Cool refreshments for hot summer days


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What’s the secret for a nice summer evening with friends? Cool drinks in all colors and flavors.

Last time I took you along my baking procedure on a picturesque culinary tour. Today I’ll offer you some cool refreshment for hot summer days. And there’s nothing better for this than cool drinks. Fruity, fresh and cool drinks are the nicest change in summertime. Cocktails and lemonades don’t only taste great – they’ll catch your eyes when they are nicely prepared.

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Guest contribution: Portrait photography with Verena Prinz


Hi, dear photography fans! For quite some time I’ve been following the Fotogenerell Blog and just like Tamara and Beatrice I have a great passion for photography. That’s why I was more than happy when they asked me if I wouldn’t like to write a guest commentary. Well – I simply couldn’t resist and would first like to introduce myself:

Since my early childhood, the camera has been my constant companion! On my pathways I want to capture moments by the means of photography, tell stories and leave space for some interpretation. Capturing emotions first led me to concert photography. Nowhere else can short moments be captured in such a thrilling and expressive way as in this field. In later years, my focus shifted into other directions as well, and so I freely express my creativity with photo stories, landscape and architecture photography as well as macro and portrait photography. When taking portrait photos in particular I want to shoot the persons as naturally as possible and reveal their characters. A comfortable atmosphere as well as good lighting conditions and many other things make a good portrait. For now I’d like to give you some useful tips to create amazing portraits:

For my portraits I use a Canon 5d Mark 3 and for the following images the SIGMA 150mm f/2.8 APO MACRO EX DG OS lens.

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Fan replacement – Neighbor’s laptop survives open heart surgery ;)


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Last week my neighbor with the nice garden called and told me his laptop was dying. Surfing the web, Facebook, Skyping, allegedly nothing was working anymore as the notebook kept switching off automatically within a short time. On the very same evening I checked the “terminally ill surf machine”. I installed ThrottleStop to read out its temperature and make the processor sweat with the integrated CPU benchmark. And indeed, the processor’s temperature climbed up to more than 90°C while the fan wasn’t showing any vital sign. After a couple of minutes the notebook switched off to save the processor from death by overheating. Since notebook fans are hard to find, I set up ThrottleStop in a way that the program would start with Windows right away and prevent the processor from speeding up. Then, the processor operated with a clock speed of just 933 MHz – which reduced its performance by half, but which was still enough for surfing/Skyping and using Facebook – and thus, even without any active cooling, it didn’t exceed 85°C at any time. In the following days my neighbor searched all PC stores for a new fan, and today he’s found one. After work I came over and disassembled his notebook. Besides my tool box I also took along my Sigma DP3 Merrill, the Marumi DHG200 and the Raynox DCR-250 to document the “procedure”. 🙂

“The Chinese patient”: a Lenovo B560, year of construction 2010. But if you convert human years into “IT years”, this notebook is at least 500 years old. 😉

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