September 20, 2019

OmniGraffle 2020 Calendar

OmniGraffle is a popular design tool. You can create flow charts, graphic designs, page layouts, process charts, easy-to-read diagrams, and quick drawings to present your points in a clear and concise manner.

I use the application off and on to illustration flow layouts and to illustrate points. The most popular use has been creating quarterly calendar planning.

2020 Omni Calendar
Sample layout of the 2020 Calendar

2020 Calendar

The year 2020 is right around the corner, it's never too early to start thinking of the new year. So I decided to create a 2020 monthly calendar stencil for Omnigraffle. This is useful when you need to figure out software releases, dance schedules, or birthdays throughout the year.

Simply download the 2020 Calendar GStencil, it's pretty easy add it to your Stencil collection:

  • Double click on the file to decompress it.
  • Double click on the "2020Calendar.gstencil" file.
  • When OmniGraffle opens it will ask if you want to move the file to OmniGraffle Stencils folder. Click on Move and Edit.
  • You can close out of the file.

Now the file is in your personal collection for whatever you want to do with it!

FYI: I did submit this to Stenciltown, when it get's approved I'll add the link here. This will allow you to search and install the calendar within the app!

September 19, 2019

Paul Revere House

One of the popular tourist spots in Boston is the Paul Revere house. This is a good place to learn more about Paul Revere and to see how colonialists lived in Boston.

The Paul Revere House is open year-round. You can get private tours of the house - including night tours.

Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House stands out from all the modern buildings. (The Cobblestone street makes for nice background shots.)

Ten Things We Learned on our Tour

  1. Cost $5 per adult to get in, Children (5-10) is $1. (Cash Only.) There are several ATMs on Hannover Street.
  2. You are not allowed to take pictures or videos inside the house. You can take pictures around the courtyard.
  3. This is the oldest house in Boston - built-in 1680.
  4. We were disappointed in the "self-tour" as you only see 3-rooms in the house. The whole house experience is about 10-minutes long.
  5. There is a host available on each floor where you can ask questions about the house and various objects in the rooms. Some fun ones to ask: Why is there a wall phone in Paul Revere House? How many children did Paul Revere have? Where did they all sleep?
  6. There is a small gift shop near the exit. It has some books and artistic goods that are made for the museum- worth checking as you can’t get these items anywhere else in the city.
  7. There is a bathroom next to the gift shop.
  8. You may be able to see a Revere Motar - a cannon made around the 1780s. This cannon was commissioned by the newly formed United States government. (Currently, the cannon is on loan to the New-York Historical Society.)
  9. In a room next to the gift shop, is a mini shop replica. This toy display shows what Paul Revere workshop might have looked like. Can you find the gray Cat?
  10. The Paul Revere House was listed on the National Historic Landmarks in 1961

Finding the Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House is located at 19 North Square in Boston's North End. Located just 2-blocks from Hanover Street, and there are signs from Hanover on how to get to Paul Revere house.

There is a small gift shop next door to the house. The official gift shop is only accessable for paid tour members.

September 18, 2019

Best iPhone XS Max Tips

This week the iPhone 11 ships which will mean that the iPhone XS Max is a legacy device. In fact, Apple is no longer selling the iPhone XS Max, only the iPhone Xr is left in that generation.

I thought I look back at the top ten iPhone XS Max post that I created over the past year. I have certainly learned a lot about the phone.

i Phone X S Max Quote

CNET has a great YouTube video about this is said just about every iPhone Event.

