This is a post I wrote for Software Testing and Quality Engineering magazine (now https://www.stickyminds.com) and subsequently published on a long-defunct site of mine. Laurent Bossavit asked that I recreate the web version. It was originally published in 2001.
Last night, I dreamt we'd just bought a new house, my ideal house: enough bedrooms, a nice lawn, fully furnished, the works.
The first thing I noticed was that some electrical outlets weren't in the right place. Not being handy with electrical work, I found an electrician in the phone book and called him in. He set to