How to Aerate Wine (Letting Wine Breathe)

Aeration is the best way to make your wine improve taste. An aerated wine has a bigger and different taste than a non aerated wine. Not all wines need to be aerated, for example – light wines and well aged because there’s no effect on the taste once they’ve been aerated.

Two glasses of red wine aerated

Drinking properly aerated red wine in the evning.

Here are 3 steps how to aerate wine:

  1. Aeration by the glass – Most people swirl their glass after pouring a wine. They let the air flow while swirling the wine. The simplest form of aeration on a glass.
  2. Aeration by the bottle – This step is best if you want to aerate the whole bottle wine. Simply remove the wine from the bottle and transfer it on a large glass jar or container and let it sit for at least half an hour depending on your taste and how long of aeration do you want.
  3. Aerator machine – purchase an aerator machine and transfer your wine to the machine, and from there you can directly pour your wine into a glass and it’s already aerated.

Now that you know some simple steps how to aerate your wine, it’s time for you to see the difference!

How to resize images in Windows 7 (image resizer powertoy)

When I made the switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 the thing I missed the most was being able to quickly resize images by right clicking on the image. Luckily there’s an add-on solution from a 3rd party website that fixes this problem. It’s a simple image resizer powertoy clone. Click here to visit the site, and here are some screen shots of the program in use.

Right click to resize images in Windows 7

Image Resizer for Windows 7. 32-bit and 64-bit available!

And here are some sample images that I used the Windows 7 right click resizing tool on.

Koh Samui Thailand Alligator Show

A crazy alligator (or crocodile) show in Thailand


Continue reading

How to interview a Nanny

It is normal in a modern urban setting for mothers to be working, which gives them little time, if ever, to take care of their children regularly. In place of mothers, nannies are put into place and in choosing one, a mother would pick someone who she thinks she can trust and can offer help and support.

This creates a situation where the child becomes more attached to the nanny, because she is with the child more often than the parents are. Ideally then, a nanny should be someone who would take care of your child like her own. However, this is a trait that is rare these days, as nannies are often more interested in the money they would be earning. In a culture where little accountability and brief encounters are the norm, hiring a nanny entails knowing everything possible about her to ensure that your child will be safe in her keeping. Whether you opt to use a nanny agency or track down the ideal candidate on your own, you will have to face an interview at some time.

Nanny taking the child swimming

Nanny taking the child swimming

Previous Job Inquiries

One of the first questions you should ask a potential nanny is why she left her last job. If she is still employed by someone else but is applying for another job, why is she leaving her present employer? The answer to your inquiries about her previous or present employment will help in deciding if she is feasible and if you could meet her expectations.

Best and Worst Child Cared For

Ask the applicant nanny to describe the best and the worst child she had looked after in the past. A powerful question, this can disclose essential attitudes of your future nanny towards child behavior. If she endlessly talk about the worst child but only describes the best one momentarily, it can be revealing. Pay attention to her speech. Are there unkind expressions used in explaining the trouble with a particular child? Did the nanny ever accept any of her responsibilities? A good follow up question to ask would be, could another approach be more effective?

Own Children or Younger Sibling

It may be a plus factor if your potential nanny has her own children or younger brother or sister, and the topic can let you go into other areas easily. Did you take care of your younger siblings? What was your age when they were first left in your care? What age is too young for you?

Discipline Philosophy

Inquiring on the philosophy on discipline of your potential nanny will reveal the opinion that she might have concerning discipline. The topic will also provide a nice transition to your own discipline rules in the house. If you do not want your nanny hurting your child physically, such as spanking, this is the time to tell her.

Using a reputable nanny agency does of course make life easier. With candidates pre-vetted you might be happy to avoid some of the more difficult questions, or at least put them to the agency rather than directly to the Nanny themselves. However if you are hiring childcare by placing nanny job ads then the bonus is going to be on you to find out all that you can.

How to eat a pomegranate

Pomegranate is reddish berry that is about the size of an orange with a thick leathery skin and many seeds with pulpy crimson arils of tart flavor. Are you still wondering how to eat this kind of fruit? The answers are here:

delicious Pomegranate fruit

red ripe and ready to eat!

Steps on how to eat a pomegranate:

  1. First, hold the pomegranate on your hand.
  2. On top of the pomegranate, sculpt the skin around it to reveals the divisions of seed inside it.
  3. Then, you can see at least six divisions of seeds inside. Mark the peel of pomegranate as to where the division is.
  4. Then crack the pomegranate from the inside like you are dividing the orange into halves.
  5. Now that the pomegranate is in slices, turn back the slice pomegranate and tap the peel using the back of the knife.
  6. Allow the seeds to fall and segregate it on a bowl.
  7. When all the seeds are separated away from the skin, now you can enjoy eating the pomegranate seeds.

How to open a coconut

There are many ways on how to open a coconut. You can open it using a machine, a bolo knife, a hammer or throwing it on the wall. Kidding aside, what I know is the way using a bolo.

