|Earliest: April 1, 2016||Latest: May 6, 2018||Total: 79|
|May 6, 2018|
This is my third year as part of the A to Z challenge. It was a lot of fun coming up with practical content with a unique letter every day. Obviously, I didn't want to repost old content.
Here's the break down of the number of words by first letter in the Unix dictionary (/etc/dict) by number of words:
Its interesting to see which words have the fewest letters.
What do you think? Did the content in April meet expectations? Any ideas about what topics to write about for next year?
|April 30, 2018|
When people think of Zero Downtime, they usually think about servers and networks. They don't want their websites to go down. Something along this quote:
In QA, there's always something to do. There never is a "downtime." Sure when there's no ticket to test, or in between release cycles, it can seem like downtime. Truth be told there's always something to do in QA.
It's important to keep busy, even when there's nothing new to test.
This is a general "what to do" when engineering has completed a sprint and there's nothing new in the queue for QA.
I ran the above items in a word cloud generator and came up with the following.
|April 28, 2018|
YouiDraw is a cool online vector tool. There's plenty of template designs to inspire you and get you started. The food thing is that its HTML5 base - not Flash. So you can use Chrome or Chromebook to create your designs.
Online Vector Graphic Design by html5 and SVG effects! It's like Illustrator but works on the cloud with google drive.
Create stunning vector graphic design with YouiDraw. It's like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw but it works in the cloud with Google Drive. So there's no software to download and you can access your work anytime, anywhere. Suddenly, your creativity is unleashed!
Whether you're getting started or an experienced designer, Drawing tool is a powerful graphic design solution on the web. With vector graphic design in various environment, you have everything you need to express your style and creativity.
The basic plan allows you to create your own graphics and save the graphic to your computer or in the cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive etc..)
There is a Monthly Plan which cost $9.99/mo and gives you SVG / PDF File Export, No Watermark, and allows you to use the graphics for Commercial use.
I think this is a great tool for people learning about vector graphics- especially kids. This is better than having them play with Affinity Designer or Illustrator because they won't mess up any application settings.
I think, in the long run, your better off buying Affinity Designer. YouiDraw is good for those times when you need a graphic design but doesn't have any tools installed on the computer. (Internet Cafe or Sharing a computer. )
Certainly worth checking out YouiDraw, doesn't cost anything to see how it works.
|April 27, 2018|
XMenu is a neat utility that put allows you to put up to six addition menu items in the menu bar.
There is the type of menus that you can add, each category has their own unique menu icon.
This menu item displays all the applications that you have in your Application Folder. This is an alternative approach to using the LaunchPad.
The downside is that if you have a lot of applications, it can take a while to find it. There's no searching and the applications are displayed by there name.
This menu item displays all the applications that you have in the Xcode Applications folder.
If your not a hardcore developer, you get Accessibility Inspector, Application Loader, FileMerger, and Instruments.
Tip: Probably not very useful menu item if your not a Developer.
All your Home Folders at your fingertips!
This is a great way to access common folders you use every day. Files in your Dropbox, Photos, Music, and Desktop can be accessed very easily.
This is just you user Document folder, which is located at ~/Documents
Most files that you save are kept in the Documents folder.
Create your own set of application/files that you want in the menu bar. This a very cool feature since you can put anything you want and it will be displayed in the drop-down menu.
Personally I think this is the best feature of xMenu.
This is a great way to declutter your System Dock, simply put "rarely" used applications in here. You'll still have quick access via the menu bar instead of the System Dock. You can create folders of like items so they might be easier to find.
Access common text snippets from the menu bar. However, with tools like LaunchBar and Keyboard Maestro, this doesn't really seem very useful. There's no scripting capability - you only display raw text.
This is neat to have feature, but for better productivity use Keyboard Maestro or TextExpander.
XMenu adds one or more global menus to the right side of the menu bar. They give you access to your preferred applications, folders, documents, files, and text snippets. Launch any application with a single menu choice or insert text snippets into your documents. XMenu is a real app, no hack, no extension. And it's free.
You can download XMenu from the Mac Apple Store. Devon Technologies has provided the software free of charge.
|April 26, 2018|
Many people may not know that Boston has a rather large memorial for Bostonians that fought and died in World War II. The memorial is located in the Fenway area and called the George Robert White Veterans Memorial Park.
