Maybe this is blog suicide, but I stumbled upon a really neat website today that is sure to be a great tool to any cook, who knows what they are craving and just can’t figure out what to cook.  Say you want some salty and savory food but nothing comes to mind.  Well the Food Finder on will help you pick a recipe that will fit your cravings.

The food finder works by taking your tastes and their understanding of food and pulling together recipes from some of the biggest recipes sources on the web to recommend recipes that accurately reflect what you searched for that it thinks you will like.  And from playing with it for a short while, it works, it works really well.  I am hungry just looking at the recommendations it made for me.

Yummly brings new meaning to the term discovery cooking, it can help you discover new tastes you have by making recommendations based on what you already like.

Not only is Yummly pioneering new ground with the the way it finds recipes for you to enjoy it is a great new use of social media and the long tail of cooking knowledge.  The community can make modifications to a recipe or create a new version of a recipe.  The most common modifications are then presented with the original recipe.  The knowledge of the masses now can apply to cooking and recipes in an easier to use way than ever before.

Now that they have all of this, I can’t want to see what happens when it makes it to the iPad as an app, talk about a great cookbook.

Check it all out at

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DISCLAIMER: This will void your warranty.  You will probably lose all the data on your drive.  You might die, who knows.  Don’t try this at home.  If you do decide to do this be sure to wear latex gloves as to not mark your platters.

With that out of the way, lets get down to it, rarely do I write about anything other than food and in a strange far out way this will be related to food.  For quite sometime now my passion for technology and food have collided and I have been working on building out my Digital Cook book and working on and iPad app to accommodate it.  Recently while I was out of town the server on which the majority of this application resided bit the dust or at least the drive with the data one did.  As a person who should know better I have no excuse, but, none the less the data was not backed up.  There was one copy of the database and the data in it.  Fail.  With options running out and not wanting to pay to have the data professionally recovered I took a last ditch effort to recover the data myself.  Much to my surprise it worked.

Thankfully when I built the machine I used identical drives I had laying around.  Because of this I could swap the platters from one drive to the other and that is what I did.  I took the platter (the CD looking thing that lives inside a hard drive and holds all the data) and installed it in the working drive, after removing its platter.  I then tore into my network attached storage chassis, removed the drive in there and plugged in my Fraken-drive.  Bam, disk spun up and Windows recognized it.  Pulled my data off and let out a squeal of delight.  All of my hard work has been saved.  As a by product I have some pictures and videos of the process someone is bound to appreciate.

Hard Drive Platters Exposed

Hard Drive Platters Exposed

Moral of the story is BACK UP YOUR DATA.  I will be doing that first and foremost on my new server configuration to avoid the sense of panic upon realizing you have to start over.

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