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MacFuse Not working after Lion upgrade

After upgrading to new Mac OS Lion, my MacFuse ceased to work and I could not mount any USB drive I have. Uninstalling MacFuse is not an option.  It seems the upgrade broke something there. I found a way to actually uninstall it and make mounting works again. OSXFUSE  is the word. Download and install it.  Remember to click the option to provide MacFuse layer, which would help us to uninstall MacFuse properly.

Civilization V Campaign Edition - Debug Mode (Mac)

Civilization is one of the best turn-based game.  Recently, I started playing Civ 5 on Mac.  As usual, I looked for cheat codes to speed up the learning curve.  All I found in the net were all related to PC. Here is how you do it in Mac. You will need to edit the config file via Terminal. The file is under /Users/ username /Library/Application Support/Civilization V Campaign Edition/config.ini Change "DebugPanel = 0" to "DebugPanel = 1" In game, all you need to do is press ~ key to open debug panel. As far as I know, the only useful cheat is Reveal All. Have fun!

Breeze MasterCard® - 10% cashback

 Offered by Bankwest! Happiness is a low rate Looking for a credit card with a low rate and loads of great benefits? You've found it. The new Bankwest Breeze is now offering you 10% cashback on your festive spend at all department stores, grocery stores and on eating out for 3 months. That's right, 10% cashback... no catches, just happy shopping!! Breeze also offers you the lowest ongoing purchase rate of any MasterCard in Australia – just 10.99% p.a. It can even help you consolidate outstanding balances on your non-Bankwest credit cards. Transfer them over to your new Bankwest Breeze MasterCard and you'll pay only 5.99%  p.a. for the first 12 months. Why Breeze MasterCard is a winner: 10% cashback on your everyday spend at department stores, grocery stores and on eating out for 3 months. # Australia's lowest MasterCard purchase rate of 10.99% p.a. up to 55 days interest free on purchases we won

Consumer Ratings

Canstar Blue Canstar Blue is an exciting new initiative of CANSTAR CANNEX, the ratings company. Canstar Blue’s goal is to help consumers make the right choices by promoting product excellence. Canstar Blue ratings are based on customer satisfaction, hence our tag line ‘by consumers for consumers’. Choice The People’s Watchdog Independent and transparent, CHOICE was founded in 1960 with one clear mission: to ensure the consumer voice is heard loudly and clearly. CHOICE empowers consumers to get the most out of all their purchasing decisions by providing a mix of advocacy and advice .

Solid Food For Babies - Rice Cereal

When the baby is over 6 months, we can start introducing solid food for her.  The first choice is rice cereal which is easy to make. Ingredients: 1/4 cup brown rice (brown rice is preferred) 1 cup water little formula/ breast-milk Instruction: Sterilise all cookwave first. Blend brown rice and make a powder. Boil water and add brown rice powder. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir constantly. Add little formula or breast-milk for the taste.

Is private education worth it?

While the costs of private schools continue to rise, the jury is still out on whether the money is a worthwhile investment, writes David Potts. When you're up for $150,000 in fees and extras for a child's private-school education, it'd be nice to know it's a good investment.  After all, a year 7 student starting next year will cost $215,000 by year 12 if school fees keep rising at an annual rate of 6 per cent.  Could that be better spent on tutors and extensive travel to other cultures to broaden a young mind? Certainly it would be cheaper.  They might put a value on everything else but economists have a problem working out the worth of private schools, even though that's probably where many of them went. Fortunately, the well-regarded - and, as it turns out aptly named - London School of Economics has had a shot at it.  Based on the "ample evidence" that private-school students will earn more "and are more likely to get top jobs", it

Homemade Sesame Candy

Delicious homemade sesame candy. Time: 60 minutes Serve: 80 pieces Ingredients: 2 cups black sesame seeds 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon table salt Instructions: Butter 2 baking sheets. In a large pan,  toast the sesame seeds on medium heat until aromatic. Stir often and  continuously till ready.  Set it aside. In the same pan, mix the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring continuously, then let boil for 2 minutes, still stirring. Remove from heat. Quickly stir seeds into the sugar mixture. Transfer immediately to one of baking sheets, spreading as best as you can.  Place the other baking sheet on the top; using a roller to press the seeds into an even and thin sheet. With a knife, cut the sesame candy into small pieces while it's still warm. Let it cool for 15 minutes and enjoy it. Store it in layers separated by wax paper.

What Cooking Oil To Use?

