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Celtics use Ubuntu to beat Lakers

Excerpt from the Associated Press article about the Celtics-Lakers game last night:

"It was a group effort by this gang in green, which bonded behind Rivers, who borrowed an African word ubuntu (pronounced Ooh-BOON-too) and roughly means "I am, because we are" in English, as the Celtics' unifying team motto. The Celtics gave the Lakers a 12-minute crash course of ubuntu in the second quarter.Boston outscored Los Angeles 34-19, getting 11 field goals on 11 assists. The Celtics toyed with the Lakers, outworking the Western Conference's best inside and out and showing the same kind of heart that made Boston the center of pro basketball's universe in the '60s. "It's not what you thought, but it's still nice to see that the ubuntu concept is used successfully in sports too. I wonder what parallel we can make between the Lakers' game last night and an operating system. The Windows Blue Screen of Death comes to mind.

Security testing for agile testers

I've been asked by Lisa Crispin to contribute a few paragraphs on security testing to an upcoming book on agile testing that she and Janet Gregory are co-authoring. Here's what I came up with:

Security testing is a broad topic that cannot be possibly covered in a few paragraphs. Whole books have been devoted to this subject. Here we will try to at least provide some guidelines and pointers to books and tools that might prove useful to agile teams interested in security testing.

Just like functional testing, security testing can be viewed and conducted from two perspectives: from the inside out (white-box testing) and from the outside in (black-box testing).

Inside-out security testing assumes that the source code for the application under test is available to the testers. The code can be analyzed statically with a variety of tools that try to discover common coding errors which can make the application vulnerable to attacks such as buffer overflows or format string attacks. (Reso…

Tools for troubleshooting Web app performance

I came across this blog post which talks about 15 tools that can make your life easier when you need to troubleshoot the performance of your Web application. I knew about most of them, but a new addition to my arsenal is definitely wbox -- think of it as an HTTP-based ping. Very simple, but extremely useful.

What does your Wordle look like?

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The meme du jour seems to be Wordle tag clouds. I couldn't resist generating one out of the text on the first page of my blog. Here it is, in all its splendor:



You would think I'm very self-centered, since my first and last names appear so prominently. But I think it's because every blog post ends with "posted by Grig Gheorghiu at ". The next biggest word is Python, so there's some redemption for me right there :-)