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DVORAK Keyboard Layout Is Disabled By Gboard

IOs 10 allows for theDVORAK keyboard layout for external keyboards. This had been working for me till today. No matter what tried I could not get the DVORAK layout to work. But, then I noticed that predictive text was not working and the onscreen keyboad would not disappear. I was using Gboard as the software keyboard. As soon as I turned it off, I found I was able to use the DVORAK layout.

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Udon miso noodles

By Keshava Sabanathan
 • 1 Tbs of miso • 1 Tbs of soy sauce

 • 1 Tsp of rice viniger

 • 1 tbs of honey

 • 1 tbs of oil

 • ½ tsp of salt

 • 2 packs udon noodles

 • 1 bell pepper

 • tofu

 • 1 onion

 • mushrooms

 • 1 shredded zucchini

Put oil in the frying pan. Add all vegetables and tofu. Put in the frozen udon noodles.Cook for 20 min. Stir in the sauce and add salt 

Transcribing Audio

The problem

I have been trying to transcribe an extended interview. It had been annoying, playing ,stopping and transcribing. Then “rewinding “to the parts that I missed . The constant shifting from keyboard to mouse was slow, repetitive and annoying.

The solution

The solution was using VLC, which has keyboard control. The second step was using keyboard maestro to configure keys for playback,rewind and fast forward. This way I can control VLC without having to switch fous to it.

I can now, play the file, pause and continue my dictation or transcribing without having to touch the mouse or switch focus to VLC.

Lee Valley Tools

We visited Lee Valley Tools yesterday. It is a shop that specializes in woodworking instrument’s and gardening. It reminded me of the old Consumers Distribiting stores, with its catalog based ordering. You had to look in the catalog, write down the product numbers, and take it to the counter for the person to check to see if they had it in stock.

I liked the atmosphere of the store. The first thing we saw was a pumpkin carver and several carved pumpkins. There were no sales people asking if we had found what we were looking for.

Best of all there was nobody under 40 on staff.

More Bad Meat

The XL foods recall list keeps growing. Yet, the CFIA president Greorge Da Pont was happy to point out how the 40 inspectors and 6 veterinarians at the Brooks plant were doing a great job.

Self regualtion in the meat industry is a joke an dangerous. CFIA’s powers and staff have been reduced significantly.

George Da Pont said Wednesday the CFIA had issued seven corrective action requests to the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta., and was monitoring them before the agency decided to shut the plant down.

It appears the plant wasn’t always using one of the measures that Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz pointed to Wednesday as a “safety valve” for the Canadian meat industry.

“When we find a shipment that has a contaminant like E. coli, such as we’ve found, we do what’s called bracketing,” Ritz said Wednesday in Calgary.

“We found that there were, when we did the further investigations, a few instances where the bracketing process that the minister described was not properly followed… Specifically, it seems that there were a few instances that we could document where they did not divert either the [carcass] before or after.”

“We asked on the 6th of September…. We did ask for all of the information. There was a delay in getting it. And in fact that is one of the provisions that we have put in the new food safety act [Bill S–11],” Da Pont said.

“We have limited authority to compel immediate documentation. There is a provision in that [bill] to authorize us to do that.”

In fact

Canada’s food inspection agency admitted Wednesday that, on some days in late August and early September, over five per cent of the beef produced at an Alberta plant was likely testing positive for a potentially fatal bacteria.

Under industry norms and voluntary U.S. guidelines, that level of contamination should have prompted XL Foods Inc. to divert every single kilogram of meat to cooking or a landfill.

But instead, possibly tainted fresh product — now part of the country’s biggest ever beef recall — was shipped to restaurants and grocery stores across the continent.

Currenly the government is in the process of whitewashing – tabling new rules for companies not to follow. But, I think a deeper intropspection is needed. Is the process of large scale processing actually safe ? Would it be better to have fewer animals processed closer to the farm and distributed locally ? Polyface farms illustrates a different production model.

Of course none of this will make industry or society question the ethics and the health of the meat production system – some days it is better being a vegetarian.

Shaving with oil

I wanted something a little less bulky than carrying a tube of shaving cream for travel. I had heard about shaving oil. I wanted to try it, without having to pay for a bottle. But, then I read this article; the author used olive oil instead of shaving oil.