I bet everyone is confused over which oil to use, you are not alone. In many instances it’s less about the oil and more about what you do with it, how you use it and how long you keep it.  I have researched on the web and consolidated many information here. Enjoy!   Type of Fats Polyunsaturated fats can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, algae, and leafy greens. They have been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks. Monounsaturated fats are found in natural foods such as red meat, whole milk products, nuts and high fat fruits such as olives and avocados. Saturated fats ,  like butter and coconut oil, are the most stable. They are commonly considered to be potentially less healthful than fats with a lower proportion of saturated fatty acids and higher proportions of unsaturated fatty acids Trans fats are unnatural fats, and they do not promote good health. The consumption of trans fats increases one's risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of "

Steve Yegge's Google Platforms Rant

Posted on Google+ by Steve Yegge I was at Amazon for about six and a half years, and now I've been at Google for that long. One thing that struck me immediately about the two companies -- an impression that has been reinforced almost daily -- is that Amazon does everything wrong, and Google does everything right. Sure, it's a sweeping generalization, but a surprisingly accurate one. It's pretty crazy. There are probably a hundred or even two hundred different ways you can compare the two companies, and Google is superior in all but three of them, if I recall correctly. I actually did a spreadsheet at one point but Legal wouldn't let me show it to anyone, even though recruiting loved it.

Walnut Cake

Simple walnut cake made in an hour. Walnut Cake Time : Less than 60 minutes Serves : 8 muffin-size cake Ingredients : Part 1 1 cup plain flour 2 tablespoons self-raising flour 125 g butter 1 egg 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sour cream (or yogurt with less brown sugar) Part 2 125 g walnuts 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Instruction : Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put (Part 1) in the mixer and mix them thoroughly. Put half of cake mixture to the base of greased tin. Chop walnuts to smaller pieces. Combine (Part 2) and sprinkle half of it over the cake mixture. Spread the remaining cake mixture on the top and sprinkle with the remaining walnut mixture. Bake for 45 minutes.

Steve Jobs: You've got to find what you love.

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by

Costco - What's Cheap, Actually?

With the current Coles and Wollies' price wars, lots of our daily goods are much cheaper than ever.  The question of whether it's worth the $60 Costco annual membership or not is being asked frequently. Being a Costco member, there are only two main reasons: 1. Price 2. Unique Products CHEAP items in Costco: Frozen Mixed Berries 1kg - $6.29 Free Range Eggs 18cts (900g) - $4.29 Dried Mango Rice Short Rib Beef - $16 per kg Duck Spinach $8 per kg Asparagus 0.5kg - $3.49 Lilydale Chicken $5.80 per kg Milk Lite 3 litre - $2.88 Jalna Vanilla 1kg - $4.19 Unique Products in Costco: French Truffle Chocolate 2kg - around $10 as May 24, 2013. Plain Indian Roti 1kg - $9.69

Emergency Services Around Me (Melbourne)

Austin Hospital Phone : (03) 9496 5500 Location : 145 Studley Road,                  Heidelberg VIC 3084 The Austin Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, also known as the Emergency Department or ED, is a busy tertiary department attending 60,000 patients annually offering a wide range of clinical services. The new purpose-built ED opened in May 2005 as part of the Austin Hospital's redevelopment and has 50 treatment areas including a six bed paediatric area, a Fast Track area, an eight bed Short Stay Unit, procedure rooms and resuscitation rooms. The Department is accredited for two years advanced training with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and has paediatric logbook training. It offers registrar rotations in ICU, anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, toxicology, spinal medicine, ambulatory care, psychiatry and paediatrics. The Department is also the acute spinal and trauma reception area of Austin Health. In August 2008 the

Cheap Ways To Entertaining Kids

Having kids at home doesn't have to shrink our wallets and doesn't have to involve endless hours of TV or video games.  Libraries, beaches, parks and some museums are some of free ways we can keep our kids occupied with. * www.papertoys.com   A website full of paper folding models from famous landmarks to cars and even famous people * www.coloring.ws    A website of free colouring pages, games and puzzles * www.origami-instructions.com Shows how to make a range of items in origami, including a water balloon made of paper * www.kidspot.com.au   Search "science" to discover a list of science experiments for children of all ages to do at home * www.abc.net.au/abcforkids   Games and craft ideas for younger children * www.lego.com   Lego games and also create your own Lego models * Information obtained from news.com.au .

