Interesting business tips and tricks.
Interesting business tips and tricks.
Beginning in January of 2021 most workers in Massachusetts will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave.
To get this to work a new payroll tax will be applied to all workers in Massachusetts, it's the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave (PFMLA). This is helping contribute to the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Fund - which is what people will tap into when they need to take a leave of absence.
Employers may deduct up to 40 percent of the total medical leave contribution from a covered individual's wages and 100 percent of the total family leave contribution.
The contribution rate was 0.63 percent on the first $132,900 of an individual's annual earnings (the maximum taxable earnings as established by the Social Security Administration). This means that if you make $100,000 you'll be contributing $6,300 annually.
You can learn more about the Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Act from the official website.
Need more information? Read the Official Law:2018 Act - Chapter 121.
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.
The Dunkin Donuts at the new Encore Boston Harbor always has Coffee on Tap.
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.
If you need air in your tires the new air machines are great. These new machines make it easy to know when your tire is properly inflated. When the tire pressure is right - you'll get a couple of audible beeps.
Some of these machines now include the option to swipe your card to pay and enable service.
The problem is that if the machine isn't working there's no way to know if the charge went through. I have seen these new machines out of service at different stations.
If you swipe the card multiple times you may get charged for each swipe.
For security purposes, I would recommend just having the proper change in the car. Having $2 in quarters in your glove box would be a good idea. That way you have enough change in case you ever need it.
One of the nice things about the Nest Thermostat is that it keeps the temperature in the house the same all day long.
Back in late-May, we inadvertently discovered another benefit - it will stop working if the air filter is full.
We notice that the Nest console wasn't getting enough power. We knew it couldn't be a battery issue since we connected the device to the existing thermostat - and that had power.
After some investigation, it turns out the problem was the air filter was dirty. As a result, it was slowing the flow of air through the filter.
This caused power to be reduced to the Nest, and it stopped working.
I ran down to Lowes and purchased a replacement filter, installed it. After a few minutes, the Nest was working again.
To prevent this from happening again, I set up a reminder to install a new filter in late August.
So if your Nest Thermostat suddenly stopped working, you may want to check the air filter.
Recently I was going through an old bin in the basement and came across an old flyer for Purity Angelo's and Heartland. This is from July 9th, 1989.
Yes this flyer is 30-years old! Download the PDF version of the Flyer and check it out!
The flyer was for the stores on Cape Cod. I probably saved this because that's when I was working at the Purity Supreme in Dennis.
Purity Supreme was acquired by Stop & Shop in 1995.
If your looking for what's hot in music - Spotify is the place to go. You can find some awesome playlists from people that know music.
You can find the playlist for the office, workout or by mood type. You can find the perfect playlist by searching via the Spotify database.
I put up my workout music that I am using for my two 5k runs. This is the official playlist that I will be using as I try to break my personal best records.
Gary Vee has an update playlist of music called "Monday to Monday". Listen to some new songs - as he updates the playlist for songs that inspired him.
This time next week the Google+ service will be discontinued. The service officially went live in June 2011 to compete against Facebook.
The service is shutting down due to the lack of use. A couple of security issues found in 2018 forced Google to reconsider the service and prompt the shutdown rather than fix the issues and face possible lawsuits.
I first joined the service on September 21, 2011, and didn't post much over the years.
There is no product "grave yard" at Google Headquarters. If there was, this is what it might have looked like.
Google+ got into a lot of trouble of forcing users to their users to join the social network. On November 6th, 2013, if you wanted to leave a comment on a YouTube video, you needed to be a member of Google+. On July 27, 2015, Google announced that the Google+ requirement wouldn't be needed anymore.
Google+ was promoted by Guy Kawasaki in "The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users" and "What the Plus!" His main focus in the book was that Google+ was a better Social network then the popular Facebook. It's these books and his promotional podcasts that got me interested in Google+.
While Google+ is shutting down, this doesn't impact any other Google Services.
