Tech in your Kitchen

FOR the past few years I have had this idea of having a computer that will keep track of everything in my kitchen.It will be able to compile a grocery list and also make suggestions of what I will be able to prepare by checking what I have available in my kitchen at that specific moment.
rying to figure out exactly what I can prepare drives me crazy and in the end I just go and buy all the ingredients that are needed for something that I have made thousands of times before.
After installing the computer I have not been able to come across the perfect program to run this concept. I found three websites which make life easier. It still is not exactly what I wanted, but it’s a start.
These websites can really make your life easier if you have an entire family to cook for. There are quite a number of these websites, but these are my favourites: www.grouprecipes.com, www.recipematcher.com and www.allrecipes.com
These sites also have active communities that contribute to the recipes that are made available online. Through the contributions from the community you can be sure that there will be new recipes each and every day.
Join their discussion forums and ask advice from people from around the world and also give advice. Social networking never tasted this good. The sites invite you to contribute to their ever increasing database of recipes.

If you know of any other such websites, please let me know.

Joost™

WOMF – Word of Mouth Forum

DIE afgelope week of twee het ons almal op die plaaslike radiostasie gehoor dat ons moet Womf. Maar wat op aarde kan hierdie “gewomfery” nou eintlik wees? Womf staan vir Word Of Mouth Forum.

Soveel keer gebeur dit dat ek geweldig ontevrede is met diens wat ek by een of ander onderneming ontvang het en dan wil ek dit graag aan die hele land verkondig en verseker dat dit nie aanhou gebeur nie. Daar is ook ander tye wat ek sulke goeie diens ontvang dat ek die hele wêreld na hierdie onderneming wil stuur om te verseker dat almal in hierdie goeie diens kan deel. Die vraag was altyd hoe doen ek dit? Hoe nou gemaak?

Wel, nou is daar Womf. Hierdie webblad is die antwoord. Hier kan jy jou registreer en jou mening uitspreek oor dienste en produkte en sê of jy gelukkig was of nie. Jy kan ander gebruikers waarsku en seker maak dat niemand anders die foute maak wat jy gemaak het nie. So leer ons uit mekaar se foute.

Dit is belangrik dat soveel as moontlik mense egter aan hierdie forum deelneem aangesien die sukses van so forum daarop gegrond is dat massas mense dit bestuur en reguleer. Met lae syfers kan jy nie noodwendig ‘n eerlike en ware opinie verseker nie.

Mense in die streek moet dus hul beste pogings aanwend om aktief betrokke te raak en te verseker dat “diens” en “gehalte” weer ‘n voorkeursaak by ondernemings in die streek word.

Besoek vandag nog www.ofm.co.za en kliek op die skakel na die Womf-blad.

Ek hoop dat ons binnekort nog ‘n groot aantal van hierdie webbladsye plaaslik sal sien.

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Online Conferences – EduOnline2007

EVERY evening this week I am attending a conference in South America. Yes, through the wonder of the Internet, I am able to work during the day and then from 17:00 to 01:00 I am attending live conference sessions and interacting with other delegates at the EduOnline2007 Conference.

This is the second online conference that I have attended and the previous one was about a year ago. Things have changed quite a bit. The quality of the audio and video has increased unbelievably. This has all happened not only because of the improvement of the infrastructure of the Internet world­wide, but also the software and compression techniques used to manage the delegates and their connections to the main venue.

When I was first invited to attend this conference I was worried about the bandwidth that would be used each day as it is quite a few hours that I will be receiving audio and video over the Internet.

The reality, however, is that the bandwidth usage was very low. How they manage it will be a topic for another column.

Another first for this conference is that each presentation is presented simultaneously in three different languages. The presenter presents his talk in English and two other presenters translate it live into the other languages. The delegates have no idea that it is not the presenter giving the presentation in the other languages. When entering the virtual conference venue you choose your preferred language and off you go.

This medium for presenting conferences is in my opinion so effective that it may reduce the need to physically attend conferences considerably, and may reduce the expenses to attend conferences to such a degree that more conferences could be attended. This in turn will increase our ability to interact with specialists worldwide.

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