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Guy's Litmus Tests for Best Practice

Guy's Litmus Test - The Idea

Guy's Litmus test is a concept that you can apply literally anywhere.  Each test gives you an instant answer to the basic question: - 'Are you dealing with a professional, or are they an amateur?  Is this the real deal or is it a turkey?'  The Litmus Test concept is rather like Best Practice, but it reduces a 27 page report to one sentence.

Whilst my tests are designed for computer networks, you can develop the concept and apply it to where ever you go.  Guy's 'Litmus tests' asks one question, and the answer tells you instantly if you're dealing with amateurs or professionals.  More than anything, I see Litmus tests as an ideal way to combine business with fun.  Don't we all work just that better when the job has an amusing twist.  What would make my day is if you apply the idea of a simple test to your network best practices.

Where the Idea Came From

Each Litmus test gives you an instant answer to the question: - "Is this a good idea or is there a better way?"  The brainwave for Litmus tests came to me when a delegate said: "Guy, I have just joined a company; how do I know if our network and servers are running properly?"  So I suggested simple checks that he could make to test if his network was run by amateurs or professionals.


As I was wondering what title to give the check list, my mind flashed back to my schoolboy days.  Suddenly I remember my chemistry teacher 'Sniffy' Pugh showing us Litmus tests.  Perhaps you remember the test?  What happens is you dip Litmus paper into a liquid, if the paper turns red it means acid, whereas if it turns blue the liquid is alkaline.  It struck me that Litmus test was the ideal name for a quick test where there are only two possible results, one good the other bad. 

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If you would like a whole collection of Litmus tests to test your computer network, then download my ebook.

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Litmus TestsOver 40 of Guy's litmus tests.  Have fun while you learn about aspects of computing.  Stacks of ideas to check your servers, networks and security.

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Guy's Litmus test is a concept that you can apply anywhere.  Each test gives you an instant answer to the simple question:-  'Are you dealing with a professional, or are they an amateur?   Is this the real deal, or is it a turkey?'   The Litmus Test concept is rather like Best Practice, but it reduces a 27 page report to one sentence. 

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