Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mum's Garlic Prawns

4 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tbs black peppercorns crushed
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbs brandy
500 g green prawns shelled, cleaned and split lengthways.
Olive oil
chopped parsely

Crush garlic with salt, add crushed ppercorns, lemon juice and brandy together.  Mix well.

Place prawns in saucepan (or individual ??? dishes)
Add garlic mixture and enough olive oil to just cover.
Cook quickly until prawns just change colour.
Servce hot and sizzling in small bowls garnished with chopped parsely.


Mum's Salmon Casserole

Mum put (economical - serves 6) for this one.  My sister made it for my oldest brother this year because it was his favourite.  And there were always some left over chips in the packet.  I seem to remember potato straws being used for a while.

16 ounce can salmon
2 medium sized onions sliced
1 large packet potato chips
1 pound sliced tomatoes
4 ounces grated tasty cheese
2 cups cooked rice
salt & pepper

Drain liquid from salmon and keep
Place alternate layers of:
salmon, onion, tomato and rice in a large cassole dish, seasoning each layer to taste.
Pour salmon liquid over the top and cook in a moderate oven for 30 minutes.

Just before serving, spread thickly with the grated cheese and crushed potato chips and return to oven for a few minutes.
Serve with salad and crisps.


Mum's Apple or Fruit Crumble

She put Cheap Lunch next to this one.

Place
about 4 stewed apples in pie dish or peaches tinned etc.

Sprinkle crumble over fruit.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 - 10 minutes.

Crumble:
Cream 2 ounces sugar and 10 ounces of butter (a pint jug is good for mixing)

Stir in with a fork - 1/2 cup of flour.

Serve with custard - hot or cold.


Mum's Baked Apples

Mum used to make these for desert sometimes.  Especially once we were grown ups coming back for dinner.  And Later she did them in the microwave.

1 Apple (cooking) per person
for each apple:
1 clove
1 level teaspoon sugar
6 sultanas
1 little butter
icing sugar

Wash, dry and core apples, leaving some apple at the flour (???)
Fill hole with sugar, clove, sultana and butter.

Slit skin around centre to prevent from bursting.
Place in pie dish with little water.
Bake in moderate oven, 30 minutes or until tender.
Baste frequently.

Serve with remaining syrup, icing sugar and maybe custard.


Mum's Pavlova

This was a feast day meal - birthdays and high holidays.

Beat 6 egg whites then add slowly
1 1/2 cups castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Fold in:
3 tsp vinegar
vanilla
3 dis pp corn flour (that may be teaspoons)

then only beat 1 minute

Swirl on greased paper in cake shape and make vertical stripes with knife round edge.
Cook at F200 - 250 for 2 hours

When cool fill with wipped cream and strawberries

Fanforced - cent 110 decgres

Hints:

Add sugar in small amounts (1/2 of volume)
Don't overbeat, just peak mixture
Fold in vinegar, cornflour and vanilla



Mum's Jiffy Fruit Cake

Mum used to make this several times a year.

Ingredients

1 pound packet of mixed fruit
1 cup cold water
1 tsp soda
1 cup sugar
6 ounces butter
1 tsp mixed spice

Place all ingredients in pot and bring to boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
Cool.

Add 2 beaten eggs
Mix in (sifted):
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self raising flour
salt vanilla

Add spoon brandy or rum (underlined in the original)

Moderate oven 1 hour.  9 inch tin.

170 -> 150 fan forced



Mum's Christmas Cake

This is the Christmas Cake Mum used to make every year.

1 kg Christmas Cake

3 12 oz packets mixed fruit (boxes are now 375 g)
1/4 cup sherry
3 Tbs orange juice

Mix well and stand overnight

Cream:

8 ounces butter (225 g)
8 ounces dark brown sugar (225 g)
few drops almond essence
1/2 cup mashed banana


Add 4 eggs (one at a time then mix)

Fold in the fruit

then:

2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp spice
pinch salt

Use 8 inch round or square cake tin lined with 3 thicknesses of brown paper and one of white (???) (20 cm - and I think now we'd use baking paper)

Drop cake in tin (after filled) to remove air bubbles

Glaze smooth with hand wet with water.  Can cover cake with paper.

Bake 3 to 4 hours in very moderate oven, decreasing heat.





My Mum's Rum Balls

Rosie made cocoa balls today and it reminded me of Mum's rum balls (which were nicer but very similar).  So I thought I put the recipes I remember Mum making her on my blog.

This is the rum ball recipe that Mum used to use for school fetes and other "bring a plate" ocassions.


Mum's Rum Balls

Ingredients

1 tin condensed milk
1 packet Nice Biscuits (crushed)
3/4 cup coconut (extra for rolling in)
1/2 cup mixed fruit
4, 20ml pp cocoa
3 teapsoons rum

Method

Combine all dry ingredients then mix with condensed milk and rum.  Roll into small balls and roll in cocoanut.
Refrigerate.



