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Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:20 PM »
Not much to add about the phones. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 that I'm happy with, but I don't use it for even half of what it can do.

RE: battery drain, though. If you have an Android phone I've found that using a free app called Battery Doctor makes a big difference in slowing down drain.

Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:11 PM »
Taking Mouser's bait: I'm a long-time magna cum lurker DC fan.

Two off-the-beaten-path recipes. First, from my long-departed Russian grandmother...


4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shelled almonds, with skins
3 1/2 cups unsifted flour
3 tsp baking powder

Beat eggs, mix well with sugar. Add vanilla and almonds; gradually add flour mixed with baking powder. Form dough into four rolls and flatten slightly with fork. 
Put rolls on greased cookie sheet, bake in 325 degree oven 25-30 minutes. While rolls are still warm, slice diagonally in 3/4" slices. [Note: this takes a sharp knife and some skill, so the nuts slice and don't just smoosh into the cookie.] Put the cookies on a cooling rack, and return to (turned-off) oven for 20-30 minutes to dry out.

They should end up the consistency of paving stones, like fossilized biscotti, and are designed to be dunked in tea (or coffee or cocoa), where they'll soften but won't collapse. Warn your guests, without the dunking you could break a tooth.

And, just in time for Thanksgiving ;) ...


[Susan Stamberg gave this recipe on NPR many years ago, saying it was her mother's. In fact it was invented by Craig Claiborne in the 1960s. A wonderful sharp alternative to the standard sticky-sweet cranberry sauce that makes me gag, and fabulous later on cold turkey. People either love it or hate it, by my survey roughly 20% / 80%; you've been warned.]

Chop or grind together 2 cups raw cranberries, one small/med onion. Add a scant 1/2 cup sugar (or less, to taste), 3 Tbsp. strong horseradish, 1/2 cup sour cream (or drained yogurt). That's all there is to it, it's that simple. Let it sit for a day then stir, it's better that way.

General Software Discussion / Re: extracting info from pdf
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:38 AM »

Yeah, I've been mostly a lurker here. I imagine there are a bunch of DC people like me: active and interested computer user both at home and at work, but not a coder, not a serious computer hobbyist, not too much interested in mucking about with hardware or modifying software or the like.

But I follow DC enthusiastically, and it's given me FARR and Screenshot Captor (which I use and talk up regularly) and a bunch of other interesting things.
Mouser is a god.

So I've held back not through reticence, but because most active posters have levels of knowledge and skill well above mine. When I feel I have something useful to add, I will.

(and now two posts in one day. It's a Trend!)

General Software Discussion / Re: extracting info from pdf
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:26 AM »

I've had very good luck a number of times with . Upload your pdf to their site, they convert it and return by email. Occasionally within a few minutes, always within 24 hours. And free!

Just two days ago at work I had them convert a 9-pg pdf with tables, highlighting, and a screenshot: the .doc version they returned was perfect.

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