I applied water to my hands, then a few drops of oil, and “lathered” my face. The shave went a lot smoother than I thought. Since, shaving my chin worked well enough, I decided to shave my head. I had clipped the hair the day before, so shaving it was not quite as dramatic as it sounds.

When shaving with oil, the blade has to work much harder. I think this is because the hair is not moistened and softened as with shaving cream. Cleaning the blade was not nearly as easy as rinsing it under some running water. The oil and short hair stuck together forming a tenacious black glob that require wiping away or vigourous shaking. Since I use a a double sided razer, the hair-oil mixture was easy to clean. The current fashion of multiple blades may make cleaning this mixture much more difficult.

The shave was as good as shaving with cream. However, this time I used a small volume of a sustainable, cheap alternative. As for the problem of tougher hair, perhaps a shower or a presoak with a warm towel might help soften the hair.

Lots of Memory Goodness and Dragon Dictate

I have been wanting to like Dragon Dictate for some time now. But, there’s always been some friction when I used this program on my 2009 iMac. My initial problems started with interference from the Airport extreme and the usb headset. The multiple crashes and spinning beach balls of death were eliminated once I moved the Airport extreme away from the main computer. I hated to think that I spent so much money on a piece of junk software.

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Canadian Tax Software

I finally got my taxes finished. This was not an easy task. I had completed my taxes twice using TaxTron. I have been using this program for the last few years but not without some difficulty. After completing the form I saved it. Whenever you open the form, texture on 2009 loaded up. It then told me that my file format wasn’t correct.

I’ve always struggled with his program. It does not have a great UI and there’s always something that seemed to go wrong every time I do my taxes. But, the worst part about doing Canadian taxes is that there are no really great programs out there. The best tax program I ever had for Mac OS was Quick Tax. I really liked this program. I found entering data was easy, and the calculations were even easier. But, true to Intuit’s form, they removed this product from the market. The current incarnation of quick tax is TurboTax. Unfortunately, it’s browser only. Doing my taxes on a web browser seems foolhardy. I like my sensitive data to be controlled.

The next program was GriffTax . This is only slightly better than filling out the forms by hand, but it worked for a year. Grifftax was bought by TaxTron. But, this year TaxTron would not work.

Finally, out of desperation I found TaxFreeway.. The website look like some reject the 1990s so, I was really hesitant to use this product. The UI for this program was dated and restricted. But, it got the job done with In some region minimal fuss. I have spent far less effort using tax-free way that I did in the last few years of using TaxTron. There is even an iPad version.

I’m glad there is one more competitor in the very restricted field of Canadian tax software for Mac OS X in.

Wikileaks “Risks” Lives

When The Truth “Kills”

In a letter sent Saturday to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the State Department’s top lawyer says publication of the documents could do massive harm to the standing of the U.S. by exposing secret military operations and revealing dissidents’ charges against foreign governments(this could only be harmful if there is some truth to the charges). The cables are expected to be released on Sunday.

Publication of classified documents would “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals” from journalists to soldiers; threaten ongoing military operations; and undermine “cooperation between countries,” the U.S. State Department said according to its e-mail.

Past releases by WikiLeaks, founded by Assange, an Australian-born computer hacker, contained sensitive information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which the United States had said compromised national security and put some people at risk.

The US State Department was so concerned about the people at risk:

The State Department will “not engage in negotiation” regarding a request by Assange to provide information on individuals who may be “at significant risk of harm” because of the publications’ release.

“Despite your stated desire to protect those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals,” Koh wrote.

The fallout of the latest publication has already been anticipated. U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy wrote a letter to the German Sunday weekly “Bild am Sonntag” that the WikiLeaks revelations would be an embarrassment.

“Regrettably we will soon have something new to see: alleged confidential diplomatic messages from U.S. embassies around the world, including mine. It’s hard to say what effect it will have, but it will at the very least be uncomfortable — for my government, for those mentioned in the reports, and for me personally as American Ambassador to Germany.”

The U.S. says it has known for some time that WikiLeaks held the diplomatic cables. No one has been charged with passing them to the website, but suspicion focuses on U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak.

I saw the headline this morning and about the WikiLeaks release endangering US lives. The language was overblown, and sensationalized. The plea of the State Department pushes the emotional buttons, of trying to “save” lives because of an irresponsible act. In fact, I think the US is more concerned about how their country and their diplomats will be perceived. It is the image they are trying to protect, rather than trying to truly “save lives”. I suspect if “saving lives” were truly important, indiscriminate bombing would be a place to start.