Fairy Park in Anakie, Victoria

For General Enquiries & Bookings Call: (03) 5284 1262 or email: info@fairypark.com Address 2388 Ballan Road Anakie 3221 Victoria, Australia.    Admission between 10 am to 4 pm. Gates close at 5pm sharp. Open Daily * All year round. Rain, hail or shine. We do not close for the winter. Open all public holidays* * except Christmas Day View Travel in a larger map Direction: Fairy Park is approximately one hours drive west of Melbourne. Take the West Gate Bridge out of Melbourne following the Princess Freeway. Take the first Werribee exit marked C109 and follow this road through to the Werribee Racecourse. Along the Racecourse runs Bulban Rd. Spelt B-U-L-B-A-N. Follow Bulban Road to the end and follow the Fairy Park signposts at each int

Adventure Park in Geelong

Great family funs just a short distinace from Melbourne. Park Open: Saturday 1st October 2011 until Sunday 29th April 2012 Winter Closure: May through September   * Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Open Melbourne Cup Day & Anzac Day. View Larger Map Directions 1249 Bellarine Hwy (B110) Wallington, Geelong. Midway between Geelong and Queenscliff. Adventure Park is only 1 hour south of Melbourne from the westgate bridge. Melways page 469 G8

Costco Price List - Digital Camera

Prices were obtained in early Sep, 2011. Fujifilm FinePix T200  10X 14MP 2.7" LCD - $169.99 Fujifilm FinePix S2950 18x 14MP 3.0" LCD - $199.99 Olympus VR-310 10X  14 MP 3.0" LCD - $159.98 Olympus TG-310 3.6x 14 MP 2.7" LCD - $249.99 Nikon S3100  5X 14MP 2.7" LCD - $139.99 Nikon L120  21X 14MP 3.0" LCD - $249.99 Nikon S9100 18X 12MP 3.0" LCD - $379.98 Canon IXUS220HS 5X 12MP 2.7" LCD - $259.99 Canon SX220HS  14X 12MP 3.0" LCD - $339.99

Price Comparison: Baby Wipes

Baby wipes is probably used mostly throughout baby's life. Brands: - Here I listed all I used so far for my baby girl. - Put a comment if you like to recommend other brands. Huggies - Has bear picture embossed on it. - Good, if you got money. Curash - I like this brand. - Not too wet and easy to pull. Kirkland Signature - Costco - Larger size. - Cheap. - I feel it is too dry at the top of pack and too wet at the end. - The new package was introduced (2012). Price Comparison:

Solar Panel Systems - Free Electricity

The price of electricity is now making people interested in solar energy.  The first question being asked is whether it is worth the up-front cost.  There is no straight answer to that, but in general it would be.  Of course, there is one factor you need to consider first: That is: Location of your home. It is important to have enough sunlight where your house is loaded. Ideally, you should have sufficient north facing roof with no shade.  The more sunlight that can be captured in the solar panels, the quicker the solar energy system will pay off your investment. For me, living in Melbourne, probably the worst city in Australia to capture sunlight. Nonetheless, my 1.5kw system provides my energy usage during summer and covers my winter usage cost, too. 2. Amount of electricity you use is not as important as many people claim (depends on how you look at it financially).  Since government only subsides up to 1.5kw system, it is wise to purchase just a quality 1.5kw system.  This way,

Ducted Gas Heating

I installed Brivis ducted gas heating this winter for my little baby.  It is used 24-hour a day with 20c setting all the time. My gas bill was around $60 ~ $100 every two months before ducted heating installation.  Heard from my friends paying from $300 for a couple of hours heating daily to $600+ for daytime/evening heating daily. Mine is 24-hour a day, nonstop! It's been a painful waiting period for the gas bill to come in. It finally did today. The bill is merely $320 (for two months). That's 50% less than what I expected.  Great system, Brivis! Here is my model details: Brivis StarPro HX23 - External System - 7 outlets Tell me about the system you have and your usage cost.

Giveaways from Australian Family Magazine

Australian Family Magazine provides parenting information and samples of products to parents of children aged two to eight quarterly. As a registered user, you will be able to enter competitions and giveaways.  Click here to visit their web site.

Swap your Woolworths fuel savings for Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Join Woolworths Everyday Rewards program. When we spend $30 or more at any Woolworths supermarket, we get fuel vouchers for 4c discount per litre at CALTEX WOOLWORTHS / SAFEWAY co-branded fuel outlets. Recently, Woolworths offers an option to swap fuel savings for Qantas Frequent Flyer points. Instead of 4c discount per litre, we get 2 Qantas Frequent Flyer points per litre. Woolworths has another offer with Qantas that we can redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points for Woolworths gift cards. 750 Qantas Frequent Flyer points can be redeemed for $5 Woolworths gift card. See Woolworths program details here . Now here is the catch: Why would you swap your fuel savings for Qantas Frequent Flyer points? * With fuel voucher, 1 litre = 4c discount. * With Qantas points, 1 litre = 1.3c value. (2 points * $5 / 750) 4c vs 1.3c It's obvious, isn't it?  Unless you are saving up points for tickets, fuel voucher is still a better deal. What do you think?