Top Ten iPhone XS Max Posts

In no particular order, here are my favorite iPhone XS Max posts:

  1. Portrait Mode - A look at some of the best ways to use the Portrait mode on the iPhone.
  2. No More Headphone Jack - The iPhone XS Max is the first phone device that I don't have a headphone jack. Some tips and tricks about headphone jack free.
  3. 802.11ac WiFi - Some information about the latest WiFi standards that Apple supports.
  4. iPhone Video Capture - Learn about the video capture capabilities and some cool tricks about transforming a video frame to a photo.
  5. True Depth Camera - Learn some tips and tricks about the FaceTime camera.
  6. Qi Charger - Wireless charging is very cool. But Is it the fastest way to charge the phone? Learn the power capabilities of the Qi Charger.
  7. Compass - Hardly anyone uses the compass. This post in March looks at how the Compass has changed from previous iPhone models.
  8. iPhone XS Max Microphones - Understand the locations of the microphones on the iPhone XS Max.
  9. A12 Bionic chip - Learn all about the capabilities of the A12 Bionic chip and how you can get the most benefits of the changes.
  10. Image Quality - A look at several popular third party photo apps and what features that they bring to the iPhone

End of the iPhone XS Max Series

With the new iPhone 11 officially shipping, I am going to end this series. I'll occasionally post useful information about the iPhone XS Max but not on a weekly bases.

September 17, 2019

Erickson’s Ice Cream

For over 80 years Erickson’s Ice Cream stand has been serving excellent ice cream from its location in Stow, Massachusetts. They have a lot of flavors - some regular some seasonal.

Eriksons Ice Cream

Gluten Free Cones

Erickson’s ice cream now has gluten-free cones! Celiac kids can now enjoy their favorite ice cream in a cone just like other kids!

Four things We Learned

  1. They have sugar cones and regular cones.
  2. Make sure to tell the person at the window that it’s an allergy and they will make sure to get a clean scoop.
  3. In 2019, a child cone is $4.25, Regular is $5.25 and a Large is $6.
  4. The Kids size is pretty big. You may want to get a dish just in case they are not able to finish it before it melts all over them.
  5. Erickson’s ice cream closes for the season in October. lIn 2018, they closed on September 14th to update the kitchen.
September 16, 2019

CASL Testing

CASL stands for Canada Anti-Spam Law. The goal of the law is to protect Canadians from unwanted emails.

Under the law, Websites that serve Canada Citizens are required to have consent before sending a commercial electronic message. Failure to get consent means the company will have to pay a $48,000 fine and develop a compliance program that includes staff training and policy changes.

Configure the Browser as a Canadian User

One way to trick a browser's actual location is to change the browser's default language. Many sites use this to determine if the CASL message should be displayed.

Chrome Language

Configure Google Chrome

Simple steps to change Google Chrome settings. You may want to set up a different profile (Canadian User) for future testing purposes.

  • Go to Preferences
  • Search for Language
  • Click on Language
  • Click Add languages, search for Canada and select English (Canada)
  • Click Add
  • Click on the 3-dots to the right of English (Canada) and select "Move to top"

I would recommend restarting the browser so the setting takes effect.

Fire Fox Language

Configure FireFox

Simple steps to change the default browser settings to be Canadian English.

  • Go to Preferences
  • Search for Language
  • Select the pull down "Search for more languages"
  • Click on the "Select a language to add..." and look for English (Canada)
  • Move "English (Canada)" to the top, then click "OK"

I would recommend restarting the browser so the setting takes effect.

September 15, 2019

September 15th

September 15 is a special day. Here are some fun facts about this day.


Fun Facts about September 15th

  • September 15, 1969 was a Monday
  • Zodiac Sign for this date is: Virgo
  • This date was 18,262 days ago
  • September 15th 2020 is on a Tuesday
  • Someone born on this date is 50 years old

If you were born on this date:

  • You've slept for 6,087 days or 17 years!
  • Your next birthday is 366 days away
  • You've been alive for 438,288 hours
  • You were born on a Monday in mid September
  • You are 26,297,280 minutes old
  • Your next birthday is on a Tuesday

Famous Celebrities Born on September 15th

  • Jolin Tsai -b. September 15, 1980
  • Agatha Christie - b. September 15, 1890,
  • Norman Spinrad - b. September 15, 1940
  • James Fenimore Cooper - b. September 15, 1789
  • Prince Harry - b. September 15, 1984
  • Marco Polo - b. September 15, 1254

Major Events

  • 1862 " American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia
  • 1916 " World War I: Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.
  • 1935 " Nazi Germany adopts a new national flag bearing the swastika.
  • 2008 " Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

You Special Day?

