Per my job roles, I have used and setup #Windows systems, but as a preference I stick to my #Mac and #Android devices as much as possible for personal needs.
Side note: I used to think that as long as Microsoft existed I'd have a job (been laid off twice), and I used to want Apple to take over the world, and though I like Apple products, I would rather that #Google take over the world.
Recently, I decided to pick up a #Windows10 2-in-1 laptop for when I travel, rather than lugging around the #Windows7 boat anchor the company my company contracts for gave me to use.
I decided to use #Cortana and try'er out with something easy and fun, like "Cortana, how far is it from the #Earth to the #Sun?"
Here's what I get hit with:
"Before we get started, I'll need some info. [...] location, location history, contacts, voice input, searching history, calendar details, content and communication history from messages and apps, and other information on your device."
Why snoop into my personal life to answer such a rudimentary question? Now, if I asked for directions to the Sun to be emailed to me, then maybe I would give up some extra info.
And this also prompted me to check out Smarter Everyday on YouTube. 💡
I booked a flight on an airline, but the event I was going to attend was cancelled, so I cancelled my flight. No problem, the airline credited my account for the value of the ticket ($309.70) toward a future flight.
I just booked a flight (with the same airline) to attend another event. The ticket cost was $845.39. Since I had a $309.70 credit, the airline charged me the difference (for those keeping score at home, I was charged $535.69).
But, the airline also charged me an additional so-called "change fee" of $200 bucks! WTH?!
Think about this, folks: that's like getting a $30 in-store credit at a department store, and on a different day you go back to the store to buy something else and they charge you $20 bucks at the register to use your $30 dollar credit.
And all this happens at the speed of computers, so even if it took the computer 60 seconds to figure out I owed the difference of $535.69 for my new ticket, the airline charged me and hourly rate of $12,000.00 to apply my $309.70 credit!
That is criminal! What exactly cost the airline $200 bucks to have the privilege of borrowing my money until I decided to use it to book a new flight??
How do we let companies like banks and #UNITEDAIRLINES get away with making up rules that profit themselves and rip off their customers!
When I cook for my family, I know I have a winning recipe when my son says, "this is good, can we have this every night?!" And that was the response I got when I served up a delicious bowl of That Coconut Shrimp last night. When I cook, I cook to taste, so please bear with this recipe and modify it to your taste.
What you'll need:
- 1 pound of asparagus, rinsed, snapped, and then cut the stalks into bite-sized pieces
- 1 can of sliced water chestnuts
- 1 can of baby corn
- 1 can of sliced bamboo shoots
- Chopped garlic
- 1 pound of shrimp, raw, peeled, deveined, and to save yourself time get it with the tail off. It's not too hard to take the tails off yourself and it may save you a little money. Make sure it's rinsed well under cold water before cooking it.
- 1 can of coconut milk (do not get lite coconut milk; the fats in coconut milk are not the bad kind, and lite milk will compromise the flavor)
- Curry paste (green, red, yellow... whichever you desire)
- Fresh or dried basil leaves
- Fresh mint
- Rice (I prefer something aromatic, like Jasmine of Basmati, but you can use white or brown rice; I use a package of Uncle Ben's 90 second rice)
Here's how I prepared the dish:
- Add 1/4 cup of water to a large skillet and steam the asparagus over high heat. Salt to taste.
- Once the asparagus begins to turn bright green, add chopped garlic (to taste) and the water chestnuts, baby corn, and bamboo shoots. Cook a few more minutes until the asparagus is almost cooked through.
- Add the shrimp and continue cooking until the shrimp has turned pink.
- Add the entire can of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of curry paste (adjust to taste), and basil to taste. Simmer for a couple more mins.
- Prepare the rice accordingly and then stir it into the skillet. Alternatively, you can serve the curry over the rice, or have the rice on the side.
- Remove the skillet from heat and add fresh mint (not too much, just want a hint of aroma and flavor).
- Serve up in bowls, add crushed red pepper flakes if you want it spicier, and be sure to eat with a spoon so you don't miss a single drop of the delicious curry!
It doesn't take long to cook this dish. Just be sure not to overcook the asparagus and shrimp. Nothing could ruin this dish worse than mushy asparagus and dried out shrimp. If the rice absorbs too much of the coconut milk, feel free to add a little bit of vegetable or chicken stock to thin it out. I kinda like my curry a bit thicker (not too runny, not too thick). Feel free to try a blend of other vegetables, like broccoli, julienned carrots, green or yellow onion or shallots, potato, celery, mushrooms, red and green bell pepper, sprouts, and try it with other proteins, like beef, chicken, pork, white fish, or mussels. This dish is easily customized according to your flavor profile!
Photo credit: http://bevcooks.com/ (Becuase I didn't take a picture of my dish, and this one closely resembles it.) :-)
Found this for you, a better explanation: http://arkienet.com/2016/03/fi-on-a-non-nexus-phone-is-like-mowing-your-lawn-with-a-weed-eater/
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