Monthly Archives: February 2009

Lesson from my three year old, “I’m great”

Nearly every morning I wake to my three year olds faint call of “Daddy, Daddy…” and make my way to his room where he always asks “Will you lay down with me?”. I lay down and ask “How are you bud?” to which he always responds “I’m great”.

Personally, I’ve always responded to this question with “I’m good” or “pretty good” but I don’t do that anymore. So, it took a few months but, my son finally managed to teach me that I’m not just “good” or “pretty good” but that I too am doing “great”. This might seem trite but I’m beginning to think responding to people this way actually affects their reaction. I’m willing to concede it may solely be my outlook that’s changed but I see people smile and engage more when they recognize that I’m apparently doing well. I notice this particularly during brief encounters such as at a coffee shop or airline ticket counter (I’m seeing those a lot lately). I’ll see more eye contact, a longer smile or a more engaged response. Admittedly, the difference is subtle but I believe it’s there, perhaps people are more inclined to engage someone who outwardly appears to be doing really well opposed to just “good”.

Anyway, kids are awesome. Thanks Colby! And in case you’re wondering I’ve actually talked to him about this and now he always asks me how I’m doing.

Growth of a Facebook Application

image I’ve written what I consider to be sort of a Seinfeld of Facebook applications, an app about “nothing”. I’m talking about my Facebook Starter Kit application which you can add to your Facebook account here. The application, pictured to the right, has a total of three pages:

  1. Main page (pictured) which lists all your friends with their photo and a link to their profile page
  2. An XFBML page that illustrates usage of XFBML via JavaScript on an IFrame canvas page
  3. An FQL query page that allows you to test FQL queries with a list of your friends Facebook ID’s as well as your ID for convenience

And that’s it.

By the Numbers

What I’ve found fairly interesting is watching the apps statistics, provided by Facebook, which are quite extensive. Here are some basic stats from from January 28th:

Facebook app usage Jan 28th, 2009

And two weeks later:

Meaning my “app about nothing” attracted roughly 10 new users a day over the past two weeks. Here is a chart of active users over the past few months:


The inflection point is Dec 24th 2009 which is interesting because I’ve read Facebook had a very big Christmas with regard to traffic. I’ve done little to actually “market” this application other than blog about the Starter Kit and post a link to my wiki article.

Anyway, I thought this mildly interesting and it will be fun to watch where the stats go from here. I noticed today that the FDT now has +17K downloads and I know that no where near that number of people are using my Starter Kit so there is “room for growth”. 🙂

Anyone else have interesting FB app stats to share?

Adding a project to TFS from TestComplete

TestComplete Online TrainingAs a TestComplete trainer I’ve found myself re-installing it a few times and I typically have to reconfigure my TFS connection. I’ve been asked about this a few times so I thought I’d write it down. Here are the steps to setup and add a TestComplete project to TFS.

  1. Select Tools | Issue Tracking | Connection Manager. This is usually the step I forget since it seems a bit odd to got to Issue Tracking when I want Source Control. Anyhoo…

    TestComplete Connection Manager

  2. Click Add…, provide a Connection name and select Visual Studio Team System:

    TestComplete Connection Wizard

  3. Click Next and specify the TFS URL and credentials:

     TestComplete Connection Wizard Team System

  4. At this point, you should see the status of the connection and the top-level projects from the TFS server:

     TestComplete Connection Wizard

  5. Now, from the Project Explorer you can right click your Project Suite and add it to the repository:

    Adding a TestComplete Suite to TFS

And that as they say is it.

Are you using TFS? Do you use it in TestComplete?

Per user queued Windows Error Reporting and reclaiming 3.13GB of disk space

I just ran the Disk Cleanup utility and discovered this little gem: 3.13GB worth of disk space worth of Vista error reports. Why would it be allowed to grow this large? Seriously, what’s the point. Anyway, if you’re looking for some extra disk space you might just recapture some of it here like I just did. If only my fondness for Vista grew as fast as it’s waste of my disk space (have you checked the size of your $g(winsxs) directory lately?)
Windows Disk Cleanup Utlity