Notes from Rational Support
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A new video is available on the Rational Support YouTube channel. This video is a demonstration of creating custom code in Rational Performance Tester recorded during an Open Mic session. A link and preview of the video are below.
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As a support organization, we know how important it is to get you the right answers at the right time. Today we'd like to highlight one of our many tools in our bag of tricks to help you...
As a user of the IBM Support Assistant (ISA) V4 workbench you're already familiar with its suite of powerful problem determination tools for the desktop. The latest release, ISA V5, is now server based, so many of those tools have evolved for the cloud. In this post on IBM Electronic Support's blog, Russell Wright takes a look at the different types of problem determination tools we have for ISA V5. We highly recommend Russell's article and encourage you to try ISA V5 to see just what it can do for you. Not familiar with ISA? Here's a quick explanation and link that should help clarify and lead you on the way to more effective and efficient problem solving! What is IBM Support Assistant? IBM Support Assistant (ISA) provides several, free software offerings that help you with a variety of problem determination needs. With focus on quickly finding key information, automating repetitive steps and arming you with a diverse collection of serviceability tools, you will be prepared for self-analysis and diagnosis of problems to resolve problems in less time.
Not familiar with ISA? Here's a quick explanation and link that should help clarify and lead you on the way to more effective and efficient problem solving!
What is IBM Support Assistant?
IBM Support Assistant (ISA) provides several, free software offerings that help you with a variety of problem determination needs. With focus on quickly finding key information, automating repetitive steps and arming you with a diverse collection of serviceability tools, you will be prepared for self-analysis and diagnosis of problems to resolve problems in less time.
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On 12 August 2014, IBM announced the support withdrawal of Rational Robot. The name Robot goes back to the year 1999. What happened before?
SQA Robot is part of SQA TeamTest . This bundle consists of SQA Robot and SQA Tester.
Since version 2002.05.00, Rational added a function SQAVpGetCurrentActualFileName in IBM Rational Robot 18.104.22.168 Fix Pack. That came out 18 December 2006. See for more information the following white paper: How to manipulate the verification point's actual.
IBM Rational Robot Version 22.214.171.124 introduced the OpenComparator function in stand-alone mode. This version also introduced support for 64-bit operating system and made the step into the 64-bit world possible after the end of life of Windows XP. See The rebirth of Rational Robot after XP's death
Thanks to Hari, this was all possible.
Robot and her husbands
Consciously or unconsciously, we see history lightly in the form of a conflict between the old and the new. - Johan Huizinga.
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Last week Lifehacker shared out this blog post by Jesse Stormier: "Put Your Inbox in the Upstairs Bathroom". And it immediately clicked for me: living inside the inbox is just too easy. This, of course, makes the shift to living outside the inbox even more difficult, as people don't change until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change.
This really can come down to a chicken or egg issue: is our addiction to email fueled by the ease of use, or is the ease of use driven by our addiction? In either case the solution, in part, is just as easy. In Jesse's post he notes how he switched from a slick GUI client and push notifications to using a command line email client, akin to putting his inbox as far away from him as his upstairs bathroom. Now, for a Unix guru that's a rather elegantly simple solution, as he is more than comfortable with the command line I'm sure. I'm even guessing it would work for a number of you reading this post here on developerWorks as well, knowing your technical excellence often has you playing on the command line.
Me? I'm lazy. While putting my inbox in the upstairs bathroom is a grand idea (my home office is upstairs, so it really isn't much of a trip at all), going as far as using Mutt on the CLI to access it is more akin to putting my inbox in my backyard, or for other people it may even be closer to their postal box down the street. Making email hard to use isn't really the point of "working outside of the inbox". Rather, the intent is to improve our collaborative efforts using tools better suited to the tasks and not automatically default to using email unless it really is the right tool for the job. So, let's make it easy!
Ok, but where's the solution? What's the recommendation? Two simple parts come to mind here:
With these two easy bits covered, my last recommendation will be to schedule specific and focused time in your day to address your inbox messages, freeing you from the shackles of your inbox the rest of the day! I know a few people around here only deal with email first thing in the morning when they arrive to work, and last thing before they leave (in between, of course, is when real work is being done and collaboration occurring all across the organization in the right tools for the jobs at hand). Or perhaps scheduling three times to check: on arrival, right after lunch, and again before leaving for the day.
Regardless of how you go about it, finding what works for you is the key to enjoying a life outside of your inbox. I assure you, it is absolutely worth the mild pain of change!