Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crescentine Fritte

Crescentina is a typical recipe from my region, Emilia Romagna, in Italy.
Depending on what side of the region you live in, you call them with different names, one of them is Gnocco Fritto.

The dough used for this recipe is very similar to bread or pizza dough so it's very easy to make!
I am one of those MANY people who loves fried food but I don't make it often, for obvious reasons...
I saw the Fried Food Contest and I thought it was the perfect excuse to fry something! :D

So here is one of my favorite fried foods: Crescentine Fritte! (fritte = fried in Italian)

You can either make them "empty" to eat with cold cuts or cheese, or fill them with ham and cheese (or whatever you want) before frying them.
I am going to show you how to make both versions...


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Ice Cube-Unread Email Counter

P5083444.JPGDigging into the vault of never fully documented projects, I found this and decided to make an Instructable on it. Doing this mostly by memory, I might have missed some things. Let me know if you see any errors. This is a project that displays how many unread email messages you have. It also displays the temperature. It wirelessly transmits your unread message count to a small acrylic cube. There is a piezo transducer on the lid of the box that allows you to switch between temperature and email by tapping on the lid. If you could vote for me in the epilog and battery powered contests (when my entry is accepted), that would be great!
P4163169.JPGThe transmitter is basically a FT232RL USB to UART bridge and the RCT-418-AS transmitter. The UART signal from the FT232 must be inverted before going to the transmitter because the UART  "no data" state is high. If a high signal were going to the transmitter constantly, it would violate FCC rules because the RCT-418 would be transmitting constantly. This circuit is powered directly off the USB port of your computer. For correct VSWR the antenna MUST be 17cm. This is a 1/4 wavelength antenna for 418MHz.

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Flexible Pegboard - Hook System

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How to make a plant hanger out of rope

Rope - I'll be using 1/8" cotton rope. You'll need 120 feet for this plant hanger. I buy it by the spool (1200 feet) at knot and rope supply:

Electrical tape - I'll use this to whip the ends of the rope so they don't unravel as we tie. Electrical tape is flexible and meshes well with the rope.

Thimble - This is a 5/16" thimble. You should be able to pick one of these up at any local hardware store.

1.5" diameter wooden ball - I'll be using this at the very end as the core for the final knot. You can get them at any local craft store. The one I have has a flat bottom, but any ball will do.

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Evernote for Android Gets Reminders

Evernote for Android Gets Reminders

Android: Evernote released an update to its Android app today that adds a new Reminders function to the notes app.

Like the iOS and Mac updates a couple weeks ago, this update is all about reminders. When you select any note, you're given the option to turn it into a reminder, and Evernote will alert you at a set date. You can also set up "pins" so those reminders stay in front of your face every time you're in Evernote.

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AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Richland APU Reviews

Legit Processor Reviews


Last week, Intel released 4th Generation Core "Haswell" processors and this week we have AMD releasing the company's 3rd generation of APUs, known as "Richland." AMD "Richland" APUs are said to bring 20-40 percent performance increases over the previous generation of AMD A-Series "Trinity" APUs, so AMD fans have been waiting months for this day to come. The other nice thing about these new APUs is that they don't require a new platform and work in all existing AMD Socket FM2 motherboards after a quick BIOS update.

AMD APU Performance Chart

It has been three years since AMD launches the Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and the they have progressed nicely since a rather bumpy launch.  The AMD Llano APU was a nice processor on the FM1 platform, but there was no upgrade path for the platform and the socket was essentially dead from the get go. Last years AMD Trinity APU brought significant performance gains along with the new FM2 platform, which thankfully can support both Trinity and Richland! It's always good when your socket design can last for more than one generation!

apu architecture

The AMD Richland APU uses "Piledriver" 32nm HKMG process cores (up to 4 cores), up to 128 KB L1 Cache (64 KB Instruction, 64 KB Data), Up to 4 MB L2 and 2 x 128-bit FPUs / compute module. The 32nm processors are available in 65W and 100W configurations and have a die size of 246mm2 with 1.3 billion transistors. AMD Turbo Core 3.0 has taken the increased the boost frequency from 4.2GHz from the last generation Trinity APU to 4.4GHz with Richland. Richland supports the latest ISA instructions including FMA4/3, AVX, AES, XOP. Basically you get the latest Piledriver  cores along with VLIW4 GPU architecture. The end result is up to 779 GFLOPS on OpenCL Apps.

