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Monday, 29 July 2013

Bic Pen Cutlery

It was only a matter of time before someone came up with these. Everyone's got some Bic pens lying around the office or in the car. And now you can actually put those ubiquitous writing utensils to good use (I'm assuming here that you will only be using them at work for doodling pictures of space battles, pew pew pew!) for a change. These Din-Ink Retools are very nifty. Of course it's probably easier to just get some plastic cutlery, or heck even real cutlery for that matter. But then you wouldn't be eating your low-fat organic salad with pens now, would you?

Friday, 26 July 2013


How to find out information regarding your hard disk drive (HDD) in an AIX system.

aix52a / $ lscfg -vl hdisk1
  hdisk1 U787F.001.DPM17PY-P1-T10-L8-L0  16 Bit LVD SCSI Disk Drive (73400 MB)

        Manufacturer................IBM   H0
        Machine Type and Model......ST373207LC
        FRU Number..................03N6327
        ROS Level and ID............43373044
        Serial Number...............0007AD12
        EC Level....................H13979
        Part Number.................26K5573
        Device Specific.(Z0)........000004129F00013E
        Device Specific.(Z1)........0209C70D
        Device Specific.(Z2)........0002
        Device Specific.(Z3)........06160
        Device Specific.(Z4)........0001
        Device Specific.(Z5)........22
        Device Specific.(Z6)........H13979

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Superior Kola

I'm not a really big fan of colas, but we thought we'd give this one a try. All natural Superior Q Kola with organic ingredients. They started making their cola from scratch to get back to the original flavour that included notes of tang, spicy, sweet, and savory. Add to it some spiced rum and you have a winner.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Blanche de Chambly

Blanche de Chambly is a nice wheat ale, with notes of citrus. Chill it, especially in a cooler of ice on your patio. Great for a summer evening bevvy as you watch the sun set. From Chambly, Quebec and it has a cork, so you know it's gotta be good!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Real Ginger Ale

Did you know that ginger ale was once made with real ginger? I knew that, but I wondered what it would have tasted like back in the olde days. Well now I know. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is the real deal. Give this stuff a try, it's a very different taste to the normal ginger ales you find nowadays. And it goes nicely with rye whiskey.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

We found this little gem the other day. It seemed a bit different, but I like sweeter fruit based wines as well as the dry wines. This one in particular though is quite tasty. A fruity merlot mixed with blackberry accents. Serve it chilled.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Strawberry Muffins


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture. Add vanilla. Gently stir in strawberries.
  • Spoon batter into muffin pans.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.
  • Bake at 400ยบ for 20-25 minutes.
This should make about a dozen muffins.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Password Checker

Want to check how strong your password is? Visit the Password Checker website ( and see. One of the options is to save your Gmail address and password on their website and compare it to other Gmail users. OK, that last part's not true, but feel free to email us your bank account and password so that we, um, can "check" your security.