November 20, 2019

Modify Multiple Lines

BBEdit 13 still doesn't support multiple line edits. This makes it a bit challenging when you want to change a lot of text.

For example, if I want to add a bullet point to multiple lines, it would be time-consuming to add it.

Simple Solution

I found the easy way to do this is to:

  • Select the lines to perform the actions
  • Open the Search/Replace Dialog box Command - F
  • Then apply the following Search/Replace commands (See screenshot)

Search Replace Bullet

Here's a break down on what's happening:

In the Find:

BBEdit searching for all the content on the line from the start (^) to the end ($). Its saving the content to the matching group.

In the Replace:

On each line there will now be a dash. The (1) is the matching of the find command.

The key thing is to make sure that the "Search In:" has the "Selected text only" enabled.

Don't Forget to Save!

I would recommend saving this search query. This is done by click on the 'g' and select the "Save..." at the bottom.

I would recommend using "Add Dash to Each Line" as the name - so it will be easier to find.

November 19, 2019

Make Your Own Gluten Free Pizza

We are a big fan of the Gluten-Free pizza at UNOs. It’s really good and it’s a fun place to be

Catch the previous UNOs blog postings:

There's one cool thing that you can only get at Unos:

Unos Gluten Free Pizza

Make Your Gluten Free Pizza!

Did you know that kids can make their own Gluten Free pizza at Uno's? Yup, it’s true. Celiac kids are not left out of making their own Gluten-Free Pizza.

When ordering the kids “Make Your Own Pizza,” make sure to ask for the gluten-free crust.

When we ordered ours at the Unos in Westborough, Massachusetts, the waitress was very good at makings sure to clean her hands and prevent any cross-contamination. Anytime that we asked for something with the pizza, such as more cheese she would excuse herself to wash her hands before taking any actions.

The pizza came out great and my daughter was delighted with the whole experience. She loved the pizza and more excited to come back.

I think her only "wish" was for more topping choices - tomatoes and olives are some of her favorites.

November 18, 2019

GitHub Tips for QA

Here are four useful tips on using GitHub for QA:

Tags

If your company use tags, you should know about the Tags project page. It displays the latest tag and get the ability to download the tags.

https://github.com/project/tags

Releases

Find out the latest release and past releases with dates of deployment on the releases page. Not every project have project "releases" but those that do may have useful information here.

https://github.com/project/releases

KeyBoard Shortcuts

Learn some of the popular Keyboard shortcuts that are available on GitHub

Shift ?

Today I Learn: The fastest way to any GitHub Repository Wiki is to type in G W on any Repository page.

Use the Show All to view all the cool short cut options. (or simply go to the Keyboard shortcuts - GitHub Help page.)

View the Blame on Any File

Using the information from the previous tip, when looking at a GitHub file, if you type in b - you'll get modification information on that file. Perfect when you are debugging an issue and need to talk to someone about why a change was made.

One More Thing

Have you noticed that the Github search graphic is a perfect QA graphic:

Git Hub Search

I don't think it's realistic that people will be searching for bugs on GitHub.

November 17, 2019

Hulu Price Increase

This week Hulu announced a price increase for all customers. This is a big deal since a previous increase only impacted new customers.

What this Means

Hulu will increase the price of its Hulu with Live TV service by 20 percent on December 18th, setting the new subscription rate at $54.99 a month, up from $44.99.

Both new and existing customers will be affected by the increase. New subscribers as of December 18th will be served the $55-a-month price tag while existing subscribers will see the changes in their following bill cycle.

Hulu Blog

Why a Hulu is Still a Good Always Investment

  1. Still Cheaper than Cable - Ya, Comcast is still way more expensive. If your cutting cable, you won't miss most of your live shows!
  2. DVR Capabilities is great - Thanks to Hulu, I am catching up to watching classic Adam-12 shows. Simply search for the shows you like and add them to your favorite. Hulu will record the shows and let you watch them on your own time.
  3. Lots of Good Live Options. - You can see a lot more Live TV than using a stand-alone antenna. (Sorry NESN is still not on the network - yet!) Plus with DVR you won't miss local news shows if your not at home - very convenient for those times when I want to know more about a local story and working late.

