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Dunhill Deluxe Navy Roll November 24, 2013

Posted by lesliesrussell in tobacco.

Having once been a fan of DNR, I recently picked up a tin at a local shop. I was disappointed exactly, but surprised. No, DNR is not as I remember it, but it was still excellent. I’ve always been a fan of roll, and flake tobacco simply because they burn cooler and require a little more attention.

I’m not an absent minded smoker. I like to participate. So I am almost always predisposed to enjoy a flake. DNR is a medium body smoke and seems to depend on the Virginia component a great deal. The spicy notes present upon first touch, fade rather quickly, and are entirely gone by mid bowl. Not a deal breaker, just an observation.

The spice is replaced with a mild sweetness, that fades into an almost caramel flavor. By the end of the bowl I was already planning my next bowl. I enjoy the overall cool, mild smoke, and the billowing clouds. Though I plan to dry DNR out a little as I think it will hold a match better.


By the by, Pipes Magazine has an excellent article on DNR with pictures showing the production.

Windows Alternatives To The Macheist Bundle March 18, 2010

Posted by lesliesrussell in Software.
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MacJournal is a pretty cool (as with all Mac software, emphasis on pretty) application. Keep a journal, do research, write a book, and pay around $40 for the software.


Pasted from <http://digitaldump.wordpress.com/projects/rednotebook/>


RedNotebook is an equally cool application for: Windows, Linux, and OSX. You can do all of the above, and keep your damned money. It has tons of features that make it the right tool for the job.


A prettier alternative, but still powerful alternative is InCollector.


RipIt is a cute little app that rips DVDs to your hard drive.


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Pretty much exactly what HandBreak does, but you don’t have to spend a dime. Yay! More DVDs!


Clips is the neatest of the bunch and the only one I covet. There are hundreds of clipboard managers, and extenders for Windows, alas none as beautiful as Clips. However, as far as power goes Windows clipboard managers can hold their own.


My favorite is Ditto.


Pasted from <http://sourceforge.net/project/screenshots.php?group_id=84084>


But you can also try xNeat, ClipX, or YankeeClipper. All free for personal use, and very powerful.


Coverscout…$40? Jesus H. Christ! Come on, just use iTunes, or MediaMonkey.


Pasted from <http://www.mediamonkey.com/information/free/>


Or better yet, use Songbird. It keeps getting better. Holy hell I can’t believe people are spending $40 on that piece of crap.


Flow is an FTP/SFTP app. It is pretty sweet, and there are a plumber’s butt crack of alternatives for Windows. My favorite is WinSCP.


Pasted from <http://winscp.net/eng/docs/screenshots>



Or you can try FileZilla, or SmartFTP.


RapidWeaver is the fusking shiznit. Sadly, there just is no free alternative for it on Windows. Oh you can try




But if you want real power, in this case you have to pay for it. My favorite alternative to RapidWeaver is CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer.


Pasted from <http://www.coffeecup.com/designer/>


Oh yeah, there is some kinda game or something included in the Macheist bundle…whatever.

TextMate for Windows? Take Your Pick. May 11, 2009

Posted by lesliesrussell in Mac OS X, Software.
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One really cool application for Mac OSX that has always caused me to turn green with envy is TextMate. TextMate is a programmer’s editor, and while there are millions of such applications for Windows and Linux, OSX has just the one (to hear the application’s developer and fans tell it). The developer seems to have a rather severe form of a condition common among OSX fanboys—OS bigotry. That silliness aside, TextMate is an enviable piece of well written software. However, based upon what the developer considers TextMate’s most noteworthy features, I found several very useable equivalents, and a few that surpassed the stated feature set.

TextMate Feature Matrix

What I looked at

Only the features listed on the TextMate home page.

What I did not look at

Features that other editors, namely Cream and XEmacs, have that are over and above those listed for TextMate.


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