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Saturday, 11 July 2020 Dereel Images for 11 July 2020
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Grey day
Topic: Stones Road house, general Link here

Today was particularly dreary, as the photovoltaic summary shows:

 
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That could be an all-time record: 2.53 kWh, only about a tenth of what was generated 3 days ago. At first I thought that something had gone wrong with the system.


More Microsoft stuff
Topic: technology, photography, opinion Link here

So finally distress is working relatively well. Within the constraints of the system, I'm surprisingly satisfied. Last time I tried, it kept me busy for days, and in the end I gave up.

Of course, there are still things to do. Why does distress go to sleep when rdesktop is active? Off looking in the documentation web, and found lots of suggestions about what to do, like this one. They all had one thing in common: “if you're running rdesktop, disable sleep”.

That's straightforward enough, but not what I want, and not what “Windows” 7 does. Have they broken it?

On the other hand, I did manage to process my weekly House photos on distress, requiring installation of Photomatix and Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 8, which only came out a couple of days ago. And it worked. So within the bounds of expectations, I'm relatively happy. What do I do with dischord now? It still works, but I'll use it less. It also has 16 GB memory, compared to the 8 GB on distress, so if the chips are compatible I might move a couple.


Enchiladas verdes revisited
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I don't make enchiladas very often, mainly because they haven't worked as well as I had hoped. Six years ago, after some particularly unpleasant ready-made salsa verde, I decided that I didn't want to eat them any more.

But people forget, and last time I left both salsa and chicken over. Time to eat the rest.

Making the tortillas is gradually becoming easier. There are now plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to make them; not surprisingly, the best are in Spanish, but it's easy enough to understand. But the devil's in the detail. The women in the videos aren't doing it for the first time, and the tortillas come out perfectly, one after the other.

Years ago I spent lots of soul-searching trying to get the perfect masa/water mixture. I think I've solved that one, at least for Minsa, the only masa I can get easily: 1 part masa to 1.8 parts water, by weight, considerably wetter than I had previously done. And 20 g of masa seems right for one tortilla—previously I had been using up to 35 g. But I have problems getting them round. I have problems peeling the paper off the tortillas after pressing. I have problems with the cooking time.

Today I made some progress: first, leave the masa to rest for 10 minutes after mixing in the water. I press the tortillas between sheets of baking paper and pull the paper off, and it's clear that it should be folded back 180° and pulled off parallel to the surface, and gently. If I lift the paper, it tends to take bits of the tortilla with it.

After peeling the first side, turn over the tortilla and peel off the other side. But what's under the tortilla? In the past I have just put the first sheet of paper back, but that's moist, and it tends to stick again. Today I tried using a third sheet of dry paper instead, and that worked much better.

But that sheet can get most and sticky too. Noticed an old, dried-out piece of Indian roti lying around. Would that be better? No, disaster. It stuck fast, and I had to scrape it off and try again.

OK, next: some recipes fry the tortillas in lard before filling them. Tried that, sort of: melted the lard and wiped one side of the tortillas in it. Then fill with chicken:

 
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Put the enchiladas in a baking tray on a little salsa:

 
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For me (not for Yvonne), shred onion and put on top:

 
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Cover with salsa and cheese:

 
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This proved to be far too little salsa (300 g). I think I could have done with double that quantity. And clearly the cheese is completely wrong. That's a basic problem in Australia: you can get many brands of cheese, but they're all copies of a few basic types, and things like Cotija are at least as difficult to find as Appenzeller or Vacherin.

Bake at 170° for 30 minutes? After 15 minutes they looked like this:

 
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Turned on the grill, temperature to 175°, and gave them another 20 minutes:

 
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Once again not the right cheese. What can I use? I suppose the closest I can get (not very close, sadly) would be this grated yellow “Mozarella” cheese. This one made a nuisance of itself by being too hard to cut through to remove individual enchiladas:

 
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And once again the enchiladas fell apart:

 
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I should have expected that; I had commented on it last time, and also suggested how to avoid it “next time”: bake them alone first.


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The daily “Windows” pain
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Gradually distress is working more or less as I want it. Spent some time today trying to refine the thing to not require double clicking, and showing all files rather than just those parts of some file names. It wasn't helped by the fact that they've both rearranged and renamed things. I didn't find how to set the NTP server, though my HOWTO page describes it for “Windows” 7. I did find that they have renamed the tab “Folder Options” to “File explorer options”, and that's where I need to turn off this silly double mouse click (obvious, isn't it?). But where's “File explorer options”? Without climbing through the entire maze of twisty little menus, all illogical, I tried the search button:

 
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Where's “File Explorer Options” there? It isn't. You have to ignore much more frequently used items like “File Explorer Developer Settings” and Show all results; it's the very last entry. And when I did open it, it obligingly opened the window under the parent window:

 
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But finally I got some of it done, though I still have to set up backups.

