Bookmarks for 17th May 2012

These are my saved Pinboard links for 17th May 2012:

  • Standalone USB temperature logger – Hack a Day – [Jean] wrote in eager to share his latest project, a standalone temperature logger with USB connectivity. Back in November, [Jean] found himself wanting a temperature logger that was roughly the size of a USB memory stick. What he found on the market was not quite adequate in terms of price or size, so he decided to design his own. His would be the size he wanted and wouldn’t require any software or drivers to run. You simply plug it in, edit the configuration text file to set your intervals, and off you go!

    You can follow along through the entire design and fabrication on his site. He’s really great about discussing why he made each decision and how he resolved any errors he ran into. You can download the schematics and source code on his site.

  • Dash – Snippet Manager, Documentation Browser – Kapeli – Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash stores snippets of code and searches iOS, Mac, Man Pages and custom docsets. Included docsets: ActionScript, Android, C++, Cappuccino, Cocos2D, Cocos3D, Corona, CSS, Django, HTML, Java, JavaFX, JavaScript, jQuery, Kobold2D, Lua, MySQL, Node.js, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Sparrow, SQLite, Unity 3D, WordPress, XSLT, XUL. You can generate your own docsets by following the instructions here. Dash is currently free while in beta and is available on the Mac App Store.
  • Curried Peanut Spread (Thai Satay Sauce) | Serious Eats : Recipes – This peanut spread may not look like much. It borderlines on being aesthetically-challenged even. In fact, I have learned that when I serve it to friends, I shouldn't tell them right up front what's in it other than peanut butter. From my personal experience, many people find the idea of pairing Thai curry paste and peanut butter, well, disgusting.
    Instead, I let them taste it. Then I pause for a bit. I remain silent, observing…waiting until their eyes light up. And before they utter a word, I say, "Satay sauce, right?" The answer is always a resounding yes.

    A more concentrated, thicker version of Thai-style satay sauce.
    And that's because this peanut spread is nothing but a more concentrated, thicker version of Thai-style satay sauce. It is developed from my mother's streamlined, easy peanut sauce recipe which has been with our family since before I was born. It contains the same main ingredients: roasted peanuts which have been ground into a paste, Thai red curry paste, and a few other seasoning ingredients. The only difference is the use of coconut milk powder (which, contrary to what some cookbooks say, is not pulverized, desiccated coconut meat but spray-dried coconut milk) in lieu of regular coconut milk in order to minimize the amount of liquid preventing it from being too runny.
    In other words, although you may find this curried peanut spread a bit unusual, if you're a Thai restaurant regular, its taste should not be too much of a shock to your palate. If you like Thai-style peanut sauce, I'm going to wager that you'll like this sandwich spread.
    But satay sauce on, er, bread? Why, yes. If you have been to Thailand and had a chance to eat pork or chicken satay on the streets, surely you remember that your satay set comes with a plate of toast on the side. The idea of putting bread and peanut sauce together isn't strange at all.

  • gzipWTF | the easiest f***ing way to check for gzip, and more – gzipWTF is the easiest f***ing way to check for gzip and more. The purpose of this site is to aide web designers & developers in speeding up sites by pinpointing which resources are not being gzipped by the server, which resources are slow and which resources are causing 404s. Our mission is to increase awareness of site speed as an important part of the web's future. George Washington approves.
  • My Story: Arduino Temperature Scanner – I do a lot of towing with my LB7 Duramax diesel truck. On hot days I kept having an overheating problem, so I built this six channel temperature scanner for around $40. Compared to an expensive commercial scanner, it's worked out to be a great tool. My scanner is built using a Nokia 3310 LCD screen and an Arduino Pro Mini 3V version. The temperature probes are simple thermistors (see below for Jameco parts list).
  • Mushroom Ragu – Mushrooms!

    Actually yesterday was a big mushroom day. I had some leftover
    roast field mushrooms with poached eggs for brunch.

    Then for dinner the most heavenly mushroom ragu. So simple.

    Just pop everything in the oven, stir once or twice and wait. Then
    dinner is ready.

    I served mine on a bed of raw super finely sliced kale. But you
    could use it anywhere you'd normally serve a stew or bolognese.

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