As a follow up to the fun videos, we are also launching a new 'Hunt for Real Life Whiz-Devs!'. Tell us an interesting and entertaining story about a software tool or feature youve developed that has made you look the hero to users. Or nominate a hero that you know. Well also send you a cool Whiz Dev Tshirt, and youll be entered into a drawing for one of two cool Nintento Wii consoles to be given away on 5th March 2008. Any questions/ comments, let us know...
We had an amazing wizdev. A man who managed to optimize stereoscopic rendering by going deep into 3d matrix math fully optimizing intel core duo technology leaving the user with a video game that plays in high resolution on the TDVisor from www.tdvision.com so flawlessly that you actually feel that you inside the game. What is his next move? What will he do next. Use advanced SSE4 instructions to optimized stereo 3d video encoding? Stay tuned...
At a video-related software dev house, I lead a team of hard working Quality Assurance professionals. We would test daily builds of a dvd authoring software package that was to be shipped out with new computer models from a variety of OEM's.
To ensure a prestine testing environment and to mirror the 'clean' operating system in which our software would reside within the various OEM systems, we would reset our testing machines' operating systems back to default settings with the use of a popular application, Ghost.
The only problem was that it took several steps and, well, wouldn't it be nice if one could simply turn on the test system, pick an OS from a menu, and ghost?
So I created just that - a boot floppy that would load a menu from itself that then would restore the main hard drive boot partition from clean ghosts of whatever testing operating systems resided on the second hd partition.
One simply had to insert the floppy, turn on the system, pick an OS, have a coffee, and then enjoy a prestine test environment.
This was a big hit in the testing lab and for all Quality Assurance professionals in the building and went a long way to making our product a real work of beauty.