Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies

After cutting out a good 99% of dairy from my diet, I managed to make myself lactose intolerant.

These delicious cookies are not just free from dairy, they’re free from all animal ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

You’ll need…

  • 225 grams of dairy-free margarine at room temperature (1 cup)
  • 280 grams sugar (1.25 cups)
    • Fair-Trade if you can ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
    • Molasses is sometimes hard to find in supermarkets. Try somewhere like Holland and Barrett or your local health food store.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 280 grams all-purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of teaspoon salt (I don’t use any at all)
  • 100 grams of Dark chocolate chips (1.5 cups)

I have tried to quote products available in the UK, but you can find most of these ingredients in your local supermarket or health food store.

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 F)
  2. Cream together margarine and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add molasses and vanilla
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Mix well.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Put on an ungreased baking tray, in teaspoon fulls, 5cm apart. (2 inches)
  7. Bake for 8-10 mins รขโ‚ฌโ€œ until slightly browned. Don’t leave them longer – they might not look ready after 10 minutes, but they are, trust me!
  8. Leave to stand for a minute and slide them off onto a cooling rack before running your next batch.
  9. Have a sneaky one while you’re waiting for the rest to cook, then share and enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Top 20 sites for Microsoft IT professionals

To counter my earlier, tongue in cheek/bitchy post, I’d like to contribute something useful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Computer World in Australia has produced a nice looking list, showing the “20 most useful Microsoft sites for IT professionals“.

Microsoft professionals have a lot to keep track of, and a lot of market noise to contend with. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the 20 best places on the Web to help you find what you need. The list includes technology-specific sites, worthy bloggers and safe resources to help you pass your next Microsoft cert or training course. Plus we’ll reveal places for trustworthy free Microsoft software and the best sites to help you stay on top of the voluminous amount of news churned out by, and about, the folks in Redmond.

Read the full article at Computer World

Does anyone have any other sites they’d recommend to fellow IT Professionals?

Microsoft employing 8 year olds?

You’d think so, judging from this Hotfix Request page.

Notice the wording in this section:

The word you’re looking for is: than, not then.

Come on guys, the difference between then and than is far more than a single letter.

Control user access to SSH

Got a shiny new Linux box on your network but don’t want all your users connecting to it via SSH? Control access by editing the SSH configuration file and using the AllowUsers directive like so:

To add multiple entries, either separate users with a space, or write an entirely new line:

Slipstream Project 2003 SP3

How to slipstream Service Pack 3 into Microsoft Office Project 2003

These instructions apply to Project 2003 Standard Edition. To slipstream other versions, you’ll need to replace PRJSTDE.MSI with the name of the MSI for your Project Edition.


You’ll need a Volume Licence Key setup CD.

Save to C:\project2003\

Download Project 2003 SP3

Extract its contents to C:\Project2003SP3\ with:

Perform slipstream with:

Delete the C:\Project2003SP3\ folder as you no longer need it ๐Ÿ™‚