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Hi, my Name is Marcel and I spend most of my time helping organizations build Enterprise (Cloud) Applications and implementing Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) practices and tooling. I work for a Dutch company called Xpirit and my job title there is Chief Technical Manager (CTO). As a CTO I spend most of my time looking at how new emerging technologies can help organizations build better quality software and do this is a more productive way. I have a passion for learning new technologies and teaching the things he learned on the way when applying technology to solve business problems. I Write articles and whitepapers on .NET, Application Lifecycle Management and Mobile solutions for websites and magazines like: MSDN, The Architecture journal and local magazines like SDN Magazine. I am also a frequent speaker at industry conferences like Microsoft TechDays, Visual Studio Live!, Microsoft Tech Ed and local user group events.  I am awarded by Microsoft with the Microsoft ALM MVP award and am also a Microsoft Regional Director.

 

3 Comments

  1. Hello,
    I work with KPMG LLP in US (New Jersey). We are interested in having you for on site training about coded UI. Can you please email me your contact information?

    Thanks,
    Mukul

  2. Hi Marcel,

    I just submitted a reply thanking you for a post you wrote over at InfoSupport back in 2007. I couldn’t reply to that post and thank you, so I’m visiting your new blog (congrats) to thank you properly.

    In the hopes this helps someone else, I’ll include the details. I realize none of this is relevant to the blog you run now, but I wanted to thank you and put this out there. So do with my writing here what you will:)

    My system specifics:
    Machine: Dell Latitude D620 Laptop
    OS: Windows 7 32-bit
    Display Adapter: Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M
    Original Display Adapter Driver Provider: NVIDIA
    Original Display Adapter Driver Version: 7.15.11.7967
    Original Display Adapter Driver Release Date: 3/6/2009
    Problem: Random screen/system blackouts (a few seconds), then it recovers and looks normal.
    Message: “Display Driver Not Responding, But Has Recovered”
    Seemingly Unassociated Problem: CPU & Motherboard Temperatures 60-degrees or more – ALL THE TIME – under all conditions – except when turned off.

    The problem with my screen “blacking out” and recovering randomly started about a week ago and has been worsening ever since. Today it happened probably 5 or 6 times in under 2 hours! The last time it happened was so bad that after it recovered, many web pages and even my desktop had areas of fuzzy, black, horizontal lines, so I knew the problem was bad. I started searching and found many, many similar situations/posts and “solutions” but they either weren’t for my system or they just plain didn’t work. I also tried installing and running Microsoft’s “Fix It For Me” program. That didn’t work either.

    I went to Nvidia’s site and Dell’s site. Nothing there, but Nvidia’s official line on the one driver I did find for my display adapter was it is “not compatible with Dell Latitude” and Dell’s official line is that the Latitude D620 is not compatible with Windows 7. Needless to say I was hitting a lot of brick walls.

    But from everything I’ve read, and with so many people running Windows 7 on the D620, it seems it’s not so much the OS that isn’t compatible, but rather a few specific drivers, that are the problem.

    So, after many hours and a lot of frustration, I took a break, came back and tried again. That’s when I found your post. I followed the link to the driver you recommended (which is still active, btw), then here is what I did (and it worked for me:):

    New driver information:
    Driver Provider: NVIDIA
    Driver Version: 7.15.11.144
    Driver Release Date: 6/15/2007

    1. Downloaded to my Downloads folder (did NOT click Run)
    2. Right-clicked on the file
    3. Clicked “Troubleshoot Compatibility”.
    a. I’m not sure what this is or does exactly, but I followed the prompts and it ended up settling on Windows Vista (?). It originally tried to settle on Win XP, but that didn’t work. So, it settled on Windows Vista and installed just fine.
    4. It then had to Restart to finish the installation.
    a. At this point the resolution looked off and I was worried it wasn’t going to work, but I let it continue.
    5. It actually had to Restart TWICE to finish the installation.
    a. At this point the resolution was back to normal and all was well.

    As of now, everything looks great and my system is running perfectly. It’s been over an hour since the install and it hasn’t glitched or blacked out at all, not even ONCE!!! 

    And, this may just be a HUGE coincidence, but: my CPU and motherboard temperatures have normalized. For the first time since I’ve owned this machine, the bottom of my laptop is not an oven! It used to get so hot, under completely normal, low-impact, use that I was certain the whole machine was just going to keel over and quit.

    Since the new (old) display driver has been installed, I can actually work with my laptop on my lap and not have to hold it sideways or stand it up vertically to give the bottom some air!! I’m not sure if this is from this new (old) driver, but I’m extremely pleased.

    Whoever thought going backwards could put you ahead in the technology game?

    So, Marcel, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing now, thank you thank you thank you for giving my favorite old clunker a little more time.

    Have a great day.
    Stephanie

  3. Hello just wanted to send a reply thanking you for you Pluralsight training’s they have been beyond valuable for starting the learning process for all the functions of automated UI testing. I am currently a student as well as an Intern and have been put lead on automating the companies QA division. We are currently starting from scratch as far as automation goes and have made quite a bit of progress over the past few weeks converting our manual tests to automated. However there have been quite a few roadblocks one large one being our use of Telerik which leaves a lot of the websites functions properties very generic.. So as you can imagine searching for them through VS is difficult sometimes even with the embedded record functions. Do you have any other sources for learning outside of PluralSight and/or any ideas where I might find additional resources? Or even any tips or tricks that might be useful to someone just getting started with the process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for what you already have out there it is extremely beneficial for someone just getting started with automation.

    Thanks for your time,
    Chris,
    Lincoln, NE

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