Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spicy thai noodles with thai chicken sausage

Spicy thai noodles with thai chicken sausage

by Lee Drake on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 10:40pm
Tonights successful dinner recipe:

Stir fried in butter:
- Spicy Thai chicken sausage from the market
- Garlic, lemongrass, diced fresh plum tomatoes, chopped fresh coriander, salt and pepper to taste, juice of 1/2 lime
- Peppardellas Spicy Thai whole wheat noodles prepared al dente (boil about 6-7 minutes)

A side of fresh seedless watermelon

Melt 1.5-2TBS of butter over medium high heat, stir fry the garlic and lemongrass until the garlic begins to brown, add the thai sausage broken into small chunks, cook until the caramel color starts to come out on the surface

Add the diced plum tomatoes and stirfry until they get soft, add the coriander and salt and pepper to taste - cook for about a minute more until the coriander turns a dark green and is a bit limp.  Remove from heat and add the lime juice.

Serve with wedges of lime over the spicy thai noodles.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Microsoft updates major security flaw

As you know I am loathe to run around about the latest security releases saying “the sky is falling”. Last night, however, Microsoft released an extremely important security patch – out of band from their normal Tuesday security patch release. The security hole this patch addresses would allow an attacker to potentially drop files on a server or workstation that could be run simply by viewing them in file explorer. This would allow a hacker to potentially take over a machine without anyone ever clicking on a file or running it. Files could arrive by USB Drive, email, hacks, web uploads – any of a number of vectors. This is an extremely dangerous issue, which is actively being exploited by criminals trying to interfere with US operations by taking over manufacturing sites and control systems, stealing retail credit cards and identities, and a variety of other activities. It is imperative that your servers and workstations be updated as soon as possible to avoid allowing this vulnerability to spread. Once a system is infected with this problem it becomes very difficult to remove it since you cannot view files without re-running the virus. In addition, it spreads by so many different vectors that we can’t just rely on something like an email filter to remove all possible sources of contamination. The very best way to avoid this problem is to run Windows Updates AS SOON AS POSSIBLE on all your servers and workstations. It’s especially critical to protect workstations, but you should VERIFY that all servers and workstations have been updated – even if you believe them to be set on automatic updates. Each server or workstation will need to be rebooted after the patch is applied to fully implement the patch.

If you are running Windows XP SP2 – you need to update to SP3 before you can patch for this vulnerability. Service packs MUST BE DONE MANUALLY – automatic updates does not apply service packs, and must be done logged in as an administrator. Be sure you verify that your XP system is at least service pack 3, then update all the patches that are recommended after the service pack is applied. Microsoft no longer support XP SP2 with new security releases.

If you are running Windows 7 be sure to patch BOTH your core Win7 operating system and any virtual XP instances that you run.

If you need assistance with any tasks related to this issue, please call Jim Rock at the office at 585-756-2444 and he can help you (on a ticket basis) to update and verify that your systems are no longer vulnerable either remotely or by going onsite. We would rather you spent a little bit up front to be sure this is patched – then to pay us a lot later if there is a problem. This update needs to be applied ASAP, which is why Microsoft released it quickly. Even if you have automatic updates on, we recommend that you force the update through Internet Explorer (on windows xp machines or virtual machines) by going to, or for Vista and Win7 machines by choosing Windows updates from your start menu.

To read more about the problem and its impact see the following Microsoft Knowledgebase article:  If you do NOT use us for your IT support and you didn’t get a warning this morning from your current IT support – consider using us in the future. This is the kind of proactive service we provide for all our technical support customers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

FIRST Robotics regional competitions

Imagine a sport where the participants put more hours in practicing in six weeks than other sports do in a whole year - and then they practice all year too! Imagine a sport where there is around a 1-2 ratio between coaches and participants. Imagine a sport where EVERY SINGLE participant can go pro, and get a job helping their country and their company build the devices and software needed to keep us competitive in the world economy. Imagine a sport that gives every participante the opportunity to learn leadership, gracious professionalism, coopetition, good values, and an excellent work ethic. Now imagine that sport had only one competition a year in your area - wouldn't you want to go!? PLEASE come cheer on the hard working kids at your local FIRST ROBOTICS competition. It's just one day out of your life - it's countless hours out of theirs and their mentors. It's free and in Rochester it's at the RIT Gordon Field house TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I do the Richard Petty Experience RideAlong

Thanks to the great folks at my distributor Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Systems group I got to check another item off my life-list - a NASCAR Ride-along at 140 mph at Disney Motor Speedway!  Wow - fastest 3 miles I've ever ridden.  This is courtesy of the folks at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Motor Speedway!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Making Lemon Basil Pasta from scratch

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Per batch of lemon basil pasta:
2 3/4 C pasta 00 flour (Hodgson Mills makes a nice semolina)
4 eggs
Zest of 3 lemons
1 batch fresh basil from wegmans - chopped
1 tsp of salt
1 tbs of EVOO

To make:
1. 2 3/4 c pasta 00 flour make a well 4 eggs
2. Add 3 farm fresh free range room temp eggs+yolk of 4th to well
3. Add 3 lemons worth zest + basil and 1 tsp salt 2 eggs  + 1 tbs evoo
4. Using fingertips mix liquid ingredients 2gether and slowly incorporate flour from edge of well kneaded add water a few drops at a time
5. Until dough looks like this  & flour sticks only 2 itself then knead 4 5 min 
6. Make 4 even balls wrap in plastic wrap and let sit 4 15
7. Part 2 rolling out the. dough and cutting into pepperdella size first clamp to sturdy surface
8. Set pasta machine on 1 widest setting
9. Feed 1 ball through  &
10. fold 2x  repeat 5x
11. Click to 2 and repeat 3-5x then 3 2-3x  for thick peppardella/tagliara should look like this If you want thinner, continue on down through the sizes to 4 or 5 and use the spaghetti cutter rather than the middle cuter.
12. Move handle to middle cutting position and feed through cutters  lay pasta out and lightly flour
13. Repeat for each ball of dough
14. The finished product let dry at least an hour b4 cooking 3 min 30 sec