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HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Setup

I am considering purchasing the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 for home use. So, I did a bit of research about this device. I found some useful videos I want to hang on to, so this is my online dump of these videos. If you find them useful, give the authors of theses videos a Like. They are not my work but theirs.

First, the technical details.

  • Form factor chassis: MicroServer
  • Drive description: (4) LFF SATA; Non-hot plug, depending on model
  • Expansion slots: (1) Maximum – For detail descriptions reference the QuickSpec
  • Storage controller: Smart Array B120i; Applicable to all models
  • Memory, maximum: 16GB
  • Memory type: DDR3 UDIMM
  • Memory protection features: Unbuffered ECC
  • Memory slots: 2 DIMM slots; Maximum
  • Network controller: 1Gb 332i Ethernet Adapter 2 Ports per controller;
  • Processor cache: 2MB L3; 3MB L3
  • Processor core available: 2
  • Processor family: Intel® Celeron®; Intel® Pentium®; Intel® Xeon® E3-1200v2 product family; Intel® Core™ i3
  • Number of processors: 1
  • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
  • Infrastructure management: iLO Management Engine, HP iLO Essentials (optional), HP iLO Advanced (optional)

Now, the videos.

Overview 1:

Overview 2 (part 1 of 7 videos):

Posted in Technical Writing

What is a Pie Pan? And Other Important Pie Questions

I have been searching all over Berlin for a proper Pie Pan. You would think something like that would be easy to find, but you would be wrong.

German Cakes are great. Really, they are. But they are not pies and fruit and savory pies are not something that are commonly made here in Germany. Well, at least up here in Berlin. Maybe in the south near Baden-Württemberg or near the French border.

Since I have moved here from Canada, I have really missed having a good apple or cherry pie with some vanilla ice cream. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have that for dessert. Apparently, not too many, judging by the dearth of those sweet deserts here in Berlin.

What to do?

I freely admit I am not a good baker. Well, actually I am not very good at all, but if I am going to have my pie and eat it too, I am going to have to learn.

So, the first thing to do was buy a pie pan. That was easier said than done. I went even to the KaDeWe, which if you don’t know, claims to sell everything from around the world, hence the name: Kaufhaus des Westens. It sells over 380,000 items. But not one of those items is a simple pie pan! As it turns out, that world in the minds of the owners of KaDeWe doesn’t include much in the way of Canada and the United States.

Jeff Bezo to the rescue!

I did a search on Amazon and not only did I find my pie pan, but I found a treasure trove of great baking pans from a company called Tala.


Ok, so now I have the pie pan, now I got to figure out how to make the pastry. Filling? Ah, I’d just by a can of pie filling, cherry preferred. The pastry part is tough enough.

Then I can enjoy a taste of home here in Berlin.

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Canadian Butter Tarts

If you need to indulge in a bit of real Canadiana, you need not go any further than the Canadian Butter Tart.

What is a butter tart? Good question. Well, it is very sweet, sometimes a bit runny when you bite into it, and makes you want to have another one afterwards.


Wikipedia gives a reasonable definition:

A butter tart is a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada’s quintessential desserts.

Concerning their origins, Wikipedia states,

Butter tarts were common in pioneer Canadian cooking, and they remain a characteristic pastry of Canada, considered one of only a few recipes of genuinely Canadian origin (for example, by the 6th edition of the Collins English Dictionary). It is primarily eaten and associated with the English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Butter Tart Recipe

Here is a recipe I have found to make this delicious snack. Warning: these things are really sweet, as their main ingredient is brown sugar.

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