/squid.conf
      Change http_access deny all to http_access allow all

    7. Open a TCP endpoint on the squid default port 3128 in the azure box

    DONE!

    To test if works set-up your firefox to use this proxy:
    In Preferencies -> Advanced -> Network -> Settings set the manual proxy configuration host to your PUBLIC VIRTUAL IP ADDRESS (VIP) and the corresponding port to 3128

    Just go to http://whatismyipaddress.com/ to check your new location :-)
    ISP: Microsoft Corp
    Organization: Microsoft Corp
    City: Peru
    Region: New York
    Country: United States

    TEST “CHARTERS”

    From a James Bach definition [WTA #18]:

    Charter: it’s a contract between the testers and a client to perform a small amount of work. It must represent a reasonable common understanding of the problem to be solved, actions to be taken (or avoided), and results to be delivered. In the absence of that understanding, a responsible tester should question and re-negotiate the charter.

    A way to approach in front of a charter is to be able to say “I accomplished the charter” or “I made good progress toward this charter” or at least “I did good work with respect to this charter.”

    The first questions you must answer when you get a charter are:
    - Do I understand this?
    - Do I know how to do this?
    - How do I know if I’m doing it well (or badly)?
    - Can I commit to this?

    And therefore, if you are providing a charter you should write it to anticipate those questions, and either answer them outright, reduce the likelihood that the tester will make bad assumptions about them, or be prepared to answer them interactively.

    As you prepare your mission, consider the following factors: Continue reading TEST “CHARTERS”

    TESTING FUTURE IS MOBILE

    Accordingly to this TECMARK STUDY:

    • In September 2009, mobiles accounted for 0.02% of UK web traffic
    • In July 2011, mobile accounted for a staggering 12.59% of UK web traffic
    • In July 2011, iPhones accounted for 58% of mobile traffic and 7.3% of all UK web traffic
    • Between January 2011 and July 2011, Android share of the total mobile visits has risen from 10.6% to 14.6% - A rise of 37.7%
    • In January 2011, Blackberry accounted for 6.1% of all mobile webvisits. In July 2011, this was 3.5%, a drop of 42%

    HIGHLIGHT FROM AN AGILE COMPANY DOING WELL…

    I’ve just had this newsletter from the agile-testing in yahoo groups, that I wish to fix somewhere and which better place than my blog.. The author is Mark German:

    Here we promote face-to-face communication between testers, developers and the product owner.

    And we have a big wall for radiating information about stories…

    Communication starts during the release/iteration kickoff meeting where all team members are encouraged to ask questions about what the PO wants to develop.  This helps the team get a common understanding of what needs to be built and what business value it’s expected to provide.

    INTERESTING MAGAZINES FOR TESTERS

    MY CHROME EXTENSIONS & APP LIST:

    Extensions:                                                                                                  
    • BLOG THIS!
    • CHROME READER
    • CHROME ACCESS
    • CHROMODORO
    • DELICIOUS BOOKMARK EXTENSION
    • DOM SNITCH
    • EDIT THIS COOKIE
    • GOOGLE DOCS VIEWER
    • GOOGLE SHORTCUTS
    • GOOGLE SIMILAR PAGES
    • IE TAB
    • JSBEAUTIFY FOR GOOGLE CHROME Continue reading MY CHROME EXTENSIONS & APP LIST:

    26th May 2011 - Skype outrage

    Today I’ve assisted to the most fatal Skype crash since I’ve started to use it.

    Who knows why…? (ref. in the pics..)

    After a glance in twitter seemed like I wasn’t the only one hit from the issue.

    And even more strange there was a communicate from the company to say the users how to restore from the situation, but almost hidden and unclear to the most.

    The patch consists in the deleting a file “shared.xml” which can be found in my mac pc at this path: /Users/{yourusername}/Library/Application Support/Skype instead in windows by running this command %appdata%\skype from the start->run console.

    I hope this may help someone of you….

    Estimation with Planning Poker

    How does Planning Poker work?

    The idea behind Planning Poker is simple. Individual stories are presented for estimation. After a period of discussion, each participant chooses from his own deck the numbered card that represents his estimate of how much work is involved in the story under discussion. All estimates are kept private until each participant has chosen a card. At that time, all estimates are revealed and discussion can begin again.


    Planning Poker is the best way for agile teams to estimate.


    Source and free tool: http://www.planningpoker.com/
    Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planning_poker

    “Planning Poker is a good way to come to a consensus without spending too much time on any one topic. It allows, or forces, people to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns.”
    Lori Schubring, Manager, Bemis Manufacturing Company

    “An elegant, useful tool with some really nice touches. I particularly like the multiple column spreadsheet cut and paste. It’s an idea that I expect to see reused in a lot of applications.”
    Martin Lloyd, Project Manager, Greenpeace International

    “Everyone loves this. Yesterday we all used laptops in the same room (along with one remote user) instead of cards. It’s definitely more fun than using physical cards and solves the problem of revealing cards too soon. Great idea.”
    John Hill, Senior Project Manager, JDA Software Group, Inc.


    MY FIREXOX ADD-ONS LIST:

    (in case i’m going to lose my pc, I cannot live without!)
    • ADD N EDIT COOKIES (COOKIE EDITOR)
    • ADD THIS
    • CHAT ZILLA (IRC CLIENT)
    • COOKIE EDITOR
    • COLORZILLA (COLOR PICKER, PAGE ZOOMER)
    • DEFAULT USER-AGENT
    • DELICIOUS BOOKMARK
    • ERROR CONSOLE
    • FIDDLER (MONITOR WITH FIDDLER)
    • FIREBUG
    • FIRESHEEP (DEMONSTRATE HTTP SESSION HIJACKING)
    • FIRESHOT
    • HACKBAR (USEFUL BAR TO TEST SQL INJECTION)
    • MEASUREIT (RULER TO GET PIXEL)
    • MODIFY HEADERS
    • MOZMILL IDE (MOZILLA TESTING TOOL)
    • PAGE SPEED (DIAGNOSTIC TOOL TO SPEED UP WEB PAGES PERFORMANCE)
    • SELENIUM IDE
    • TAMPER DATA (VIEW AND MODIFY HTTP/HTTPS HEADERS)
    • WEB DEVELOPER (WEB DEVELOPER TOOLS)
    • YSLOW (MAKE YOUR PAGES FASTER WITH YAHOO PERFORMANCE TOOLS)

    Mind Mapping: what a great tool for a tester…!

    Mind maps are, by definition, a graphical method of taking notes. Their visual basis helps one to distinguish words or ideas, often with colors and symbols. They generally take a hierarchical or tree branch format, with ideas branching into their subsections. Mind maps allow for greater creativity when recording ideas and information, as well as allowing the note-taker to associate words with visual representations. Mind maps differ from concept maps in that mind maps focus on only one word or idea, whereas concept maps connect multiple words or ideas.

    Continue reading Mind Mapping: what a great tool for a tester…!