Archive for July 30th, 2006

Ranting again on cellphone memory

Today we went to Cingular’s shop in San Mateo, and as usual I played a bit with their new models.

Apparently, their Samsung D807 runs out of memory when trying to render osnews’ 28 kb (code+data). This is a supposedly middle-end feature phone and it should have managed such a page rendering without a problem. On the other hand, the very low-end Pantech C300 had no problem rendering osnews (it was running the Obigo browser).

The conclusion is that manufacturers just don’t pay attention on the browsers and how memory they need to put in there. By buying a high-end phone does NOT guarantee that you will be able to render real world web pages or even some mobile pages. You in fact might be luckier with a lower-end phone (just out of luck). Again, the conclusion is the same as before: buy a smartphone that runs a real OS in it and has proper memory management.

Diet Recipe: Youvetsi

Youvetsi is one of my favorite Greek recipes. My mom cooks it way better than I do, but when on a diet you gotta cut out the fat (her secret is that she pours a lot of olive oil and salt in it while she lightly fries the meat before boiling). This version has 200 calories and while it is not as yummy as the real thing, is actually healthier.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 30 grams of Misko Orzo pasta (100 cals)
* 80 grams of fat-free sirloin veal or buffalo (75 cals)
* 100 grams of pure tomato purree (20 cals)
* 1 onion, some fresh parsley, 1 clove of garlic (5 cals)
* salt and pepper to taste

Execution
1. Remove any fat, wash and cut the meat in 3 bite-size pieces. Finely chop the onion, parsley and garlic.
2. In a pan under low heat, add the meat, tomato purree, onion, parsley and garlic, along with 2 cups of water. Add the salt and pepper, stir and let it slowly boil for at least 1 hour.
3. In a small (personal-sized) oven dish pour the orzo in. Preheat the oven at 400F (200C).
4. Pour the pan’s contents onto the oven dish. Add as much water as needed up almost to the height of the meat. Stir carefully once and place the dish in the oven.
5. About half an hour later the water must have evaporated, the sauce is thickenend and the orzo is cooked through. Serve hot.

Youvetsi
From our Sunday lunch, earlier today…