Costco Price List 1

Costco Dockloands, Melbourne 381 Footscray Road Docklands, VIC 3008 -------------------------------------------------- Price List: Snack: * Dried Pineapple 500g $3.69 ($7.38 per kg) * Dried Mango 850g $13.99 ($16.46 per kg) * Dried Apricots 1.3kg $12.79 ($9.84 per kg) * Dried Pitted Dates 1.13kg $7.39 ($6.54 per kg) * Dried Blueberries 576g $11.59 ($20.23 per kg) * Dried Cherries 567g $8.49 ($15.16 per kg) * Dried Cranberry 1.36kg $9.29 Bathroom: * Macleans Extreme Clean 4 x 170gm $13.99 => Macleeans Advanced Freshmint 170g $2.99 at My Chemist. * Colgate Total Toothpaste 4 x 160gm $13.79 => Colgate Regular 150g $1.99 at My Chemist. * Oral B Cross Action Toothbrush 6ct $19.99 * Palmolive Shower Gel 750ml Pump & 750ml Refill $9.99 * Ivory Bath Bar 16x127g $9.28 * Palmolive Bar Soap 20pk $9.28 * Olay Total Effects Night Cream 3x50g $65.99 * Centrum Select 50+ Multivitamins 200ct $25.89 * Sandhurst Stuffed Green Olives 1.9kg $6.89 * Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce 907g $4.79 *

Costco Price List - Wine

Costco Dockloands, Melbourne 381 Footscray Road Docklands, VIC 3008 -------------------------------------------------- Other price lists:  1   2 Price List: Wine: Yellow Tail Shiraz 1.5L $11.99 Johnnie Walker Green 700ml $57.99 Penfolds Grange 1L $1499.99 Penfolds Bin 311 2009 $29.96 Guinness Draught 24x440ml cans $55.99 Fat Yak 24x345ml bottles $46.79 Penfolds Bin 23 $29.96

We are safe for another month!

August 2nd, 2011 Media release from RBA: Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent . The global economy is continuing its expansion, but the pace of growth slowed in the June quarter. The supply-chain disruptions from the Japanese earthquake and the dampening effects of high commodity prices on income and spending in major countries both contributed to the slowing. It is still not clear how persistent this slower growth will be. The supply-chain disruptions are now gradually abating and commodity prices have softened of late, though they generally remain high. In China most indications suggest only a mild slowdown so far. The central scenario for the world economy over the next couple of years envisaged by most forecasters remains one of growth below the pace of 2010, but at or above long-term averages. Downside risks have increased, however, as concerns have grown over

iTunes Gift Card

Got an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or any i* from Apple.  Instead of setting up credit credit with Apple to make purchases, it is cheaper to buy iTunes gift card and redeem into your iTunes account. There are on sale frequently; usually 20%~30% off face value. Gift Cards on Sale is the best site that tracks all iTunes gift cards promotions in Australia.

Price Comparison: Nappies

Having a baby consuming nappies at the rate that makes you feel everything else is cheap.  Hunting for cheap and best nappies is an on-going adventure. Brands: - Only two brands were highly recommended via various sources. - Put a comment if you want to recommend other brands. Huggies - nappies / nappy pants - Somehow it is the best. - Girls or Boys. - The number of nappies in Bulk-size package was reduced as noticed on June 1, 2012. Effective price increased! Mamia - Aldi homebrand - Said to be as good as Huggies but at a lower price. - Unisex only. - I start using this again due to Huggies price hike. - Aldi has reduced prices on the Mamia ranges; there is also jumbo box available at the moment. (Oct 2012) Where To: - Put a comment if you know a cheaper place. Costco - Sold in mega box. - One location in Melbourne: hard to get to and harder to park a car   (Need to consider the cost of petrol unless you think going there is a weekend getaway/family trip.)