Next, for a little sanity, install Emacs, which doubles as a file manager. It's clear that the Emacs people don't like Microsoft either, and the installation instructions were somewhat vague. Finally I downloaded the tarball, and Microsoft had a hissy fit. I can't “open” that! Do you want to process it with Windows Media Player or Notepad? Otherwise go to Microsoft Storage and download an app.

How about WinZip? It's free!

 
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“PDP functionality to convert and merge PDF files”. “Share large files easily via email”. “Add irrelevant features to cause panic in the hearts of Unix users”.

But particularly “Get your free trial”. They're lying about basic system functionality being free!

OK, on advice of others, how about 7-Zip, really free from their web site. Microsoft didn't want to know; I didn't even get the option to use it to “open” the archive. I had to run 7-Zip and rub its nose in the archive.

OK, go looking for bin\runemacs.exe. Not there! No directory bin. In fact, I had downloaded the sources. Way down the bottom of the directory listing on the ftp site was a directory windows, and the archive I was looking for was there, in a more Microsoft-friendly format. Downloaded and “opened” it.

OK, now it's open, now what? “Create a shortcut”. How do you do that? Even my Microsoft friends couldn't tell me. Tried dragging the executable to the root window, or whatever Microsoft calls it. That worked, and I could start it. But it didn't have its environment, and it crashed.

OK, try running it from the directory that 7-Zip gave me.

The application may depend on other compressed files in this folder
Shall I extract into your \Documents folder?

Now isn't that a good choice for a “folder”. I didn't get much of a choice: yes or no. So I chose no and it installed in my home directory. And then I could drag the executable to the root window and run it. What a relief! And yes, as Andrew Perry commented on IRC, this one was not really Microsoft's fault.

In passing, I never cease to marvel at the obscurity of Microsoft “Windows” windows. Found this at the top of my screen today:


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What is it? Parts of two windows, neither identified, and one not rectangular. Clearly one is DxO PhotoLab, but the other one is firefox, and its option tabs grow upwards into the DxO space. That's the white one; if it hadn't been for that, I couldn't have told them apart. And if I use firefox, Chrome and “Edge”, or whatever it's called, it's really hard to tell them apart.


Hibernate or sleep?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

One of the problems for which I haven't found a solution is the fact that “Windows” 10 doesn't seem to be able to ignore the “sleep” settings while an rdesktop session is active. So, as many have advised, I have to disable sleep.

So when do I sleep? Under “Windows” 7 it was simple: terminate the rdesktop session and it goes to sleep after its normal timeout. But of course distress doesn't. And the shutdown program doesn't even offer “sleep”, just “hibernate”. Tried that, and of course it works. It also presumably uses less power. But coming back up is a different matter. Tested today: dischord is up and running after 30 seconds. distress reads in its memory image and then does nothing for a minute, it seems. Then there's a lot of disk activity, and after another minute it's active.

Yes, I can speed that up by pressing the power button (which I have set to “sleep”), but it seems messy, and Yvonne can't do that from the other end of the house.


More “Windows” pain
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Yvonne obligingly took 315 photos today, to be processed with DxO PhotoLab. OK, set things up for her as well. Basically the same thing as for me.

But then there's this strange Microsoft layering violation: file sharing is per-user, so I had to go through the whole CIFS pain all over again. That's particularly silly since in each case I need the same credentials.

And, once again, it didn't work! First time round, after entering user name and password and pressing “Do it” or whatever, it repeated the credentials window immediately. The second time it waited its 20 seconds (to see if the password became valid?) and then repeated the credentials window. And the third time it presented:


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What is this nonsense? Too much pain for today; maybe I'll have to let Yvonne use my account for processing her photos, which won't be until tomorrow.


Dinner with Chris and Margaret
Topic: general, food and drink, gardening Link here

Originally we had planned to have a riding clinic with Anke Hawke this weekend, but the resurgence of COVID-19 has closed the state borders. But Margaret Swan came anyway, and this evening we had dinner together. She brought another truffle, this time a different kind whose name I forget. It's apparently a “second class” white truffle (the real white truffle has never been grown outside certain areas in Italy), and it's particularly aromatic.

Not exactly as thanks for the truffle, I finally found a taker in her for the enormous Hibiscus rosa-sinensis that has been growing in the lounge room for some months, and which had just reached the ceiling. Here just before loading into the car:

 
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And here on the loading area of the car:

 
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Margaret was more interested in pushing some unidentified leaves:

 
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