Facebook Cafe World Cheat: Close Your Cafe When You are Away for Long Periods of Time (to preserve your Buzz Rating)
October 9th, 2009
Cafe World uses a Buzz Rating for measuring customer opinion of your establishment. If they like it, your rating increases. If they have a bad experience, it will decrease. Having your food go bad or running out of food will definitely result in a bad experience for every customer that visits during your absence. If you are going to be away from the game for a while (going on vacation, having to get ready for exams, or just taking a long break) you should “close” your cafe to prevent any customers from entering the cafe and risking a bad rating. Read the rest of this entry »
April 20th, 2008
Tonight, during dinner preparation, my daughter placed a packaged loaf of bread on top of a hot burner on our glass-ceramic stovetop. She quickly realized her error, but not before the plastic from the packaging had melted to the stovetop. Needless to say, we were certain that we would have to drop $300-$400 for a new replacement. Not a good thought to take with you to the dinner table.
Thanks to a simple bottle of rubbing alcohol, our stovetop was rescued. Here’s what I did:
I let the stovetop completely cool. I then poured rubbing alcohol on the stovetop, letting it soak for 3-4 minutes. The top layer of plastic began to separate from the stovetop, I peeled this layer away. I then used a cloth washcloth to begin scrubbing the affected area. To my amazement, the remaining plastic was easily removed with little effort. I then washed the stovetop with soap and water and it was as good as new. The final step was a massive sigh of relief!
August 1st, 2007
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of my first tutorial submitted to Tech-Recipes. At the time, I had been experimenting with a blog and was checking out what other options were out there for writing tech articles. I had no idea that I would end up getting so addicted to recipe writing. I am very appreciative that Davak and Q gave me chance, not sure what they saw, but so very glad they invited me aboard. It has been and continues to be, a total blast. The addition of the blogs and the tweets coupled with the numerous chats we have had, have helped form some really good relationships despite the vast geographic distance that separates the members of the group. Thanks for inviting me to the party guys!
July 17th, 2007
May 28th, 2007
This past week I attended Interop at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, Interop is a showcase for business technologies. The main focus was VoIP, collaboration, broadband wireless, network security and troubleshooting. There were 400+ companies showing off their products and giving away t-shirts, keychains, and various other attention getters. One place that was a rather big disappointment was the Network Instruments booth. While the demo they gave showcased a nice looking product that offered retrospective network analysis (RNA) that allowed an administrator to “travel back in time” to troubleshoot network issues, the lure was the disappointment. At the beginning of the demo, each visitor attending the demo received a pair of dice. The dice were to be used to try to win an iPod Shuffle. If you rolled snake eyes, you won the MP3 player. Sounded great, except while I was waiting in line, I noticed that the dice didn’t feel right. I tried placing the dice with snake eyes showing in the palm of my hand. The dice seemed to move on their own as they repelled one another and would show anything but snake eyes. They had magnets or something inside. When it was my turn to roll, I informed the representatives that it would be a waste of time to roll since there was no way I could win. They thought I meant that I was unlucky, until I showed them what I meant. They seemed shocked to see what I had discovered. I’m not sure who was responsible, but it was a definite downer. Once I returned home, I examined the dice closer and found something I had never seen in a pair of dice, they contained small screws (see the image below, bottom dot on the one showing the logo).
I doubt Network Instruments went through the trouble of “loading” the dice, they should probably check the practices of the vendor they purchased the gimmick from to prevent any future confusion. Giveaway disappointment aside, the representatives were super friendly and gave a great demonstration of their product.
I had never been to Vegas before, so when we weren’t at the various seminars and training courses, my co-worker and I did some sightseeing. I discovered that Vegas promotes their shows to death. I became extremely tired of seeing the posters promoting the comedian Carrot Top. No matter where I looked, I would see this face looking back at me:
Rather nerve racking after a while.
December 17th, 2006
As I am sure you have noticed, I have been rather absent for the past few weeks.Â I was apparently (and unknowingly) studying the effects of Murphy’s Law.Â It all started with a simple task of repainting the upstairs bathroom which led to House Problems 1.0 when we discovered water damage to the subfloor.Â After dealing with a handful of contractors and a few months of time we finally got that resolved.Â Then we somehow decided to upgrade to House Problems 2.0 and suffered from leaks in our roof.Â While we are still working on that scenario, I must have downloaded the add-on which enabled Dental Problems which led to a tooth extraction (along with qite a few $$$’s of dental work) and discovered that you cannot blog worth a damn while taking Vicodin.Â It’s a great medicine when it comes to dealing with pain but trying to focus on anything is pretty much an impossiblility.Â While dealing with that we opted for the Mega download for the Power of Mother Nature which resulted in the worst storm the Pacific Northwest has seen in decades.Â We lost power, along with a million other folks and had the pleasure of experiencing 60+mph winds and a buttload of rain.Â Thankfully, Murphy’s Law must have moved on, as we were among the first to have power restored, although I am wondering if my employer’s location is back up.Â Murphy might be waiting for me when I try and bring the network back up tomorrow.
I am back in action andÂ hoping for geek goodies under the tree!