|Earliest: April 1, 2016||Latest: May 6, 2018||Total: 79|
|April 7, 2018|
GigaGlitters.com is a cool way to add some glitter to text. Simply put in some text and select the style that you want and then share the GIF file. You can use various GIF tools to combine the text.
GigaGlitters.com is super easy and fun tool to create glitter texts. It is FREE! With GigaGlitters you can instantly create glitter texts! Start right now, just enter the text you want to glitter. Place your glitter text anywhere you like: MySpace, Friendster, Bebo, Facebook, HI5 and many others.
|April 6, 2018|
File Juicer is a cool program that extracts images from Powerpoint and PDF documents.
Description from the site:
With File Juicer you can
I find this useful when I want to extract images from an old Powerpoint slide and use it in other presentations. I have a lot of old PDF documents that have images in them.
It was fun playing around with File Juicer but right now I can't seem to justify paying $17 for it.
I found the ability to extract Browser Cache and Images from Messages is way cool. The extracting messages are nice, was wondering how I could get a copy of images.
File Juicer will be placed on the short list of applications to buy - maybe this summer.
|April 5, 2018|
The John Endicott statue is located on Forsyth Way between the Fens gardens and the Museum of Fine Art.
Strong valiant John wilt thou march on, and take up the station first, Christ cal'd hath thee his soldier be, and faile not of thy trust. Edward Johnson 1654
Bequest of George Augustus Peabody, Esquire of Danvers, Massachusetts.
On a separate plaque:
"Ralph Weld Gray, architect/Carl Paul Jennewein, sculptor/1936."
The statue is located on Forsyth Way near the Museum of Fine Arts. If you take the Green Line and get off at the Northeastern University stop.
|April 4, 2018|
One of the most famous photos from Aruba is that of the Divi-Divi tree by the ocean:
The famous tree is located at the very north end of Eagle Beach (where Eagle Beach ends) across the street from Amsterdam Manor.
A Divi tree is scientifically known as the Caesalpinia coriaria. This is a leguminous tree or large shrub native to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.
Other Common names include Cascalote, Guaracabuya, Guatapana, Nacascol, and Watapana.
US Customs laws prevent bringing back any trees back to the United States. However, you can buy seeds online and grow your own. Just remember the tree likes warm weather - all year round.
You can buy Divi-Divi seeds from seedvendor.com, they have 20 seeds for $10.
|April 3, 2018|
One creative way to get more value out of an Evernote subscription is to save information from external sources. This is helpful with the IFTTT (If this than that ) service.
You can sync up with Craigslist and eBay and have a new note created when new product get listed.
You can use any source to be notified, such as email or SMS. What makes Evernote unique is that getting notified won't distract your day-to-day operations. In addition, you can save the notification for future reference - for example, if you collect Disney Haunted Mansion memorabilia you may want to know what the current value of some of your items.
It's easy to get started, I recommend doing this on the computer since it will be much easier to perform these actions.
To get this working on Craigslist, you need to get the URL:
Repeat these above steps for any other items.
Ebay is a bit easier to setup
Repeat the above steps for any other items.
Take a few minutes now and create a bunch of actions. If you get too many notifications, simply modify the action to use a strict search query.
Some ideas that make this a useful tip.
Having the search item in your Evernote Inbox keeps you informed of the availability, and if not interested, you can move the note to a notebook for future reference. (So if you are looking to sell that Disney item, you know how much to sell it for.)
|April 2, 2018|
When working with the product team, it's helpful to share how a particular site looks in different browsers. Getting a screenshot can help confirm or raise display issues that may be unique to a certain browser configuration.
That's when Browserstack Screenshot comes in handy for QA.
Browserstack's Screenshot website is a useful tool to create screenshots of websites on different platforms. You simply enter the URL and in minutes see what the site looks like in 30 different possible settings.
There are plenty of browser configuration to choose from - 11000+ browser combinations. However, you can only select 25 browser combinations at a time. (Seriously why would you need more than 25?)
When you first arrive at the site, your automatically selected the most popular browser configuration available. So, in most cases, you simply put in a URL and then go.
