Rainforest QA speeds up continuous integration cycle with blended cyborg model for testing (451 Report)

When I spoke at HeavyBit sometime ago on how to deal with analysts, I meet a several interesting development tool folks. One of them was Rainforest QA. I did a recent write-up of the company, available to 451 subscribers (a free trial is just a lead-gen away!).

Here’s my take on the company:

As we opined last year, software development has changed dramatically, for the better, in recent years. The rise in demand for mobile and Web applications has been fueled by the broad availability of cheap, fungible infrastructure in the form of the cloud – seeding the ground for the code-slinging set that’s seeking to inject software into the world’s every nook and cranny. The testing, or QA, step in the software development lifecycle has always been a point of contention, often relying on labor-intensive manual testing or developer cycles to continually script automated testing: both are expensive, tiresome options for those wanting to deploy code weekly into production. Rainforest QA has an innovative approach to speeding up testing for Web UIs, and we look forward to seeing whether their method cures QA ills.

Read the full report over at 451.

Rainforest QA speeds up continuous integration cycle with blended cyborg model for testing (451 Report)

CopperEgg tackles APM space under Idera (451 Report)

My colleague Dennis Callaghan wrote up an update around CopperEgg, the APM tool purchased by Idera in July of 2013.

While you’ll have to be a 451 client to read the full report (or sign up for a free trial), here’s some excerpts:

Now under Idera, CopperEgg has added real-user monitoring and repositioned itself as an application performance management SaaS vendor.

And the 451 Take:

We’re glad to see CopperEgg running fairly independently within Idera, though we’ll be interested to see how Idera can bring some of its and Precise’s IP to bolster CopperEgg, particularly in database performance monitoring. CopperEgg is growing nicely, though at four years old, it’s not clear that it’s really faring any better than its competition in a crowded and muddled space. The company can offer a front-to-back-end performance monitoring tool, though it still can’t go too deep on the application side. Still, CopperEgg has given Idera a solid presence in SaaS-based monitoring, one that was built from the ground up for SaaS, and Idera is managing it the right way so far.

Check out more in the full report.

CopperEgg tackles APM space under Idera (451 Report)


Chris’s desks from childhood onward http://www.flickr.com/photos/servicesphere/sets/72157639814285243/

Dell hosted think tank #theappgap http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO9cjiT134amI4b3OjzBgVfQ9iTRyLG7P

“Well still need to know AS/400s”

“…also we’ve got a lot of FTP we still use”

Enterprise Brain Drain

Heavybit – Startup incubator http://www.heavybit.com/

Plumber truck in Houston

-”like us on fb” “follow us on twitter” “follow us on instagram” lol

-find plumber on instagram

Each show a new incense – “Spiritual High” today

And now a segment on the good ole’ days

Back when dodgeball existed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodgeball_(service) ADD LOGO

Hot or not for poo

Wendy Lea at Get Satisfaction http://wendylea.com/ https://getsatisfaction.com/corp/about/team/

Chris busts out his legal marijuana products

How do drug tests work with legal weed?

“As I’ve learned the hard way, you cannot laugh at Linkedin because it’s people’s agency amidst confusing labor conditions” @tressiemc

Pressfolios – http://chrisdancy.pressfolios.com/

“If you’re not publishing how awesome you are regularly, when you try to get a new job nobody’s going to give a crap”

Github https://github.com/

Shanley https://twitter.com/shanley

What is digital exhaust to regular white collar worker?

CNN interviewing Chris


Bruce Sterling’s bathroom back in the old days of SXSW

Theorizing the Web – nothing but academics. 7 minute PhD slams.http://theorizingtheweb.tumblr.com/


Her http://www.servicesphere.com/blog/2014/1/20/technology-the-evolution-of-awareness.html

Security is like flavor. If poor, then shit.

