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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A good office lunch idea

Great idea for an Aldesko Office Lunch

If you have have a fridge/freezer and a sandwich press then this is my recommended toasted Cheese Sandwich recipe.

The strong benefits of this recipe is that everything can live in the work fridge/freezer. You should be able to prepare, toast and eat in under 12 minutes and there is almost no clean up.

Inputs:

Cheese - A strong Vintage or "Bitey" type cheese that is already sliced.

Bread - Well bread is bread

Butter/Margarine - I go with Margarine because I don't have time to soften butter out of the fridge.

Italian Herbs 

Fruit Chutney

Baking Paper

Cutting Board/Plate

(Box to place everything into in the fridge to stop co-workers moving your cheese:) )

Process:

Pull bread from the feezer and grab two slices. Measure out enough baking paper to fold around a single piece of bread.

'Butter' the insides of the two pieces of bread. Sprinkle a small amount of Italian Herbs onto the bread. Place one slice of cheese one on one piece of bread and then smear a small amount of Fruit Chutney over the cheese (add more if you want more sweetness).

Place both pieces of bread together and then butter the outside of the sandwich. Only butter slightly as this is just to golden up the bread. Too much will have the sandwich slipping around the press.

Fold the sandwich into the Baking Paper and place in the sandwich press until golden brown on the outside, and hopefully nice and melty inside.

Once golden brown, take off heat. Use your baking paper to slide it onto your cutting board/plate.

Whilst waiting for sandwich to melt, pack away the cheese, chutney and butter into your fridge or box inside the fridge.

Turn off sandwich press - it is done with now. There should be no mess or clean up.

Take sandwich out of the baking paper and throw baking paper away.

Eat and enjoy!

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For an additional flavour hit, try replacing the Italian Herbs with Paprika.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Approximate Computing

An article doing the rounds recently on approximate computing:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601263/why-a-chip-thats-bad-at-math-can-help-computers-tackle-harder-problems/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approximate_computing

Approximate computing is a computation which returns a possibly inaccurate result rather than a guaranteed accurate result, for a situation where an approximate result is sufficient for a purpose. Approximate computing is based on the observation that in many scenarios, although performing exact computation requires large amount of resources, allowing bounded approximation can provide disproportionate gains in performance and energy, while still achieving acceptable result accuracy.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Battery Change

Easy Battery Change

Just a reminder that changing a battery on a G-Shock is easy and should not be avoided.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

Raspberry PI 3 Adventures

We finally got our hands on the Raspberry Pi 3.


Tests, impressions and comparisons to follow.

One of the first comparisons will be to see what framerates this hardware can achieve with the 5MP camera and the software 'motion'.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Western Digital PIDrive

If you are lucky enough to live in a select few countries then Western Digital is willing to sell you a power reduce small form factor harddrive for use with your Raspberry Pi:



http://store.wdc.com/store/wdus/en_US/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.21986300/Accessories/WD_314GB_PiDrive/productID.335173200/categoryId.70262300

Intel announcing onboard FPGA on the same die as a Xeon processor

The Register has an interesting article on the announcement that Intel plan to ship Xeon chips with build in FGPA 



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/14/intel_xeon_fpga/

Intel bought Altera last year.

A few other people covering the story:
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/184828-intel-unveils-new-xeon-chip-with-integrated-fpga-touts-20x-performance-boost

Future is looking so bright I gotta wear shades...