Breadman TR875 Review

Wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread with your 600-watt Sunbeam 5891 programmable bread machine. For making 1-1/2- or 2-pound loaves of bread, the remarkable machine offers 12 cooking functions which include basic, French, whole wheat, quick, sweet, ExpressBake 1-1/2 pound, ExpressBake 2 pound, dough, jam, cake, sandwich, and bake.

Other useful features include a convenient LED display, an easy-to-clean touch-control panel, and a steady base. Metal utensils should not be used with the removable baking pan, which should be washed by hand in order to protect its nonstick surfaces. Instructions with recipes are included. The bread machine measures approximately 14 by 19 by 13-1/2 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.

The Sunbeam 5891 is available on Amazon at over 34% off retail price!

This bread machine is not only a great value, but will become invaluable in your kitchen.

Here are some great features of the Sunbeam 5891:

  • Programmable bread machine bakes 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-pound horizontal loaves
  • Housed in stainless steel; easy-to-read LCD display; viewing window
  • Cycles include super-rapid, 100-percent whole wheat, gluten-free, and more
  • Measures 18 by 11-1/5 by 14-4/5 inches; 1-year warranty; hand wash only
  • Paddle comes attached to electrical cord; detach but keep safe for use with select bread types

This programmable breadmaker can be set to start 13 hours ahead. Just put in your ingredients before you leave for work, and set it for the time you will return. Warm, yeasty fragrance of fresh-baked hot bread will welcome you when you come home.

Here is what one of the owners had to say about the Sunbeam 5891

“We’ve owned this bread machine for about 4 months and use it about once a week, no problems at all. Just dump all the ingredients in and let it do all the work. The bread comes out light and tasty (depending on the recipe you use). Finally, we have homemade bread that isn’t a dense, unappealing hunk of shame.

Lately, we’ve been using it to make pizza dough (something else we could never get quite right). At last, we are able to make awesome pizza at home with a perfect crust. (Craig A )”

Lao Style Potato Rice Soup for Breakfast

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas dinner. Whether you prefer to cook a traditional turkey dinner or if you prefer to grill some hamburgers, you will need to start your day with some breakfast first. Breakfast after all is the most important meal of the day. Since our bodies have been fasting all night, we need to give it a jolt to wake it up. What better way to do this than a good hearty breakfast to warm our hearts and our bodies on a cold Christmas morning? Whether you choose to open presents on Christmas eve or Christmas day, make a delicious and heart warming rice soup for the whole family to enjoy. This dish is also known as rice congee. In many Asian countries, congee or rice porridge is a very popular dish that is eaten for breakfast and can be eaten through out the day. In Laos they call it, “kao piek” where kao means rice and piek means wet. It consist of pork or chicken, Jasmine rice, rounds onions, and it is garnished with fried garlic, pepper sauce, green onions, and cilantro. Each person seems to make their own version of the rice soup. For me, I like to add potatoes to mine. It gives it a more thick and hearty consistency. Follow my easy recipe to make your own pot using your black and decker rice cooker.

Preparations and Supply List

– Potatoes – 4 Cubed or sliced Potatoes
– White Rice – 2 Cups; Preferably Jasmine Rice
– Round white onions – 1 Chopped round onion
– Scallions/Green onions – Chopped for garnishing
– Cilantro – Chopped for garnishing
– Soy Sauce – 4 Tablespoon (Preferably the “La Choy” brand, but the “Great Value” brand from Walmart will do)
– Chicken (Optional) – 1lb Diced Chicken breast
– Chicken Stock or Chicken Broth – 1 can of Chicken broth or 1/2 cup of Chicken stock
– Salt – 1 Tablespoon
– Sugar – 1 Tablespoon
– Garlic – Chopped and fried for garnishing
– Black Pepper
– Olive oil or vegetable

The approximate cooking time will be around 45 minutes to an hour. The preparations are very easy and the cost is minimal. If there isn’t an Asian store in your area, you can purchase the “La Choy” soy sauce and Jasmine rice from your neighborhood Walmart. If you live in the Orlando area, follow my guide to some of the top recommended Asian stores to visit.

