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Friday, 28 June 2013

Fancy Baked Potato

  • whole peeled potatoes
  • olive oil or butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning (optional)

Cut the potatoes almost all the way through. Drizzle olive oil or butter over the top and season with salt & pepper. Add some Cajun seasoning as well if you're feeling sassy. Bake at 425F for 40 minutes.

A Wee Angry Scotch

I gave this a try a little while ago. A dark ale with a hoppy taste to it. Definitely a distinctive taste, that's for sure. I think I probably wouldn't get another one of these, but the bottle is cool and if you like dark hoppy ales then your opinion of its taste might differ from mine.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Homemade Insect Repellent


  • 1/2 litre of alcohol
  • 100 gram of whole cloves
  • 100 ml of baby oil or similar (almond, sesame, chamomile, lavender, fennel etc)
  • Leave cloves to marinate in alcohol four days
  • Stir every morning and evening
  • After 4 days add the oil; it's now ready to use.


  • Gently rub a few drops into the skin of the arms and legs.
  • Observe the mosquitoes fleeing the room.
  • Repels fleas on pets too.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Google Voice for Canada

I have a Google Voice account, which is pretty spiffy. Except that it has a U.S. area code, which makes it not super awesome for dealing with my local clients. About a year ago, Dell Voice emerged, which was very nearly the same thing as Google Voice. They've now switched the name back to Fongo. Implemented not as well, and you have to pay if you want Canadian texting, and you have to pay more if you want North American texting. But it's about $2/mo & $3/mo respectively, so it's not too bad.

You also have to register an address, since Canadian numbers are required by the CRTC to have an address for 911 service. Stupid, I know, since you could be anywhere with your phone. Also, I have a Speakout Wireless phone that I never associated an address with so obviously it's not a total requirement.

If you're looking for for an inexpensive phone line to add on to your cell for either free or very cheap, look into Fongo.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Auto-Installer & Updater (Ninite)

Have you ever found it to be a pain in the butt to install a bunch of programs when you're setting up a new machine? Or even just having to keep track of those programs and update them manually?

Ninite is your solution. It allows you to create a custom installer that will automagically download and install the programs you select. If you run that same installer a month or two later, it will update all that software to the latest version, if required. This thing has saved me so much time.

They have a pro version which will update programs for you on a schedule, or you can use them as part of a logon script (or any kind of script really) so it can be very useful for larger scale deployments.

Works with Windows & Linux. Sorry, no Mac version.

Check it out at

Monday, 24 June 2013

Find User SID

Sometimes you need to find out a user's SID...
c:\> wmic useraccount get name,sid
Or you could do it the Microsoft Way, but that's more difficult for some reason.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Under the ProfileList key, you will see the SIDs. By selecting each one individually, you can look at the value entry and see what user name is associated with that particular SID. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

File Transfer Time Calulator

Super spiffy and very handy!
This file transfer time calculator will help you figure out how much time a data transfer will take. Sure, you can do this in your head, but meh... why work so hard?