Three Benefits of Speaking at a Conference

I recently travelled to Kitchener, Canada, to speak at Targeting Quality 2016, a great little conference with a good range of speakers and topics. Going to conferences is a good way to learn and expand your network, and if you go to one as a speaker, there are a few more benefits –besides the obvious one of not having to buy a ticket!
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You Want Me to Rotate My Device? Really?

I play Words with Friends, but since I use the free version, I have to put up with ads after every move. Annoying–but that’s what I expect if I’m playing for “free.” Sometimes, I see this error:

In my opinion, this is far more annoying than the adverts.

No, I am not going to rotate my iPad just so you can show me an advert. Instead, I quit the app and restart (and maybe mutter some bad words under my breath).
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‘Alarming’ Problems You Should be Preventing in Your App

I have an alarm clock app that I’ve been running on my iPad2 for a couple of years now. Apart from groaning when it goes off in the morning, I’ve been happy with it. It always goes off, no crashes, and it has carried on working through several iOS upgrades.

Well, I thought it was a great little app until last week. Read more on ‘Alarming’ Problems You Should be Preventing in Your App…

The Day the F Went Missing


I check Atomic Spin every day (and I hope you do, as well). One reason is because there is always interesting content, and I can learn about some new area that I knew nothing about. Another reason is that it can help me to get to know my colleagues better. And a final reason is that I’m a tester, so I want to check that the content is correct.

A few weeks ago, I was reading the latest post and noticed that the “f” was missing from the word “find.” I thought it was just a typo, made a note so I could correct it, and carried on reading. A bit farther on in the post, I noticed “ilter” instead of “filter,” then “irst” instead of “first.” It seemed that whenever a word started with an “f,” the “f” was being lost.

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3 Ways to Test for App Consistency

Over the Christmas holiday break, I had some spare time to try out a few new apps. Most of the apps I tried had a corresponding web portal to manage a user’s account and preferences. As a tester, I know that consistency is important. I like to pay attention to the consistency between an app and its web portal. What I noticed (and have read about other testers noticing the same thing) is that consistency between app and portal is not always great. And this was true with a couple of the apps I tried out.

Below are a few places where the apps I looked at struggled with consistency. By observing the problems, I’ll offer some tips on how to better test apps.
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A Tester’s Christmas Carol

I was recently interviewed by our marketing manager Lisa Tjapkes as part of her ongoing series of profiles on the people who work at Atomic. The interview itself was fun and made me think. Then after I’d had a little time to reflect on my answers, it made me think even more. In hindsight, I think there’s something to learn not just from the answers to her questions, but by the way I arrived at those responses—and it put me in mind of Scrooge and his ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
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Mind the Bus & Go on Red: Overcoming Biases and Assumptions

When I moved from the UK to the US, I had a number of things to get used to—strange accents, wrong spellings, incorrect pronunciations, lack of good bacon, the wrong sort of football…

One of the big things was driving on the wrong side of the road and getting into the car from the opposite side. I soon got used to it, but then came across all the traffic rules and laws that I didn’t know about. I’m used to roundabouts, not four-way stops—which, for a polite Brit, means I can get stuck there all day. Read more on Mind the Bus & Go on Red: Overcoming Biases and Assumptions…