If today is your special day, leave a comment below and share!

September 14, 2019

Spot the International Space Station

NASA has a cool site that shows you when you can expect to see the International Space Station. This is a fun thing to look for when you know when it appears.

You enter in your street address and the site will tell you when and where to look up at the sky.

Website Description

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.

Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!

Spot The Station

Bonus Video

Did you know that there's a live video feed from a camera on the International Space Station? If you time it right, and the camera is pointing in the right direction, you may see your area from Space!

Check out the Live ISS Stream video cam and see the view from the International Space Station.

Next time the International Space Station is over your house, check out the video feed from the space station. Miss the live feed? Don't worry there's a 6-hour replace video available.

September 13, 2019

Affinity Easter Egg

In Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo there is a cool Easter Egg that appears on Friday the 13th and on April 1st:

Affinity Designer Cats
The Style Menu changes to Cats!

In the late 1980s and the 1990s Macintosh Applications had all sorts of Easter Eggs. Most of them occurred when you performed certain actions. Every once in a while one would happen because of a date.

Some apps had Easter Eggs that would only be accessable via ResEdit. Check out my ResEdit blog post from a couple of years ago

My personal favorite was Dark Castle's Christmas Tree that would only appear on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I remember playing around with the system clock so that I could see it. I'll have to search my archive to see if I have some photo of it.

Thanks to RolandJuno on Flickr for sharing this classic Easter Egg:

Dark Castle Easter Egg

September 12, 2019

Boston Day - September 17

Boston was originally named Shawmut by the local Native Americans. It was founded on September 17, 1630, and named after Boston, England, a town in Lincolnshire from which many colonists originated.

The Massachusetts Bay Company, headed by Governor John Winthrop, equipped with a land grant from the King, arrived in New England. After checking various locations, settled in Boston because of the access to shore and freshwater.

Boston September17
Large Boston Sign at the Boston's City Hall.

Four Fun Facts about Boston

The first settler on the Shawmut peninsula was the Reverend William Blackstone, who arrived around 1625. His land would be purchased by the Massachusetts Bay Company and much of it was made into the Boston Public Commons.

Many of Boston's early building and street patterns are the results of an intention to duplicate those of English towns.

Boston didn't become a city until May 1, 1822 - 192 years later. John Phillips would be Boston's first Mayor. Citizens of Boston votes to change the official name from the "Town of Boston" to the "City of Boston." On March 4, 1822, the people of Boston accepted the charter of being incorporating the City. In 1822, there were 46,226 people living in Boston and the city was only 4.7 square miles.

The "Old Corner Bookstore" was considered a prime location back in 1630 because as it was near the freshwater spring.

September 7th or September 17th?

September 7th was the actual day on the Julian Calendar. But with the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar, 11 days were dropped during the month of September in 1752.

September 11, 2019

iPhone 11

Last year I got the iPhone XS Max, which felt like a major upgrade since I skipped a release cycle. I went from an iPhone 6s Plus to the iPhone Xs Max.

It was exciting to listen to all the enhancements to this year's iPhone model - yes it's almost like listening to all the features of this years car model. I wasn't interested in getting a new phone, I was more interested in hearing what's new in this years model.

i Phone Line Up
Phil Schiller on the Apple stage showing the current Apple iPhone line up. The phones are a bit misleading as the iPhone 11 Pro is the same size as the iPhone 11.

Here's my thoughts on yesterday's Apple's announcement.

Six Things I Learned from Apple's Announcement

Arcade Service? - Everyone was waiting to hear about the features on the new phone, and Apple started the presentation talking about the new arcade service.