Still Going Strong for US!

We have been using Hulu since February 2018. We have been very satisfied with using Hulu. We have the "Enhanced Cloud DVR" which gives us 200 hours of DVR time and Stream recordings to unlimited devices.

Stream recordings work great when working out. I can set the shows that I want to see and don't have to worry about the limited selection at the gym. (Most Gyms offer Free WiFi)

November 16, 2019

I need A prompt

I Need A Prompt is a cool site where you can get a random phrase generated. It's unique from other sites because you can select if the phrase should contain adverb, Adjectives, noun or location.

Ineeda Prompt
https://ineedaprompt.com/

November 15, 2019

Viper FTP

Last month when I was setting up my new iMac, I was thinking if it was time to move on from using Panic Transmit. So I spent time looking for alternative FTP client software.

One of the applications that I encountered was Viper FTP. This was interesting because I hadn't seen it before and thought it would be worth checking out.

Eight Key differences between Transmit and Viper FTP

I played around with Viper FTP for a couple of days, and here are my observations:

There is a free version of Viper FTP which has limited capabilities. This is a perfect solution if you only have one FTP connection and need basic functionality.

There is a setting in Viper FTP that preserves the system date of downloaded files. This is neat. When I want to back up a production file, I want to keep the date of the last modification. In Transmit, this was possible with Transmit Disk mode was enabled - that feature has been discontinued in Transmit 5.6.0.

In Viper the connection favorites are kept on the left side of the window. This makes it easy to jump around on the server. In Transmit, it's in a small bookmark-type bar on the top of the listing.

In Transmit, you can assign custom icons to servers, making it really easy to see the AWS servers from the DropBox servers. You can't do that in Viper.

In Viper, you can put servers in the Toolbar. Which makes it really quick to access critical servers.

Transmit has the ability to connect to a lot more different server types. You are limited using Viper. Viper FTP Lite doesn't have access to Google Drive or DropBox.

Viper FTP Lite, the free version, only allows you to save 3 servers at once.

Panic Transmit costs $24.99 via subscription price or a one-time price for $45 per user for all your Macs. Viper FTP costs $18.99 for one user on one computer. To install it on multiple computers it cost $79.99.

Sample Screenshots

Transmit New Connection
Panic "Create New Connection" Dialog. This shows all available options.

Viper New Connection
Viper FTP "Quick Connection" dialog. Pretty cool that you can upload videos to YouTube!

At the End of the Day

While Viper FTP looks cool and has a few bells and whistles that isn't available in Transmit, I'll be sticking with Transmit. I think Transmit is a cool

November 14, 2019

Commodore John Barry

In the Boston Commons is a commemorated plaque of Commodore John Barry. It lists all the accomplishments that he did to help win the American Revolution.

John Barry was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. He has been credited as being "The Father of the American Navy" and was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775.

Commodore John Barry

Interesting Facts about John Barry and the Memorial.

  • John Barry was born on March 25, 1745 and Died on September 13, 1803.
  • The tablet was commissioned in 1949 by Boston’s Mayor James Michael Curley. The Mayor felt bad that there wasn't a memorial to John Barry - he wanted Bostonians to remember John Barry. The tablet was placed on the Boston Commons on October 16, 1949.
  • On April 5, 1975, the tablet was stolen allegedly by some college students. It was mysteriously returned a few years later. The original tablet is now hanging in the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
  • The original tablet was done by John Francis Paramino - who also did the Founders Memorial and the Declaration of Independence memorial and the John Endicott Resident Plaque among many others around the City of Boston.
  • The Henderson Foundation funded the granite reproduction in 1977.
  • President Kennedy displayed John Berry sword in the Oval Office - he admired John Barry. The sword is now in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Four United States Navy ships have been named in honor of him.
  • John Barry is buried in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Text of the Memorial

Father of the American Navy
Commodore John Barry

Borm in Wexford Ireland 1745
Died in Philadelphia 1803
Received First Commission
From the Continental Congress
To Command the Lexington 1775
Sailed from Boston on the Raleigh 1778
Acclaimed in Boston in 1780
For Victories on the Alliance
Appointed in 1794 By President Washington
To Plan the Construction of And
Later to be in Command
Of First U.S. Navy
Launched 1798

Erected by the City of Boston
James M Curley Mayor
1949

Tablet restored by the George B. Henderson Foundation, 1976

Located

The Tablet is located on the Boston Commons on Tremont Street near Template Place.