Techcrunch article about shadow API Chris is in http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/17/zapier-opens-its-developer-platform-gives-the-everyday-joe-a-way-to-connect-apis/

Roderick on the Line podcast http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick/

DRM doesn’t work with twitter

“Light trying to put sunlight in a jar” – Chris

Burner app for burner phone numbers http://burnerapp.com/


Chris got thrown out of Justin Timberlake concert because of google glass

-”well you might record people”

-”well… take the glass off”

Genius bars at retail pot shops

Rob Horning tweet POST IN HERE

~~~Oblique Strategies~~~

1. “Give way to your worst impulse”

Maybe Cote should just fuck off for three days and read this thick book

2. “Cluster analysis”

~~~Digital Tarot~~~



Plethora of badges he hasn’t turned off – “allowing this relationship with a future that doesn’t exist”

Omni-focus surrounded by kindle, spotify, camera, downcast. “need to be enteretained while focused”

Folder longer than single name –

Don’t see you jumping in to evernote as much as implied by having on home screen

Dictionary is sweet and quaint

“Every home screen is a con. It’s who we want to be, it’s who we believe we can be, and it’s our relationship to owning a dominion over technology we will never understand or manage.” -Chris


Pew Research wants Chris to send something http://www.pewresearch.org/

Humana Challenge w/ clinton found http://humanachallenge.com/

Lance Bass wants to reschedule Chris’s appearance on the Lance Bass show https://www.facebook.com/LanceBassFanPage

The Whole Internet by Ed Krol http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9781565920637.do

Citizen Scientist http://www.slideshare.net/chrisdancy/citizen-scientist-n-of-1

First call on CCOS!

Online lab testing

Biocurious http://biocurious.org/

Labs online:

WellnessFX http://www.wellnessfx.com/

others https://www.google.com/search?q=online+blood+test&oq=online+blood+test&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.5774j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8

Walgreens in Denver has:

Paternity tests for DNA

Colon health test

Rapid HIV

Whole wall of wearables

and a genius bar

“You don’t need xanax, you need a friend”

Belkin – too hard to use? http://www.belkin.com/us/

Cote: Occam’s Razor – Google is just crazy for buying Nest. Defies spreadsheet logic.

Chris: “The Internet is so not even relevant.” Think Inner-Net.

“Software is not enough anymore”

Google bought Boston Dynamics and other robotics companies http://gizmodo.com/a-humans-guide-to-googles-many-robots-1509799897

Pretail – kickstarter is everything that will be acquired in 3 years

Intel at CES – Lifewatch http://www.lifewatchv.com/

Cote used to live in a vegan clothing-optional co-op SORTA NSFW: http://nakedvegancooking.com/

Snapchat turned down $3 billion offer from facebook

Nathan Jurgenson https://twitter.com/nathanjurgenson

Alex Williams https://twitter.com/alexwilliams

Get one chance to pay attention on snapchat

Commands attention

Only app chris knows with velocity as an option

Delightful Cyber Dystopia

Existence as a Platform http://www.slideshare.net/chrisdancy/existence-as-a-platform-where-quantified-self-meets-internet-of-things

Brighttalk is as advanced as the webinar world can get https://www.brighttalk.com/


Verge TV http://vergeproductions.com/verge/

“There’s no tool to communicate with real people. You have to be a real person… unless you’re a tool.” – Chris

“We’re so far in the future we’re still looking back at the future” – Cote

Google fiber, google towns, google hot air balloon (oh my!)

Sergey’s wife started 23andme https://www.23andme.com/

Adbusters https://www.adbusters.org/ – naomi klein http://www.naomiklein.org/main – Anonymous http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group) – 4chan http://www.4chan.org/ – ‘Everytime i go there I feel like the FBI is going to bust down my door” -Cote

Hatching Twitter book http://www.amazon.com/Hatching-Twitter-Story-Friendship-Betrayal/dp/1591846013

-Review: read it

-Jack metamorphosed into Steve – used media to take back control of board


-Movie license

-More drama book than business history

-Chris visited twitter a few times and did the snoop dog tour http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/190726/snoop-doggs-crib.jhtml

Get More:

MTV Shows

-Meetings with mark zuckerberg are fascinating

-”First time Demi Moore mentioned in print in any legitimate way”

Present Shock – Douglas Rushkoff http://www.amazon.com/Present-Shock-When-Everything-Happens/dp/1591844762

-the most profound thing you’ll read

-Klintron consumerization – the corporatization of people!!

