Alvin Poh

Month: January 2010 (page 1 of 2)

Top Cute Kitchen Utensils

The following are some wonderful examples of cutensils. What’s a cutensil you say?

Cutensil (kyoo.TEN.sul) n. A kitchen implement or other utensil with a cute design

Didn’t know that too until very recently heh. Check some of these out, they’re bound to make cooking even more fun:

1. Mr. Potato Kitchen Utensils & Tools

Mr. Potato kitchen utensils are cute versions of everyday kitchen utensils such as potato peelers and mashers. They’re not just cute though, they’re also high-quality, rust-resistant, dishwasher safe, and made of stainless steel.

mr potato kitchen utensils

Featured in this picture are a vegetable peeler (4½” L, peels not just potatoes but other skinned fruits and vegetables as well), a durable potato masher (7½” H), and 4 microwave feet (each 2½” L) that keep your potatoes standing upright in the microwave/stove oven so that they bake evenly.

Mr. Potato Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets

2. Butter Boy

Ever wondered how to be more efficient in buttering corn? The Butter Boy was invented just for this purpose – buttering corn, and manages to look really cute too. Just slide in a stick of butter, and start buttering!

corn butter boy

Butter Boy Green

3. Fiesta Head Chefs Utensils

cute head chefs kitchen utensils

Each vibrantly-colored Head Chef tool features bendable arms & legs, suction cup feet and a soft silicone body. The innovative design makes each tool completely functional and enjoyable for everyday use. As more and more kids discover the joys of cooking, these adorable tools will help families create memorable meals together while teaching the little ones the importance of nutrition and portions.

Additional features and benefits:

  • Suction cup feet allow the Head Chefs® to stand on their own
  • Each piece features cute, bendable arms and legs
  • Line includes an eggplant spoon, blueberry pastry brush, an apricot spatula, a lime whisk, a cherry measuring cup, a boysenberry turner, a tomato icing spreader, a banana sifter, a grape measuring spoon and mint child’s fork and child’s spoon.
  • Dishwasher Safe

Name Your Link

4. Egghead Utensils

Like Head Chefs. Egghead makes a bunch of adorable utensils as well, these are just some of the products that they make:

egghead egg utensils

The following is a great contraption that allows you to cook omelets in the microwave oven. The omelets are nice and fluffy, and ready to eat in less than 5 minutes. You can add vegetables such as onions and peppers, and your own garnishing like salt and pepper.

joie microwave omelet in a pot

Joie Microwave Omelet In a Pot

And this utensil are egg cups that hold your poached or soft boiled eggs. Children love eating out of this with the adorable egg characters!

egghead cups and spoons

Egghead Cups & Spoons

Check out the rest of the Egghead Products here.

5. McEgg Cup With Spoon & Egg Cracker

wmf mcegg cup with spoon and egg cracker

Another absolutely adorable egg cup!

WMF Children’s McEgg Cup with Spoon and Egg Cracker

Old Mad TV Apple iPad Skit

Seems like Mad TV got it right with the iPad name a few years ago, and now the video will just get even funnier.

Apple Announces Giant iPhone

Apple just announced the release of the iPad, I mean, the giant iPhone.

It’s whole lot bigger than the iPhone, but it runs iPhone apps natively. It also comes with 3G capabilities, a microphone, headphone jack, and speakerphone? I bet it won’t be long before someone figures out how to use Skype or some other VOIP service with that.

On the other hand, one thing I can be sure of is that Amazon’s Kindle and the other ebook readers are suddenly going to face some very fierce competition.

eBay’s New Pricing

Looks like eBay’s making more changes to their pricing again. This will be interesting, and I’ll dare say there’ll be a whole new slew of $0.99 auctions. What this definitely means is that eBay will get more listings, and because it gets a cut of the final value fees, the more auctions that close in this manner, the higher their income is going to be. With other free auctions and classified ads websites around, It’s going to be interesting to see if this strategy works, and how eBay adapts to the changing auction/ecommerce landscape and new competitors to the scene.

Starting March 30, 2010 selling on eBay will be a better deal than ever!

  • List Auction-style FREE–no Insertion Fees–when you start your Auction-style listing under $1.
  • Get new, lower Insertion Fees for all other start prices.
  • Either way, pay one easy Final Value Fee of 9% of the winning bid (but never more than $50)-and pay only if your item sells.
  • List in Fixed Price for 50¢, with Final Value Fees for the most part staying the same.

This new standard fee structure will replace the current “first 5 listings free”–you’ll pay no Insertion Fees whenever you list Auction-style and start pricing under $1!*

How To Reset The MySQL Root User Password and Privileges

Problem: I was developing using PHPMyAdmin when I added a new root user (with a host value of %), and removed the rights of the default root user.

When you do that, you’ll get a gut-wrenching feel that you just made a huge boo-boo, find that suddenly everything will not work, and kick yourself in the ass.

Fortunately, you have a fix. It’s in the mysqld –skip-grant-tables command, but you can’t just run it directly. First of all, fire up terminal (applications > utilities > terminal), you’ll be using this exclusively to fix your problem.

