Wednesday, August 16th 2006
More stuff to chew on08/16/2006 04:36 PM
I pick up a few more really interesting
and useful things, and learn to make something I like and don't like paying
A couple of years ago, while I was down
at Lotusphere, I bought a sort of odd item... odd only if you don't know
me. It was a Krups meat slicer, like the sort of thing you see in
a supermarket deli. It has sat in its box since the day I brought
it home in 2004, waiting for... something. Last night, it found its
purpose, after I went over to WalRusMart and got not only some meat for
it to subdivide, but also one of those American Harvest food dehydrators.
Yup, I finally got to the point where I meant to make beef jerky.
And so I did. Sliced up two or three pounds of London broil
into quarter-inch-thick raw strips, sprinkled spices and Liquid Smoke on
the stuff, then laid it out in the dehydrator and went upstairs.
This morning, the house smelled like
smoked meat, and when I opened up the dehydrator, there was a stack of
what was truly the best beef jerky I have ever had in my life. Far
better than anything I've purchased. Not oily, not overspiced, no
nitrites, no MSG, no stabilizers, just meat and a little spice and very
I enjoyed far too much of the stuff
at work today, with the result that my flatulence will be of great interest
to the cats later. "Hmmm.... you've been eating meat!"
Yes, guys... yes, I have.
While I was starting the beef jerky,
I went upstairs and lit up a new all-in-one printer/scanner/fax/copier/media-reader
I'd gotten the other day at CompUSA, an HP OfficeJet 6310. For the
price, which was $249, it's an amazing piece of work and produces truly
amazing images on HP paper. I can't wait to get home tonight and
throw more pictures at it to print, and to see how it does as a scanner.
Technology has gotten good, stayed usable, and is overall much easier
to set up and use than the originals. I didn't have to read much
in the quick-start guide for the 6310, and that was just so I knew where
all the little pieces of tape might be hidden that you have to remove before
you can print. Aside of a couple of minor hiccups in the Mac OS X
installer, everything went well. The device has a fascinating way
by which you can pick and choose images and output layouts without a computer
attached... you stick your digital camera's removable media in one
of the supplied slots, tell the thing to print a contact sheet, and then
you look at the contact sheet. Next to each thumbnail is a blank
oval. If you want full-size prints of that image, you fill in the
oval with a pen (just like the college entrance exams). When you've
picked all you want, you then scan that sheet into the scanner on the
6310, and it prints those images out!
I thought that was cool as shit. I
had been a little reluctant to pay the extra $100 for the 7310, which has
an LCD preview screen instead of the 6310's two-line green text LCD, but
with a feature like this, I realize I can live without it. One less
thing for the cats to break. The 6310 also has an internal Ethernet
port, so as soon as I get used to using the printer, it's going down on
the shelf downstairs right next to the LaserJet 2010 I bought a while back.
I am still enormously pleased with the
Nikon D50. I'll get around to posting some images, though of course,
what you see will be limited to whatever your monitor can show you. Sorry
I really, really wish I could get my
little tractor back. They're still working on it, I guess. Time
to call them again.
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