David Yoakum – that’s me!!

-23 and me founder Linda Avey https://twitter.com/lindaavey founded Curious, Inc http://wearecurio.us/

Mobile Palmistry (screenshot)

Alex Williams http://twitter.com/alexwilliams

-made sure took at 4G coverage

-battery low (I would never do it at that low battery 0chris)

-home screen layout – did he leave room for abundance? – left single spot open at bottom

-tripit below camera – alaska air on their? – chris says vanity play – mobile hotspot next to gmail, underneath messaging – confusing outlook on how he communicated – not using default mail client, uses gmail app –

Aneel Lakhani


85% energy – “obsessed with it”

Not one single spot open on home screen (!!)

Camera – weather – photo – all together on same line – “fetish for documentation of life”

Default calendar instead of alternatives – oh my!

Contacts on home screen = vanity call

Chrome and safari side by side = “pseudo-techno vanity play” (!!)


Turned off feedly and instapaper badges

Gmail badge only up (and only 2 – OCD w/ email?)

Travel apps lined up

Caltrain – kindle – evernote – feedly – move them around, tomorrow will be a little more peaceful. Cote: swap evernote and twitter.

Classic pinstripe background – “yearning to be the man”

Cote’s wife Kim

Child background

Folders on homescreen and by type – nesting thing, “apple crap” = my husband’s in tech and i’m going to be flashy

Has a flashlight app even though it’s built in (??)

Music – safari – phone – unread email – #missed phone calls “is remarkable”

TV system = apple remote, pioneer AV thing for volume – “fuck yeah retro tumblr”

Send in the mobile phone screen!


Hosts :

Chris Dancy
Michael Coté

(permanent) Guest : Rocco

Show Notes :

is business social just selling advertising? Just a pipe to a wallet?
“but i am popular so i don’t worry about it”
sumall https://sumall.com/ =fitbit for nonorganic stuff
unsatisfying – oh boy I got a new twitter follower, now what?
page views does not equal read, does not equal understood
engagement? “last people that did wanted polygamy”
richard white “Twitter is the small claims court of customer support.” https://twitter.com/rrwhite
when you put something online, when you see it a year from now, make sure you can stand behind it
“flickr is a ghetto nerd”
when chris sees a plain picture he now wants to see the meta data
bruce sterling https://twitter.com/bruces
bat car for twitter
chatter http://www.chatterinc.com/index.php
chris’s 6k+ retweets

Hatching Twitter
The Everything Store : Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Amazon book a lot more businessy seem like drastically different businesses
Amazon Locker
Locker navigates with your phone
“you reach down and pull out your package”
then you get a survey and you ask if the robot treated you well
Amazon Instant
Uber driver moonlighting on Lyft (!!!)
Internet of Boring Old Stuff > Internet of Things
POOP 2.0
trashall. coming in 2015.
“deeper analytics if you’re inside the can”
“All the magic happens in the trash”
“anything vice focused is where the future is” – Grindr to the enterprise
Nest sends you monthly report showing your energy usage compared to neighbors. Keeping up with the Jonses.
Bundling up with Nest – “today we go without heat!”
1st world slipper problems – or just more robust socks?
iphone/android palmistry!
send iphone/android home screen (to where?)
2 types:
those who leave a space on first screen and those that don’t. says a lot about how you look at life.
oblique strategry cards http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblique_Strategies
idio method cards http://www.ideo.com/work/method-cards/

This is a classic Sterling, cyber-noir line… Describing and then confirming an everyday, banal artifact, sort of hooked up to his desires to see the works through the eyes of design. Usually the snarky point is: no one thought this through, so there it is.

From Love is Strange.