Archive for February, 2011

Kitchen Aid: Ice Cream Mixer (KICA)

One of the advantages of travelling around a lot is that you can take advantage of various sales & price disconnects between nations (whilst being careful clearly not to spend too much so that you go over the tax limits of the respective countries). You also need to watch out for electricity differences and voiding warranties for using objects outside of the US. 

We were in Paris some time agao and my wife saw an advert for a Kitchen Aid on the back of a bus from an electronics store called Saturn (I’ve since seen them in Germany too). So we bought the mixer, as it was more than half price of those in Finland!? 

Then, when I was in Macy’s in the US, they had specials on Kitchen Aid (as it is really big over there) and we bought the ice cream mixer as it said it would fit all Kitchen Aids everywhere. Unfortunately the American mixer has a dífferent beater shaft (on the main mixer) than some of the other countries. Kitchen Aid are working to correct the manual. However in the meantime, they are helping out fix some of the issues people are having. Despite people suggesting filing/removing the bits that stick out, you do *not* need to do anything mechanical… you just need a new drive assembly. 






Compare page 7 (of 60)  in US manual with page 6 (of 16) in European manual, called 5KICA0WH.pdf. Check out kitchen aid and these images… 


You need to get a drive assembly (specific to the ice cream maker) that attaches to the beater shaft (on the mixer). For our French mixer to fit to our US ice cream maker, we needed kitchen aid drive assembly 9709419. Sometimes they mention you also need a dasher (specific to the ice cream mixer) – we did not. If you do need the dasher, I *think* the part is 9709415. 

So here’s some suggestions… 

1. for time being (and probably temporarily) email, mark the email for the attention of Cheryl who is being an absolute angel at the moment. Ideally, you need the serial number of your Kitchen Aid and she can send you the missing part. 

2. or you can find various people to sell you the part (about 40GBP or 70 EUR):,, 


If you want to read more on this (and connect into some pretty icecream-tastic sites:,, 

and of course the *massive* thread on Facebook under Kitchen Aid and Cheryl…

UPDATE 26/3: we recently received the parts from Kitchen Aid. Parts arrived very quickly (2 weeks?) and fitted perfectly… wish I had not spent the 50EUR on the German site now…

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Posted by admin - February 27, 2011 at 14:15

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Current configurations

Quick update on my blogging experiences so far…

TECHNOLOGY: 1) host provider: webhostinghub (found on webhostinggeeks), 2) blogging engine: wordpress, 3) the theme: LightWord by Andrei Luca

LESSONS LEARNT (I am a consultant, so only going to list the top 5 :-)):

  1. There are a lot of comments to edit (I am up to about 220 over 6 months). I need to get some kind of glyph verification to knock some of the spammers out. Very, very few of the comments (5%?) are actually real and worthwhile.
  2. Technology is very good… some problems with doing edits on my HTC Desire. Also number of comments does not show up well on the HTC Desire.
  3. Things to do: some trackbacks into my blog, sort out the adsense as it is quite naff at the moment. 
  4. The amount of revenue I have earned could maybe buy me a mars bar… but that is probably due to points outlined in things to do.
  5. I am currently writing a google app… I want to use ads in that and – from what I understand – the fact that I have created an adsense id on my blog is going to help me loads… there’s a lot of problems for people out there with people who are trying to get an adsense account just for their mobile app development.

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Posted by admin - February 27, 2011 at 13:22

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Playing iTunes m4a/wma from NAS on Android

I have a buffalo link station NAS where I have put my music – both m4a and wma. I want to be able to read that through various devices. The buffalo does UPnP and DNLA, so I figured out I needed a UPnP Media renderer which could stream m4a and wma for Android.

I found many possibilities but none could fulfill the criteria. Either players did not play m4a from NAS or Here’s some:

UPnP Media Render

2player – this looked like the best one, but… it did not list any m4a (itunes files) and wma dies after 2 minutes. It then also completely slows down the phone.

upnplay – looks good, but does not see my m4a files in the NAS. Nor does it play the wma files… cannot change the player (android player) so that might be the problem. Does play m4a files on local.

eyeconnect – looks flash, but requires registration and then does not deliver on playing m4a files.

iTunes sync

Instead of  trying to play itunes files direct, I thought I would try out sync tools… these copy the files to your local hard drive.

doubleTwist – this seemed to be the best one. You sync with a USB cable by default. However you can buy an airlink for about 4 EUR which allows you to sync over wi-fi. I liked this because it also copied over the playlist from iTunes – which was recognized in the “Android Music” player. However could not attach to NAS directly

easy phone tunes – did not copy playlist

Multi-format players

android music – this is a preview version of gingerbread’s music player (so they still do not have UPnP or remote files sorted)

astroplayer nova – played the formats… but needed them copied to local (see iTunes sync apps above)

meridian – played all formats but did not have an option for NAS

mixzing basic – i liked this as it updated tags. however, if you’ve copied over the track, then this does not really make much sense. also did not seem to find wma files.

poweramp – very sexy interface. Had great EQ, played all formats.

winamp – did not attach to NAS. Also did not play all formats – although I forget which one.

spotify – actually this was surprisingly cool, as I was then able to search for related tracks – but did not find wma.

vplayer – can’t remember this one, but did not attach to NAS

yxplayer – did streams and video, but did not attach to NAS


I use astro with astro smb… which does not seem to be related to astro player nova.

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Posted by admin - February 14, 2011 at 01:04

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Favourite Apps – Android

Andromote – I need to do an article on this, as it is really cool

Astro – File explorer



Dolphin Browser

Collins EN-FI Dictionary

Facebook – the official facebook app


Google Sky Map

Instant Heart Rate


Math workout – like the Daily Mail’s quick challenge

Pacific Wings – 1942 arcade classic

Reversi – Othello… although I never seem to beat it

Speed Test


Suomen Sanomalehti – excerpts from the key newspapers

Vlingo – speech recognition. A lot better on the Android than Nokia

Vopium – a lot better on Nokia than Android


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Posted by admin - February 6, 2011 at 12:05

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Blogging and Spammers

Hurumph. If there is one thing I don’t know how to work around it is all this spamming. A comment from one guy seems to have attracted a whole load of extra spammers, so I guess some of them use keywords. By default I don’t know approve comments unless I know the source. However it gets really hard as some of the messages seem quite genuine… of course some are complete giveaways.

Anyway, one to watch out for if you are blogging – I think best way to solve is with glyphs (where you need to recognise characters before the comment is accepted)… and apologies to anyone who’s messages I have ignored – believe me it is not deliberate.

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Posted by admin - February 6, 2011 at 12:00

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Business Card Scanning

I’ve wondered about getting one of these business card scanning machines for a long time. I finally succumbed on a recent trip. I got the Kensington PocketScan. Cheapest I found this was Capi, in Helsinki Duty Free (in the non-Schengen area) for 89EUR. Anyhow, I just scanned about 80 cards in about 5-10 minutes. Took a bit of clear up after, but was about 90% right, so pretty good. Despite some of the comments on amazon, the one in Helsinki airport does work with Windows 7. It’s also pretty small too with USB-B port (ie: big chunky connector which usually goes into printers / hard drives).

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Posted by admin - February 6, 2011 at 11:57

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