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Archive for August, 2009

Windows 7 Sins

Posted by mfluch on August 26, 2009

Windows 7 Sins A nice web page published by the Free Software Foundation: Windows 7 Sins. Definitely worthwhile for reading!

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Trusted Places

Posted by mfluch on August 23, 2009

One internet site which caught recently my attention: Trusted Places. I was surprised how many places they know about in Southampton. Just as an example: They know my two favourite take away places Super Chef and Portobello. And they have an entry for the neighbouring pub I started to visit more often: Duchess of Wellington. All not in any way belonging to the so called “big” places.

The information provided seems to be upto date and reliable. I should use the site to find some more interesting places… :)

PS: Then on the contrary, the number of places they know in Helsinki is rediculous! Just 5 at the time of writing… ;-)

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Some Books…

Posted by mfluch on August 22, 2009

I just finished “Love Remains” by Glen Duncan. A master piece!

Another great book I recently did read (and which I can greatly recommend) is “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. Despite a great story it gives very interesting insights to the people from and their life in Afghanistan.

On my way back from Heathrow Airport to Southampton, a friendly man sitting next to me suggested me “The Shack” by William Paul Young. I have not started to read it yet, but will so soon…

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Yet Another new Toy to Play

Posted by mfluch on August 6, 2009

Nikkor 18-70DXAfter I got machanical problems with my AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/1:3.5-4.5D (in addition that the picture quality was not good at all) I decided on my return from my holiday in Ukraine to buy a new lense. Not “new” as in never used before, but “new” as in new to me. After a short look on e-Bay I got hold on a AF Nikkor 18-70mm f/1:3.5-4.5G DX (review). A nice compact lense with very good picture quality and not to expensive, either. And the picture quality is much better comparet to my previous lense! And it is a 4x zoom instead only a 2x zoom! :-)

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New Espresso Machine

Posted by mfluch on August 6, 2009

My New GAGGIA Classic As my espresso machine by Krups got old (very old actually) I recently obtained a GAGGIA Classic on e-Bay. I got it for a cheap price but still in perfect working condition.

Only the plastic attachment of the steam wand was missing (it was meant to help to get a better milk foam). Since this made the steam wand too short for operation I looked on the Internet for a replacement part for it. I got lucky at HappyDonkey.co.uk. More precisely, they have a separate page for GAGGIA Classic spare parts. There then a Rancilio Sylvia steam wand caught my attention. It is simpler than the original GAGGIA solution but just looks like doing a better job. I ordered it, and a two days later I had the new steam wand. The photo below shows the new and the old steam wand in comparison. Click on the photo to find some notes on installing the new steam wand:

New and Old Steam Wand

What else: after one day of experimenting with the machine I finally got a very delicious result, espresso wise but also with the cappuccino. To use good and new (!) beans helps a lot here (I noticed that the beans I had still left from a long time since were expired about 2.5 years ago! … oops ;-) ). And the result is this:

Cappuccino

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