Tuesday, September 22, 2015

[RECIPE] Twice Fried Chicken Wings

Quick Recipe, hopefully have pictures and more detailed directions later:

20-24 Chicken Wings, separated into drumlets and wing sections.
4 Tablespoons of general purpose flour
3 eggs
1 Teaspoon of Thyme
1 Teaspoon of Ceyenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon of lemon.

  1. Thoroughly thaw the Chicken Wings.  
  2. Heat deep fryer on high. 250-300F at least
  3. Mix the breading
    • Add the flour to a large mixing bowl
    • Add the 3 eggs, scrambled first
    • Add salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and Thyme
    • Add Lemon and Soy Sauce
    • Mix thoroughly with a spoon/fork
  4. Pour breading over Chicken Wings. 
  5. Mix thoroughly with hands to ensure full coating.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until oil is ready.
  7. Drop a single wing, and cook thoroughly ( 6-7 minutes). 
    1. Taste and adjust Salt/Pepper/Lemon as needed. 
  8. Drop 4-5 wings into oil at a time. Cook for 2.5-3 minutes. 
    1. Wings should be light brown
  9. Remove from oil and put on strainer to cool. 
  10. Repeat for all Wings. 
  11. Once all wings are done, refry the first set another 1.5-2 minutes. 
    1. Wings should come out darker brown
    2. Allow wings to rest for 5 minutes, that should make the outside very crispy
  12. Repeat for all wings.
  13. Enjoy. 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Steak


Season with Montreal + Cumin

Preheat oven to 375, with Cast iron skillet inside.

3 minutes on one side.


3 minutes on other side

10 minutes in the oven.

Will update as I tweak the recipe.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Export SVN externals into a file called externals.prop

 svn propget svn:externals > externals.prop

Import SVN externals from a file called externals.prop

svn propset svn:externals --file ./externals.prop .

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Enable Remote Desktop from command line or SSH

Found this recently, and its very useful if you have SSH/CMD access to a box, but forgot to enable Remote Desktop.

C:\>netsh firewall set service remoteadmin enable
C:\>netsh firewall set service remotedesktop enable

Tested in Windows 7, but resulted in a deprecated message. Still worked though, so probably ok for now. Windows 10 users might need something else.

Original post:


Friday, May 08, 2015

Monday, April 06, 2015

HowTo: Fix a 2 drive failure in an MDADM Raid5 array ( continued )

Happened again to the raid array. Found that my previous instructions weren't 100% correct.

The command to use is:

sudo mdadm --examine /dev/sdb1 ( not --detail )

Here is the stackoverflow post:


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Rosewill RSV-S4-X and mdadm RAID5

I've had the Rosewill RSV-S4-X for about a week now. I've got it integrated into my MDADM RAID5 array using 5 2TB SATA drives. So far I think its working OK. I'd say 4 out of 5 stars. More on why that is later.

So the enclosure comes with a Silicon Image 3132 PCIe eSata expansion card. This is what does the port-multiplication. I'm currently running Ubuntu 13.10. The Sil3132 is supposed to be well supported in linux. My experience has been good in general with it. Ubuntu picked it up right away with no issue.

The enclosure itself seems to take all its queues from the card. Its default is to be in JBOD mode, which is exactly what I need for mdadm. I added 2 more 2TB HDs to the enclosure, and they showed up as /dev/sd[gh] right away. So far so good.

I had a drive fail inside the machine. I added /dev/sdg1 to the array and had it re-sync. The re-sync process was holding at a steady 70MB/s. While not blazingly fast, this seemed about normal with the speeds I was getting from the on-board SATA ports.


So far I have only run into 2 problems with the system, and I think they're related. I originally placed the 2 drives in the top most 2 slots. This turned out to be slots 3 and 4. At first I didn't think much of it. Later on, I removed the faulty HD and ran some tests on it through WinDFT. It seemed to pass those tests fine, so I shut the system down and inserted the drive into Slot 1 of the Rosewill. I wasn't 100% sure if the rosewill was hot-swap, so I didn't take the chance.

Immediately things didn't go well. The Sil3132 was no longer being recognized. I rebooted a few times, with no change. Finally I decided to just remove the faulty drive. A few reboots later the card came back up, as did the two drives. Unfortunately by then mdadm had already removed /dev/sdg1 ( the one in the enclosure) from the array. A --re-add was refused.

My hypothesis is that by adding the drive into Slot 1, the raid card reordered the drives. This was enough to confuse mdadm, and the drive ended up being removed and the array degraded. I've since did an --add on the drive, and the array re-synced over night. I rebooted the machine a few times to ensure that it works, and things seem to be going ok.


Its  a nice enclosure, and for home use I think its perfectly fine. I would be hesitant to use it in a mission-critical environment, simply because of the unknowns about drive re-ordering.

I'm especially concerned about what might happen if more of my drives are on the enclosure. If the drives re-order again, and 2 of my drives get kicked out of the RAID, then I may be in trouble. Keep good backups of everything!

I'll try to keep this post updated as I find more things. \