Archive for December 13th, 2006

Home-made Pizza

I prepared and baked a pizza tonight. To do this yourself, just:
1. Follow my bread instructions up and to the third paragraph (obviously don’t use as much quantity for the ingredients, as a pizza dough is not as big as a bread loaf).
2. Use small tomato chunks from a can, add 1 tbspoon olive oil and some oregano, and boil for a few minutes until most of its water has evaporated. Let it get cold.
3. In the meantime, if you are using mushrooms, cut the mushrooms in thin slices and boil them hard first. Cut some vertical thin slices of a big onion and a green pepper too. In a frying pan add the onion, pepper and the strained mushrooms and lightly stir-fry for 1 minute. You don’t want to fry them, you just want to make them lose most of their water and at the same time get softer.
4. Use a pizza stone (this is the big secret to a successful pizza dough) and put it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400F.

My home-made pizza

5. Sprinkle some flour on a clean table top and use a rolling pin to open the dough in a shape and size that would resemble a pizza. Sprinkle as much flour as required so the dough is not getting stuck on your rolling pin while you are rolling.
6. Sprinkle some flour on the top of your pizza peel. Transfer the pizza dough from the table on the peel. Use a spoon to spread the tomato chunks/sauce on the top of the pizza.
7. Use your hands to equally distribute the frying pan ingredients on top of the pizza. Add pepperoni or anchovies if desired. If you want to do a chicken pizza, or ham or use other less-dry meats, treat them as mushrooms and hard boil them first (before you stir-fry them along the pepper and onions).
8. Sprinkle with lots of shredded cheese on top of everything.
9. Transfer your pizza on the hot pizza stone in the oven and bake for 15 to 22 minutes (depends how thick your dough is).
10. Remove from the oven, and use a pizza wheel to cut the pizza in triangles. Eat warm.

No closed source drivers on Linux anymore

A few months ago I wrote to Linus and RMS asking them to do something about the messy situation of non-GPL kernel modules. Linus back then refused to take a position, but it seems that under pressure, something is changing. Starting Jan 2008, no non-GPL modules will be allowed again to be executed by the kernel according to a new patch.

While I don’t necessarily think that this is the best strategy for an emerging marketplace OS, I think it’s good that there is a definite position, so we all will know what to expect from our software. I just wish that they could reduce the allowed time to June 2007 instead of Jan 2008. The sooner the better. Six months is a lot of time for the suits to decide if they want to go open source or not (usually there is not much proprietary software that drivers depend on so it’s not technically and legally difficult to open a driver up).

Orange and bread

It’s really funny looking at my JBQ’s face each time I eat an orange fruit. You see, I eat it with… bread and he can’t really comprehend that.

The novelty was introduced to me when I was about 12 years old, and my family had just moved from our mountainous village to a town in a valley nearby. There, we saw some people eating oranges (from their own orange trees) with some bread or bread crust. It looked weird to us too, but we gave it a try. It was actually very good, and since then I usually eat oranges accompanied with bread/crust.

Try it! It takes away a lot of the orange’s natural acid taste. It’s excellent as a 4 PM snack (just make sure you eat it with real bread, not sliced “soft crust” off-the-shelf bread).

SonyEricsson’s new UI is PSP/PS3-like

There was an article about this on a few months back, with pictures, but I can’t find it now. I remembered about it again today, when I saw the screen of a new model here that featured it. I think my JBQ will like this, as he likes PSP’s UI. I believe it will work well on a feature-phone too.

Modern music

As I write this, Gwen Stefani is currently on TV, singing live on Letterman’s show.

WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP is that music and lyrics that she performs? Has the world gone completely crazy? Are people really buying (or even pirating) this “song”?

Either the world is mad, or I am dangerously middle-aged and I just don’t “get it” anymore.