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Inside Costa Rica
US Navy Ship Takes On Costa Rican Lawmakers For Tour
Inside Costa Rica
In a refueling and supply stop in Golfito, the USS Doyle, and its 211 crew took the opportunity to show their wares off to a group Costa Rica's legislators, ...
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SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- Seoul and Washington agreed Wednesday to hold more joint drills to deter North Korean provocations, warning that North Korea should not mistake restraint shown by the allies as a 'lack of re..."
Monday, December 06, 2010
South Korea's military began a major live-fire exercise Monday amid high tensions on the divided peninsula following North Korea's deadly bombardment of a border island last month.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the five-day series of drills would take place in 29 locations off South Korea, despite the North's claims that it could trigger war.
It was unclear whether one of the firi"
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution condemning North Korea for shelling a South Korean island and calling on China to step up efforts to make its communist neighbor behave.
The resolution, a..."
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This is why I don’t live in Montana:
I don’t want to live in a place where transdimensional spaceworms can appear in the sky and blast superheated steam straight down onto innocent earthlings.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
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A program called Operation Record-A-Story lets kids hear their deployed military parent read them a bedtime story. Starting today on Veteran's Day, military Moms and Dads separated from their children can share story time as a family through this new program. Publications International's, Ltd. (PIL) Record a Story books are now being recorded by servicemen and servicewomen at USO locations in the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. PIL donated 5,000 Record a Story books to the United Through Reading Military Program for military service members to record for their children. After the book captures the service member's voice reading the story out loud, it will be sent, together with a video of the parent recording the story, to their kids in time for the holidays.
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LifeLock, an identity theft security firm, has begun mailing checks to customers nationwide, part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 34 states.
The settlement was reached in March of this year, following an investigation into the company's allegedly misleading advertising practices.
LifeLock sells identity theft services that past advertisements allegedly claimed were "guaranteed" to protect consumers' personal information and prevent criminals from using it to open accounts in consumers' names. Some ads even included LifeLock CEO Todd Davis' social security number in an effort to demonstrate Davis' confidence in the services offered.
The FTC and various state attorneys general charged that the fraud alerts that LifeLock placed on customers' credit files protected only against certain forms of identity theft and gave them no protection against the misuse of existing accounts, the most common type of identity theft. It also allegedly provided no protection against medical identity theft or employment identity theft, in which thieves use personal information to get medical care or apply for jobs.
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Well the short and simple answer to the titular question can be found right here. Store-bought gravies just don't taste right. Sure, some of them have that nostalgic cafeteria appeal, but unless you're seriously trying to relive middle school, you're much better off making your own. With a few store-bought staples, it's surprisingly easy, and worlds better than anything you'd get out of a jar.
The gravy recipe attached to this article is dead simple and will get you results that are a marked improvement over store-bought. If you want to up the ante even more, just follow these tips. They apply to any and all gravy:
You Don't Need to Make Your Own Stock
Sure, in an ideal world, if you had the time and inclination, making your own stock by browning the chopped carcass and neck of your turkey and simmering it with lots of vegetables is really the best way to make your gravy. But a good quality low-sodium store-bought chicken stock makes a flavorful base that's far better than jarred gravy (see our tasting results). Even if you are planning on using your turkey neck and scraps (highly recommended!), use stock to simmer them instead of water for an instant flavor-boost.
Make Your Gravy in Advance!
Gravy can be made at least a few days before thanksgiving. Get your turkey ahead of time, and you'll even have a neck and giblets to work with. Make your gravy on Monday or Tuesday, refrigerate it, then don't even think about it until turkey day. It'll reheat well in a small saucepan, or just in the microwave (stir it every 30 seconds while microwaving to make sure it doesn't explode).
Reach for the Umami-Bombs
Marmite and soy sauce might seem like odd ingredients for gravy, but when used judiciously, they can seriously increase flavor, adding depth and savoriness. A quarter teaspoon of Marmite and a teaspoon of soy sauce for every quart of gravy is about the right amount.
If going the store-bought stock route, try simmering it down with a couple of bay leaves, peppercorns, and some fresh herbs like thyme or parsley stems. You'll be amazed at the depth of flavor it picks up with just a quick 30 minute simmer.
Deglaze Your Roasting Pan
Your turkey gives off plenty of flavorful liquids and solids while its roasting. Look at the bottom of the pan when the turkey is done—see the browned bits in there? That's called fond, and is an instant gravy-booster. While your turkey is resting, place your roasting pan over a burner and pour in some stock. Scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon, strain, and use this enhanced stock as the base for your gravy. Even if you make your gravy in advance, you can always give it a boost last minute by deglazing the pan with a little stock and whisking it into your gravy just before serving.