Saturday, January 07, 2017

Yoga 260 linux - trackpoint/trackpad issues psmouse

The "mouse" buttons on the yoga 260 are not registered fairly regularly - particularly middle click - it often takes several clicks to open a new tab for example.  The cursor will jump from an inch or two when the button is clicked.

dmesg | grep psmouse
[    1.967548] psmouse serio1: elantech: assuming hardware version 4 (with firmware version 0x4d1f04)
[    1.980573] psmouse serio1: elantech: Synaptics capabilities query result 0x80, 0x14, 0x0c.
[    1.994395] psmouse serio1: elantech: Elan sample query result 04, 01, 85
[  209.233037] psmouse serio1: elantech: PS/2 packet [64 80 80 36 00 00]
[  209.360528] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.368585] psmouse serio1: elantech: PS/2 packet [0c 31 f4 56 54 1a]
[  209.368593] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 - driver resynced.
[  209.375853] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.383980] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.392074] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.400410] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.409071] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  209.409079] psmouse serio1: issuing reconnect request
[  232.070354] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  232.180747] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  232.210626] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  232.289699] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  232.428175] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[  232.428182] psmouse serio1: issuing reconnect request

And then sometimes the cursor disappears and to get it back you have to (with root permissions) run 

rmmod psmouse; modprobe psmouse

This report https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=115421 has a good description of the problem.

When I look at the different reports - they all start the same but seem to fizzle out except this redhat bug where it looks like someone is working on the elan_i2c module:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1313939


Ran
rmmod elan_i2c
rmmod psmouse

lost cursor

modprobe elan_i2c
modprobe psmouse

Got cursor back.
Now have:

[ 2491.362187] input: ETPS/2 Elantech TrackPoint as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input703
[ 2491.377156] input: ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input702

Looked really hopeful - but now the messages are back - but my middle clicking seems not to be ignored. and there are only three lots of lost sync messages.







Yoga 260 - debian thinkpad_ec errors - fixed

I installed tp-smapi-dkms at some point while I was trying to get my yoga 260 working with all its features.

I noticed these messages from dmesg after a reboot.

[   10.557939] thinkpad_ec: loading out-of-tree module taints kernel.
[   10.558304] thinkpad_ec: thinkpad_ec_request_row: arg0 rejected: (0x01:0x00)->0x00
[   10.558305] thinkpad_ec: thinkpad_ec_read_row: failed requesting row: (0x01:0x00)->0xfffffffb
[   10.558307] thinkpad_ec: initial ec test failed
[   10.639393] thinkpad_ec: thinkpad_ec_request_row: arg0 rejected: (0x01:0x00)->0x00
[   10.639394] thinkpad_ec: thinkpad_ec_read_row: failed requesting row: (0x01:0x00)->0xfffffffb
[   10.639397] thinkpad_ec: initial ec test failed

Googling I found this thread from https://github.com/evgeni/tp_smapi/issues/14 that started in 2012 and continued to 2015.

The gist seems to be that I should remove tp-smapi-dkms because those features are not supported by the hardware.

Ran

apt-get purge tp-smapi-dkms

And on reboot the messages have gone away:

 dmesg | grep think
[    2.661884] thinkpad_acpi: ThinkPad ACPI Extras v0.25
[    2.661885] thinkpad_acpi: http://ibm-acpi.sf.net/
[    2.661886] thinkpad_acpi: ThinkPad BIOS N1GET70W (1.49 ), EC unknown
[    2.661886] thinkpad_acpi: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260, model 20FDCTO1WW
[    2.671689] thinkpad_acpi: radio switch found; radios are enabled
[    2.671850] thinkpad_acpi: This ThinkPad has standard ACPI backlight brightness control, supported by the ACPI video driver
[    2.671850] thinkpad_acpi: Disabling thinkpad-acpi brightness events by default...
[    2.675346] thinkpad_acpi: rfkill switch tpacpi_bluetooth_sw: radio is unblocked
[    2.678097] thinkpad_acpi: Standard ACPI backlight interface available, not loading native one
[    2.681189] input: ThinkPad Extra Buttons as /devices/platform/thinkpad_acpi/input/input7

Friday, December 23, 2016

Linux Touch Screen Games

Games I know work with my yoga 260 touch screen on debian stretch

numpty physics - a bit awkward  for refresh because you have to side swipe  - http://numptyphysics.garage.maemo.org/

aisle riot solitaire - https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/Apps/Aisleriot?action=show&redirect=Aisleriot

Chess - the one installed on debian


Five or More

Four in a row

hitori

iagno

klotski
lights off
mahjong
mines - ok except you can't right click with your finger

sudoku
swell foop
tarquin
tetravex


robots - I'm not sure I was playing it right

Doesn't work

gplanarity
nibbles - keyboard controls
quadrapassel

Thinkpad Yoga 260 and Debian Linux

I got a yoga 260 and I'm running linux on it.  It still has some teething problems but here's what I know so far.  It has a touchscreen.

