Archive for April 12th, 2006

Dell to Microsoft: Fix Bluetooth

“Dell has asked Microsoft to add Bluetooth headset support to the available profiles for non-phone Pocket PCs, but that Microsoft has “refuse[d] to see the need” for it.”

I just emailed a Microsoft Bluetooth developer about it, and in my usual fashion I was a bit aggressive (the only way to get things done sometimes I am afraid).

It’s just that I find disgusting that Microsoft is not adding their already-implemented headset/handsfree profiles on their BT stack on WM5. Broadcomm’s stack was vastly better, in terms of profile support and usability. Many people would love to use their BT mono headsets for VoIP with a WM5 Pocket PC.

Yup, pretty darn close!

Advanced Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||||||| 66%
Stability |||||| 26%
Orderliness |||||||||||||| 53%
Accommodation |||||||||||| 50%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Mystical |||||| 30%
Artistic |||||| 30%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism || 10%
Materialism |||||| 23%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Adventurousness || 10%
Work ethic |||||||||| 36%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Conflict seeking |||||| 30%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Romantic |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Avoidant || 10%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Wealth |||||||||| 36%
Dependency |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Change averse |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Individuality |||||||||||||||| 70%
Sexuality |||||||||||| 50%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Physical security |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Physical Fitness || 10%
Histrionic |||||||||||||| 56%
Paranoia |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Vanity |||||||||||| 50%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Female cliche |||| 16%

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Recipe: Greek Pita Souvlaki

The ultimate Greek fast food: pita with gyros & pita with souvlaki. Preparing some gyros meat requires special equipment though, so the recipe below will show you how to prepare pita souvlaki. Please note that the recipe below is the authentic pita-souvlaki wrap and not the Turkish ‘donner kebab’ variation (an issue that I have discussed here).

Ingredients (for 1)
* 1 slice of pita bread
* 1 souvlaki (recipe)
* 1 tablespoon tzatziki (recipe)
* 3 french fries
* 1/4 of a small tomato (sliced vertically)
* 1/8 of a big onion (sliced vertically)
* 1 tablespoon of olive oil
* A bit of paprika

1. Prepare the souvlaki as shown in the linked recipe. Set aside in a plate and keep warm.
2. Fry the french fries and keep them warm.
3. Pour a bit of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the pita bread on both sides in low heat. Heat and fry until the pita is a bit brown, but don’t over do it, the pita must remain soft.
4. After the pita bread is ready and hot, remove it from the pan and surround it with some plastic-coated paper (or foil) and place in it the souvlaki (remove the wooden scewer by pulling it away from the pita that you hold securely and strongly around the scewer with your other hand).
5. Add on top of the souvlaki the fries, the tomato, the onion and the tzatziki. Pour a bit of paprica in the mix.
6. Wrap the mixture with the edges of the pita bread and secure it with the coated paper (must look like this or this). Add a napkin around it. Kali orexi!

Tip1: Don’t use fork and knife to eat this because each bite must include all ingredients. You simply grab the pita and start eating (it is surrounded by the paper and a napkin around it to hold it together and secure it from dripping on your clothes ;-) )
Tip2: Some people don’t like onion in their pitas. Omit it if you don’t either.
Tip3: You can accompany the pita-souvlaki with some more fries, aside on your plate. It doesn’t make sense to fry just 3 french fries anyway. :)

Register Globals: a thing of the past

And so we switched off the register_globals PHP directive on the OSNews server. Yes, it was ON all these years, because the original osnews and gnomefiles code was written back in 2001, when the directive was ON by default and all PHP books and sample code at the time were fully using it.

Thankfully, this is now a thing of the past, and better, more secure, days are upon us. A big thanks to Adam for all his help transitioning all the web sites on the server.

Yet another new design

I almost completely rewrote the current blog design, I am much happier with it now. It’s a bit dark, I know, but I think it’s visually better than before. I believe that this is the last change I am going to do on this blog design…

I hope the divider graphic is not too much though… ;-)