Archive for May, 2009

Original Software’s Directors attempt ‘Golf Marathon’ this Tuesday

George and Stuart in training

George and Stuart in training

An insane stunt to raise money for some needy orphans

George Wilson, one of our esteemed founders and Stuart Bishop, Head of Development, will be tackling a marathon combined with three full rounds of golf in one day (Tuesday the 2nd of June) in the hope of raising money to support a Nepalese children’s orphanage. Running between the three Hampshire-based golf courses and playing 18 holes at each course, they, along with others at the company will be aiming to raise £5000 sponsorship to help with some of the costs of securing a new home for the children.

Mr Wilson’s daughter who is doing voluntary work with the children out in Nepal, found out that the Orphanage was likely to have to close when their landlord decided to sell the premises. They are now desperately trying to raise money in order to fund a new home for their children…..

We’d love to open people’s eyes to the children’s plight and gain as much sponsorship and support for this cause as possible.

George and Stuart will be hoping to complete the rather insane ‘Golf Marathon’ during daylight hours this Tuesday, setting off at about 6am from Horton Heath and running (or rather limping in George’s case – he seems to have pulled a muscle!) to tee off from South Winchester Golf Course at around 7.30am. From there they will run to Royal Winchester Golf Course for another 18 holes to be followed by yet more running, finishing up at Hockley Golf Course 27 miles later, aiming to complete the marathon by about 6pm.

Supporters and spectators are more than welcome and I will be taking lots of photos throughout the day. If you are interested in finding out more or sponsoring the event, please visit:

Software Testing Hall of Shame: Tesco’s off its trolley

Spotted a great feature on ZDNet today that fits nicely into our ‘Software Testing Nightmares’ hall of fame – check out that area on our website here.


Supermarket chain Tesco has been unable to take money at a number of its stores following technical problems affecting its tills.


It seems that the supermarket giant’s problems were caused by software updates that hadn’t been thoroughly tested before going live.


Checkouts at 67 of Tesco’s UK stores were not working, according to Tesco. Some stores had to close as a result. Tesco’s spokesperson declined to comment on how much business the company may have lost.







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