For me, the I was using MAMP, and the path to my mysqld is within MAMP, so it was found in /Applications/MAMP/Library/libexec/mysqld

You can’t just perform a mysqld –skip-grant-tables command from the terminal though, because you’ll just see this error message:

[ERROR] Fatal error: Please read “Security” section of the manual to find out how to run mysqld as root!

So what you need to do is to run this command instead:

mysqld -u root --skip-grant-tables

And you’re good! That terminal window is now running the mysqld instance, so open a new window by pressing CMD+T.

In this new window, type and run mysql. You should be able to get in now, because MySQL is now open to everyone. If you got into MySQL fine, you should see this:


Great! You can’t grant any privileges now that you skipped the grant tables, but you can modify the users database. Run these commands – what they do is to use the mysql database, remove the root user, and insert a new root user (but with all privileges), and then flush the privileges to reset it to the new state.

mysql> use mysql;
mysql> delete from user where user='root';
mysql> insert into user (Host, User, Password, Select_priv, Insert_priv, Update_priv, Delete_priv, Create_priv, Drop_priv, Reload_priv, Shutdown_priv, Process_priv, File_priv, Grant_priv, References_priv,Index_priv, Alter_priv, Super_priv, Create_user_priv) VALUES ('localhost', 'root', PASSWORD('root'),'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y', 'Y');
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit;

And that’s it! You have just reset the root user, its password and its privileges, and you can now enter PHPMyAdmin. If you want to change the password, just change the part that says PASSWORD(‘root’) to PASSWORD(‘whateveryouwant’).

On a side note, if you are having trouble with a running mysqld process that you need to kill, simply type top to see the list of running processes on your system, then take note of the process number of mysqld. For e.g. mine was 3977.

Now type :q to exit, and type sudo bash to go to superuser mode. Next type kill -9 3977 (or whatever number your mysqld process is taking), and you’re good to go.

Razer Orochi Bluetooth Mouse Review (For MacBook Pro & Windows)

I was a Windows user for almost 20 years. First with MS-DOS, and progressing till Windows XP, I decided to make the switch to a Mac, and with it, made the choice to go completely wireless with my keyboard and mouse. At first, I decided to keep it all under one roof and get an Apple bluetooth keyboard and Apple bluetooth mighty mouse, but I ended up being disgusted with the might mouse’s performance and feel, and only kept the keyboard.

Since then, I bought a Radtech BT600 full-sized bluetooth mouse, but that had bluetooth issues with my Mac. Finally, I found out that Razer had a bluetooth gaming mouse that could be used on both Windows and Mac, called the Razer Orochi after the fabled snake in Japanese folklore. It didn’t take long before I decided to take the leap and buy the Razer Orochi Bluetooth Gaming Mouse from Amazon.

The packaging that the Razer Orochi arrived in was gorgeous and bordered on extravagant. It even came with a certificate welcoming me to the “Cult of Razer”. Granted, it’s a gaming mouse and Razer’s developing a brand, but even that seems to be pushing the envelope a little too much. Other that that, it had a fresh set of Energiser AA batteries, a USB cord, and a travel pouch for the mouse. And a ton of manuals – just check out the picture, there’s like 5 little booklets included.

Everything is cool with this mouse. Even inserting the batteries is cool – you take the entire top cover of the Razer Orochi off, and you slot in the batteries, kind of like inserting shells into a futuristic mini shotgun. Bluetooth connectivity is easy too, my Macbook Pro immediately detected the Razer Orochi, and I was using it within seconds of having setup the connection.

The mouse sleeps and wakes up without problems, and tracking is excellent, with all movement and clicks registered properly. I was actually thinking that I would never ever use the included USB cable, but it turns out that the Razer Orochi can actually have a blue glowing scrollwheel, but the problem is, your Razer Orochi needs to be connected via wire before you can configure the settings. And to get the settings, you’ll need to download the free Razer configuration software. This is offered for both Mac and Windows, so it’s fine, but it’s just that I already had the USB Overdrive software, and it would have been nice if it could have come with it turned on by default (I know, it’s just a glowing blue scrollwheel, but it’s so much cooler!).

The wire that comes with the Razer Orochi is pretty cool too – it’s unlike the typical USB cables that you get with other peripherals. The USB cable that comes with the Razer Orochi actually looks cool and has gold-plated connections, and a nice little cap for the USB end. The end that goes into the mouse itself is contoured and fits into the Orochi so that it’s flush with the surface. Pretty cool.

If that wasn’t enough, the cable’s black and has a braided shield too.

One of the weird things that I experienced with the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse is that it works fine on my table, but doesn’t work if I use it on a piece of paper, nor on a mousepad. That’s pretty important to me, because my table’s surface actually gets worn out if I use my mouse directly on it. I’m pleased to say that the Razer Orochi does not have this problem, and it works excellently on paper, mousepads, and my table surface.

Dirt and grime doesn’t show up on the surface of the Razer Orochi too, even after 2 weeks of use. With a white mouse, especially with the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, dirt and grime show up after just a day of use. The surface of the Razer Orochi is this smooth kinda-rubberised texture, that’s incredibly comfortable and looks really good.

Is this mouse worth the money? Definitely. This is the third bluetooth mouse that I bought, and I am happy because I have finally found a comfortable, functional, good-looking bluetooth mouse that works with my Macbook Pro. Get the Razer Orochi Bluetooth Gaming Mouse from Amazon.


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