Fish smoker

One of the Christmas presents I got this year was a Jarvis Walker Fish Smoker. I've been a bit slack, but we bought some Trout today to give it a try. It worked quite well, but I think I left it in a little too long, so taste is not awesome. I'm sure it will take a few more tries to get the technique down pat, but I'm looking forward to trying a few different combinations.

Outlook fail

Microsoft outlook has a facility to "recall a message". However, despite what you may think it would do, all it does is send a message to all recipients stating that you'd like to recall the message. Basically, outlook has a "I was a dumbass" function. It just tells everyone that you sent the message to that you DON'T want them to read the message you just sent. WTF. So full of fail, only makes you go to read it more!

Silverlight and .net

Just doing some test work on a Windows 2008 server and (re-)discovering how awesome Microsoft isn't. Try to watch video on their site, can't I need Silverlight. Is that available for Ubuntu? Not likely.. Ignore that and go to download/install mysql for windows, need to install .net 4.0 for the mysql server. Its hard work doing work in windows land. I so miss being able to 'apt-get install apache2 php5 mysql-server'.

Michelin tubeless mountain bike tires on the beast.

Finally got the tubeless tires on the mountain bike and took it for a spin this morning. Its only taken about 3 months for me to get around to it, sigh. Can already see one spot where the puncture juice has self healed, awesome. Now to start riding a bit further every day, to get my fitness back up. I put on 2.1 profile tyres, and the are quite a bit larger than what was on before, and I think the ride is a little smoother because of that.


Just took a look at our solar energy production, and we are on 9999 kw produced. Given its sunny today, we will tick over into 10,000 kw of solar produced since we installed the system in 2009. Beauty!
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I was just in the process of downloading Java on a Windows VM and noted that during the process you explicitly have to remove the checkbox or it will install the "Ask" toolbar. Now i've no doubt that Ask have either paid for this privilege, but people, in general, if something you are installing EVER gives you the choice to install a toolbar, just say no. Leave that previous browsing space for actual web browsing! Toolbars typically add next to nothing to your experience, but they do provide a good way for the toolbar provider to get more information about you. I've seen peoples desktops w
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Thunderbird check all imap folders

With the latest thunderbird, the string to search for in the config editor to set it to check all folders for new email has changed from:

mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new to mail.server.default.check_all_folders_for_new

As detailed here: Which caught me out for a while as I was looking for the old one in the config editor.