Thermomix Café – a business idea

Thermomix is an (expensive) fancy machine that can do smoothies, risotto, chai, béchamel sauce, dough, baby food and many many other things. Often it reduces the amount of manual labor – and knowledge – required to make good dishes. Things like risotto instructions of “cook for 20 minutes; don’t let it boil; stir often” translates into a couple of button presses on Thermomix and a completion gong 20 minutes later. A person is free to do something else in between.

Thermomix is used in the kitchens of many restaurants. But I think it could also be used in a café as a visible part of the preparation. In fact, the visible part of the preparation could be part of the appeal and engagement.


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Conversation with Bluehost

This blog – as of this writing – is on Bluehost. Which I do NOT recommend. Things fail periodically and tier one tech-support is not helpful in either identifying causes or deciding what to do about them. But today it took the cake – the whole server disappeared with 404 – empty web root. And not just for my account – my whole box. And not just my own box, but for multiple people frantically pinging Bluehost support with questions (including myself).

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Learning Solr comprehensively

A question was asked on the Solr Users mailing list on how to assess a comprehensive list of Solr features. It is an interesting question, as Solr is like a balloon being blown up. It is expanding in all directions. It is unlikely that one person will be able to comprehend all the features before the next release adds some extra. Solr is definitely not a slow tortoise when it comes to competing with hares. Especially when it is the tortoise that decides in which direction the goal lies.

Still, there must be a way to approach that state of knowledge, however asymptotically.  Here would be mine, which comes from the practice of writing a Solr book as well as numerous Solr training materials.

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