No other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube) will be shut down as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown, and the Google Account you use to sign in to these services will remain. Note that photos and videos already backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
Patrick Spenceley was the first person that added me on Google+. He is a "Paranoid programmer :-) JS/CSS/CF/.Net/HTML/tSQL/XML"
Trey Ratcliff is the most active person that I have been following on Google+. He post amazing photos from around the world. He has been active over on Facebook for a while. "He's not at all bitter about Google+ shutting down."
If you used Google+, don't forget to download your data this week! You can download your data on Google's Take Out page.
Activity tracking is all the rage - from Fitbits to Apple Watch. We are tracking everything from how fast we do a lap in the pool to how long we sleep.
What about pets? Wouldn't it be great to track to see how active they are? Are they getting enough exercise? How about sleeping patterns?
That's where Poof comes in. They have different types of devices that attach to a collar and used to track your furry friend. The devices are so small that they won't even notice that they have them on. Poof Pea cost $39.99 and Poof Bean cost $49.99 - the difference the bean is smaller and not distracted by smaller dogs.
You use an App on your smartphone to download the data and get some very cool chart graphs to track their movements - or lack of.
You simply need to be in the same room as your pet - so you can download the data while they are taking a nap.
We got a Poof Bean as a Christmas gift and we were very excited to track our 1.5 old puppies. He is an active dog that also spends time at a near-by puppy camp.
Occasionally we leave him alone and the Poof Bean told us that he pretty much slept the whole time. When we were home he would be more active and want to play all day long.
We decided to put the Poof Pod on when he went to day camp - we wanted to see how much activity he did all day. The first time he wore it the numbers were off the charts! He was playful all day.
Second time was a whole different story. When he came home I notice that the Poof Bean was missing from the collar holder. I called the Day Camp and let them know. They checked the play area and did find a device that looked like a bean.
A week later at drop off they gave me the remains of the Poof Pod. Clearly, it was broken.
Damage Poof Pod after a day at Dog Camp.
According to the Poof website, the broken Pod is not returnable.
We are out of luck.
As a product that would be around pets, it seems that it should last for more than a couple of weeks. Especially if it cost $49.99.
At the end of the day, having a Poof is pretty cool. I would recommend not having it on where the dog could be in playful situations where the device may fall out.
It will be a while before we get another one - and we wouldn't get the Pod as it appears that it doesn't hold too well.
This week I got a strange voicemail. What made is strange is that when I got the call it showed up as No Caller ID and only rang once. Moments later a voice message was left.
Took a screenshot when the call came in, and then later of the message that was left.
"Um hi this is Karen this is an urgent message your domain registration is set to expire within trying to reach you regarding your business domain renewal you can use our automated system to renew your domain quickly when you get a moment to call us back please return this call at 1-888-202-5979 again the number is 1-888-202-5979 thank you"
This has nothing to do with domain registration. What they are trying to do is to trick you into registering into an SEO search program.
This is the text that appears on the final order page:
This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your search engine registration for ***.boston.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by March 17, 2019, may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
Your registration includes search engine submission for ***.boston for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by March 17, 2019. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register ***.boston for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.
My domain isn't expiring, I registered it back on October on GoDaddy - apparently, other GoDaddy customers are getting these messages.
This is the Registration information of the company behind the website.
contact: administrative name: Muhammad Neil El Himam organisation: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology address: Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat No.17 address: Jakarta Pusat DKI Jakarta 10110 address: Indonesia phone: +62 82111610360 fax-no: +62 21 3835845 e-mail: email@example.com
Apple Maps has a rough start on iOS. It shipped with IOS 6 back in 2011 and had some well publicized problems. Things seems to have been fix and the application has seemed to be reliable.
However this weekend I noticed another flaw in the company details section. When checking for the hours of American Girl in Natick on a Saturday night - Apple Maps said the business was closed at 6 pm.
We were eating dinner next door to American Girl and noticed people coming in with American Girl bags - was the store still open?
We we checked the American Girl website and discovered that it closes at 9 pm on a Friday night.
I doubled checked Apple Maps and it does say 6pm. I then checked Google Maps and saw they had the correct closing time for American Girl.
Here's a side-by-side comparison:
Don't trust Apple Maps for business times - this isn't the only local business that had the incorrect times.
When it really matters used the company website to find the right time. Only use the maps apps as a general information.