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Written by 9rules on September 30, 2011

Amazon.com finally announced one of its most poorly kept secrets – an Android tablet. The Kindle Fire has lived up to its name as it is poised to fire up the already tough competition within the tablet market with a $199 tablet.

Our Kindle Fire impressions and why Amazon is destined to dominate

Much like the original Kindle was designed expressly for reading books, the Kindle Fire is designed expressly to consume other types of media (and a few books too, if that’s what you’re into). Much like the Kindle leveraged Amazon’s extensive e-book catalog to sell books, the Kindle Fire is for those who want a simple device that will let them purchase and enjoy colorful things like magazines, music, video, websites, and some games and apps as well, all of which are sold by Amazon. If you want to read a book or document, you can do that too, much like you can try to browse the Web on the original Kindle. It’s not necessarily designed for reading books, but Amazon is generous with its services.

How to Troubleshoot a Hackintosh

Troubleshooting a hackintosh generally involves a lot of trial and error, many surprises, and plenty of frustration. This guide seeks to take away a little of that frustration by helping you 1) deal with some common issues, 2) figure out issues not discussed here, 3) find people to help you out when you’re stuck.

The Hackintosh is that magical hybrid of geekiness and practicality. It’s enjoying the Apple environment on a budget. But a Hackintosh does not have the stability of the genuine Mac environment, which makes it a bitch to troubleshoot sometimes. This is a great guide for troubleshooting one.

Nerf’s new Vortex blasters: who needs darts when you’re shooting discs?

Remember when Nerf blasters were simple, toy-like affairs? Times have changed, and now we have heavy, belt-fed, battery-chugging monstrosities that appeal to cubicle warriors as much as to children. Our house has a long history of Nerf wars using each new generation of guns, so when I heard that Nerf was releasing an entirely new line of blasters with discs instead of darts, I was both excited and a little hesitant. Would it really be fun to shoot my children and pets with tiny frisbee-style projectiles?

The Nerf guns are one of the hottest toys around not just because kids love them, but also (and probably, more importantly) the dads love them more. You can now add the Nerf Vortex blasters to your growing Nerf gun collection.

The cute ‘n’ kooky world of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Japan’s newest pop idol

“I’m interested in exaggerating things,” explains Kyary. “I’ll be trying on wigs and I’ll get interested in seeing what it would look like if I just put them all on at once. Or rather than just having one teddy bear, why not have me completely immersed in hundreds of them?”

Pop culture travels at hyperspeeds in Japan. And a pop star like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a perfect example of how differently stars are look and are packaged in Japan – that is, except for Lady Gaga, who fits perfectly in Japanese pop culture.

Recipe Finder, the Largest Recipe Search Engine Launched

Written by David Jones on September 30, 2011

Recipe Finder Home Page

Recipe Finder Home Page

Recipe Finder, the newest recipe search engine in town officially launched last month. The recipe search engine boasts of around 1.7 million recipes and 700,000 images. The recipes in its database are indexed from hundreds of the most respected recipe web sites that one can find today. For the avid cook, the vast amount of recipes presents a lot of potential, as even with the current number, the guys at Recipe Finder continue to strive to expand their collection. Indexation of recipe web sites are done on a continuous basis, making sure that the recipes are updated and that new recipes are added to the database.

The designers of the recipe search engine did an excellent job in choosing the color scheme, fonts, and other aspects of the design. The home page, as you can see above, is quite easy on the eyes. With the thumbnails of several recipes displayed immediately below the search bar, one cannot help but be enticed to explore more and get cooking!

Searching for recipes on Recipe Finder is as easy as searching for whatever topic on Google, or any other search engine. The search bar is visible to even those with vision problems. The big advantage that I see is the Advanced Search option, which allows users to specify parameters such as calorie count, cook time, number of servings, and the option to include or exclude ingredients. This ability to tweak your search depending on the parameters can make or break one’s reputation during a cooking emergency, as you can easily imagine!

Advanced Search

Advanced Search

These are times of social sharing, and it seems that most every online enterprise needs to the social aspect into consideration. Recipe Finder does not fail in this respect. It has the mandatory buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and (newcomer) Google+. What makes things even more interesting are the Facebook comments that one can make for each recipe. You can easily see how much more fun it would be to use such a recipe site together with your friends.

And if you need some tools to plan your meals, Recipe Finder has you covered as well. With its menu and calendar features, you simply need to log in using your Facebook account, and you can create extensive menus and place them in your calendar.

If you are in need of inspiration and information, you can also visit Recipe Finder’s blog. In the blog, you can read about holidays and what dishes are normally served during those holidays. You can also discover fun food holidays, which always give a good reason to celebrate (not that you need one!).

To sum it up, there are three things one can say about this new recipe search engine. One, it offers the largest collection of recipes you can find in one place. Two, it makes searching for recipes simple. Three, it gives you the inspiration that you need to be a success in the kitchen. What more can you ask for?