November 13, 2019

Quicksilver string ranking

As I was looking through the BBEdit's User Manual, one thing that caught my eye is the mention of "Quicksilver string ranking." This is only mentioned once in the document - in the Copyrights section and no place else.

This got me curious - just what is the "QuickSilver String Ranking" and why did BBEdit choose to use that Library.

QuickSilver BBEdit

What is QuickSliver

Quicksilver is a launcher utility app for Mac OS X which gives you the ability to perform common, every-day tasks rapidly and without thought.

Introduced in BBEdit 11

I had some old BBEdit User Manual and found the first mention of the "QuickSilver String Ranking" was in BBEdit 11. One of the Release Note's "New Feature" in BBEdit 11 mentions this:

There's a new feature: "Highlight instances of selected text". When you select something (that doesn't consist entirely of whitespace or punctuation), all of the occurrences of the selection are underlined; and the new pair of commands on the Search menu ("Next Occurrence of ", "The previous Occurrence of ") can be used to navigate the occurrences. (This navigation is independent of the text searching UI, although the string is added to the search history for convenience of future use.)

I believe that this is the purpose of the "QuickSilver String Ranking."

QuickSilver Code in GitHub

There's is this code example on quicksilver_score.php on GitHub, which gives a lot more insight to how the QuickSilver string ranking.
November 12, 2019

Georgina's Italian restaurant

Last month we attended a function at Georgina's Italian restaurant in Berlin, Connecticut. This is the first time that we visited this restaurant, we were a bit nervous about their Gluten-Free options.

Georginas

Three Things We Learned

The people hosting the party at Georgina let the catering team know ahead of time of the allergy. They said that they would provide a separate gluten-free penne for my daughter.

On the day of the event, they were very accommodating as to the gluten-free options. They explained to us which buffet items she could have. However, before the meal was served, there was a Vege and Cheese tray with crackers - lots of potential of cross-contamination.

My daughter loved the Panne and ate the whole thing. She did have some of the vegetables that was available in the buffet. She didn't feel left out of all the fun because she was eating a different meal. (I think she was very happy to have the penne dish.)

Definitely Recommended

We would recommend going here. They were very accommodating and their gluten-free pasta was very good.

In the general dining room, You can substitute gluten-free Penne for an extra $4.

November 11, 2019

Mandela Effect

Have you heard of the Mandela Effect?

Here's a brief description:

This is a "False Memory Phenomenon" where many people believe in a false memory. For example, Frona Broome had a false memory that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s. That thought was shared by thousands of other people.

So how's does this relate to QA activities?

In release testing, people may have a false memory of features being tested before signing off on the current release. Everyone may assume that a feature was tested because it always is.

Note: This could also be true with automation. A feature that people may think is covered by automation is in fact still in development.

Value of Having a Checklist

This is why having a product-related checklist is critical to ensuring that all critical paths are tested. Don't just assume that someone else has tested it - find out by asking!

Reset the checklist for every release - that way you can ensure that critical features have been touched by manual or automation.

November 10, 2019

Things to do in France

Are you planning on visiting France soon? You probably have a list of things to see and do.

Janice from Your RV Lifestyle wrote an interesting article of 100 things to do in Paris. This is a wonderful list of places to visit in Europe most visited city.

Some of the items on the list are obvious - The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, etc. However, there's a lot of items that you may not be aware of in Paris.

