Archive for February 2008

…but computers are great at repetitive tasks humans are not very good at.

February 26, 2008

Recently I stumbled across a splendid article about test automation.

An Interview with Jonathan Kohl


Technical Skills For Performance Testers

February 15, 2008

Performance Concepts:

  • Methodology
  • Load Generation Tools
  • User/Workload Modeling
  • Results Analysis (Latency, Throughput, Metrics)
  • Bottleneck Detection
  • Code Profiling
  • Scalability
  • Concurrency
  • Charting/Graphing
  • Statistics

Operating Systems and Servers:

  • Monitoring (CPU/Network/Mem/Disk/etc)
  • System Tuning
  • Web/Application/Middleware Server Tuning
  • System Administration
  • Virtualization
  • OS Concepts (CPU Scheduling, Memory Management, etc)


  • SQL
  • Stored Procedures
  • Monitoring
  • Tuning


  • Topology
  • Monitoring
  • Load Balancing
  • TCP/IP
  • HTTP
  • Packet Sniffing and Protocol Analysis
  • Caching
  • OSI Model


  • Proficiency in at least on general programming language. Preferably a dynamic scripting language (Python/Perl/Ruby/etc)
  • Code/Algorithm Analysis


7 rules of effective English learning from

February 12, 2008


***RULE 1: Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Words

Never study a single, individual word. Never.

When you find a new word, always write down The Phrase it is in. Always. When you review, always review all of the phrase,.. not the word.

Collect phrases. Your speaking and grammar will improve 4-5 times faster. Never again study a single word. Never write a single word in your notebook, always write the complete phrase.

Learn Phrases Only.

**RULE 2: Don’t Study Grammar

Angelina quickly improved speaking– when she stopped studying grammar. This is your second rule.

Stop studying grammar.
Stop studying grammar.

Right now. Stop. Put away your grammar books and textbooks. Grammar rules teach you to think about English, you want to speak automatically– without thinking!

With Effortless English, you learn English without grammar study. Your speaking improves quickly. You succeed. You speak English naturally.

So Rule 2 is: Don’t Study Grammar!


Simple ways to improve your English dramatically.

February 2, 2008

Recently some friend of mine gave me a link to a website dedicated to English learning. She said that the way of learning it suggests are amazing – no grammar learning, no vocabulary, no text book and sort of things. I was quite surprised.

Navigate this link:

Read it and then subscribe to a 7 days course for free. Then you will find a form on the page with 2 links. One – to a pdf file called “The Key To Excellent Speaking” with some amazing learning tips and the another one to an audio version “The Keys.mp3”. Download them.

Here is a piece of text from it.

4. Listen To Movies
Movies are great for learning English BUT you must use them correctly. Don’t watch all of an
English movie. You will not understand it, and therefore you will not learn anything.
Only watch one scene or segment per week (maybe 2-3 minutes). Follow this method:
a) First, watch the scene with subtitles in your language. This will help you understand the general
b) Second, watch the scene with English subtitles. Pause. Use a dictionary to find new words you
don’t understand. Write the new sentences in a notebook.
c) Listen to the scene a few times, with English subtitles. Do not pause.
d) Listen to the scene a few times, without subtitles.
e) Repeat a) – d) everyday for one week.
On the second week, go to the next scene/segment and repeat again. It will take you a long time to
finish a movie. That’s OK, because you will improve your listening and speaking VERY FAST. This
method is powerful– use it!

Trip to Grodno

February 2, 2008

Last weekend I went to Grodno. It’s one of the cities in Belarus where ancient buildings were kept practically intact. The city has a great potential to become a tourist center. The authorities are restoring the center. There is an opinion among the citizens of Grodno that this restoration destroys its originality. Anyway I liked this city.

Coffee Break on the way to Grodno

Fire Tower

In the Museum of the New Castle.

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