Ginger Ale Taste-Off 2015

Ginger beer (or brew or ale) is my favorite drink. I'm not talking about that Canada Dry crap. I want something with a strong ginger flavor, good fizz and that awesome burning sensation you get in your throat after.

Ann gave me an awesome birthday gift of a dozen different bottle brands to sample, and I thought I'd share the fun.

Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer

A smooth ginger drink with a hint of pear that leaves a great burn.

The taste is really good, but I wish it had a little more fizz. That said, the bottle rarely left my hands until I'd drank it all.

Taste: 5
Burn: 5
Fizz: 2
Rank: 2

Licensed by Fentimans from the UK and bottled for North America in Canada.

Red Rock Golden Ginger Ale

Billed as having "Just the Right Bite!™", this fizzy ginger drink has a touch of cream soda

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Adventures with Microsoft’s IE9 Preview

Ok, I’ve been keeping an eye on this, and with the recent preview 6, there are still some big missing pieces in their CSS3 support:

  • CSS3 gradients
  • Flexible box model
  • Text shadow

Plus, on the JavaScript side, I have yet to be able to get any CSS transforms working, though the way to detect them seems to be:

if (document.body.style.msTransform !== 'undefined')  
    alert("IE9!");

In short, it seems to have relative parity with Opera 10 as far as cool-yet-useful CSS3 features. Keep going, Microsoft, I’m totally cheering for you!

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Apple's iPad is like Basic Cable

I’ll snag most any interesting gadget under $500, so I forked over some more cash to Apple to check it out. I love the large touch screen and the form factor of the device. I’ve bought and downloaded a bunch of apps and tried very hard to find a justification for buying this shiny toy, but it just doesn’t cut it.

Before I get into it, realize that I would be considered an Apple fan by any casual observer. Over the years I’ve purchased: two MacBook Pro laptops, two MacBook laptops, two Mac Mini desktops, five or six Apple keyboards, a few Apple mice, three iPhones (including one 3Gs), two iPads (one as a gift), six iPod models and an iPod Touch for good measure. When the iPhone came out, I was the only idiot I knew who paid $800 for a phone, and spent almost

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