RV Lifestyle
https://www.your-rv-lifestyle.com/things-to-do-in-france/

Things to Check out

Some places that you should think about adding to your list:

  • Paris Point Zero - The geographic center of Paris has a marker. Seems like a good treasure hunt!
  • I Love You Wall - Place where lovers meet
  • Museum of Optical Illusions (Musee de la Magie) - Cool place to see all sorts of unique optical illusions.
  • Paris Space Museum (Cite de l'Espace) - Check out the moon simulator

The list is great to use for trip planning.

November 9, 2019

blocklayer.com

BlockLayer.com is great place to go to get all your printable diagram templates. Then have templates for everything imaginable, there's Gable Roof Framing Plans, Deck & Floor Board Spacing & Gap Calculator, Angle Calculator, Posts and Rails - Spacing and Material and so much more.

Yes, they also have Graphic Paper and printable rulers.

Block Layer
https://www.blocklayer.com/

There are 140 different designs to pick from. Lots of good choices, and certainly a good site to bookmark for when you need designs with calculated settings.

November 8, 2019

New 27-inch iMac

Last month I upgraded my iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) to the 2019 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.

I spent a lot of time investigating the perfect computer, spent time researching different configurations and machines. Is the Mac Mini a better computer to get? How about a MacBook Pro?

After much research and talking with friends, I selected this configuration:

3.7GHz 6-core 9th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz
8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
512GB SSD storage
Magic Mouse 2
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - US English
Accessory Kit

i Mac2019 Desktop

Five Things I learned about the iMac

  1. I ordered the computer with an SSD drive and they had to customize it. It was scheduled to be delivered on October 14th, it actually arrived on October 4th.
  2. I gave up space for performance. As this computer has 1/2 the disk space than my old computer - this means that I have to manage my space on my hard drive better.
  3. Instead of having Apple install additional memory, I installed it myself. Doing it myself saved me about $450. It was incredibly easy to do, and it took about 3-minutes to install the memory cards.
  4. It's so nice to have a 27-inch screen vs the 21.5-inch screen. The extra screen space really makes a difference on multitasking various applications.
  5. Someone suggested that I upgrade to the wireless full-size keyboard - instead of the mini-keyboard. I do like the full-size board and found that it was a great idea. I like that it's wireless and that to charge it up, I just plug in a lightning cable.

Reference Page

I am actively updating my 27-inch iMac 2019 page on the ins and outs of using this computer. (Think of it as a mini-blog)

My goal is to update the site on my experiences using the new computer.

I have been a Macintosh user for a long time, and I have a lot of old gadgets and software - such as FireWire, and SCSI disks.

This this the first computer that I owned that doesn't have a built in CD/DVD drive. I already have an external USB DVD drive. (It supports both Firewire and USB2)

November 7, 2019

Palazzo Ducale Model in the North End

The Boston Public Library central branch in Copley Square is famous for its architecture and collection. There are 25 other libraries scattered around the city with each one offering something special and unique to visitors.

In the North End, the Boston Public Library branch is located on 25 Parmenter Street.

North End Library Branch2019
Entrance to the North End Branch.

Why Visit?

There are Three Reasons to visit the North End Library branch:

  • The building architecture is based on a Roman Villa. (There is a tiny courtyard in the center of the library that has plants.)
  • There's a scale model of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice constructed by Henrietta Macy and Louise Stimson.
  • There's a white marble bas-relief of Dante Alighieri in the center court.

The scale model of the Palazzo Ducale in Venice is a hidden treasure of Boston's North End and worth checking out!

Five Things I Learned About the Palazzo Ducale

The model isn't not visible to see when you walk in the Library. As you walk in, keep going straight. the model is located on the center wall facing away from the main entrance.

The model was put in the library in the 1930s. In 2013, the model underwent a complete restoration.

The model shows the scene of Venice from the 1500s, with political dignitaries and patricians.

There's a pamphlet that you can get that describes the model and people to look for in the model. Makes for a great treasure hunt for kids! (Can you find the begger wearing a black hood to hide his identity.)

There is a book all about the life and times of Miss Henrietta Gardner Macy. .Amazon.com: The Nun of the CA'Frollo: Life and Letters of Henrietta Gardner Macy (9781258057381): Clementine Bacheler, Jessie Orr White, Henrietta Gardner Macy: Books. Yes, you can get the book from the library!