The Process and The Recipe

In a medium to large cooking pot, add chicken(optional), potatoes, onions, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 4 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 can of chicken broth or 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Fill the pot with water up to the top. Turn the heart to medium high to the number 7 on your stove. Stir the contents around and allow the chicken and potatoes to cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are starting to soften up. After 20 minutes, add 2 cups of rice into the pot and stir. Lower the heat to medium or number 5 on your stove. Cover the pot and let the contents cook for another 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked or until the soup is thickened. Make sure to stir the pot frequently.

While the soup is cooking, let’s prepare our garnishing. In a frying pan, fry a head of garlic with olive oil or vegetable oil until the garlic is brown. Put the fried garlic aside in a separate bowl or container to cool. Next, go ahead and chop the cilantro and green onions. Once you’re done chopping, you can mix these two together and put it aside to garnish the soup.

By now, the soup should be thickened and ready to serve. For garnishing, add a desired amount of fried garlic and green onions and cilantro into the individual bowls. This will enhance the flavors of the soup. The soup will be very hot and steamy, so be very careful when eating. Make sure to blow at your spoonful until the soup is warm enough to eat. Once you take your first spoonful, I guarantee that it will warm your body and soul. And for those who are sick with a cold or the flu, this will definitely give you the energy to enjoy the holidays. If there are leftovers, you can most definitely use this as a side dish during dinner time. Enjoy this delicious Christmas breakfast and Happy Holidays everyone!

What is the Best Gaming Laptop for 2017?

The contenders for the title of Best Gaming Laptop 2017 has to offer are actually available now. The features of these highly advanced laptops are so impressive that they’re almost futuristic in their ability to play video games that are ravenous in their appetite for speed and memory resources. So, for those who simply want the best when it comes to laptop gaming, here are your nominees:

The Alienware 18

The name Alienware seems apt with this laptop, because its features are simply out of this world. Just look at the specs: a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ, 32GB of system memory, 500GB SSD boot drive and 750GB 7,200rpm SATA hard drive, and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards. With this setup, you can play just about any game on the planet with the video settings all set to the maximum. That’s quite a feat, since a lot of games are really resource-starved and this laptop comes with an 18.4-inch 1,920-by-1,080 full 1080p HD screen. There are even three audio ports to accommodate a headset or a mic and headphone setup, although this isn’t a ASUS Gaming Laptop we still recommend it as a top 3 pick.

For normal non-gamers, the bulk, heavy weight, and the abysmally short battery life makes it quite impractical. But for many gamers bent on LAN adventures, there’s probably nothing better than this!

The Origin EON17-SLX

In many reviews, the Origin EON17-SLX fails to get perfect marks because it borders on the insane. But then again, if you’re dead set on the best, then paying crazy money for crazy performance makes a lot of sense. The stock version comes with Windows 8, but since it doesn’t have a touch screen and Windows 8 isn’t really all that impressive, you have the option of going with the more reliable Windows 7.

Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US 17.3-Inch LaptopThe specs on the other hand are truly astonishing. It has a 3GHz Intel Core i7-3940XM (Extreme Edition) and a torridly quick quad-core processor that’s been overclocked up to 4.0GHz. It also has two Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M GPUs, which provide top frames per second performance even for graphically busy games and with the settings on full with 1080 resolution.

Let’s not forget about the other definition of “best”: value for money. The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a great example of this philosophy. It is built with an Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40 GHz processor, 1.5 TB HDD, and Nvidia GTX 675M graphics card. It can also run most games with medium to high settings, and yet the price is a pittance compared to the other two on this list. With great graphics and less propensity to overheat, it’s ideal for those who never won the lottery but would like to purchase a really good laptop nonetheless.

While 2017 is still a few months away, for many gamers the wonders of the future are already at hand. With any of these contenders for Best Gaming Laptop 2017, the technology of tomorrow is already available today. Just remember that these laptops are prime examples of the principle of diminishing returns: for every tiny improvement, you’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars more.

Sharing Petrol Pricing in Uganda

Often people at the BOP or in developing countries pay more for goods and services in what is referred to as the poverty penalty. One group of developers in Uganda are taking on the pricing inconsistencies and helping out local scooter taxis. This collaborative app allows scooter drivers to understand where to obtain the best pricing and/oror contribute information on local prices. Check out the story on Al Jazeera.