After the images have been completed, You can download the collection and attach it to a Jira Issue. The filenames have the OS, Browser Version, example: macelc_firefox_45.0.jpg
This is useful for non-login testing, basically to make sure the general site loads.
You can't configure if you want an only the visible part of the page or the full page. In my test, the page size was 1024?×?9819.
The Local Testing functionality works really well, you simply run a small program that you download from their site. Then browse around like normal.
|April 1, 2018|
It's April, and that means that it's time for this years A-Z Challenge.
This is the third year that I have participated in the challenge. Check out all the past A-Z posts on a special page that I have set up.
The A-Z Blogging Challenge is to have bloggers post something related to the letter of the day. Most bloggers don't post every day so this can hard to balance life and quality blog posts.
In addition, it can be tricky to come up with topics for certain letters - q, x, y, and z.
Here is the weekly topic schedule:
|Monday||QA Monday||Practical Tips/Information with Quality Assurance Testing.|
|Tuesday||Evernote||Tips and Tricks with the popular Evernote productivity tool|
|Wednesday||Aruba||We'll be vacationing in Aruba soon, thought it would be good to learn about the country before our trip.|
|Thursday||Boston||Learn some detail information about sites in Boston, Massachusetts.|
|Friday||Macintosh||Various tips and tricks that I have learned related to Macintosh Hardware or Software.|
|Saturday||Internet Tools||Profile of some useful Internet tools to make your job easier.|
|Weekends||Anything Goes||Open topic! I usually find something interesting to post.|
My Personal Challenge
Here's what I am committed to delivering this month:
I already have much of the month content mapped out - something different that I haven't done in the past.
Some of the resources where I got topic ideas:
|March 11, 2018|
Next month is the when the yearly A-Z Blogging Challenge starts. The challenge is to create a unique blog post around the letter of the day.
Here's an Evernote document to help with the planning:
Click on the image to connect to my Evernote Share page to view the planner. Then simply click on the "Save to Evernote" button to save it to your personal notebook. After you save it to your document, you can customize it any way you want!
|August 22, 2017|
A couple of weeks ago we were driving through Dennisport and decided to stop by a favorite restaurant that I would visit with my family - Clancys.
We informed the waitress of my daughter's allergy to gluten. She seemed knowledgeable about what my daughter could eat. For some reason, my daughter was in the mood for a salad with grilled chicken.
I am thinking that she just wanted to try something different. There wasn't really anything on the kid's menu that she would have liked - other than a burger with a gluten free bun.
When the dish was served the person who put it on the table was quick to acknowledge that it was a gluten free dish - that's a sure sign they paid attention to prepping up the meal,
My daughter gave her dish rare thumbs down, probably because there was a lot more lettuce than what she was expecting. I think she should have stayed with the hamburger with beans. (She couldn't have french fries as they don't have a dedicated fryer)
The salad did look very yummy. I am thinking that she was expecting to get a small side salad with grilled chicken on the side.
All of our dishes were prepared very well and very tasty. We had a great time eating on the patio overlooking Swan Pond River. It was nice and quiet and not too hot.
We would certainly be going back, and probably get my daughter a hamburger since it was very tasty. If you're looking for a good mid-cape gluten free restaurant than Clancy's the place to go.
Clancy is located on 8 Upper County Rd, in Dennisport.
Limited Parking is available in front of the building. There is additional parking across the street.
|May 6, 2017|
This years A-Z Challenge was a lot easier because I planned my post well in advance. Many posts were ready to go live a few days before the scheduled date.
The A-Z Challenge is the tough challenge because I have a different topic every day. Many sites simply stick to a single topic and post something unique every day.
One of the things that help was Google's auto-complete functionality. Simply type your topic in the search and the autocomplete will give you some ideas!
For example, if I was looking for a 'q' word for Boston I would type in:
You can see all the A-Z Challenge posts on a special page that I created.
I had a lot of fun with the A-Z Challenge this year. I am looking forward to next year. I'll also check around to see if there are any other Blog Challenges.