Saturday, November 22, 2008


For the Shreveport Caddo Magnet High homies.

Recipe of the day

This one's real simple. Get some chopped pecans, pretzels, peppermint, etc. Toast it if it's a nut or a toastable item at about 300 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes. Use more or less heat or time if you like. I prefer lower heat over a longer time.

Then get a cheese grater like this:

Grate some chocolate, almond bark, cheese, etc. over the top of your desired item. Put it in the oven at about 400F. Bake until it's melted. You can also broil it a bit if you want it more caramelized.

In the above example, it's pecans and white almond bark. The melted bark holds the pecans. It's good eatin', fun and easy.

I recommend a CONVECTION toaster oven for reheating pizza, french fries, (You do bring those home from the restaurant don't you? You did pay for them.) and baking small items. It's the oven equivalent of a microwave, guys. And it uses a lot less electricity and doesn't heat up the kitchen in summer.

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iPhone 2.2 Software Update Review

I installed it on a first generation iPhone last night. Version 2.2, Build 5G77. I used iTunes 8.0.2 on a Macbook with OS X 10.4.11. Backup your phone before you install, just in case.

So by bullet points, my initial impressions.

  • Enhancements to Maps
    • Google Street View*: Meh. Neat, I can see my house from the side now. I can imagine in a large city this might be useful? Readers, what do you use this for? Dancing bear for me.
    • Public transit and walking directions: See above. Meh.
    • Display address of dropped pins: Useful somewhat. But I'm not sure how yet.
    • Share location via email: Pretty cool. Have your friends meet you. Of course, if you have a first generation iPhone and you are not using a WiFi location enabled spot...well, maybe they can find you in the woods if you have a whistle. You did bring your whistle right?
  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls: DING DING DING! We have a winner! If it's true. Too soon to say yet. I certainly hope it's better than before. Cingular, I miss you. (Yes, I think Cingular was better, and I'm not the only one.)
  • Enhancements to Mail
    • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email: Didn't have this issue. Sometimes sending didn't work right away though. I use Gmail IMAP.
    • Improved formatting of wide HTML email: Ok, good to know.
  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network): Yes, that's a good one. But you better hope it's a small download. Reportedly it's a 10Meg limit for cellular. Probably audio only would be doable. Maybe some small clippy type videos. The National Geographic video podcast might fit, and the kids will like it. Just avoid the one with Bambi and the lion.
  • Improved stability and performance of Safari: Ding Ding! I hate it when Safari crashes. Let's hope.
  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages: Great, but whatever. To me they just sounded low bitrate but no big deal.
  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen: Ding! I hated scrolling back to the first screen which is where I kept most of the more important apps.
  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings: I type like I mean it. Just keep typing and correct it later.

A couple of quick thoughts on the Stock Market

I can't help you if you need money right now. But if you need it in about 5 years let's say, I think you could put a list of solid companies (or as solid as they come) on a dartboard and toss one for a bargain.

"11 year low" people. That's a fire sale.

If we're not at the bottom, you're close enough so that you're still going to make some money when it turns around.

Here's something to think about: we're selling selling selling and it's going down down down. Right?

Well, who's buying? Someone is. And those someone's are going to make a lot of money later.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Funny

This is what I feel like sometimes, but this usually occurs via email or over the phone with me.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Turkey Time

You can tell because the kids dress funnier than usual.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Parallels 3.0 build 5626 has a sloooow update of Windows Desktop Tools

If you installed the update of Nov 5 2008, with the above build number and version on OS X 10.4.11 using Windows XP SP 3 and all updates as your virtual machine, it will take a while. (Whew! That was a lot of keywords for you Googlers.)

Go to lunch and let it complete. I put it on a Core 2 Duo 1.83 Ghz with 2 gigs of RAM and it still takes way long than you thik it should. I just let it sit for a few hours and spin. It eventually completed and now everything looks good!

Good luck. It's Windows and you'll need it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tired of Spam from your blog?

I added a link to my email (Look to the right below my picture) by using this link.

It's free, doesn't require any special accounts, etc. It makes your browser run a little piece of JavaScript to re-assemble your email address basically.

In theory it should prevent the spammers' mail bots from reading your email address off your website.

I'll go out on a limb and see how it works. Google Mail will probably catch most of the spam that gets through too.

I realized many folks couldn't email me directly, but you could always leave a comment which I'm also notified of.

So, mail away!
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