Sharing Knowledge via Mobile Devices at the BoP

Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 with a mission to make information widely accessible to the global community. Many of Wikimedia’s projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and Wikimedia Commons have become indispensable sources of user-driven, open access information around the world. The most popular of these, Wikipedia, an online crowd sourced encyclopedia, boasts more than 23 million articles in 285 languages. The Foundation has 160 employees and currently operates out of San Francisco, California.

Wikimedia has placed special emphasis on enabling consumers to access its sites through mobile technologies, and is working to break down the barriers that prevent users from reading and contributing to Wikipedia on their mobile devices. Wikimedia recognizes that as mobile phone usage surpasses PC usage in much of the world, and that a large potion of its next 500 million users will come via mobile.

Description of the business model how is it collaborative?
While the price of mobile devices continues to fall allowing for virtual mobile ubiquity in the developing world, the cost of data and slow connection speeds are major barriers to accessing Wikipedia. Wikimedia collected results from a mobile readers’ survey in 2010 and found that 21% of users listed data usage and 44% noted connection speeds as a critical barriers to accessing Wikipedia on a mobile device.

Wikipedia Zero, launched in April 2012, is an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation that partners with mobile phone operators in developing countries to provide ‘zero-rate,’ or free, access to Wikipedia’s user-driven content through mobile devices. The project seeks to solve the cost of data and network speed barriers. Wikimedia Zero hopes that by allowing greater access to Wikipedia, it can attract new readers and contributors to Wikipedia. Wikimedia Zero is currently operational in Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Montenegro, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uganda.

How is it sustainable?
The Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to offering all of its products for free, and sustains itself primarily from small reader donations at a global scale. Last year, Wikimedia’s donation campaign raised a total of $25 million in nine days. The average donation was $28 per person, which highlights the grassroots nature of Wikimedia’s reach. In January 2013, Wikipedia Zero was selected as a winner of the Knight News Challenge and received $600,000 over the next two years to develop and expand its program. The Wikimedia team expects to cover Wikipedia Zero’s operational costs through a combination of donations and grants.

What is the social impact?
Based on preliminary findings, the Wikipedia Zero team has found a significant increase in readership from mobile users in developing countries. Mobile access to Wikipedia grew 40% year-over year in 2012, while non-English mobile usage increased 66%. Wikipedia Zero is estimated to provide free access to 483 million mobile users in 12 countries around the world.

Success factors
Kul Wadhwa, the head of Mobile and Business Development at Wikimedia Foundation, attributes Wikipedia Zero’s success to thorough planning and management. Each partnership with mobile operators requires undergoing a rigorous operational procedure: the Wikimedia team supplies partners with a technical overview, clarifies the local languages used for landing page, and discusses at length the launch procedure and how to manage legal guidelines, administer software updates, run bug fixes and implement marketing strategies. Wadhwa also emphasizes the vital role user feedback plays in allowing Wikimedia to expand mobile reach through Wikipedia Zero and improve the user experience in new and different ways for contributors and readers. As an open organization committed to open source and open processes, Wikimedia believes that its commitment to transparency will enable others to benefit from and improve upon its knowledge base.

Wikipedia Zero originally spearheaded a top-level marketing approach that concentrated on forming partnerships with mobile service operators and web and mobile handset developers. Then, the team was notified that a group of South African high school students who successfully lobbied their mobile provider for free access to Wikipedia so that they could use it for their studies. Wikimedia realized that its marketing strategy needed to expand to build grassroots interest in the offering. It raised awareness of Wikipedia Zero by using its established collaborative platform to engage end-users and empower them to become ‘digital activists’ in the free knowledge movement. The Wikimedia team recently brought in marketing help to create a toolkit for community members to do their own outreach to local mobile operators. Additionally, small mobile operators in developing countries were impressed by the early results on mobile usage and viewership and contacted Wikimedia in hopes of offering Wikipedia Zero as a special service to attract new users.

Lessons learned

  • Designing collaborative applications for mobile users at the base of the pyramid requires a re-evaluation of the basic assumptions in how users access information.
  • Corporations can be incentivized to enter into partnerships with social development organizations if there are positive marketing benefits.
  • Wikipedia is successfully reaching the BOP through a top-down and bottom-up approach to marketing and distribution.
  • Social causes can leverage volunteers to build a grass-roots demand for a collaborative impact economy product or service.