The US State Department’s top lawyer stated “the documents could do massive damage to the standing of the US”. The American Embassador to Germany stated that the documents will be “at the very least be uncomfortable––for my government”. The US State Department was so concerned about the lies being affected they refused to negotiate with WikiLeaks and provide information about which individuals would be “at significant risk of harm”.

I think the fact that these documents were leaked says volumes. The people that are leaking these documents are doing so because they are deeply concerned about the actions the United States government is undertaking. The only recourse, is to expose the government by revealing the truth. It is the truth that they are exposing, not manufacturing lies( unlike reasons for invading Iraq). If the government wanted to reduce risk and embarrassment, all they would have to do is operate in complete transparency.

Wanting the government to operate in transparency may seem childish wish. But, we need to hold our governments accountable. This is what complete transparency boils down to. A government that operates “for the good of the people” in spite of the law, is a government that will take advantage of secrecy and essentially lie to its citizens. It is a government that Orwell warned us about.

The only people that will likely be put at risk are the diplomats and politicians whose careers are jeopardized. The people that have been truly harmed have a chance at justice by having the lies and the secrecy exposed.

When Truth “Kills”

When The Truth “Kills”

In a letter sent Saturday to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the State Department’s top lawyer says publication of the documents could do massive harm to the standing of the U.S. by exposing secret military operations and revealing dissidents’ charges against foreign governments(this could only be harmful if there is some truth to the charges). The cables are expected to be released on Sunday.

Publication of classified documents would “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals” from journalists to soldiers; threaten ongoing military operations; and undermine “cooperation between countries,” the U.S. State Department said according to its e-mail.

Past releases by WikiLeaks, founded by Assange, an Australian-born computer hacker, contained sensitive information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which the United States had said compromised national security and put some people at risk.

The US State Department was so concerned about the people at risk:

The State Department will “not engage in negotiation” regarding a request by Assange to provide information on individuals who may be “at significant risk of harm” because of the publications’ release.

“Despite your stated desire to protect those lives, you have done the opposite and endangered the lives of countless individuals,” Koh wrote.

The fallout of the latest publication has already been anticipated. U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy wrote a letter to the German Sunday weekly “Bild am Sonntag” that the WikiLeaks revelations would be an embarrassment.

“Regrettably we will soon have something new to see: alleged confidential diplomatic messages from U.S. embassies around the world, including mine. It’s hard to say what effect it will have, but it will at the very least be uncomfortable — for my government, for those mentioned in the reports, and for me personally as American Ambassador to Germany.”

The U.S. says it has known for some time that WikiLeaks held the diplomatic cables. No one has been charged with passing them to the website, but suspicion focuses on U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak.

I saw the headline this morning and about the WikiLeaks release endangering US lives. The language was overblown, and sensationalized. The plea of the State Department pushes the emotional buttons, of trying to “save” lives because of an irresponsible act. In fact, I think the US is more concerned about how their country and their diplomats will be perceived. It is the image they are trying to protect, rather than trying to truly “save lives”. I suspect if “saving lives” were truly important, indiscriminate bombing would be a place to start.

The US State Department’s top lawyer stated “the documents could do massive damage to the standing of the US”. The American Embassador to Germany stated that the documents will be “at the very least be uncomfortable––for my government”. The US State Department was so concerned about the lies being affected they refused to negotiate with WikiLeaks and provide information about which individuals would be “at significant risk of harm”.

I think the fact that these documents were leaked says volumes. The people that are leaking these documents are doing so because they are deeply concerned about the actions the United States government is undertaking. The only recourse, is to expose the government by revealing the truth. It is the truth that they are exposing, not manufacturing lies( unlike reasons for invading Iraq). If the government wanted to reduce risk and embarrassment, all they would have to do is operate in complete transparency.

Wanting the government to operate in transparency may seem childish wish. But, we need to hold our governments accountable. This is what complete transparency boils down to. A government that operates “for the good of the people” in spite of the law, is a government that will take advantage of secrecy and essentially lie to its citizens. It is a government that Orwell warned us about.

The only people that will likely be put at risk are the diplomats and politicians whose careers are jeopardized. The people that have been truly harmed have a chance at justice by having the lies and the secrecy exposed.