Drinking a coconut

Sweet coconut milk

Here are the steps:

  1. Get a fresh coconut, preferably one that is directly picked from the tree.
  2. Hold the coconut on the stem and gently slice the hard part of the coconut husk to see the soft part of the husk. In this way, you’ll be able to remove the white coconut husk slowly. You can only take half of it if you want.
  3. Then, when you see the harder part of the coconut or what we called the shell, slowly crack a small portion of the coconut shell using your bolo and drain the juice out.
  4. After extracting all the juice out of the coconut, you can now break the coconut in the middle for you to get the white meat inside.
  5. After breaking the coconut into two, enjoy the white meat inside and drink its sweet juice.

Opening a coconut looks easy but it’s harder as it looks. Here’s an action shot!

Using a bolo knife to open a coconut

Opening a coconut with a big knife

(photo source)

How to add FTP users to Pure-FTPd

Detailed instructions here…
http://download.pureftpd.org/pub/pure-ftpd/doc/README.Virtual-Users

Here are my basic instructions

ADD THE USER

  • pure-pw useradd USERNAME -f /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd -u 48 -g 48 -d /PATH/TO/YOUR/DOMAIN

VIEW FILE MAKE TO SURE USER ADDED

  • vi /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd

RUN THIS COMMAND

  • pure-pw mkdb /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.pdb -f /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd

Now when you view the pureftpd file (example: /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd) it will look something like this

howtohacksisawesome:kUyD6KHYvkUyD6KHYvHDkRSSicOlvHDkRSSicOlv/:48:48::/PATH/TO/YOUR/DOMAINs/./::::::::::::
anotheruser:1$ng1e9GP9pAs3ILv7y6K2C:48:48::/PATH/TO/YOUR/DOMAIN/./::::::::::::
~
~
~

How to make French toast

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts. My family loves it too. Sometimes they get a little heavy so I can’t eat them every day, but it’s a good weekend style treat. Here’s the recipe for French Toast and I’ll keep it simple and quick (because you’re probably hungry!)

What you need:

  1. eggs
  2. milk
  3. cinnamon (optional)
  4. vanilla extract
  5. butter
  6. slices of bread
  7. pan

What you need to do:

  • Beat the eggs and add milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon.
  • Put a little amount of butter just right to cover the heated pan.
  • Dip the sliced bread on the beaten mixture and slowly place it on a pan.
  • Toast both side until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately and sprinkle sugar and or syrup on top.
  • You can place bacon, sausage or fresh fruits on the side.
French Toast

Adding some cinnamon or sugar sprinkles adds a touch of awesomeness!

A perfect breakfast meal that can make you energized through out the day. Enjoy the Fresh toast!

How to disable middle click scroll wheel on generic mouse

I have a generic mouse, and I wish I could click it to make it double click but nooooooo… instead if makes me autoscroll up or down on the page I’m reading. It’s annoying. I found a solution to disable it. It’s in the FireFox settings under

Tools > Options > Advanced > under General Tab > uncheck Use Autoscrolling

I found the step by step instructions including screenshots over at howtogeek.com

Generic Mouse Middle Scroll Wheel

Sometimes the scroll wheel just isn't worth the hassle-hoff!

If anybody knows how to make the scroll wheel double click when I press it on a generic USB mouse let me know!

How to add more search engines to Google Chrome

Adding, editing, and removing search engines on Google Chrome is easy. I prefer the steps that I saw on the Google site. Here they are:

  1. To start adding searches on Google, simply click the wrench tool on the top right side of the Google browser.
  2. Then click the option tab
  3. Next is clicking the basic tab on the left upper side.
  4. Go to search and click the manage tab choosing google on the option.
  5. On the search engine, click the add bottom.
  6. Then from the bottom of the dialog, there’s a section that needs to be filled out.
  7. The form is asking for a name (name for the search engine), keyword (shortcut word for the search engine) and URL (the website for the search engine that you want to add).

Or you can go to Google search and simply type the words “how to add search engines on Google”. And there it is, you can now follow the instructions stated there.

How to add to and edit iptables

If you’re using a firewall on your server, you’ll want to edit your IPtables. Here’s how you can add new IPs or edit existing ones. Remember port 22 is for ssh and port 21 for FTP.

  • vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Edit the IPs in /etc/sysconfig/iptables. Then save changes and run this command to commit changes

  • service iptables restart

Successful service iptables restart should result in this:

Flushing firewall rules: [  OK  ]
Setting chains to policy ACCEPT: filter [  OK  ]
Unloading iptables modules: [  OK  ]
Applying iptables firewall rules: [  OK  ]

Example of what iptables should look like

http://www.brandonhutchinson.com/iptables_fw.html

http://oceanpark.com/notes/firewall_example.html

http://www.iitk.ac.in/LDP/LDP/nag2/x-087-2-firewall.example.html

http://www.liniac.upenn.edu/sysadmin/security/iptables.html

Or search google for “example iptables config file”