The Line Up - The new iPhone 11 collection comes in three models: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I am thinking they did this so they could have a lot of features and still make it affordable for people that didn't need all the extras.

Wait iPhone 8? - The iPhone 8 is still being manufactured and being sold for 1/2 the price of this years line up. I am not exactly sure the logic behind that. This iPhone 6s was the last iPhone that had the audio jack. The iPhone 5s was the last one to have the old iPhone connector and is much smaller in size - which would be good for consumers looking for a lightweight phone.

Better Battery Life - One of the new features of the iPhone 11 Pro is the battery life. That seems to be a huge improvement in a year time. Adding an additional 4-hours to the life of the iPhone over last year is amazing.

Low Light Photos - iPhone 11 Pro supposed to have better low light capability. I would be interested in seeing how low light pictures are.

Whoa Multiple Video at One? - I was impressed with FiLMIC Pro demo of using multiple lenses to shoot video. I'll be interested to see if Camera apps come out with the ability to take multiple shots.

Final Thoughts

I am still very happy with my iPhone and use it every day. Pictures taken with the iPhone XS Max are so much better than the iPhone 6s Plus.

Looking forward to September 2020 to see what changes Apple comes up with. I am in no rush into replacing my device, just delighted to see all the technology improvements.

September 10, 2019

Mels Commonwealth Cafe

Very few places in Metro-west have breakfast offerings for Gluten Free. We have found that most places have scrambled eggs and fruit as the gluten-free option. Usually, homefries are not safe since they are not cooked in a dedicated fryer.

Mels Commonwealth Cafe in Wayland is certainly an exception to the rule. They have a great Gluten Free menu with lots of good options.

Mels Commonwealth

Four Things We Learned Eating at Mels Commonwealth Cafe

  1. While they have Gluten Free options, they do have an important disclaimer on their menu. (See Below)
  2. Knowledge staff. One of the waiters we had had a daughter that has to eat gluten-free - she was very aware of what side options were safe to select from.
  3. Lots of good choices on the menu: French Toast, English Muffins, Potato Pancakes, Toast and Breakfast Sandwiches.
  4. Food was served with the regular meals but the server did mention it was the gluten-free meal.


Our gluten-free foods are prepared in a kitchen where foods containing wheat, milk, soy, tree nuts, and seed, etc are also prepared. Mel's is sensitive to the dietary needs and concerns of our customers and we provide gluten-free foods in response to customer request, but we cannot ensure that cross-contamination of ingredients does not occur in our kitchen. Please be aware that during kitchen operations, glutinous items are prepared during the day, although during our gluten-free preparation process we only use gluten-free items. Please be aware that there is a possibility that food items will come into contact with wheat and/or gluten. Accordingly, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND consumption of our gluten-free foods by those with celiac disease.

Safe to Eat

We didn't have any side effects from eating at Mel's Commonwealth Cafe. Usually, when my daughter gets gluten she gets into a mood - but that didn't happen in either of our visits to the diner. We'll certainly go back because of the options and the yummy food.

Mels Commonwealth Cafe is located on Route 30 in Wayland. It's located in a small shopping center near the Bright Horizons in Wayland. There's plenty of parking in the back.

We suggest arriving early since the place does get busy during normal breakfast and lunch times.

September 9, 2019

Couple of Console Tricks

Here are a couple of little known Google Console tools that might assist with testing websites. These are in the Rendering section of the Google DevTools section.

What's weird is that Google doesn't provide much information about these tools. In 2016, Rendering was hidden from general Developer view.


Highlight Ad Frames

This should be enabled so that you can see what areas of the page that have the potential to being blocked by AdWare tools. While it won't catch 100% of the instance that a piece of content may get blocked, it's good to have as a "hey check this out."

Emulate CSS Media

With this enabled, you can save some steps and see what the page looks like when printed.

In addition, this makes it so much easier to debug a problematic page. For example, if a test position, you can list the exact issue in the bug report - saving time for everyone.

