Folder Settings

Fix card readers not recognized in Windows 7

1. From the Start menu, choose “Documents”

2. From the top menu, select “Organize”, then “Folder and Search Options”

3. Un-tick “Hide empty drives in the Computer Folder”

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When was the battery invented?

One of the early attractions that gained public attention was an electrically illu­minated bridge over the river Seine during the 1900 World Fair in Paris.

The use of electricity may go back much further. While constructing a new railway in 1936 near Baghdad, workers uncovered what appeared to be a prehistoric battery. The discovery was known as the Parthian Battery and was believed to be 2000 years old, dating back to the Parthian period.

The battery consisted of a clay jar filled with a vinegar solution. An iron rod sur­rounded by a copper cylinder penetrated into the liquid and produced 1.1 to More >


iPad by Apple


Evidence was discovered that Apple was interested in the name “iSlate, prior to settling on “iPad”.

A search in the Canadian trademark database reveals that Apple’s dummy corporation Slate Computing, LLC applied for a trademark for “iPad” under the categories of handheld mobile digital electronic devices with a broad range of applications. This application was filed in July 2009 — much more recently than the original iSlate trademarks which date back to 2006-2007. Slate Computing, LLC did not apply for a similar trademark in the U.S. due to the fact that Fujitsu appears to control the U.S. trademark as it relates More >


Tomato & chicken korma curry

Preparation Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

70 minutes

// Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 390g (1 1/2 cups) Greek-style natural yoghurt
  • 140g (1/2 cup) Patak’s Korma Curry Paste
  • 8 (about 2.2kg) large chicken thigh cutlets, excess fat trimmed
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 brown onions, halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  • Pappadums, to serve
  1. Combine the yoghurt and curry paste in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinate.
  2. Heat the oil a stockpot or heatproof casserole dish over medium-high More >

Thai red curry chicken

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1kg chicken thigh fillets, trimmed,
  • cut in half crossways
  • 114g can Thai red curry paste (see note)
  • 1 cup Continental Real Chicken Stock
  • 150g fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, halved
  • 230g can sliced bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 140ml can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves
  • steamed jasmine rice, to serve
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, in batches, for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Reduce frying pan heat to low. Add remaining oil to pan. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, More >

Rogan Josh

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1kg diced lamb
  • 2 brown onions, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon store bought curry paste (medium heat)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • coriander leaves, to serve
  • steamed rice, to serve
  • pappadums, if desired, to serve
    1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Brown the lamb in batches (adding a little extra oil between batches if needed) then remove and transfer to a slow cooker.
    2. Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger and garlic along with the curry paste and cook More >

    Banana Smoothie

    1 ripe banana, peeled and roughly chopped 50g natural yogurt 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt 1 cup chilled milk 1 tablespoon honey 1. Place all ingredients into a large jug. 2. Using the StickMaster, process until smooth and frothy. Serves 2

    Breakfast Shake

    1 cup milk 1/2 cup natural yogurt 125g fresh fruit (strawberries, passionfruit, banana), chopped 1 tablespoon wheat germ or bran 1. Place all ingredients into the large beaker. 2. Using the StickMaster process until smooth.

    Tartare Sauce

    1 quantity of mayonnaise 11 small gherkin, roughly chopped 2 sprigs parsley 1 teaspoon capers, drained 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1. Place all ingredients into a bowl. 2. Using the StickMaster, process until combined and finely chopped. Serve chilled with seafood.


    1 egg 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard pinch sea salt 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1. Place all ingredients except oil into a bowl. 2. Using the StickMaster, process until combined. 3. Gradually add half the oil in a thin stream processing constantly using a brisk up and down action. 4. Add remaining oil more quickly while processing until thick and smooth. DO NOT OVER PROCESS. 5. Store in refrigerator, in an airtight container for 2 weeks.