Monthly Archives: July 2008

★ iPhone advice for you

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Here’s 2 really great iPhone articles that I think are worth reading, or at least saving to del.icio.us or StumbleUpon for later perusal.

How to Despam Your iPhone Email by Mashable‘s Bob Walsh

Finding 300 spam messages on your new Apple iPhone 3G on your first day with your new love is not a pleasant experience.

How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your iPhone Bill by Lifehack‘s Joel Falconer

Apple has manufactured the telecom’s dream: a phone that will rack up a massive bill all too easily.

Check out both those articles if you’re suffering from some iPhone issues at the moment, I know I’m wondering what my first bill will look like which is actually due to arrive while I’m away on my honeymoon.

★ iPhone advice for you

iphone-art.jpg

Here’s 2 really great iPhone articles that I think are worth reading, or at least saving to del.icio.us or StumbleUpon for later perusal.

How to Despam Your iPhone Email by Mashable‘s Bob Walsh

Finding 300 spam messages on your new Apple iPhone 3G on your first day with your new love is not a pleasant experience.

How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your iPhone Bill by Lifehack‘s Joel Falconer

Apple has manufactured the telecom’s dream: a phone that will rack up a massive bill all too easily.

Check out both those articles if you’re suffering from some iPhone issues at the moment, I know I’m wondering what my first bill will look like which is actually due to arrive while I’m away on my honeymoon.

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Terriyaki Chicken

Another really quick and simple dish for tonight, and it will totally ‘wow’ anyone you cook it for as it’s so flavourful! It’s not a proper Japanese, just a Mat version that is quite similar to the Teriyaki Chicken at Melbourne’s Edoya Japanese Restaurant on Russell Street, Melbourne.

Terriyaki Chicken

So here’s you ingredients list, most of which you should be able to pick up in your local grocery store and bottle shop. Oh and this will serve 2 people by itself, or 4 if you make another dish as well.

  • 4 Chicken thigh fillets
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2fl oz) Sake
  • 1/4 cup (2fl oz) Mirin
  • 1/3 cup Light Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Spring Onions
  • Sesame Oil (for frying)

Terriyaki Chicken

Pat the fillets dry on some absorbent kitchen paper, trim off the excess fat if you’re worried about it, then season it well with some salt and pepper. Put a little splash in a griddle or frying pan and let it heat right up, we want it close to smoking when we put the chicken in!

Terriyaki Chicken

Fry the chicken till it’s really sealed and brown. It needs to be nice and crisp on the outside, but tender in the middle. So be sure not to overcook it!

While the chicken is finishing up cooking it’s time to organise the sauce. Mix in the Sugar with the Sake, Mirin and Light Soy Sauce. Give it a really good stir so that you dissolve the sugar.

By about now the chicken should be finished up, if it is then take it off of the heat and put the fillets on some absorbent kitchen paper to drain off the excess oil. Don’t get rid of the pan as we’re going to deglaze it with the sauce and there’s plenty of flavour there that we don’t want to waste!

Terriyaki Chicken

While the chicken thighs are resting, put the sauce in the pan you used for cooking the chicken and get it back on the heat. Don’t let it boil over, and make sure you give it a bit of a stir so that you get all that flavour from the chicken into the sauce. Once it starts to boil, drop the heat right down low and let it simmer for a minute or two.

While the sauce is finishing up, chop up the spring onions for the garnish.

Terriyaki Chicken

The chicken should’ve had enough time to relax, slice it up into bite-size strips and place it on a nice serving plate. Once it’s all on the plate take the sauce off of the heat and spoon, not pour, it over the chicken making. Sprinkle some shallots and sesame seeds on top and voila, Chicken Teriyaki is done!

Terriyaki Chicken

Serve with some Jasmine rice, I like the microwave packs from Sun Rice because they taste great, they’re ready in 90 seconds, there’s no mess to clean up, and it’s pretty damn hard to wreck it.

Looking for more of my world famous recipes, then head over to the recipes archive!

★ Viral Marketing, gone ‘adult’

I love a good viral marketing video, and this one from Rubber 55 is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. It’s a total rip off of MTV Cribs, but still pretty funny

Check it out, oh and even though it’s about gimps, dildos, latex, and other random fetish type products it’s completely work safe…..unless of course you work somewhere where they don’t allow those things. errrm. what.

★ Viral Marketing, gone 'adult'

I love a good viral marketing video, and this one from Rubber 55 is one of the best I’ve seen in a while. It’s a total rip off of MTV Cribs, but still pretty funny

Check it out, oh and even though it’s about gimps, dildos, latex, and other random fetish type products it’s completely work safe…..unless of course you work somewhere where they don’t allow those things. errrm. what.

★ Aperture 2.1.1 Update, what's it all about?

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So today, in the latest round of software updates to come out for Apple, was the Aperture 2.1.1 update. The support notes say this;

About Aperture 2.1.1

This update supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

For more information, see Late-Breaking News in the Aperture Help menu.

Continue reading

★ Aperture 2.1.1 Update, what’s it all about?

updater.jpg

So today, in the latest round of software updates to come out for Apple, was the Aperture 2.1.1 update. The support notes say this;

About Aperture 2.1.1

This update supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

For more information, see Late-Breaking News in the Aperture Help menu.