Thicken the Right Way
To thicken a quart of gravy, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of flour and cook it down, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. You're going for a nice golden-blond color, which will add some nuttiness. Slowly add your stock, whisking constantly. The harder you whisk and slower you add the stock, the smoother your gravy will be. Once you've added all the liquid, bring it up to a boil, reduce it to a simmer, and let it cook down until it gets to the right consistency. Season it at the end with salt and pepper (seasoning too early can lead to the salt concentrating and becoming too strong).
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So the other day I was working on my desktop computer while having my laptop next to it. Whenever I wanted to use something that was on the laptop I found myself use my desktops mouse and keyboard. Naturally this didn’t work very well. I then remembered reading something (in the forums here) about a tool that would allow me to control any computer connected to my LAN using the same keyboard and mouse. Doing some research I discovered two freeware solutions: Synergy and InputDirector.
Input Director vs Synergy
At first glance the two systems are equal, giving you much the same. OS support is the most apparent difference between the two. Synergy is a Multi-Platform-System which enables you to control Windows, MAC and Linux using the same Keyboard and mouse. InputDirector only support Windows (in its various versions – all the way back to Windows 2000)
- Control Mouse and keyboard
- Copy and Paste text between the computers
- Move the mouse between computers as if they were a multiple monitor setup
- Automatic detection when available to the system
- Multi-Monitor Support
- Synchronise System LockDown and ShutDown
- Synchronise Screensavers
After trying out both systems I found that though Synergy does support more OS’s (Mac, Linux etc) it is much harder to get it working. Every setting is text-based and moving between the monitors isn’t all that versatile. With Synergy I kept experiencing that the mouse would not return to the monitor from which it came. It was an easy fix, but an annoying one nevertheless. Setting up Synergy the way I wanted took so much time that once it did work – I had given up on it all together. The thought of setting it up on more computers later on – was not appealing. So my program of choice became InputDirector. And this is why:
InputDirector (the windows solution)
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Moving the mouse between the screens will control which computer receives input from you. Ripples surround the cursor for a few seconds after transitioning to help the eye follow the cursor from one computer to another. The keyboard lights for NumLock, CapsLock etc. will show the settings for each system.To lock or shutdown all systems, right-click the System tray icon and choose from the context menu.
But that is not all
InputDirector has many features I like, and best of all is the total control it gives you. You can choose when and where it should run, when should the mouse move between monitors, assigning hotkeys and create macros. In short it is a feature packed small application that you will grow to love – and really wonder, how you ever managed without it.
- Easy to follow installation and usage guides – setup only takes a few minutes
- Tell Input Director how your monitors are positioned simply by dragging them to the correct spot on the monitor grid:
- Multi-monitor support
- Shared Clipboard – copy and paste between computers (including files!)
- Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and Windows 7
- Transitioning control to another computer is a simple as moving your cursor off the screen on one computer for it to jump to the other
- Able to control a computer without needing to login to it first
- Supports Windows fast user switching
- Compatible with Vista User Account Control pop-ups
- Manage all your computers at once
- Simultaneously lock all computers
- Synchronise the screen savers across your computers
- Synchronise shutdown of your system (or individually configure whether a computer goes to standby, hibernate or shuts down)
- Encrypt network data between Input Director controlled computers using AES with a 128, 192 or 256bit key
- Lock down the Input Director configuration so that only Administrators may make changes
- Systems can limit which master systems can control them by host name or network subnet
- Ripples surround the cursor for a few seconds after transitioning to help the eye follow the cursor from one computer to another:
- Hotkeys can be setup to switch control to a specific computer or move to the next computer to the left or right
- Choose to use your mouse (speed, button order) preferences when directing another system
- Supports different keyboard layouts
- The keyboard LEDs (Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock) show the status of the computer being controlled
- Mirror input – Broadcast mouse gestures and keyboard input to all computers simultaneously
- On startup slave systems will tell the master system that they are available
- Slave systems tell the master system when they’re about to be shutdown or rebooted and the master will automatically skip them when navigating between computer
Wish-list for InputDirector
So far InputDirector can only share the clipboard (Copy/Paste) between the computers – which of course is a great feature. However, since InputDirector is a “Windows Only” solution I would expect it to be able to share more things between the different computers. Allowing me to drag and drop documents (and possibly programs) between the different monitors would really do it for me. Oh well, maybe it will be available in a later version.
According to the documentation you are supposed to be able to copy files between computers, but so far I have not been able to do so.
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