Monthly Archives: February 2017

Next phase of Blackberry

A few months after my June 2015 post that BlackBerry should adopt Android as its underlying platform, BlackBerry did just that with the Blackberry Priv in November 2015.   I’ll admit that I am happy to see that John Chen reads my blog and takes my advice. It may not look like the plan worked, but I would argue that had BlackBerry not adopted Android things would be far worse right now.  At least the BlackBerry faithful have a thread to hang onto until the next moves play out.

With the platform issue out of the way, the question became, how to stop the financial bleeding of hardware design, manufacturing, and support costs.   Admittedly, I haven’t been paying attention for a while, but I believe BlackBerry made the only possible move that makes sense. They outsourced their hardware manufacturing and design process. This is superior to dropping or selling the money-losing phone hardware business altogether since BlackBerry still needs a platform they control where they can build their software.

BlackBerry started the outsourcing process with Foxconn but were left having to provide marketing and distribution themselves.  Their latest iteration of a deal is now with TCL who will take over that entire operation.   Outside of the US, TCL is a pretty good size electronics company, so this is a pretty good move for BlackBerry.   BlackBerry can rest assured that their hardware is relatively safe and sound from a design, manufacturing, and marketing perspective.

A key question remains. How does BlackBerry differentiate itself enough to get a core group of buyers that they can eventually grow?”  I think their way back in is through the enterprise. The company I work for allows us to choose either an iPhone or an Android device. I see a relatively even split between iPhones and Android devices (I’m going to pretend this represents a good sampling of corporate America and since this is just a blog post I don’t have to provide any data to support my idea, LOL.)  If BlackBerry can get themselves back in with Verizon and AT&T, I am sure that a large group of users will select them when choosing a phone.

As much as I love my iPhone I might be tempted to a BlackBerry running Android to have my good old Blackberry Hub, and physical keyboard back again…

How much to salt pasta boiling water

Dried pasta is basically partially cooked, then dehydrated.  The original pasta is made without salt in the recipe in most cases. Just look at the box.  If there is no salt in your pasta being cooked, you need to add it during the cooking process to assure the seasoning gets to all areas of the pasta being re-hydrated/cooked.

So the question is naturally, how much salt should I use.  You can blindly follow the box, which will usually work, but as a nerd I like to know exactly how to repeat my success, and why.

“Pasta boiling water should be as salty as the sea”

First to dispel the myth that you should salt this water to the salinity of Sea water.  No way.  That is a crazy amount of salt.  Sea water is on average about 35 parts per thousand salt to water by weight.  That’s 3.5% for my fellow maths lovers.  Lets say we are cooking with 2 liters of water, that means we are going to use 70g of salt.  Look at the pic below to see just how nuts that amount is.  Try it if you don’t believe me and let me know in the comments.

“So how much should I use?”

We have settled that the sea is not a good metric for salinity of pasta boiling water.  So how much should one use?  The magic number is about 1/3 of the salinity of the sea (yes that means sea water is 3x too salty.)  That said, tastes vary, so below is a chart that gives an idea of how much to use.

Water (ml) Normal Salt @ 1% (g) Low Salt @ 0.5% (g) Higher Salt @ 2% (g) Too Much Salt @ 3% (g)
500 5.0 2.5 10.0 15.0
750 7.5 3.8 15.0 22.5
1000 10.0 5.0 20.0 30.0
1250 12.5 6.3 25.0 37.5
1500 15.0 7.5 30.0 45.0
1750 17.5 8.8 35.0 52.5
2000 20.0 10.0 40.0 60.0
2500 25.0 12.5 50.0 75.0
3000 30.0 15.0 60.0 90.0