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January 2016

Thursday, 28 January, 2016

I have completed the Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking cookbook - both the PDF and the EPUB version and have uploaded them to this site. This will be a static cookbook, as it contains content from a defunct web site.

I have removed all the cookbooks from the Documents section of this web site, and have added a Cookbooks link to the Recipes section. This cleans up some of the clutter on my web pages and allows me to say more about the cookbooks.


The newest cookbook turned out so well that I have decided to reformat the Camp-cook cookbook to the same format. That will take a very long time to do, as that cookbook is 674 pages long and the Byron's cookbook was 111 pages (now 94 pages). I should be able to get it down to below 600 pages with the new format. I am also going to reduce the size of all the pictures in the book - there are over 400 of those.


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Monday, 25 January, 2016

I am still working on the cookbook of Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking web site. I finished the PDF version after 3 days of work. The EPUB version is taking much longer, though. Since each recipe's ingredients are listed in double column format, I need to put them in a table. Sigil, the EPUB editor I use, doesn't allow me to easily do tables, so I must do them manually. That takes a lot of time.

Putting the ingredients in double column format reduces the size of the cookbook from 111 pages down to 94 pages. I am thinking of making this change to the camp-cook cookbook, but that would take me literally months to do, as that book is more than 600 pages in length.


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Monday, 18 January, 2016

Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking web site was a terrific source for Dutch oven recipes and information. It has gone away, and we sorely miss it. Yesterday, I tried to get one of Byron's recipes off the Internet and had great difficulty doing that. I finally found a complete duplicate of Byron's web site, hosted by a scout group.

Being the untrusting soul that I am, I decided the only way I could prevent this valuable resource from disappearing completely was to incorporate all the recipes into a cookbook - a free one that can be downloaded from this web site. So I am currently working on that.


I have distrubuted my first effort as a newsletter editor to the outside world. Comments to date are encouraging.


The new lens in my eye is giving no problems at all. I get the second one done on February 3rd, and I will have a new lens for my glasses before that to correct for the eye that was just done, so I will be able to see after the operation without tilting my head back all the time. It will be nice to be able to see true white through both eyes. Right now, the cataract in my right eye causes a yellowish tint to objects.


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Monday, 11 January, 2016

Last Thursday, I had an operation on my left eye to remove a cataract. It was an out-patient procedure that took about fifteen minutes. I have had no problems since then. I will have to get a new glasses prescription, though.


On Saturday, I helped one of our NILUG members clone his laptop's hard disk. We used Clonezilla to copy his old hard disk onto a 1TB disk. That took 3hours and 20 minutes, so we did not have time to install Linux on the new drive. I will now have to coach him through emails. I guess that comes with the territory.


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Tuesday, 5 January, 2016

I am having a cataract removed on Thursday. I have no idea how much that will affect this blog, but I know I will be unable to drive anywhere for a few days. It will be nice to see objects out of my left eye with no fuzziness, though.


Don't buy the DVD of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 if you plan to back it up on your hard disk. The movie can only be played from the DVD. It is copy protected with a system that prevents its 'owners' from using Handbrake or any other backup method on it. There is a digital Ultraviolet method of obtaining a digital copy of the film, but it requests information about me that I am unwilling to provide.

At one hour and 12 minutes into the backup recording, the sound goes off. That does not occur when you just play the DVD, though. Fair warning: Lionsgate sucks.


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