Palazzo Ducale

The Story of the Model

An abbreviated version of the story behind the Palazzo Ducale model:

The model was requested to be built by a former kindergarten teacher (Miss Henrietta Gardner Macy) that taught in the North End. She wanted to live in Europe, and when the opportunity came she left and headed to Italy

Miss Macy kept contact with her Boston friends by writing. A couple of Boys visited her and helped her build a model of the Palace. The Boys had fun and promised to finish the project when they returned to Venice. The boys caught some bacterial infection and died.

Miss Macy was very sad to hear of the news. She decided to honor the boys by building a larger scale model. She worked hard on the model and the New York Metropolitan Museum showed interest in buying it. However, it was destroyed in a fire in England.

Miss Macy went back to the drawing board and made another model - this one to be bigger and better. Miss Macy died in 1927 without finishing the model.

Miss Nina C. Mitchell, one of her friends, decided to hire some craftmen to finish the job. Once completed, it was donated to the library for the enjoyment of the neighborhood.

November 6, 2019

BBEdit sFTP Client

BBEdit has a light FTP client included within the application. This is useful when you need to make modifications to a file, and don't want to install/buy a third-party tool.

If your going to do a lot of remote file manipulation, I would recommend Panic's Transmit. It's a good companion tool to use with BBEdit.

BBEdit FTP Sample

Five Things I have Learned

BBEdit only supports SFTP and FTP protocols. If you're using Amazon S3, Box, Microsoft Azure or other protocols you'll need a third-party solution. (Although most cloud providers do offer the ability to connect vis sftp.)

Option Clicking on a folder will open the folder in a new FTP Browser. You can't drag and drop files between FTP Browser windows.

Once you connect to a location, you can add the existing viewing directory as a Bookmark, simply use the pull-down menu on the top of the FTP Browser window and select "Add Bookmarks." Additionally, you can access the Bookmarks manage section by going under the BBEdit menu and select "Setup..." Then Select the Bookmarks and then click on the '+' to add a new Bookmark. (You can add Emojis to the name of the Bookmark so that it sands out.)

You can edit a Bookmark simply by going to the Bookmark manager and then Double Clicking on the name to edit it.

When working with Project Files, you can configure the Deployment to upload the files to your FTP server.

November 5, 2019

Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham

We have been going to Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham since it opened back in March. It's a great restaurant that has a lot of great foods on the menu.

Burtons Grill Framingham
Burton's Grill & Bar in Framingham

Gluten-Free Options

Burton's has a scratch kitchen - which means that they can change up any order to meet your needs.

Burton's has a very large Gluten-free menu that has a lot of options for every taste. Check out the menu online!

My daughter loves to get a cheeseburger and french fries - it's "not as good" as Smash Burger but she still loves it.

The General Tso's Fried Cauliflower is amazing and it's Gluten-Free! It's the go-to thing that we order every-time we come here. Sometimes we make it as part of our meal. (Ya, It's that good!)

Gluten Free Framingham Burtons
General Tso's Fried Cauliflower and the Cheese Burger

Make Reservations!

If your going to Burtons on a Friday or Saturday night - it's highly recommended to make reservations. They reserve a large number of tables for reservations. So if you walk-in you may see a lot of empty tables and expect a short wait - that won't be the case.

Early this summer the restaurant didn't get much traffic. However, the word is out and it's a very popular place now!

Reservation Number: (774) 540-6005

Finding Burtons

Burton's Grill & Bar is located opposite Shoppers World - next to Legal Seafood. The address is 30 Worcester Rd, Natick, MA 01760.

November 4, 2019

Best Screen Capture Tool for Chrome

When it comes to screen capture applications there are a lot of different options. You certainly don't need to buy one as all the major operating systems now have built-in screen capture tools.

If you constantly take screen shots of webpages in Google Chrome there's one tool that stands out above the rest. That's Snag-it.

