April 26th, 2009

MamaCook

Knives and Fire Internship Day 5

Day 5

Not very exciting on Friday. I diced onions, made potato salad and fried eggplant. Again.

I predicted this - I'm working in a café with a relatively small menu. I'm going to be making the same things over and over again. The conversations are interesting - I'm going to try an anisette (probably Arak) in my next fish chowder, for example - and while I made café food, I did watch Chef prep Shabbat dinner for 80, and that was fun.

I learned one valuable thing - vinegar on cutting boards. If you're cutting a lot of onions, pour some white vinegar onto your cutting board, and spread it out. It cuts down on the crying. I'm guessing the vinegar reacts in some way with the sulfuric acid produced by the onions. It worked - I diced 14 onions and was just fine.
Mama Deb

PDA again *SIGH*

I got the PDA fixed. It worked *fine*. It really did. Chris Short is a WIZARD.

Then, last night, I discovered the on-off button didn't work. I could still turn it on, as the Tungsten C has these assignable buttons, and it turns off by itself. It does mean I can't adjust the brightness, well, at all. Well, three of the assignable buttons work to turn it on. The fourth doesn't work at all. Also, six of the keyboard buttons do not work, and the toggle in the middle that works the cursor? Doesn't go up. I have the touch screen programmed to go up if I tap the top half, so it's still usable. Right now. I can't type with it anymore, and I can't adjust the brightness, and turning it on and off is weird, but it still works.

For now. But this happened overnight.

And Palm doesn't seem to make ANY plain PDAs anymore. I'm back where I was a month or so ago - needing a new PDA and the only options are NOT good, because I do NOT want a smartphone.

I use the PDA primarily as an ebook reader. I mean, I also use it as a calender (both Hebrew and English), an appointment book, a note book and a prayerbook, and as a timer, but mostly, it's an ebook reader. The Tungsten C screen was just barely big enough; smartphones are too small.

I'm thinking very seriously of getting a Hanlin (BeBook, EZ Reader - it has a number of names), which will read html, txt and rtf files, and also might be able to do pdfs. It seems a bit more flexible than a Kindle or a Sony. Also, those are the formats used for fanfiction and Project Gutenberg, which are the majority of things I read that way. Also, it will do Mobipockets, so I could use it for ebooks.

Thoughts? Suggestions?