September 8, 2019

Strong Caffeinated Drink

Sometimes you just need a strong drink at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks to get through a tough day. Here are the top two strongest drinks that you can get at either establishment from their regular menu.

Little known secret menus may not be available at all locations. Besides you can spike any drink by adding an additional shot.

Turns out that a cup of coffee has more Caffeine than any "specialty" drink. Most drip coffee will have 100 mg per 8oz.

Dunkin Coffee On Tap
The Dunkin Donuts at the new Encore Boston Harbor always has Coffee on Tap.

Caffeinated amounts

Caffeinated amounts is not the same in every drip coffee. For example at Starbucks their is a -30 mg difference between reports from the official site and third party sites.

You best bet is to stay with the standard beans and request it black. (Remember it's about getting the strongest coffee for your dollar.)

If your looking for a good pick-me-up coffee - the best place to go is Starbucks and ask for a Venti Blonde Roast.

Dunkin Donuts

  • Coffee (Brewed) Extra Large - 359 mg
  • Coffee (Brewed) Large - 300 mg


  • Brewed Coffee Venti - 475 mg
  • Brewed Coffee Grande - 310 mg
September 7, 2019

Browser Information

Getting Browser information from an external source is a good way to learn what information your browser is sending. It's a good way to learn your external IP and what features might be enabled. is a great site that makes it quick and easy to get information about your browser settings. I like it because it can tell me the User Language, which some sites use to determine if they need to display information related to Canada's Anti-Spam Law.

Website Description is the fastest and easiest way to determine your IP address and information about your Web browser.


Browser Information List

Here's the things that can find out:

Operating System, Platform, Internet Browser, Beta Version, Connection Speed, Restrictive Firewall, Local Date/Time, Language, System Language, User Language, Popups Blocked, SSL Support, SSL Enabled, Style Sheet Support, Supports Tables, Table Cell BG Colors, Table Cell BG Images, CDF Support, Color Depth, Supports GZip, Supports Cookies, Cookies Enabled, Supports JavaScript, JavaScript Enabled, JavaScript Version, JavaScript Build, Supports VBScript, Supports ActiveX, ActiveX Enabled, Supports Java, Java Enabled, Java Vendor, Java Version, MS JVM Build, Supports DHTML, Supports Uploads, Supports Frames, Gecko Engine, Screen Dimensions, Browser Dimensions, Supports IFrames, Images Enabled, PNG Support, XML Support, MS XML Parser, Background Sounds, Supports MouseOver, Windows Installer, .NET CLR Installed, MS Media Player, Apple QuickTime, RealPlayer, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe SVG Viewer, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Director, Macromedia Authorware, Citrix, iPIX Image Viewer, Crystal Reports, Viewpoint, Autodesk MapGuide, NetMeeting Build, Using PDA, WAP Support, Proxy Connection, Font Smoothing, Font Sizing, IE Text Size, Fonts Installed

September 6, 2019

LaunchBar Instant Send

LaunchBar is a useful tool to make users more productive. Here are some sample tasks using Instant Send to demonstrate some of the capabilities of LaunchBar.

LaunchBar description of Instant Send:

The most efficient way to send files or text selections to LaunchBar, and then hand them over to applications, folders, email contacts, search templates, services and more.

Instant Send Task: Combine List Items
  • Select a text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Press the Tab key
  • Search for an Action: Join Lines with Comma and then click return
  • Type in Command C to Copy the converted text or type in Shift Return to immediately paste the results in the current active window.

Now you can Command V the converted text to any document.

Instant Send Task: Sort List Items

How many times have you need to sort a list of items? It's super easy with LaunchBar:

  • Select a list of text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Press the Tab key
  • Search for an Action: Sort Lines Ascending and then click return
  • Type in Command C to Copy the sorted text

Easy Way to remember is just type in "Sort" after you Tab...

Instant Send Task: Convert Selected Markdown text to HTM

For this to work, you need to first install Brett Terpstra's Markdown Service Tool.