Did you Know: Massachusetts has 8 Memorials/Monuments to those that died in World War II and 20 Memorials/Monuments for those that died in World War I. (Source: MassVacations.com)
The Boston memorial is a large eclipse formed by granite structures, and include a winged figure in the center. Around the monument are seats which can accommodate an audience size of 500 people.
Apparently there is a slight misprint on the bronze plaque on the lectern. I notice that U.S. Sergeant Charles A. MacGillivary is misspelled.
Check out the difference between his gravestone and the plaque on the memorial:
What do you think? Is MacGillivary spelled correctly?
To find George Robert White Veterans Memorial Park, you can enter the Back Bay Fens from the south at the intersection of the Fenway and Forsyth Way just east of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Cross over the Agassiz Bridge and bear right when the path forks. A path leads to it on the right. (You'll see the memorial when you cross Fenway Parkway.)
|April 25, 2018|
If you're leaving Aruba and heading back to the United States, make sure to arrive at the airport really early - especially on a Weekend. Everyone will tell you that getting through Queen Beatrix International Airport is an experience.
Here's a walkthrough of our experience and some tips we learned along the way. On our trip, we traveled using JetBlue.
As soon as you walk into the airport, you need to check-in. JetBlue allows you to do it in advance, but you still need to check your luggage.
After check-in you move to the left of the building and wait outside in the Aruba Emigration line.
After the person checks to make sure you have the right paperwork, you move inside to meet another Aruba Emigration official.
After they verify that you're allowed to leave the country. You now wait in the Airport Security line.
After you go through the general airport, you have to pick up your luggage and see US Customs.
Customs will be quick - make sure to declare anything that you have!
Make sure you can lift your bag. You will have to place the bag on the belt which is about a foot and a half off the floor.
We're not exactly sure why we have to do this again. Seems that they could have placed the bags in a secure area so you don't have to leave and then get rechecked.
|April 24, 2018|
Evernote is a great tool for managing Blogging content. The Tables feature allows you to break down the content and identify what task needs to be done in order for a post to go out.
Here?s a sample table layout using To-Do list checkboxes. When a task is completed, simply click the checkbox. That way you know what tasks needs to be completed.
Last August Evernote made some style changes that make it even easier to manage a status list in a table. Here?s the same table using the Cell Background color in Evernote.
Table Design: Items that are light green are in progress, whereas the dark green is completed.
Using Cell Background color makes it really easy to manage the status of the task. It?s much easier to figure out what content is in progress and which ones that I should be working on.
Here?s my task Color guide. It?s simple so that I can look at a chart and instantly know where I stand with projects:
If your managing task with Evernote, try using the background cell colors to manage your tasks.
|April 23, 2018|
A Test Case repository is where QA keeps test cases use for various test situations. You should be able to find tests for Weekly Regression, Performance Testing, Security Testing and Acceptance Testing.
It?s not the quanity of the test cases that matter it?s the quality of the tests.
|April 21, 2018|
YouTube is all the rage right now. If you own a YouTube Channel you know how important it is to have an updated graphic header. It's critical to have a cool looking header so that people will know that your serious about the videos that you have on your channel.
Fortunately you don't need to be an expert in graphic design, Snappa helps make YouTube headers in a snap!
Create YouTube channel art on the fly with Snappa
Snappa isn't just for YouTube, you can use it to create designs for all your favorite social media networks. The good thing about using Snappa is that you don't have to worry about the current design standards. They are up to date on the latest sizes - no more second guessing if it's the right size..
|April 20, 2018|
Macsoft's Image Resizer for Mac is specially designed Mac image editor software for Mac users to combine, resize and revolve photos, add watermarks to them freely. And it allows you to change the image format from one to another without any difficulty.
The application allows you to do multiple image actions at once, you can resize, add text and add text and image watermarks.
It's a good basic application for the functionality. However, there are a few drawbacks:
If there's a current Bundle Hunt bundle going on, you can pick it up for a good deal. At least if you ocassionaly need an image batch program.
It does what it says - I think you're limiting yourself to features and functionality. It certainly not worth the $19.99 price.
Otherwise it's $19.99 on their website - not sure if it's really worth the price.
The Batch functionality in Photoscape X goes well beyond the capabilities of Resize-image. You can add a lot more effects and have more flexibility with existing tools in Resize-image.
While Photoscape X cost a bit more, it's certainly worth the extra cost because you get more than an app that does batch processing. You get a nice image toolbox.
Which means that you'll be using the application more often and at the end of the day get more value for your money.
Five things that make Photoscape X a much better application: