Tuesday, December 3, 2013

[Rant] The ghosts in the machine


Last Friday I had an appointment at 4:30pm and I had to leave work early. I was hoping to setup the PC to carry out a coverage test before I left the office. The test takes quite a long time as the data set is large, so it would be great if I could run it while I'm not seated in front of the PC. For the coverage test we were using BullsEye Code Coverage Analyzer. You have to build the source with the BullsEye Build enable in Visual Studio. It then creates a coverage file and when you run the application using the test data set, it will update the file with the coverage information. Then you can open the coverage file from the Coverage Browser to see which functions and conditions were hit and which were not hit.

We have to build two solutions. The first one went through fine. But the second one took a long time to finish. In fact, it took so long that I gave it up and left the office because it was getting too late. Such a thing would never happen if I was not in a hurry. Funny thing is that the PC took the joke so far that it didn’t finish building the solution even by the time I arrived at the office on Monday!!!

Why does these weird things always happen when you are in a hurry? WHY??

This is not the first time such a weird thing has happened. It happens almost always when I'm in a hurry. Sometimes I need to switch the OS on the PC I a hurry to check something and it would take 10 times longer to boot up the new OS.

  • Sometimes on the iPhone, when I'm in a hurry, the apps start to crash or the phone gets SO SLOW for no apparent reason.

  • Sometimes the tablet doesn't connect to the Wi-Fi network after resuming from standby if I'm in a hurry to check something out.

  • The MacBook Air won't have battery left and won't resume from standby if I'm in a hurry.

If I'm not in a hurry, these issues never pop up. It's as if the gadgets want to take revenge from me for whatever (bad) things I've done to them. Crazy!

I tell you, there is a ghost in the machine.

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