A "Must Have" Tool for QA

What makes Snag-it the best screen capture tool for Chrome? Well, there are things that I can think of.:

  • Snag-it will automatically capture the inner window browser frame area. This means that you can capture the main webpage area. You don't need to play around guessing the window area.
  • Snag-it can capture the whole browser window. So if you need to show the URL in your screenshot you can.
  • Snag-it can scroll and capture the full webpage. This is useful when you need to capture the whole page in a bug report or for archive purposes.
  • You can select multiple regions. This is great when you have two Chrome browsers open and you're doing a comparison. You can also have shown the page against a product spec and highlight areas that are incorrect.
  • You can capture both images and video using the browser region functionality.
  • You can drag and drop a Bookmark icon to the Snagit Menu Bar icon, or to the Dock icon to quickly get a full website capture. Downside: If your site requires a login you would only see the login page. Still a neat way to capture a URL without having to load it in a browser.
  • When you capture the website the URL is saved as part of the MetaData. You can view the content using the "Capture Info" under Effect Styles. Not only will you get the URL, but Snagit will display the Google Chrome version and the date/time of capture. All useful information in any bug report.

Try it!

You can try out SnagiT for free for 15-days from TechSmith's website: Download Free Trial. After that the cost is $49.95.

What do you think?

Is there another tool that offers better screen capture functionality? Let me know what I am missing in the comments below.

November 3, 2019

Total Access Network

The latest scam that's going around is getting a text message that you "won" a new iPhone 11. The link takes you to a page where you fill in a brief survey and then you enter in a credit card information to claim your prize.

infinite Surveys
Screenshots of the Scam in Play.

Just a Marketing Scam

The whole thing is just a marketing scam to trick you into signing up to Total Access Network, which is also Savers and Coupons. You can goto the Savers and Coupons Website to get all the details of the "offering."

Legal Disclaimer for Total Access Network, I highlighted the part they hope people don't read:

AMAZING NEWS! You are a winner of the Total Access Network iPhone 11 Pro Sweepstakes Entry AND a vacation package. Keep an eye on your email as we will be sending full details of the prize and instructions on how to claim the Total Access Network Special Offer. You have qualified to have access to our Total Access Network which includes, Movie, Restaurant and Shopping Coupons plus 6 magazine subscriptions. You can change your magazine selections at any time. So, you will receive your favorite, high quality magazines for up to 12 months of service while maintaining the unique flexibility to switch and change your magazine selections without increasing your price. Total Access Network will automatically charge the credit card you provided today $19.73 per week (billed today then every 45 days for the following 6 weeks service) unless you choose to cancel at any time. You can cancel either or both portions of your membership and stop future billings at any time by calling toll free +1 (844) 340-3897 or contacting our 24/7 Service Center by email at support@totalaccess.network before the start of each new billing period and receive a refund within 30 days of any charge. Please refer to the full Terms & Conditions for details of your membership agreement. By clicking the Next button you agree to the billing terms above as well as our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and authorization for Total Access Network to charge your credit card the recurring payments described above.

Might Be Good... but Remember...

This all started because I won an iPhone 11.

Which is wrong because in fact I won an Total Access Network iPhone 11 Pro Sweepstakes Entry. I have to pay to get a chance to win the iPhone.

Only for the iPhone

This whole promotion fails if I try to open the link on my computer. The site only loads if I click on it using a mobile device.

Clearly a scam.

November 2, 2019

Thanksgiving Menu Maker

Thanksgiving is coming up, and it's time to start the early planning the biggest meal of the year.

You may have a traditional meal planned out or you may want to experiment this year with something new.

Checkout the Food 52's Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker. It's a great place that breaks down all the main parts of the meal - Such as the Meat, Stuffing, Potatoes, drinks and so much more.

It's a good place to look for ideas on what to bring to a Thanksgiving invite. (The Perfect Cheese Ball looks good!)

Website Description

Answer a few questions, Select your own recipes, Come away with a custom Thanksgiving menu (plus all the tips you need to start.)

Food52 Thanksgiving
https://food52.com/thanksgiving/menu-maker

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