Friday, April 24, 2020

Invitation to Participate in 2020 QA and Test Outsourcing Survey

Hi Friends,

I hope you are all doing well in these challenging times.

I am continuing a research project on attitudes and experiences in outsourcing QA and Testing services.

I would love to get your input on this, even if you are not currently outsourcing any of your QA and Test functions. The survey will be open for 3 weeks (ending Friday, May 15, 2020).

There are instructions on the form that describe how to get a copy of the survey results when I publish them.

Here is the link:

Thanks for your help!


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Invitation to Participate in the State of Testing (TM) 2020 Survey

My friends at Practitest are conducting their annual State of Testing (TM) survey.  I think these kinds of surveys are important to know the current global picture of testing.

I hope you will participate!

Survey link -

By the way, at this link you can see the past surveys.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Burned by Thunderbird 68? Here's How to Get Your e-mails Back!

One of my "Randy-isms" is "Just because you are ready to release the code doesn't mean the user is ready to accept it."

That played out for me today when I opened Thunderbird for Mac and it auto-installed the most recent release (68.4.1).

Immediately, I noticed all my e-mail accounts and e-mails within them were gone, gone, gone. Deep breaths....

So, I looked into this release and saw, "Thunderbird version 68.4.1 provides an automatic update from Thunderbird version 60." However, that was not the case for me and I suspect it may not be the case for others.

You must understand that I don't do "Inbox Zero". In fact, my inbox is my history for many things I do (along with the thousands of pictures on my phone). So, I was somewhat panicked.

However, I knew the e-mail files were there, just not being seen by the new version. Plus, I have redundant backups, so I knew I could get everything back. And...the beauty of the Mac is that you can just run the app with no install process like in Windows.

I managed to find the old version at

I downloaded version 60.9.1 (you will need to navigate through the sub-folders to get the right language version).

I opened it and instantly had access to all my e-mails.

The new version (68.4.1) looks great, but it was useless to me. I hope it works for me better in future releases. But for now, I have "auto update" turned off!

I hope this helps you!