The best linux status information for the yoga 260 is at the Arch Wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Lenovo_Thinkpad_Yoga_260

I'm running Debian Stretch - which is currently "testing".  It has Gnome 3.


When you login you can select if you use Xserver or Wayland.

Web browsing

I use Chrome.  With Xserver, I can only scroll by using two fingers  on the page or using a the scroll bar and no other gestures work.

Last night I discovered that with Wayland, I can scroll using a single finger, make the page bigger by "unpinching" two fingers and go back to a previous page by swiping from left to write - like your swiping the current page away.

Chrome has several virtual keyboards available as extensions.  The first one I tried which had the most comments didn't work for me - it wouldn't bring up a keyboard in the search bar.  I'm currently using "Keyboard" from http://www.123easywebsites.com/ and it's working ok.

There is a Gnome Shell Integration extensions.  If you add that then you can install gnome instructions through Chrome at the click of a button.  It puts a little gnome footprint in your tool bar.

Gnome

Gnome extensions can be installed through the Chrome extension mentioned above by going to https://extensions.gnome.org/.

Caffeine - disables the screensaver and autosuspend - installed after trying to use my "tablet" as a recipe book - it's really annoying trying to enter a password with floury fingers.

On Screen Keyboard Button - to get an on screen keyboard you have to enable it all the time. (well that's what I've worked out so far).  This extensions puts a little a in your gnome toolbar so you can turn it off.

Dash to Dock - puts a dock hidden to one side of your screen - handy for switching apps in tablet mode.

Netspeed - reports netspeed - nothing to do with tablets but it's cool

This article has a good list:

http://aptgadget.com/best-gnome-shell-extensions/


Kernel

Currently running 4.9 installed from source following these excellent instructions:
https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/debian-ubuntu-building-installing-a-custom-linux-kernel/

This gave me two buttons on my pen and I think the multitouch behaviour in touch screen mode became better.  The impression I have is that the touch screen behaviour became much more precise, less sluggish but I could be wrong - maybe it was always that good and I was just getting used to it.

Trackpoint -
I turned the trackpad off because it's annoying.  With or without it the cursor keeps freezing with:

[30922.323665] psmouse serio1: Touchpad at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost sync at byte 6
[30922.323671] psmouse serio1: issuing reconnect request
And the way to get it back is in a terminal with root permissions to run:

rmmod psmouse; modprobe -a psmouse

Which works but is annoying.  

Middle click keeps being ignored and the pointer jumps.  That's also annoying.

Tablet Mode works ok - but there is no screen rotation.  Locks the keyboard automatically.  

Screen rotation does't work because 

monitor-sensor
    Waiting for iio-sensor-proxy to appear
+++ iio-sensor-proxy appeared
=== Has accelerometer (orientation: undefined)
=== Has ambient light sensor (value: 0.000000, unit: lux)

4.9 has fixed that for others so I need to investigate further.

That's some rough notes - but I haven't found that information in one spot so I'll publish it rough though it is just in case it helps someone else.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Preschool Sewing




Today I'm going to Kindy B to do some sewing.  I made an electrical conduit and ebay connector version of the sewing table I saw at the  Kleas Blog








I like the Bayeux Tapestry - lots of boats and people





It's very long and tells the story of William the Conquerer-




Sunday, August 25, 2013

Holiday

I'm sitting looking at talabudgerah creek.
Forgive the spelling but blogger doesn't know the word and nor do I.
We managed to leave on our holiday just before 4pm yesterday.
Good night in Celia's tent.  Up early and the girls are happily playing in  a playground.

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Toy

I have a new toy. It is a new phone. And I am testing writing a blog the voice response talk. I do have a slight problem because I do not know how to get it how to do punctuation. I am having some problems persuading it to understand some of the things I'm saying and it's just put in a contraction where I did not expect it.  I may have to read the manual.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Story - Beavers and Unnoticable Girls

Both girls managed to be dressed and pack their clothes by dinner time today (with a few contretemps along the way) so they got to chose their stories - both were library books.

Rosie chose:
Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child


I've liked all the  Lauren Child books I've read to the girls but I think this on was written for children a bit older and so it went over the heads of the girls a bit - but that's ok.  Callie said she didn't like the Tiger... Rosie said she liked the tiger because she has a tiger toy...

Callie chose:
If Beaver had a Fever by Helen Ketteman


Which was ok - a rhyming mother and child conversation book.

Sven's birthday tomorrow - will his present arrive in time - this and other mysteries to be discovered tomorrow...