Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ed Mabrey At TEDxDayton

Ed Mabrey has won the Individual World Poetry Slam title in 2007, 2012 and 2016 and tied for first in 2013.  His performance at TEDxDayton in 2015, at this YouTube link, was just stunning.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Decorative Gift Box

Using a decorative gift box instead of gift wrapping a traditional white box not only results in a very classy presentation, but leaves a very useful second gift. This gift box came from Tuesday Morning, a fun place just to wonder through.


Friday, April 20, 2018

General Tso's Crispy Chicken Sandwich

This takes a bit of work, but the results are fantastic.  The combination of cornstarch and self-rising flour in the coating makes for a super-crispy crust and the General Tso's Sauce, with ginger, garlic, pepper and hoisin, is sweet-spicy. The Chinese slaw is a nice touch, but optional in my opinion.  Store-bought Chinese mustard will also save time and effort.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mac Screenshots

I've known for awhile that Shift-Command-4 lets me take a screenshot of a portion of my Mac's display and save it as a PNG file on my desktop.  What I just learned was by adding Control to that sequence places the image in the clipboard, a very useful place to have it, for example, adding it to an email.  And on top of that I learned that Shift-Command-4 followed by a space brings up a little camera icon that will screenshot an entire window.  There's even more at this Apple support link.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MBOX Converter

Another option for the Gmail exported "MBOX" files in yesterday's post is to convert them into another format using the free (I love free) "MBOX Converter" by Aid4Mail.  In the example below, I converted GMail export to ".eml" files, which open up directly into Microsoft Outlook (last screenshot), the Mac's Mail program and Mozilla's Thunderbird, just to drop a few of the more popular names.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

MBOX Viewer

In a post early in 2018 (https://dailyposts.paulishing.com/2018/02/download-your-google-data.html) I showed how you can download your data from Google.  For email, it gets exported into a single "MBOX" file which can be accessed using the free (I love free) "MBOX Viewer" by Systools.  In the example below, I started by searching my Gmail for "Travel Gnome" (a topic for another day), selected them all and applied a label to all of them.  I then had Google export just the email with that label, downloaded the "MBOX" File and brought it up in MBOX Viewer to get the screenshot below.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Squeezing Lemons

I've always squeezed lemons and other citrus using a press with the fruit pointed down, like pictured at the bottom right.  But while watching Trisha Yearwood's cooking show, in a blink of any eye, I swore I saw her squeeze it upside down.  A quick back-it-up then play-and-pause and sure enough, I see that the fruit should be pointed up instead, like the picture at the bottom left.  A quick test showed that I get about 25% more juice, and a lot less mess, using what seems to me to be the upside-down way of doing this. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Grilled Chicken Sliders

A little chili powder kicks the marinade up a couple notches, then you decide your toppings, simple as that.  Why is it that little sliders just seem to taste better than their larger cousins?


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Perfect Color Match

A useful feature of Microsoft Paint is finding the exact Red, Green and Blue color values in an image to match it elsewhere, such as a presentation slide deck.  As the animated GIF below demonstrates, all that's necessary is to click the eyedropper, click on the color of interest, click "Edit colors" and the values appear at the bottom right of the pop-up dialog box.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Turning Off IPv6

Internet Protocol version 6 provides a major expansion in the number of Internet addresses from the familiar version 4 (e.g., in fact, this upgrade went from just over 4 billion to 340 undecillion IPv6 addresses (10 to the power of 38), which should last us just about forever.  But we suspected our home Windows PC was having connectivity problems due to using IPv6 (my guess is the router), so we turned off IPv6 in the Local Area Connection Properties, as shown below, which has seemed to resolve the issue.  That's no big deal for a home PC sitting behind a router/firewall, since your local IP address will be changed anyway as it traverses across the firewall to the Internet, a process called NAT (Network Address Translation).