Without summertime irrigation, how will you keep your plants watered? What about Rainwater harvesting?

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           Recently I talked about preservation of our water by discussing the Clean Water Act–the very act that requires backflow devices to be tested annually. I am a huge proponent of preventative maintenance, as I’ve mentioned numerous times. This seeps into both my professional and personal life, and ...
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Drip irrigation: a lesson learned

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Old wives’ tales are typically based on an accurate piece of information. Putting butter on a burn is now known to actually trap the heat of a burn in, but butter was likely something that was kept relatively cool before ice cubes were commonplace. The superstitious wives’ tale of not walking under a ladder is mere common sense.

This leads me to the idea of, “Water your garden in the evening or early morning, or plants will have burnt leaves.” How much ...

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Backups – You never think about them until it’s too late

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I was walking through Syncta with one of our customers yesterday and the conversation turned to the software they used previously.

‘We can automatically import that in to Syncta for you – that should save you a lot of typing’

‘Wow, that would be great! But I lost the files…’

I’ve heard this before. I never quite know how to respond to it – it usually ranks somewhere between, ‘bleh’ and ‘I’m sorry for your loss.’ Okay, that might be over swinging a little but it’s ...

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When insurance doesn’t cut it: Backflow Devices as Insurance

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When flooding is preventative

Several years ago, my apartment was entirely flooded. Although it wasn’t a sewage flood,  I wish I had never had to deal with the events that followed, ranging from discussing things with insurance companies to replacing literally everything I owned. Alternating between staying at friend’s homes and motel rooms for several weeks while I waited for an apartment at my complex to open up was less than desirable.  I was able to rescue some of ...

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Automated Testing – How we (hopefully) only make mistakes once

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Despite our best efforts we make mistakes – it’s human nature. Our customers count on us to fix those mistakes quickly. Automated testing is one of the cornerstones in our software development lifecycle that ensure that when we make a mistake we only make it once.

Types of application testing & why you should care

There are generally two types of testing methodologies in software – ‘automated testing’ and well, uh, not-automated testing, call it regular or manual testing.

Manual testing is when someone who ...

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