Päivä 6 – yksi lammas, kaksi lammasta, kolme lammasta...

Aamulla (edelleen herkullisen) aamiaisen jälkeen kyselimme suunnitellusta päätepysäkistä Corkin-majapaikan isännältämme suositusta hyväksi majapaikaksi. Hän avuliaasti kyseli eräästä kuulemma aivan loistavasta paikasta Dinglestä (joka valitettavasti ei ollut tuo päätepysäkki) paikkaa, jollainen olisi löytynytkin mutta turhan kalliina. Päädyimme sitten lähtemään kohti Ballybunionia ilman valmista majapaikkaa, koska kyseessä olisi ennen vielä nykyistä suositumpi kohde jossa varmasti löytyy hyvätasoisia B&B:itä.

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Päivä 2 – vääränpuoleista liikennettä ja sattumia

Tiistain tärkein asia oli auton nouto ja vasemmalla ajamisen opettelu. Kävin siis syömässä majapaikassa aamiaisen, joka oli ihan kelvollinen, ja kävelin autovuokraamolle. Autovuokraamolla olikin kunnon jono, joten siellä jonotin kaiketi lopulta melkein tunnin verran. Itse paperien täytteleminen oli melko suoraviivaista; koska omavastuuvakuutus oli otettu halvemmalla erikseen, jouduin kuitenkin hyväksymään 1 200 € varauksen luottokortille.

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First impressions on Jolla

I finally got my hands around the new, shiny Jolla – I might've waited for it a bit, since it took about twenty minutes from the SMS telling me I can pick it up to the time I was holding it in my hands... Now that I've toyed with it for a few days, I thought I might open up a bit on how this fresh saviour of the Finnish mobile phone industry feels like.

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Replacing BIND with PowerDNS and PowerAdmin

Why the switch?

Recently I started wondering if there would be something better than the old, trustworthy BIND for all my DNS daemon needs. BIND is good, don't get me wrong, but I have to say that I don't feel it makes my job as an administrator for hundreds of domains any easier being (primarily) based on weirdly syntaxed plain-text files that are quite error-prone. So, encouraged by my not-so-recent discovery of Nginx, a very good alternative for the industrial standard Apache, I went on with my crusade to find a perfect DNS daemon.

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Selecting a good SMS gateway for Finland

Today I realized I need to add SMS alerts to my dear Zabbix that tries to keep track of my servers' status. I just don't notice email alerts soon enough. However, when you search for SMS gateway from a search engine, there's something like a million results. Which one do I want to use?

I tried a few of them, and tried to find one that was budget-friendly, flexible, fast and reliable. I know, I shouldn't expect to find one that actually fits all those – however I do think I found one that certainly seems to fit most of them.

Here's my experiences on the ones I remembered.

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The last dojo – more testing

The fourth, and last, dojo of our course was about Session-Based Testing. That was also (weirdly enough?) the title of the first presentation, that gave us a basic overview of session-based testing, the tester's roles etc. Once again I was late (I still wonder why all the site downtimes happen when you least hope for them...), but I got a good hang of it even seeing only a fraction of the presentation.

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The third dojo – Show time!

The third dojo's presentations were about Exploratory testing a web application and Bug management with RedMine. It was, finally, showtime – my group had done a presentation about the first, ET. It was quite a vast subject and we originally had some problems narrowing it down – especially since there isn't really too much sources about ET on a Web application out there. I don't know why, though... It seems to me like ET is THE way to do Web testing. Anyway, we managed to scrape together a usable presentation generally about ET and also on applying it to Web testing.

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