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Every week. I have CCleaner set to automatically run silently every Sunday night. I never notice my clean ups. Allows me to never really format my Windows laptop. Haven't had to for a couple years, running nice and quick still.

How Often Do You Clean Sweep Your Devices?
12/1/10 05:15 PM

I have an iPod Touch, and I regret owning it now. It's really great feature wise, but with how Apple is throwing the support on it down the dumps, and iTunes really being horrible for my needs, I would have rather gotten some generic pmp that just syncs with Windows Media Player (i guess that even excludes the Zune). The product is great, but for just music, anything really works these days.

Reasons Why the iPod Is Still Our Favorite Music Player
11/30/10 08:41 PM Not fond of bricks at all, but that looks really nice.

Before & After: A Kitchen Backsplash & Counter Upgrade
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11/29/10 09:19 PM

Ever try using a laptop with speech commands? I can't imagine cooking and having to wash my hands in the middle of something to adjust the touch screen. It's a great device, had potential (would rather have a full OS on it than a mobile one making it an MID rather than a tablet).

Kitchen Tech: The iPad One Month Later | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
5/13/10 04:05 PM

I'll have to find a few for my parents, they might like these.

Mighty Handy! Wide Flexible Spatulas | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/11/10 01:33 PM

I know I'd rather go for doughnuts vs a cupcake. Cupcakes are too "tempermental" for me, and I usually get dried cupcakes, and seldomly decent to good cupcakes. Doughnuts are more forgiving, and I've always had a good doughnut, the only thing I have with doughnuts is if they're just too sweet (can't stand Krispie Kreme because of this, just too sweet for my taste). But if it comes to making them myself, I'd say cupcakes are a lot more easier, as said because of fear of frying.

Trend Watch: Are Doughnuts the New Cupcake? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/10/10 12:08 PM

I recommend a Canon SX200 IS for entry level photography for about any situation. I just got one for Christmas unexpectedly and was suprised by it. Just to devpve into it's capabilities a bit, it does simple point-and-shoot, has 13 modes, shoots HD video, a super macro mode, and a plethora of manual controls that DSLRs are know for. I feel that it has many of the same capabilities that a DSLR that everyone uses but on a cheaper device (quality doesn't match the DSLR obviously, but the manual controls can really teach you something if you want to move up.
Aside from the device some things you need to keep in mind. First shoot in the proper mode. If you're using a point-and-shoot make sure you have it in macro mode so it's focus is sharp (usually denoted by a flower icon). If you use a DSLR it's the same but make sure you have the right lens. Next is the importance of lighting. This is probably the most important factor in photography since anything visual depends on the light. Toy around with the lighting, learn what the different white balance modes are on your camera to adjust the lighting. And finally, have fun and don't get frsutrated if it doesn't come out well the first few times. :)

What Is a Good Entry-Level Camera for Food Photography? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/23/10 05:24 PM

There is no such thing as perfect rice imo, it's just too highly opinionated leading it to be a very variable opinion. Some people love it "wetter" or drier than others. I prefer mine a tad on the dry side of the average wetness of rice. For me it's all by eye, I've cooked rice enough times to get a nice feel for it (Filipino descent). I don't go by ratios or anything, more by water level. I do about 3 cups of rice, and 3 cold rinses, and load it with water till just about half an inch above the rice level, and use a rice cooker, same with using a pot (pot cooking boil it, when it foams (this can get messy if you've never been taught it), open the lid enough to release the pressure, but try to keep it as covered, and reduce till you think it looks good.). Rice cooker definately is the way to go for novices though, try to get one with settings so you have more control over the cooking if you'd like. Also, keeping rice, I'd suggest let it cool a bit, transfer it to a tupperware, then let it cool to room temp before covering and sticking in the fridge, the "sweat" it generates is bad for it if its warm I believe (I've had rice go bad on me in hours a few times because I rushed this). Again, rice preference is variable, if you want it wetter go for more water, drier, go for less. Type of rice as well. Shorter the more sticky it is, thus you need more water to cook. anyways, that's my methods. :P

What Is the Best Way To: Cook Rice? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/12/10 12:22 PM

My family uses Clorox Green Works, and of course a sealing every 6 months.

What Is the Best Way To: Clean Granite Countertops? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
2/4/10 11:31 AM

Needs some sort of multitasking to be able to go from the essential tools of the kitchen. Recipe manager, calculator, conversion, etc. I think later offerings may fair better, such as Android, or even the Win7 solutions.

Hot or Not? The Apple iPad — In the Kitchen! | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/28/10 01:52 PM

I'm all for these healthy eats, but I think we also forget an integral part of food and the activity of having a meal, and that's enjoying a meal. Sure people can eat all that stuff, but I think cutting out some things we enjoy like fast food isn't really healthy. For me eating healthy consist of eating healthy, but also enjoying what I eat, and sometimes I just want to have fast food, it isn't all the time, just maybe once every once in a while. Yes some people can find joy in just eating all these healthy items, and good for them, but seeing these scares people into thinking they're losing their hamburgers and pizza. The whole reason lots of people have problems with their diets, is it's just too much. Cut back, eat healthier, and just have fast food every once in a while, and you'll be a happy camper, being healthy, and still enjoying your own delights. That's my philosophy behind my own diet.
Just wanted to also add, that there isn't any shortcut, sure a healthier diet is better, but exercise should be included in any diet regimen. Also eating things that say diet, and calorie free isn't a shortcut to losing weight! The only way is controlling your own diet and exercise, imo. :) Remember part of health is still being happy with what you do with yourself too! :)

Alton Brown on Eating at Home and Eating Light | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/12/10 04:12 PM