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Tips, news and views, for 06-21-2006...


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YouTube, Mentos mints, recipes, Web Eraser, Found, area code maps, Microsoft mode, ...


06-21-06...

Recipes...

A relation in Halifax has this tested tip for cooking ribs on the barbeque.

Start with two or three racks of fresh unsalted ribs. Cut them up into serving portions. Place them flat in a large roast pan, and douse them with two cans of Pepsi, such that the ribs are sitting deeply in the fluid.

Roast them in a pre-heated oven at 400ºF for about an hour, flipping them as you wish during that time. Roast until the meat begins to come off the bone. Remove the roast pan from the oven and transfer the ribs to another pan for transport to the barbeque. Be careful, as the fluid will slosh about as you move the roast pan in and out of the oven.

Put the ribs on a barbeque - set to medium heat. Baste both sides with your favourite barbeque sauce. Cook for only a few minutes, until the ribs take on a grilled appearance and the meat comes easily off the bone. Flip them when you wish.

Feel free to experiment with this technique - times and temperatures are approximate. And I understand that this technique came from an ex-employee of Swiss Chalet. A trade secret perhaps?


06-21-06...

Web Eraser...

Not all PC cleanup tools are safe. If you have tried one or more, you may be more affected with system problems, viruses and malware than when you started. Many of the most malicious ones get installed as the result of responding to a popup while on the Internet. Many of these popups are designed to look just like Windows messages, so the user thinks that it is a must-do, or, at least a safe thing to do. So beware.

I did come across this program called Web Eraser. It seems to be safe enough, and quite useful, too.

Available on the Downloads page, here is a description...

Function : this program can be used to clean up temp files, cookies, cache, history, MRUs, the clipboard, the recycle bin, and other areas in which temporary or "sessional" files or settings are created but not needed later.

As a housekeeping tool, it is a great tidier. As a security tool, it can prevent an unauthorized person from accessing personal information. As a virus preventer, the removal of temp files is always important.

This program works with current versions of Windows, and with all of the major browsers. There are many options that can be personalized - such as when to clean, what to clean, and how well to clean. A U.S. government standard for "shredding" electronic data (DOD 5220.20-M) can be applied such that "your file data is gone forever and cannot be recovered".

One feature of this product is a preview of what it is set to delete. This helps reduce the risk of accidental deletion of important files while you learn what the program can do.

Here are two screen pics showing some of the many areas Web Eraser can manage. Click to enlarge...

Warning: back up your data prior to installing and running any program for the first time.


06-21-06...

Found...

At Found, they "collect found stuff - love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles - anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes. We certainly didn't invent the idea of found stuff being cool. Every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone's always got some kind of unbelievable discovered note or photo on their fridge. We decided to make a bunch of projects so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way."

Here is an example...


06-21-06...

Area code maps...

If you had asked me where area code 289 was, I couldn't have told you that it is just a few miles away...

http://www.whitepages.ca/10002/maps/OTT

http://www.whitepages.ca/10002/maps/

For United States area codes, try WhitePages.com.


06-21-06...

Microsoft mode...

"Microsoft mode" is an interesting and effective approach to the problem of users having the need of Microsoft Word, but not having the willingness or the wherewithal to spend the big money for the Microsoft Office suites.

With new versions of Corel's WordPerfect, which is a very nice word processor and office suite on its own, you can enter "Microsoft mode", a look-alike of Microsoft Word. In this mode, you can open Word docs, edit them, and save them in Microft formats.

I was intrigued by the description of this feature as it was described in this Golden Triangle Computer Club article...

Dale Ferris writes about WordPerfect Office X3 : "One of the biggest attractions for this new version is its even stronger compatibility with Microsoft Office. If you wish, you can run its components in a new "Microsoft Mode" that makes it look and feel just like the competitor.

For example, when you launch the flagship WordPerfect word processor, a dialog box offers to start the program in several different ways. These include: Microsoft Word mode; WordPerfect mode, with the buttons, menu items and key-combinations familiar to longtime users; WordPerfect 5.1 mode, which harkens back to the popular MS-DOS version; and legal mode, configured specifically for the legal profession, which is still a big part of WordPerfect's market share. The legal industry is actually the primary business sector where you still find WordPerfect adopted as the word processor of choice.

For longtime computer users, WordPerfect 5.1 mode is a serious trip down Nostalgia Lane. This mode looks and works like the old DOS version that was the most popular word processor until the early 1990s, right down to the white type on a dark blue background, although it does use some modern improvements, such as standard Windows context menus. Despite its novelty for those of us who long ago moved on, the WordPerfect 5.1 mode is really there to entice an upgrade from the surprisingly large number of people who still use this version, particularly in the legal and governmental arenas.

The Microsoft Word mode really does behave like Microsoft Office XP. In fact, when you are working in this mode programs are saved by default in the Microsoft Office file formats. There is no need to do a File, Save As, to convert them."

For non-business-critical situations, this may be the way to go. Savings will be significant. To find out more, visit...

Corel WordPerfect Office 12 and Corel Wordperfect Office X3 .


06-21-06...

YouTube...

Everyone seems to like reality TV, so here is a site at which you can see home videos sent in from around the world. You can search by category in your areas of interest, or simply view the ones voted to be the best by others. Send in one of your own and you may become (in)famous!

Try the "robot dance". Or something humourous. Or perhaps a little electric guitar...

Steve Spangler has inspired others to take the Mentos and Diet Coke effect to greater heights (in a theatrical sense). Follow this link to see what they have done... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-kfLf_RGqk&search=mentos

Note: sites such as these typically require high-speed Internet access - dial-up users wn't get much enjoyment from video sites. Eventually we will all be on optic fibre and bandwidth will no longer be a factor.

Note: the quality of video from the Internet is dependent on the size of the files there. Though most Internet videos can be viewed full screen, they are typically best viewed in their original size.


06-21-06...

Mentos and Diet Coke...

Steve Spangler does something Interesting with Mentos mints and any two-litre carbonated beverage bottle.

Visit his site to see... http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/.

Follow this link on that page. http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/109

Follow the next link and you are there... Video - Mentos Eruption - 18 Foot Record

The site has a great number of objects and projects for sale, for those interested in the sciences.


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