A dark and scary road

I have started down the long and scary road of installing Linux.  I have downloaded a disk image (ISO) of a version of Linux called Ubuntu.  This is supposed to be the easiest version to work with.  I am excited to use a free operating system. 

I have always wanted to run Linux on my server.  It is generally regarded as the best operating system (O/S) for running servers.  I have also noted that many of the applications I want to install on my server are better supported in Linux.  When I was having issues installing MySQL and PHP, I could find a lot more help for Linux systems then I could for Windows.  This will also be a new challenge.  I have been trying to challenge myself technically lately.  I set up a tester blog on my home server and felt a real sense of accomplishment when I was able to get it up and running.

 I am also excited about using all free (or mostly free) software.  It really isn’t hard most of the time to download and install ‘cracked’ versions of software but there are risks.  Many cracked software carry viruses and you normally have to surf to sites full of porn ads to get to what you want.  I like the cooperative mentality that follows free or open source software.  You get a sense like they are saying, ‘Come in, have a drink, and let me show you step by step how to make it if you want to.’

 I will keep people up to date on my progress.  I will try to report on it from two standpoints: how well it works as a desktop operating system (ie how well it replaces windows) and how it works as a server.

 Just as a side note the factor pushing me over the edge was a free eBook I found on one of my favourite websites http://www.redflagdeals.com.  You can find the book here http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download.htm.  It made everything seem so simple.  We shall see…

Steak salad

Last night for dinner I am making a new household favorite, steak salad.  I have to give credit for this recipe to one of my co-workers.  While I didn’t directly get the recipe from him, he used to bring leftovers into work.  Basically he gave me the concept and I ran with it.  The recipe is simple and serves 2-3 people:

1          12oz steak (any cut really)
2 tsp     Meat Tenderizer
2tbsp    Garlic Powder
1tsp      Cracked black pepper
4tbp      Red wine
2tbsp     BBQ Sauce (I recommend Cattleboyz)

1/2pkg     Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1lrg          Avocado
1sm         Onion
1/2         Long English Cucumber
1lrg         Head of Romain Lettuce

1/4c     Olive Oil
1/4c     Balsamic Vinegar
1tsp     Grainy mustard
1tsp     Lemon Juice
1/2tsp  Salt
1/2tsp  Pepper


There are really three parts to this salad; the meat, the salad (ie vegetables) and the dressing.  Start by preparing the meat.  I have a whole other post on how I prepare and cook steaks.  You can cook them as your normally do or check out the article here.  Once your steak has rested, cut it into thin strips and set aside.

While your steak is cooking you can prepare the salad.  Basically throw all the vegetables into a large bowl (after they are cut!).  Dice all the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.  You can toss it in a little while.

While your steak is resting I recommend making the dressing.  In a container with a liquid-proof lid (ie you can shake dressing in it without having to wipe down walls afterwards) combine all the dressing ingredients.  Place the lid firmly on the container and shake for about 30 seconds.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad.  Now you can toss the salad!  You also do not have to add all of the dressing.  Add part, toss and add more if needed.  The dressing will keep for some time in a fridge and tastes great on any salad.

Put the salad on a plate and top with the steak strips.  Eat and enjoy.  I always encourage people putting their own twists on recipes.  Have fun and try something new.