Air Canada pretzels

Lately I’ve been trying to diet alongside my lovely wife. It’s definitely been adventurous and I’ve noticed that good diet makes me feel better. I guess it’s correct, you are what you eat.

We decided to follow a diet of no carbs. It is a very difficult diet because every meal we’ve had previously had carbs. No bread, rice, quinoa, potatoes. Pretty much nothing yummy. It’s very difficult to be on this diet because I have to remember that I’m on it, and remember what I’m not allowed to eat.

We also decided to not eat sugar. That was a bit less challenging for me as I rarely have a sweet tooth. I tend not to have desert after dinner, so only when it’s given to me, I’ll munch. What can I say, I don’t like to ruin a good meal with desert.

This morning I took a flight from Toronto to Ottawa. It’s a short flight, so usually they give you a snack and a small drink. My wife informed me that morning flights get a cookie. I was very disappointed because as you probably gathered I like pretzels.

I tried many pretzels, and I seriously can’t find ones like these anywhere in the stores. Wow, you diet so much and someone wiggles something you love in front of your nose, and you forget all about that diet. I love Air Canada pretzels, and am always happy to be on short flights that serve them. I just wish there was more!

From all the pretzels I’ve had, these are best. I’ve got no idea what they put in them, or whether they’re so fresh, but they taste amazing.

This short flight was definitely worth breaking my diet habits today. Thanks for reading, and next time you’re on a short Air Canada flight, enjoy the treat, hopefully you get their amazing pretzels.

Microsoft version of Synergy

Do you remember the days where Synergy used to be free? You could install it on different computers, and share 1 mouse and one keyboard?

Well those days are done. Synergy is no longer free, as I found out recently looking for it.

While searching, I found this neat Microsoft tool that pretty much does the same thing. The only drawback is that it only works for Microsoft products (Windows)

It is really easy to install, and quit to setup. Options are well documented. Check it out here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=35460

How to change RDP Port number

In order to change the Windows Remote Desktop Port used to RDP into the machine, you need to update the registry of your windows machine.

Using keyboard shortcut “Windows key+r” you will get the windows Run Command window.

Type “regedit.exe” and click OK button to open the Registry Editor.

Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp

Double click on “PortNumber” and change the Base radio button to “Decimal” in order to see the port number.

From here, you can change your port number, suggested 3390 or 3391.

Breakfast with a view

Well, we woke up at a whopping 7am… As usual, I’m hungry.
So we went to a nearby place called Classic Cafe East.
Can you believe that they don’t open until 8am?
Regardless of the opening hours, we were greeted by a nice lady at 8am and sat at a table near the window. Really nice view.

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I would love to have a breakfast here every day.

So we got our menus. Cool stuff. They have Health Human & Hungry Human on the menu! Check it out!

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I decided to get Fish Cakes and Toutons.

While waiting for our Breakfast, Chantale noticed that there is a tide coming in. Can you believe that we were able to see the tide wave coming in? Insane… Check it out

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Ok, breakfast is here.

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The toutons was delicious. I was really satisfied. I’ve never had scrunchins, so I asked the waitress to include some on my plate. Can you believe that it’s like a deep fried pork fat? Below is a pic of me eating this delicious salty, fatty Newfie breakfast item.

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Breakfast was great, and I’m excited for the rest of my day. Going whale watching…

There comes a time

Lately I’ve been noticing the morale of people around me degrading at work, and it’s beginning to bother me. I see that there have been changes, that are giving people negative impression and making things worse.

Humans are very communal and frequently they create negativity to rebel, and it rubs off on others, in other words, “Monkey see, Monkey do”

I wish there was a magic wand that could make everyone happy, but that’s not possible. Even children have their times of happiness and unhappiness. This social behavior is normal, but how do you cope?

There are a few techniques you can use; for example distance yourself from a person that is negative. This technique works well if you are able to apply, but usually it’s easier applied to single individual.

Next, you can try to take some time for yourself. If you find that you’re easier bothered, maybe you’re burning out. Maybe you need to take some time and do nothing. Go for a trip, a walk, a drive.

If your techniques are not working, maybe it’s time to move on, find new friends, job, or a city to live in.

I know it’s not always possible to do any of the above, but hang in there, stay positive.

What is up with this weather?

Two weeks ago we had a snow falling on a Sunday.

After that the temperature shot up quite drastically. Today the weather was unbelievable. We’ve hit 35c.

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This was around 3pm today.

For the last hour or so, I’ve been laying in my bed and watching the lightning strikes. I cannot believe how drastically the weather has been changing over the years. There must be a reason for that. Is it global warming? Is it all the fossil fuels we’ve been burning? Or maybe it’s the increasing population of our planet.
It makes me wonder what’s next?
What are your thoughts?

Chicken and waffle

Since yesterday it was the last that my colleague was working with us, we decided to have a lunch for him at Lancaster Smokehouse in Kitchener. A bunch of us went from work, and since it’s a 5 minute walk from the office, we decided to walk there. As we were approaching the smokehouse, the divine smell was calling us in.
We had a reservation so we quickly got seated.

My wife was there a few weeks earlier and her friend ordered the chicken in waffles. She said that she saw this guy order it on the tv show, one of those travelling food shows, and she had to try it. Since my usual favorite is the brisket, or the pulled pork, I decided to try out the chicken in the waffle.

When I first got it, I was quite surprised that you could fit 3 pieces of chicken on a waffle.

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It didn’t look too big, but I dug in. My co-workers were asking me, what’s this, as they haven’t seen this on the menu before either.

My review: the chicken was great; soft on the inside, crispy sweet on the outside.
The waffle was sweet and not soggy which was perfect. The smokehouse chef really prepared it well.

To my liking, I had to add some Tabasco sauce as I found it too sweet.

Overall, I would give it a 10 of 10 for presentation, 10 of 10 for quality, 10 of 10 for value, and 9 of 10 for taste (again this is just my opinion based on the fact that it was too sweet for my liking)

Smokehouse is a great place to eat, and I’m going to stick to my usual brisket 🙂

Transferring files between 2 linux servers

Have you ever needed to transfer a file from one headless linux server to another?
Well it’s actually quite simple. You can do so using the scp command.

scp <file> <username>@<IP address or hostname>:<Destination>

So lets say you are logged into Server1

pawel@server1:$

If you “ls -l” you will see a file called myFileToTransfer.txt

To transfer it to Server2, you would write:

pawel@server1:$ scp myFileToTransfer.txt pawel@server2:/home/pawel/

Server2 will ask you for password for user pawel, and once you enter it, the transfer will begin.