@wft said in Programmer turned tester keeps seeing things, terrible things: We, however, are using Angular which wraps XHR in its own thing, so jQuery.active is not as handy anymore... You can use interceptors to get access to whatever the hell $http might be doing. Someone used that to make a YouTube-esque progress bar: chieffancypants/angular-loading-bar angular-loading-bar - A fully automatic loading / progress bar for your angular apps.