  • Select a text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Type in "md -" to search for the "md - Convert - MultiMarkdown to HTML" services.
  • Click the Return key
  • Type in Command C to Copy the converted text or type in Shift Return to immediately paste the results in the current active window.

Once you do this a couple of times, the "md - Convert - MultiMarkdown to HTML" will be one of the options you'll immediately see when you tab, so it will be even quicker.

Info Browsing

You can get information on any file using the Info Browsing feature.

Simple Task: Find the image demensions of an image

  • Drag/Drop an image to the LaunchBar icon in the Dock
  • Click on the right-arrow key
September 5, 2019

George Washington Bust

The Boston's Old North Church is one of the popular stops that people go to when visiting Boston. It's the place where Robert Newman and Captain John Pulling hung lanterns to let Paul Revere know that the British were coming by sea.

The Old North Church is a great place to learn all about the events on April 18, 1975. There are lots of exhibits and information that explain all about how the Church played an important role in American History.

Among the historic artifacts is a bust of George Washington Bust. The bust is located above the door on the left side of the alter.

George Washington

Inscription under the bust:

"This bust of George Washington was presented to the Christ Church by Shubael Bell, Warden 1815."

Did You Notice?

In the left aisle, on the post where the Hymns is located is this interesting plaque:

General Lafayette Quote

Who Was General Lafayette?

This quote is very significant because General Lafayette knew George Washington very well. General Lafayette was a very important person that worked closely with George Washington to defeat the British.

General Lafayette help guide troops with major Revolutionary battles such as Brandywine, Valley Forge, Barren Hill, Monmouth and Rhode Island.

As a General, he spent a lot of time with George Washington at Valley Forge - especially during the rough winter of 1777.

So, for someone that spent a lot of time with George Washington, and knew him well - it puts a lot of weight saying the bust is an authentic reproduction of George Washington.

Only at the Old North Church

You can only find the authentic George Washington bust at the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

September 4, 2019

Live Photos to GIF

One of the cool features of LIVE photos is that you can create special effects from the image. You can create Loop, Bounce, Long Exposure.

The MBTA Seat
Live Photo with the "Loop" effect. (2MB GIF using the LP App)

What are LIVE Photos

Live Photos is when your phone takes a mini-video instead of a picture, and the device determines the best possible picture from that video. It's all automatic and takes a few seconds. For special effects, it's great for landscape photography. You can use the long exposure on a night picture of cars to get the headlight trail effect.

Converting a LIVE Photo to GIF

On the iPhone there are two popular Apps that help you convert a Live Photo to a GIF: LP - Live Photo to Video & GIF and ‎Lively - Live Photo to GIF on the App Store. There are plenty of choices of converting Live to Gif on the Macintosh platform and the Internet.

A look at the setting options in the apps:

Option L P Lively
Setting Options for LP and Lively iOS Apps

Four Things I Learned with LP app

  1. There's no cost to using LP app.
  2. You can make Movies, GIF or extract frames from a LIVE image.
  3. The resolution is determined by the file size limit and the framerate that you select - your not able to select the size of the GIF.
  4. You can adjust the playback speed - The quality of the clip is determined at the framerate/resolution settings. In my test, it took a while for the preview to accept the changes that I applied with various settings.
  5. Every time you export you are met with an Ad. I don't see this as a big deal. You can always 'x' out of the Ad.

Four Things I Learned with Lively app

  1. Cost $2.99 to remove the ‎Lively app.
  2. You can make Movies, GIF or extract frames from a LIVE image.
  3. There's only 2 possible GIF sizes: 300 x 225 (Small) and 500 x 375 (Big)
  4. You can adjust the speed of the clip - but not the quality of the GIF.
  5. You can enable extensions which allows you to use Lively when you export images from the Photos library. Lively can create GIFs from a bunch of images.

Which is the better one?

