Blues blogging - Joe Bonamassa

by Mads
April 05, 2008 at 22:00 | categories: soulfood

Most of the music I listen to is either Blues or something closely related. Most of it is not very recent, and finding new stuff isn't always easy. Lately I've been listening a lot to Joe Bonamassa after my sister gave me Blues Deluxe.




Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns

by Mads
March 25, 2008 at 23:38 | categories: food, soulfood, cooking

Lately I've found some time to bake again and over the easter break, I've been trying out a recipe for Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns in Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor (pg. 136-139).
From looking at the recipe, one could almost expect something with a texture like crackers, but the basic technique does work creating something that's quite soft and pleasant. That being said, the recipe isn't perfect. First of all, it calls for rolling out to a size of only 9 inches square which given the amount of cinnamon sugar filling just doesn't work. I literally had more sugar dropping out than staying in and some of the sugar didn't melt during baking. So my notes for the next time I work up my courage for another round:

  • roll out to 0.5 cm thickness instead of 0.5 inch
  • seal the edge with egg
  • cut to 1 cm thickness instead of 1 inch to let them finish baking before browning
  • use the full 24 hours and remember that a winter cold kitchen probably doesn't qualify as room temperature
  • The 30 seconds microwave trick still brings the bread back to life from slightly stale

My favorite book out of the four by Peter Reinhart that I have so far is still Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers. It's recipes are for more conventional breads, but probably a bit more involved than the ones in the Whole Grain Breads book.
If you're serious about baking, then I can't recommend his books enough. There may be a lot more planning than conventional baking, but the results are well worth the effort.


Ordb.org really is closed

by Mads
March 25, 2008 at 23:34 | categories: security

As I wrote in December 2006 the RBL at ordb.org has been shut down. From the nameserver traffic, there's quite a few who didn't react to the shutdown notice. In fact so many that the traffic is quite significant. From today, they're sending a wakeup call to admins who haven't fixed their configurations yet.
The result of still using relays.ordb is likely to be blocking of all mails.

UPDATE: More details here.


Sun opensources SAM and QFS

by Mads
March 25, 2008 at 23:30 | categories: sun, solaris

Last week, Sun added SAM/QFS to the growing stack of storage software - see the Storage Platform section.

SAM is the Storage Archive Manager (a HSM) and QFS is the Quick File System (a multi-writer global filesystem).

Joerg Moellenkamp posted a nice writeup on SamFS.

So why do I care? Both SAM and QFS could be immensely useful for work and having access to the code rather than being stuck with a short term trial makes it a whole lot easier to get a test system up and running. Also from a long term perspective, much of what's happening in storage these days seem to be happening around opensolaris.
Traditional storage vendors must be feeling the heat from Sun and it will be interesting to see what happens in an area where charging an arm and a leg for features seem more common than not.


Not going to ApacheCon

by Mads
March 25, 2008 at 23:27 | categories: apache, httpd, asf

Last week I got notified about some changes to the planned schedule that unfortunately put my talk at a time I would have a hard time making. So rather than stressing around trying to make ends meet in what was already to be a hit'n'run trip, my talk is off the schedule and I won't be going.
Instead I'll try to rewrite my talk into some blog entries as time permits.

ApacheCon US also looks very unlikely as I'm not very keen on going to New Orleans.


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