Delete that late-night emailing habit

I saw a great article today and like to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy it. Extracted from The Office, The Age : It is NOT acceptable to be sending business emails at 11.52pm. Ever. Perhaps it’s job insecurity or perhaps some people just feel validated by compulsively pressing the send button but I for one have had enough and would like to formalise the hours in which we’re emailing before we all go insane. It’s Darwinism at its finest. Survival of the fittest is no longer about who’s the last one blearily staring at their screen in the office at night. It’s about who’s last to send an email. What better way to show the boss how hard you’re working – just CC the boss in on an email to a major client at 1am – hello pay rise! No one knows you watched MasterChef and Grey’s Anatomy , called your friend in New York on Skype, took a bubble bath and then composed an “urgent” email just before bed. It’s genius, right?

Got Milk?

Confused when buying milk in the supermarket? Check out this article by CHOICE: It’s no longer simply a matter of reaching for full-cream, light or skim milk; nowadays you have to navigate labels claiming everything from high calcium to low saturated fat and from added omega-3 to A2 proteins – not to mention the growing organic milk market. They all cost more than the generic brands of regular or low-fat milk, but are they worth the extra money? CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands. What’s more, the generic brands can be half the price of branded milk. Trawling the major supermarkets in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, we found more than 80 different brands and types of milk – an amazing number considering that milk production is dominated by just two big multinationals, Parmalat (based in Italy) and National Foods/Dairy Farmers (owned by Japanese

Kickstarter – new way to do fund-raising

Want to find a way to fund your project and short of money. This may be the answer for you. => Kickstarter.com Here is the FAQ of the idea: What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a new way to fund ideas and endeavors. We believe that… A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide. A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

The great super debate

One must-read article: The great super debate John Collett | September 9 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age After seeing a quarter of their retirement nest egg wiped out between November 2007 and March this year, super fund members were jolted out of their complacency. Funds had sustained their biggest losses since compulsory super was introduced in 1992 and bewildered members were forced to pay attention. And while some of the losses have since been clawed back, it has been a massive blow for those near the end of their working life. How, then, do ordinary members of the public judge whether their super fund is any good? Most of the information and comparison tables that consumers see are the work of a few research houses. But consumers only get half the story because bad performers are seldom mentioned. Researchers generally prefer to deal in the good news. Currently, there are only voluntary industry standards as to how funds should report their return

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

the Tesselaar Tulip Festival FLOWER POWER Sept 13 to Oct 9 2012 Time: Open daily 10am to 5pm Prices: Adults $18, Concession $15, Under 16 free            Groups of 10 or more $15 each person. Address: Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Road Silvan, Victoria 3795                Melway Map 123 B5

Join Your Voice and Make Pocket Money

The Nielsen Company is the world’s leading provider of market research and market information. The Your Voice Panel is a website and community that has been designed to provide members with a forum to voice their opinions on current affairs, products and services via online surveys. By joining the panel you also have the chance to win great prizes. Your Voice offers: A quarterly prize draw valued at up to $15,999 E-points for every survey you complete Regular survey invitations on a range of topics An opportunity to express your opinion on topics and products you are interested in Plus, you automatically receive 20 e-points just for joining!* The best part is you decide which surveys to participate in, and you can also remove yourself from the panel at any time. To Join, click here .

Singapore

This iteration is a enjoyable guide for everyone who wants to know more about local culture and foods in Singapore. It was planed by myself when I visited Singapore in 2009. It contains step-by-step on how I managed to travel among this beautiful city within 2 days/2 nights. Visiting Singapore – Day 1 On the first day, the plan is to visit all famous major attractions, Singapore Flyer, Merlion, Fountain of Wealth, etc. 7:30am – Arrive Singapore 7:40am – Purchase ez-link and take the train to downtown 8:00am – Check-in hotel 9:00am – Go to City Hall statation 10:00am – Visit Merlion Park 11:00am – Esplanade/Singapore Flyer 12:00pm – Lunch at Suntec City 13:00pm – Fountain of Wealth 14:00 – Raffles Hotel 15:00 – Orchard Road 17:00 – Vivo Mall 18:00 – Sentosa 19:30 – Song of the Sea 21:00 – Back to hotel Visiting Singapore – Day 2 On the second day, it’s culture experience. Singapore is in the center of Southeast Asia. It has a mix of many cultures in this tiny

The Zebra Plant (Haworthia Fasciata)

Compact slow growing. Heads to 8cm across, forming numerous offsets when mature. Plant in well drained soil. Outdoors in pots or garden. Indoors in any well lit position, very hardy. Low maintenance. Partial sun or any shaded position. Water when almost dry in summer, less often in winter. Drought Tolerant. Will tolerate frosts. Tall stems appear with small stiped blue flowers over growing season. Can be grown in the garden in many shaded positions.