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Thursday, 25 November 2021 Dereel Images for 25 November 2021
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Real non-stick frying pans
Topic: food and drink Link here

Most modern frying pans have a “non-stick” coating. It's much more durable than the old PTFE coatings, but nowhere near as “non-stick”. But there's hope in the new ceramic pans. Here a beaten egg fried in the pan with no oil whatsoever:


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If only more of them would come on the market.


Bloody Android ring tones!
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Yesterday's search for a ring tone for Yvonne's phone drew a blank, and I couldn't even get audacity to let me save an image. Spent quite a bit of time today trying to find out how to save export the clip. I still don't know why, but since the “File” menu gave me almost no options (import, Exit or “Recent Files” (an obscenity in itself), I chose “Recent files”. There was only the file I was looking at. But in this second window, for no obvious reason, I was allowed to “export”:

 
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Finally! Well, no. Trying to “Export selected audio” exported the entire clip, all 17 minutes of it. I had clearly not selected the way it wanted. More messing around, I think by clicking on the area I wanted, and things changed and I was able to save the clip. Now why didn't I write down these details last time?

OK, how do I upload it to enzian, Yvonne's phone? I have two programs that I use to access the file system on the phone: WiFi File Transfer, which presents a web interface to the phone's file system, and WiFi FTP Server, which interfaces with an FTP client. In principle FTP looks the way to go, but for some reason I hadn't been able to get authentication to work when I installed it on enzian.

In passing, why “WiFi” in these names? Modern software doesn't understand internetworking.

OK, try with WiFi File Transfer. Oh. It can't copy files from the Real World to the phone, only the other way round. Back to WiFi FTP Server. For some reason, anonymous access doesn't work. More head-scratching, then checked out my access scripts. Oh. I'm not using anonymous FTP on hirse, my own phone, either. OK, set up the password for the same fictive user as for hirse, and it worked on only the second attempt (HOW I hate invisible passwords on glass keyboard!).

So, into the setup menu and select the ring tone. Yes, it plays it for me, and I select it. Back to the previous screen. Not set! Much more messing around, but it just would not stick. The same things work fine on my phone. After over an hour of various attempts, I gave up. My best bet is that the ringer doesn't like the format of my clip; maybe it's too complicated. The same clip works fine on hirse. Should I call up Xiaomi support? I feat that that way madness lies.


Anonymous FTP to mobile phones
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Why can't I access hirse, my phone, or enzian, Yvonne's phone, using anonymous FTP and WiFi FTP Server? Much messing around:

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/13) ~ 43 -> ftp -P 2121 hirse
Connected to hirse.lemis.com.
220 Service ready for new user.
Name (hirse:grog): anonymous
331 Guest login okay, send your complete e-mail address as password.
Password: no echo
230 User logged in, proceed.
Remote system type is UNIX.
ftp>
=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/13) ~ 44 -> ftp -P 2121 hirse
Connected to hirse.lemis.com.
220 Service ready for new user.
Name (hirse:grog): ftp
331 User name okay, need password for ftp.
Password: no echo
long delay
421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection.
ftp: Login failed
ftp>

So: FTP Server understands user anonymous, but not ftp. You'd think it was written over 30 years ago. But on reflection, it's easier to have a user name anyway.


Spring starts to come
Topic: gardening Link here

In a week it will be summer, and we have hardly seen anything of spring. There have been a couple of exceptions, such as our Strelitzia nicolai, which seems to be flowering more than ever before. There are at least 3 flowers in various stages of bloom. This one is the most developed:


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The Kniphofia that only last week was showing no signs of flowering has now produced a single flower spike with amazing speed. Here 4 days ago and today:


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And the next round of Irises is blooming happily:


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Oyster sauce chicken wings
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

A couple of days ago I saw this recipe for “Oyster sauce baked chicken wings”. Very simple, to the point of using garlic powder!

Clearly that's a no-no, but it was worth trying, even if I decided that the cooking method was a little simplistic. So bought some wings, marinated them, and today baked them in a glass form in the oven at 85° because I was too lazy to do them sous-vide. Interestingly, the oven kept the temperature surprisingly accurately, normally to within 1°. But after 1½ hours the chicken was still at 69°, so I ultimately heated them to 84° by trial and error in the microwave oven. Then in the “hair dryer” “air fryer” at 230° until they looked nice and brown, which proved to be 15 minutes:


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How were they? Boring! Nothing like as good as the soya-braised wings I eat with nasi lemak. But Yvonne liked them, so it looks as if she might also enjoy the soya wings.

The real test of well cooked chicken wings is that the meat falls off the bones. These ones failed the test:


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Theiving Lena!
Topic: animals Link here

Seen in the lounge room after dinner:


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What's interesting about that? Yvonne's glasses!


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For some reason Lena keeps stealing them, probably because they belong to Yvonne. She has done it several times now, but she has never damaged them.


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KL Hokkien Mee: done?
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

KL Hokkien Mee for breakfast again today. I think I have now reached a definitive recipe. Compared to last time, there are relatively few differences: 5 g of garlic instead of 15, and half and half prawns and squid instead of only squid. So finally I have something like a definitive recipe.


Perfectly clear
Topic: photography, technology, opinion Link here

So what is “Perfectly Clear“? Two days ago I got some results, but only as “Looks” (their term, including capitalization). What else can it do? Went off and found a surprisingly fuzzy video that explained what it can do. It applies “Looks” to your image, and also offers adjustments based on these base “Looks”.

It seems that a “Look” is what DxO PhotoLab calls a “Preset”, a collection of settings. With a bit of practice I could presumably do the same thing with DxO.

What did come out of the video was that Perfectly Clear can apply lens corrections for some lenses when converting raw images, at any rate. The video specifically showed an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I with an M.Zuiko 12-40 mm f/2.8 Pro, so it might even work for some of my lenses.

Do I need it? I don't know. It certainly seems to work better than the Ashampoo photo optimizer. In particular, should I “optimize” my weekly house photos or not? In particular the one in the north-west of the garden ends up with some really strange colours after processing with Ashampoo, and potentially Perfectly Clear can improve on things. I still can't decide. If I do, I should do it soon: they're currently bombarding me with special offers, though none are cheaper than US $64.50, still a lot of money for what it is.

Why did I look at it in the first place? It seems that I was looking for photo restoration software. Maybe I should investigate that more.

A couple of strangenesses: like DxO, it defaults to cropping to the same aspect ratio as the original, and even snaps back to that default after Every Image. And it has a crop guide that makes no sense at all to me. Apart from the usual grids, there's also a spiral.


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