Summer Cooking w/manchicken

Hey everybody, it’s summer, and as much as I love to share the software, I love to share a fantastic dessert recipe, too. Free Software, Free Recipes. Oh hell yeah.

So what I’m going to tell you about today is my grilled pineapple à la mode. This is particularly good with lighter dishes, like a grilled veggie sandwich, or a barbeque (I like it with smoked BBQ brisket).

I make a sauce out of about 100ml honey and 50ml soy milk (I prefer plain), and then I brush it on the pineapple while I grill it on each side for about 2-3 seconds. Then I place the pineapple on a small plate, and top it with a scoop of ice cream. Then I drizzle a little bit of honey on the whole thing.

Now, for those of you who would like to download this recipe for your krecipes, I’ve attached the compressed recipe file to this blog post.

Right-click here to download it.

I hope this helps some of you find a great use for Krecipes, it really is a great program. My wife and I use it all the time for stuff. Maybe I’ll share my pizza crust recipe some day.

UDS Sevilla Photos

So I just remembered that I have a treasure-trove of photos that I took while I was in Spain at UDS-Sevilla that I never shared with you all. Let’s take a look, shall we?The Football/Soccer Stadium Near the Hotel

So this is the first view I got when I started getting settled into the hotel room for the evening. What a view! These are just some apartments and condos with a football/soccer stadium in the near distance, but it’s just a very pretty view. Lots of colors in the trees and pants, and those apartment buildings just look fantastic. I thought it was interesting that even the units above the second floor still have bars on the windows. I bet this place gets pretty rowdy after a match.

GardensSo these are the gardens outside the hotel. It’s a shame that I still never got to walk in them. They did a fantastic job of putting these gardens together, I really missed out there. The back gardens by the pool and the pool-house bar weren’t half-bad either. This hotel was well and truly impressive.

PaintersSo after I got settled in the hotel, I was introduced to the two greatest fellas in all of Ubuntudom: John Riddel and Anthony Mercatante. We went about walking with a really nice South African guy by the name of Will (sorry, can’t remember the full name). We walked through the public square, around a river, and about some other parts of Sevilla. This was the only way I could think of to fight the jet lag. Well, as a midwesterner, this painter really surprised me. I can’t tell you how many films I’ve seen this scene in where there’s some random person painting out in a public square, but it was a real trip to see someone doing it for real.

CathedralPalace EntranceTo the left is the Cathedral outside the Royal Palace, and to the right is the entrance to the Royal Palace of the Spanish Royal Family. I’ve never seen a royal palace or anything like it before. I’ve seen quarters for British soldiers during the American Revolutionary War, but never a palace. This really was a treat.

So I’m going to just show you a bunch of photos from the conference now.
Developers Developers Developers Anthony w/Macbook OLPC

So later on I may put up more photos, but this is it for now. Enjoy.

Device Support Ubuntu: Gutsy Gibbon…

Hey folks, so I don’t know how many of you lovely happy people have been running the latest development version of Ubuntu, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon.  Gosh, I’ve been running it since its second week in existence, and I must say I’m well pleased.

One of the first thing I noticed when I switched over was that Gutsy would suspend and resume again (wait until later in this post to see why it broke), and the Broadcom support was better.  The new kernel in Gutsy is phenomenal, much respect to the ubuntu-kernel folks.

There have been problems, however.  For me though, most of the problems are directly related to the evil (yup, you saw it, I said the “E” word) Broadcom and ATI devices that are holding me back.  The Broadcom support, while better is not as good as it could be.  When the CPU takes a heavy load, the Broadcom support drops out.  I don’t hardly blame the kernel hackers or Broadcom teams for this, I blame Broadcom for not giving me Free Software drivers that work.  So I’ve been back to using LinuxAnt DriverLoader (more on DriverLoader later).  The ATI card has been causing some strange problems, too.  Since I don’t like the random crashes and lockups caused by the proprietary drivers for the card, I stick to the xorg drivers.  The xorg drivers do work, but they are limited, and every once in a while something will cause the X server to blow up.  Gnash is probably the king of blowing up my X server right now.

So, DriverLoader does a great job of getting my card to work.  It is proprietary filth, so I must advise that you use it as your last resort, but it does work.  It does also break things.  For those of you not familiar with DriverLoader, it is very similar to ndiswrapper.  DriverLoader uses the windows drivers for your wireless device and this has a couple side effects.  One of the side effects is packet loss.  While using DriverLoader, I have never had a minute go by without packet loss.  It has never happened.  DriverLoader also breaks suspend/resume functionality.   Under Edgy some of this was better, but DriverLoader folks haven’t released a fixed version for 2.6.22 yet.  I’m buying a new Ubuntu Dell, so this will hopefully be a non-issue when this current laptop becomes a nice little file-server. These 2 100GB disks should be well utilized then.

LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control, IIRC) was a pleasant surprise if I do say so myself.  It was a little tricky to install, and I do suggest that it be packaged in a OOTB installing fashion, or at least have someone fix the dependencies for the source package (linux-source is required, but not a dependency in the package).  But I like to use my Media Center remote that came with this abomination of a laptop to control my music while I work.  It makes working in a home office much easier.  LIRC support is just fantastic.

Support for my Palm Treo 700p seems to be reduced with the new version of opensync that came out, but I think that’s because my phone connects strangely.  I’ve been talking to the kpilot folks to get that sorted.

So if you have a strange device support story you’d like to share, please do share 🙂

Also, let us remember that Gutsy Gibbon is still to be considered unstable as it is a development release (currently my OpenOffice.org is borked), so be sure you’re willing to accept some risk before trying it.