• Quick, Easy, Nice way to eat a spare chicken breast

    A forum-friend provided this recipe, when I asked for suggestions for a spare chicken breast (other one went into curry.) Very yummy indeed, thanks!

    Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and your favourite spice blend.

    Bake or grill it. (About 30-45 minutes at 175-200 degrees C)

    Once cooked let it rest and start to cool, whilst you prepare the bits to go with it.

    Smear mayonnaise and mustard on two slices of bread. Slice the chicken thinly into strips. Then add lettuce leaves to the bread, the sliced up warm chicken, and top with tomato slices.

    I mixed the order, adding the chicken and then the lettuce, but it still tasted nice:

    Yummy for my Tummy

    Sorry about the rubbish photo. Taken on my phone.


  • The fallacy of bandwidth limits

    Currently, according to mainstream media, bandwidth is defined as the quantity of data you download or upload to the internet over a month. So, for example, your ISP will tell you the maximum bandwidth limit is 100GB. Or whatever.

    That, however, is not it’s true definition. It’s true definition is:
    a data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information (bits/second) that can be transmitted along a channel 1

    This is the secret thing about bandwidth. ISPs don’t care about how much you upload to the web over a given period. We care about how fast you upload it.

    When you pay for a high-level connection to the internet, that you use to connect houses to, or web-serving computers, you do not pay in quantity over time. You pay in speed. So, for example, 1 gigabit per second. If you go over that speed, longer than a allowed ‘burst’ period, you pay an overage charge, always assuming that your network is even capable of going over that speed.

    Think of bandwidth like gas going through a pipe. (Terrible, terrible analogy, I know. But it’s the easiest way to explain.) That gas can only flow so fast, and only so much can be fit in the pipe at any one time. We don’t particularly care if you use 100GB by taking a trickle out of the system at any one time. We do care if you take a torrent.

    Realistically though, customers never notice bandwidth. They’re too busy playing with computer-resource hungry things, like wordpress, to even be able to consume all of their allocated bandwidth. Only very, very rarely do we actually start thinking about bandwidth rather than computing resources. Normally, it’s podcasts. Static file. Almost no server-resources required to send it out onto the internet. But it eats bandwidth. Most are ~50-80Megabytes per episode. You get enough people downloading that simultaneously, and we’re going to start noticing…

    As long as the current trend continues, i.e. the more computing power we have available to provide you with your shiny websites, the more the people creating the shiny websites waste computing power, the mainstream will never notice this secret.

    More often than not, the reason we ask people to upgrade off our shared servers, is not because they’ve reached any arbitrary bandwidth limit, although we may use this as a guide to identify them. It’s because they’re using too much CPU time.

    1. http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=bandwidth

  • Charity shop thievery

    I know that someone stole from the charity shop today. Found the remnants of a plastic tag broken by teeth on the floor in the changing room. Thought there was someone doing something suspicious in there earlier, but got distracted by people paying.

    Not the first time either, we had a set of known thieves three weeks ago, think they probably suceeded, someone found a destroyed tag outside the shop.

    I wonder, do they steal from need, from dependence on stealing, or for the excitement, the thrill of the crime?
    Having never stolen anything physical, to knowledge, I don’t know.

    Guess this will be one area of curiosity never sated. I just have to keep an eye out for them.

    Photo below, Gerald the Giraffe enjoying a glass of coke, having just been rescued from the kidnapping admin team at one of our offices 😉

  • Receipts

    Working at a charity shop, I’ve been on the till of late. It still surprises me how many people don’t want their receipts. You know, of course, that they can’t get a refund without one.

    I get not taking one for plain bric a brac, not much to go wrong, but shoes? CDs? I keep thinking, people, almost everything in here is second hand. Mad world.

  • I hate book study.

    I really hate studying from a book. My learning style is much more practial hands on. My mind just does not want to read and make notes on this boring technical book, and I can’t keep myself from getting side tracked.

    Case in point, Page 235 of my LPCI 1 text book (awful by the way, don’t get LPIC-1 in depth by Michael Jang, its useless, honestly), I decide to browse through my photo archive after I pulled that shot out yesterday. And this is what I came up with:

    sunset photo, taken 20th april 2007 in Wales, UK.
    Click to see full size image

    Right, mind. Back to shell scripting. (While loops.)

  • To the Oxfordshire Police Force

    I was impressed by the tobogganing policemen, for having a sense of humour, and getting involved with the local community. As a UK tax payer I whole heartedly endorse this use of my money.

    I as not impressed by them being told off.

    Have fun (or not, as the case is much more likely to be).

    Ref: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/14/sledging_coppers/

  • Easy on the eyes

    Just a quick post here…

    Recently my eyes have been a little strained using the computer. I think it probably has something to do with the misplacement of my reading glasses somewhere at University. Hopefully I’ll find them before my Mum finds out and goes nuts lol.

    Anyways to reduce browser related eye strain, I found a handy script for Greasemonkey (in Firefox) that kinda inverts the webpage/makes it less white and a bit easier to read (higher contrast). Its not perfect but it’s a handy hack until I can do some more hunting for my glasses!

    Anyway enough text, here’s the links:

    Invert web page colours (lifehacker)

    Direct link to Greasemonkey script

    Options are customisable, so you can restrict the websites it works on…

    Oh, and here’s a screenshot:


  • Prevent Adobe Acrobat Crashing Firefox

    I’m using Adobe Acrobat (for compatibilities sake only, please post your favourite PDF program in the comments below!), but I’ve been rather annoyed recently at it having a tendency to hang Firefox if I tried to open more than one PDF file from the internet.

    Simple fix/hack – make Firefox save PDF files rather than open them.

    1. Open Options (Tools \ Options in Windows and Edit \ Preferences in Linux)
    2. Open the Applications tab
    3. under ‘Adobe Acrobat Document’ change the value of the dropdown to ‘Save file’

    Firefox Applications options tab. Vista I know!

    1. OK the change
    2. All done. Hopefully that’s one less annoying crash to worry about!

    Ps get Session manager to save yourself loosing a window full of tabs or having to do a horribly manual procedure like recovering tabs from a accidentally closed Firefox window.

  • Books

    I’m a bookworm. I love curling up with a cup of tea and a  good book, to read.

    So far at the moment, I’m re-reading two books, “The fifth elephant” – Terry Pratchett, and “Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone” by you know who 😉

    Two books, because I got a bit into Terry Pratchett’s book, and then got bored, and I try to re-read Harry Potter every couple of years. Seems I am always re-reading it around Christmas.. :)

    The majority of my books I get from charity shops. A few I get from bookmooch.com, the rest I buy from amazon, or am given by relatives for christmas and birthday (The Company, by Max Barry was a Christmas present :) )

    Where do you buy your books?