They are both good. I think if you do a lot of GIF conversions, your better off paying for Lively app. It is the number one app in it's category for a good reason - it's simple to use and the extensions can come in handy to quickly make GIFs or movies out of Live images.

September 3, 2019

The Friendly Toast

The Friendly Toast is a local popular eating establishment. They have restaurants in Portsmouth, NH, Back Bay, Boston, Cambridge, MA, Burlington, MA, Burlington, VT, and Bedford, NH.

I have heard they have a good Gluten Free options, so a couple of months ago, I took my daughter to the Back Bay location for dinner.

Friendly Toast

Eight Things We Learned

  1. The place is very busy for breakfast and lunch. Many times when I walked by the restaurant I saw long lines of people waiting to be seated.
  2. When we went at 4 pm on a Friday, it was very quiet. It was a good time to go.
  3. The restaurant is decorated with a lot of retro images. Great place for kids to look around at all the different memorabilia.
  4. They didn't a have a dedicated Gluten-Free menu. The menu has a "Gluten-Friendly" label on items that can be made Gluten Free.
  5. Lots of good choices for my daughter to pick from - she "settled" for a hamburger with a side of bacon. I think she wanted the bacon because I told her it was a popular breakfast place - similar to J&M Diner in Framingham.
  6. The waiter was educated about Gluten-Friendly options and worked with us on side options that she could have. While the regular burger isn't listed as Gluten Free, she could have a grilled gluten-free toast as a bun.
  7. The order came out quick, and my daughter loved it. She especially loved being able to use
  8. We'll certainly go back. I think my daughter is excited to the Gluten-Free pancakes - but didn't want to have it for dinner after a long day in Boston.

Gluten Free Plain Burger

Friendly Toast Eating

Juliana enjoying the "plain burger" at Friendly Toast. The burger was anything but plain. She really enjoyed it!

Finding the Friendly Toast

The Friendly Toast in Boston is located at 35 Stanhope Street in Boston Ma - near the Clarendon Street Garage. You can get here by public transportation - the Back Bay Station is less than a block away - near the Clarendon Street entrance.

September 2, 2019

Letter to the QA Manager

A letter to the QA Manager. This seems appropriate on this Labor Day:

Dear QA Manager,

I love my job and I think you are a good quality assurance manager, but there are some things I would like to hear from you and some things I would like you to do.

I want you to give me praise. I want to know when I have done a good job. Don't let the only time you have a serious conversation with me be when I have done something wrong. Let me know when I have helped make the release a success.

Tell me what my job is, how to do it and what QA rules I need to follow. I want to clearly understand what my job is, how you want me to do it and what policies I need to follow. Be specific and give me clear instructions.

I want to be excited by my work. I don't want a dull, boring job where I never know what is going on. Get me excited about what my role is, what our project is, about our department and our company. Show me how I fit into the plan.

Challenge me. I don't want to keep doing the same job each day. Give me something new to do. Challenge my skills and my mind. I can contribute more than you think.

Give me opportunities to improve myself. I am a good worker, but I want to be a better one. Train me in something new, send me to a class, let me learn a new skill from a coworker. Help me develop my career. Help me to be better able to help you.

Delegate to me. When you need something done, let me do it. Let me prove that I am capable of doing more. Trust me to get the job done right and on time. It will build my confidence and respect that you can trust me with a task.

Deal with my coworker. You explained the policies I must follow, but you need to back it up by enforcing those policies. Be fair and treat everyone equally. It kills my morale when a coworker is not disciplined for consistently breaking the rules.

Inspire me. Show me you are passionate about your work, about our team, about our project. Share your vision for our department and our team. Tell me what our mission statement is and why it is important.

Ask for my opinions and ideas. I have worked here for a long time and I know what works and what doesn't. Ask me how things can be improved and what we can do to make our team and our department more productive and successful.

Improve my work environment. My desk and chair are good. My computer is old and slow. I need a new one with a monitor that does not hurt my eyes. You need to remodel our break area. I will be happier and be more productive in an improved work environment.

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