about me



Yucatán Photos

St Lucia Photos

Photo Album



< November 2011 >
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9101112

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA


Solve Puzzle While You Are Sleeping

Monday my colleague reports a severe problem in our test system. I checked in some incomplete work and it breaks the test system. Strange that no QA has reported the problem even though the problem has originated one week ago. Nevertheless I fixed it right away. Then I moved on to other task without giving it much through.

But something does not seem right. Why was the problem not surfaced on the QA system? I was rather confused. Then it dawn on me what has happened. There was a series of confusions regarding the software branches and the timing of release. My fix was checked into a wrong branch. The QA is testing a version that's different from the version that's going to be deployed. My fix yesterday is actually going to break more things. And it will be deployed without properly tested!

The thought of this immediately wakes me up at night. I got out of bed to fix the problem around 6am.

Did I mention I was literally awaken? All the reasoning in the second paragraph appear to happen during my dream. I have straighten out a confusing sequence of events that explains the problem. The thought of serious consequence when deployed to production has waken me up. The first thing I do is to fix the problem right away. The second thing I do is to reflect on the strangeness of this. What was my brain doing when I was sleeping? Does a brain work in autopilot mode that resolved a problem I couldn't resolve during the day? Or perhaps I just couldn't relax and brought my day time problem into my sleep?

2011.11.29 [, ] - comments



blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »


BBC News


Mosul offensive: Turkish and Kurdish forces launch attacks on IS (23 Oct 2016)


US election 2016: We are behind, says Trump campaign (23 Oct 2016)


US to examine AT&T deal to buy Time Warner (23 Oct 2016)


At least 13 dead in California tour bus crash (23 Oct 2016)


Spain's Socialists vote to allow Rajoy minority government (23 Oct 2016)


Child refugees in Turkey making UK clothes (23 Oct 2016)


Lithuania election: Farmers' party in shock triumph (23 Oct 2016)


Venezuela opposition puts pressure on President Maduro (23 Oct 2016)


Poland abortion: Fresh protests over planned restrictions (23 Oct 2016)


Haiti jailbreak: At least 150 inmates still on the run (23 Oct 2016)

more »


SF Gate


Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)


City Insider (11 Feb 2012)


Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)


C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)


C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)


Education News (10 Jan 2012)


KALW (11 Feb 2012)


Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)


Toy companies break down barriers to be more inclusive (23 Oct 2016)


‘Lions hunting zebras’: Ex-Wells Fargo bankers describe abuses (23 Oct 2016)


DNS servers vulnerable spot for hackers (22 Oct 2016)


Internet attacks cause major Web outage (22 Oct 2016)


Why the Web went down: DNS and DDoS explained (22 Oct 2016)


Beverly Hills plans for driverless vehicle fleet (22 Oct 2016)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2016-Oct-23 18:00