Showing posts from February, 2010

Murphy Getting Ready for some Midnight Bone Hunting

Even Murphy Knows Who Makes the Best Reading Lights

New Technology from CES 2010

Although it seems like a long time ago, this is the first chance I've had to sit down and write a little about what we saw at CES 2010 (the annual consumer electronics show). I posted some of my photos on the TechnoRV Facebook Fan page, but here's a couple of highlights for you.

This is by far and away the coolest 'toy' I've ever seen. If anyone has the impulse to get me an early Christmas present, this is it. It looks and behaves a lot like the 'hunter-killer' drones in Terminator 3. It's a quadracopter (helicopter with 4 blades) that uses your iPhone as a control platform, providing a visual view of what the AR 'sees' through a WiFi link and your iPhones screen.... Watch the video, it's awesome.

Samsung Ultra-thin TV
Just got yourself the latest in plamsa TV's? Well, I'm afraid you're already out of date. Samsung's new 50" plasma screen is less than 0.4" thick. Check out the video.

Naan Bread

Naan is a leavened, oven-baked flatbread that is popular in many Asian countries (and the UK!). This is THE bread that you should make to go with the butter chicken. It's amazing and you'll never want rice again! I've tried all sorts of different naan recipes and keep coming back to the one that I got with our Panasonic Break Maker about twenty years ago! You don't need to make it in a bread maker, in fact, it's easier and quicker if you don't.

Fast acting dried yeast - 1 tsp
Strong white flour - 1 lb
Sugar - 1 tsp (I use honey or maple syrup because it's healthier)
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Plain yogurt - 4 tbsp
Warm water - about 1 cup

Add all the dry ingredients to the bowl of a food processor using the blade attachment.Turn on and slowly add the water until the ingredients clump together into a ball and start being 'dragged around'. If your ingredients are still dry and more like flour than dough add more warm water …

Butter Chicken with Home Made Naan

Being British, you may not realize it, but our staple food isn't fish and chips, it's actually curry. And the best curry, bar none, is butter chicken (or chicken tikka masala as we call it in England). Butter chicken (or murgh makhani) is an Indian dish from Punjab, popular in countries all over the world. Although both Tracey and I have often cooked Indian food, we wanted to take it to the next level and see how we could make really authentic Indian food.

To that end, we attended a cookery class by Chura Prakash (Fremont, CA). She showed us how to make the most AMAZING butter chicken, and this is her recipe below. It consists of two parts, first you have to make and cook the chicken tandoori, then you make the butter chicken sauce. It's a little fiddly, but it makes a LOT and it freezes very well. You can even make more of the chicken tandoori and save it to have cold with salad or on top of pizza (try it, it's awesome). The tandoori masala and garam masala are availab…

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Traveling

Got an iPhone? If so, you can probably relate to this scenario. You meet someone else with an iPhone. What's the first thing that you do? Swap apps of course. Well, here's your chance to share apps with your fellow RV'ers.

Here's how it works. I'll start the ball rolling with some cool ones that I've collected along the way. If you have some to share, just use the comments section at the bottom of this entry and I'll update the blog as they come in. We're looking for the Top 10 best and most useful apps. You never know, we may even run to a prize for the No.1 app! As with most competitions, the judges decision is final (i.e. mine) and no whining if you don't win!

So here goes (in order):

1. FaceBook (free)
Got a spare moment in the laundromat? Sat around listening to someone boring in the evening and need a distraction? Waiting for the RV to get serviced? This is THE app for keeping in touch with family and friends. You can even upload your iPhone photo…

New TechnoRV Shipping Options Save you Money

We've just added some new shipping options to! While sticking to our policy of never earning a cent from shipping, we now offer USPS First Class Mail as a low cost shipping option. This is especially useful for lighter and smaller opbjects such as extra batteries, flash drives or LED caps. If the weight of your object is less than 13 ozs (the limit for First Class Mail), our website will make this option available. One of our best sellers, the Road Mice Optical Mice will ship for around $4 vs the $5.99 priority rate saving you a couple of dollars. In today's climate, every penny helps!

If perhaps you've left that special birthday gift until the last minute, our Express Mail option may be right for you. It's not cheap, but if we ship it, we guarantee to deliver your gift the next day or your money back.

Finally, remember that we will never charge you more than $5.99 for Priority Shipping, even for our larger products like the Belkin laptop workstation or Swif…

Avoiding Serious & Costly Towing Accidents

This seminar reviews problems that can be encountered when towing a vehicle behind your motorhome and how to avoid them using the latest technology. It also includes a review of a pre-travel checklist and a detailed discussion about new systems that can be combined to actively monitor your towed vehicle while on the road. Since not all towing problems are avoidable, early identification of an issue with your towed vehicle can help minimize the severity of the problem and significantly reduce the cost of repair! Audience participation is encouraged during the question and answer session. For a copy of the slides, click here or on the photo.