Continue reading

★ Australian Government to censor the Internet

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If you’re like me you’ll be furious when you read the latest information the Australia Government has released on the proposed ISP-level filtering of online content.

Duncan Riley has stated his concerns over on his blog. Duncan was also responsible for the Techcrunch article that I linked to in my article back on the 9th of January this year, Big Brother Down Under.

The full report can be downloaded from the ACMA website on pdf.

★ Australian Government to censor the Internet

acma-study.png

If you’re like me you’ll be furious when you read the latest information the Australia Government has released on the proposed ISP-level filtering of online content.

Duncan Riley has stated his concerns over on his blog. Duncan was also responsible for the Techcrunch article that I linked to in my article back on the 9th of January this year, Big Brother Down Under.

The full report can be downloaded from the ACMA website on pdf.

★ Getting around WordPress' 2mb Import Limit

Over at I’m With The Band we’re in the process of moving to our new hosts and as part of the great move we’ve had to relocated all the articles, images, and other assorted bits and pieces.

For the most part the move has gone well, the only BIG issue we’ve had is uploading the WordPress XML exported file from our previous WordPress installation. WordPress, and php, have an issue with uploading files larger than 2mb, but with a little bit of hacking around you can get around it.

Here’s what I did to bypass the WordPress 2mb upload limit.

In my .htaccess file I added the following lines;

php_value upload_max_filesize 20M

php_value post_max_size 20M

php_value max_execution_time 200

php_value max_input_time 200

If you’ve got access to your php.ini file, which is normally located in your public_html directory, then you could try adding those lines to it which I’ve heard works as well.

Anyway, this weekend should be pretty hectic getting the new website finalised. Fingers crossed there are no dramas!

★ Getting around WordPress’ 2mb Import Limit

Over at I’m With The Band we’re in the process of moving to our new hosts and as part of the great move we’ve had to relocated all the articles, images, and other assorted bits and pieces.

For the most part the move has gone well, the only BIG issue we’ve had is uploading the WordPress XML exported file from our previous WordPress installation. WordPress, and php, have an issue with uploading files larger than 2mb, but with a little bit of hacking around you can get around it.

Here’s what I did to bypass the WordPress 2mb upload limit.

In my .htaccess file I added the following lines;

php_value upload_max_filesize 20M

php_value post_max_size 20M

php_value max_execution_time 200

php_value max_input_time 200

If you’ve got access to your php.ini file, which is normally located in your public_html directory, then you could try adding those lines to it which I’ve heard works as well.

Anyway, this weekend should be pretty hectic getting the new website finalised. Fingers crossed there are no dramas!

★ New Glasses

New glasses

I finally went and got my eyes tested on Tuesday. I have excellent vision from near to far, but my eyes have been straining a lot in front of the computer with all the time I spend in front of the monitor these days.

Anyway, these are my new glasses. Not sure if i’m into them or not, they make me look smarter though.

★ New Glasses

New glasses

I finally went and got my eyes tested on Tuesday. I have excellent vision from near to far, but my eyes have been straining a lot in front of the computer with all the time I spend in front of the monitor these days.

Anyway, these are my new glasses. Not sure if i’m into them or not, they make me look smarter though.

★ Pain Gone available on eBay Australia

The Pain Gone pen is now available for sale. Until we have our web shop up and running properly you will be able to buy Pain Gone via our eBay listing at the price of $99.95.

You can find our listings buy going to our eBay profile, or alternatively by searching for Pain Gone on eBay.com.au

Don’t have an eBay account, just send us an email via our contact page

If you have any questions or would like more information do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Mathew Packer – Director

★ Pain Gone available on eBay Australia

The Pain Gone pen is now available for sale. Until we have our web shop up and running properly you will be able to buy Pain Gone via our eBay listing at the price of $99.95.

You can find our listings buy going to our eBay profile, or alternatively by searching for Pain Gone on eBay.com.au

Don’t have an eBay account, just send us an email via our contact page

If you have any questions or would like more information do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Mathew Packer – Director

★ Been flat out all day

So this is a lazy man’s blog today. I might try and get something ‘nice n proper’ written up tonight but there’s no guarantee.

Just started to process of building a new photography portfolio site, I may even use this one for a while as I think it’s pretty cool in a simple ‘highlight the photos’ kind of way.

I’ve also started mocking up the MPM Records site, the new Pain Gone site with shop, and also a logo and website for a Newcastle based band called The Regalia. Anyone would think I was a web designer or something with all this happening.

Oh and I’ve been talking with the Reverb Street Press guys today about some changes with the I’m With The Band / Reverb Street Press website, hopefully we’re moving back to the magazine style site but it’s all dependent on them helping out with the content uploading.

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Last but not least, one of my favourite Newcastle bands Here Come The Birds are in the finals of the UncharTED competition. Next Thursday is the grand final and before then you, my friends, can vote for them at the UncharTED website. If they win they’ll be playing one of Australia’s biggest music festivals, Splendour In The Grass. So do me a favour and go vote for them!

Cheers

Matt