2013 AMD A-Series Platform Features:

Turbo Charged x86 architecture featuring “Piledriver” cores Supports up to 4 cores and support for the latest ISA instructions including FMA4/3, AVX, AES, XOPUp to 2MB L2 cache per dual-core module (up to 4MB total)Max Turbo Frequencies up to 4.4 GHzConfigurable via AMD OverDriveAMD Radeon HD 8000 Series GPU Cores Featuring VLIW 4 architectureUp to 384 shadersUp to 844MHzUp to 8xAA and 16AF supportControllable via AMD OverDriveDirectX11 SupportNew DDR3-2133 support on A10 APUsEnhanced AMD Turbo Core More Frequency/Voltage levels for CPU and x86 coresTemperature Smart Turbo CoreNew bottleneck detect algorithmsControllable via AMD OverDriveUVD and VCE Video Encode and Decode Hardware to offload CPUAMD Picture Perfect support with HD Post Processing technologiesSupport for latest display technologies AMD Eyefinity2 technology for 3+1 monitor supportDisplay Port 1.2 support

FM2 Platform

AMD CrossFire support with AMD A85X motherboardsAMD Memory Profile support (auto select memory timings in select DIMMs)AMD Dual Graphics support with AMD Radeon HD 6450, 6570, and 6670 graphics cards


Here are the details of the five Richland APUs that will be available at launch. The AMD A10 series quad-core processors have 384 Radeon cores clocked at 844MHz and 4MB of total cache. Richland has a 44MHz speed bump on the Radeon Cores over the previous Trinity APUs! The AMD A8 series are also quad-core processors with 4MB cache, but have just 256 Radeon cores and the speed on them drops to just 800MHz on the A8-6500. The AMD A6 series consists of the A6-6400K, which is a dual-core part with just 1MB cache and 192 Radeon cores running at 800MHz.  Notice that just the AMD A10-6800K, has been validated and certified for use with DDR3-2133MHz memory. The other Richland APUs officially support just 1866MHz memory kits.


The AMD FM2 platform can now use both Trinity and Richland APUs and there are ten processors to pick from. The AMD A6-6400K is a dual-core part that runs 4.2GHz for $69, the AMD A8-6500 and A8-6600K are quad-core parts that are $112 and the AMD A10-6700 and A10-6800K are $142. AMD is making you pick between lower clocks and a 65W TDP or an unlocked processor with higher clocks and a 100W TDP. Personally, we'd go with the unlocked part and set it up how you want to in your motherboards BIOS!


Memory plays a critical role on AMD APU's and can dramatically improve your user experience by using the highest supported memory kit. The AMD A10-6800K Richland APU is the first AMD APU to ever officially support DDR3 2133MHz dual-channel memory. AMD says that you get a 9-12% performance boost in popular game titles when you run 2133MHz versus 1600MHz, so be sure to buy the fastest memory kit possible.  For the AMD A10-6800K we recommend 2133-2400MHz. Our AMD A10-6700 Richland APU won't run 2133MHz with full stability, which is odd, so 2133MHz is going to be hit or miss on the A10-6700. It doesn't officially support it, but not every processor is going to be able to run it out of the box.


The new AMD APU's also now come with a software bundle thanks to the AMD Elite Experience Program! The AMD A10 APU product line is available with a game title from AMD's Never Settle Game Promotion and a suite of new apps that is being released for the very first time. The game title that will be included with AMD A10 series APU's here in North America is Tomb Raider, so if you spend $142 on the AMD A10-6800K or the A10-6700, you get a game title that normally sells for $40 on Amazon. The other software features are AMD Gesture Control, AMD Screen Mirror, AMD Quick Stream Technology, AMD Face Login, AMD Steady Video and AMD Perfect Picture HD. The summary on those applications are below.

AMD Face Login – Uses facial recognition technology and a webcam to allow for quick log-in to Windows and other browser-based websites that require a log-in, like social networking sites and email services;
AMD Gesture Control – Tracks a user’s hand gestures and converts them into commands for basic functions on media players, browsers, e-readers and other popular applications leveraging a webcam, advanced image processing and machine-vision algorithms;
AMD Screen Mirror – Wirelessly shares content like photos, videos, HD media streams and webpages from a PC or tablet based on a 2013 AMD A-Series APU with any supported TV or display with a DLNA receiver, or with other PCs. Available only on select AMD-based devices;
AMD Video Entertainment Features – Make your content look its very best: AMD Steady Video technology gives users push-button control over shaky home video and helps stabilize the images for better viewing; AMD Quick Stream technology enables smooth video streaming and a virtually interruption free streaming experience; and AMD Perfect Picture HD8, creates rich and lifelike color on video entertainment.


AMD sent over the A10-6700 and A10-6800K "Richland" APUs to try out and those are going to be the processors we will be looking at closer today!

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