On standards & poor, fitch and moody ratings

Lately all business news programs talk about the ratings of S&P, Fitch and Moody, and take them very serious, but they seem to forget the history of these rating bureaus.

These rating bureaus are one of the causes of the current economic crisis, because they approved the bad sub-prime mortgages in the US and gave them a high rating.

And now with Europe in flames, suddenly they are the moral compass that the economy needs? Come now!

REJOICE!!!! well sort of

diagram of the setup I'd like to have

Ok, I’m going to talk a bit about work.
Because what I’m encountering is way beyond normal.

I’m a tester, and for one of the systems I need to test, I need to be able to place a message on a queue, and that magically goes to another queue, which this system reads and processes.
For this magical process, they use MQSystems.

Here is a diagram of what I mean:

diagram of the setup I'd like to have
MQ setup I'd like to have

Now this doesn’t look too difficult, but it’s been a source for frustration for close to 3 weeks now.

The structure as pictured is in place, but on queues, where I, as a tester, have no access to. They’ve set it up for production already, where SystemA puts a message on the queue, that goes to SystemB.
And I won’t ever get access to those queues.
Which I can understand, those are real life queues, and I only need a test queue.
So I asked if it’d be possible to set up a similar structure for testing purposes, and then change a setting for SystemB so that it receives input on the test-queue.
This should be possible and was easy to set up, was what I was told.
But we’re three weeks in, now.

After 1 week, I managed to get a queue where I can put files on and there also was a queue that those files can get sent to. But that was where it stopped.
Those files I put on my queue weren’t going through the mysterious layer, because apparently they forgot to connect the two.

The above I wrote when things were still not working.
But all that frustration has just now come to an end. Not 5 minutes ago I was able to send a message over the queue, and it was processed almost perfectly. Of course we still have defects, but at least now I can signal them. Except, and here is frustration number 2, I don’t have access to the tool we need to use to raise and administrate these defects.

Roland Garros app devs should be ashamed of themselves

Look at this screenshot. Yes, a tennis app is over 10 megabytes in size. The developers should be deeply ashamed of themselves. They need to remember that they are writing for a MOBILE device, and shouldn’t add everything and the kitchen sink in it. Besides they have a really slow server for the download, it keeps stalling on me.


On May 27th French Open (Roland Garros) starts again and I’m looking forward to it.

I can only hope that the app, with all the stupid 3d shit in it, will also have access to Radio Roland Garros. If not, then the app is worthless to me, and won’t stay for long on my device. Currently, it doesn’t have very many favorable reviews on the Google Play market.

Btw, for the people desperate for their (English) Radio Roland Garros fix, if you install the TuneIn app, you can find French Open Radio in there, that’s the same thing. Then you can enjoy Gigi’s, Nick’s, both Matts’, Craig’s, and Chris’ analyses and play-by-play of the day’s matches.