Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Agent Hill Omnibus

Rae Allen reviewed:

Agent Hill Omnibus by James Hunt

4.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, well executed, November 22, 2015
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While there is something familiar about the Agent Hill storyline this is not necessarily a bad thing. As female super agents go, Agent Hill is human enough to balance the high tech gadgetry and the enhanced biology

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Tech Talk: Archival audio from 1992

In the early 90s I was doing a regular technology spot networked across Local Radio stations.  This is a  collection of archival audio of that content from 1992

Personal Information Managers – an interview with Glenn Rees the editor of Australian PC User magazine


CD ebooks – interview with Marius Coomans about the benefits of providing books in electronic format on CD


Pegasus network – inteview with Paul Wilson of Pegasus about the benefits of being able to network directly with the experts online


Courtroom graphics – interview with Michael Gigante of RMIT about how computer animation and graphics could help explain complex legal issues in court


EDI Post – interview with Bub Ludlow of Australia post about a system of sending mail by sending it from your computer to the nearest Australia post office to the recipient, from where AusPost would print it out and deliver it in the normal way. (before email)


Australianised software – an interview with Alex Merrifield of Intuit about having software that doesn’t just use US formats for things like dates.


Computer phobia – an interview with author, John Kugel


Personal organisers – and interview with Jackie Begbie of Sharp Corporation


ISYS – text retrieval software – an interview with Odessey Software’s Mark Reiss


Windows 3.11 launched


Uniloc anti-piracy


Transparent drug and alcohol information library

Information Kiosks

Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 1 cake
Prep time:
Cook time:
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This is the first time in some years I have cooked carrot cake from scratch but is proved as simple as ever. I tried to reduce sugar so went looking for a recipe that was a bit lighter on sugar, then adapted it..
  • 1 cup self-raising flower
  • 1¼ cups plain flower
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrot ( for me this is about 6 medium carrots )
  • 1 cup granulated sugar ( I use raw granulated )
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar ( I use dark brown sugar )
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • Icing:
  • 180g cream cheese, softened ( or about ¾ cup )
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar ( i use castor sugar )
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.
  3. Combine flour, ground cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  4. Add grated carrot, tossing through with a fork until evenly combined.
  5. Place granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a large bowl.
  6. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined.
  7. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  9. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  10. Take a 200 mm circular spring baking pan, grease very lightly, can put two layers of baking paper on the botton, and a layer of baking paper around the inside ring.
  11. Pour or spoon mix into the pan coated with cooking spray.
  12. Bake at 180°C for half an hour to an hour, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. It is good to test as the time can vary significantly depending on the oven.
  13. Cool cake completely on a wire rack.
  14. Icing:
  15. Place soft cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a medium bowl.
  16. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy.
  17. Gradually add castor sugar, beating at medium speed until combined (don't overbeat).
  18. Spread icing thickly over top of cake.


Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Teardrops In The Night Sky (Steven Gordon Series Book 1)

Rae Allen reviewed:

Teardrops In The Night Sky (Steven Gordon Series Book 1) by J W Murison

4.0 out of 5 stars Just give me more!, October 9, 2015
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This looks like turning into a terrific space opera – so much so that on finishing this I went looking for the next in the series

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: After the Winter (The Silent Earth, Book 1)

Rae Allen reviewed:

After the Winter (The Silent Earth, Book 1) by Mark R. Healy

4.0 out of 5 stars A very human story, September 8, 2015
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This is a very strong debut novel from Australian author Mark Healy. The introduction of the ‘synthetic human’ plotline is subtle, you need to double back and read about the wounds to make sure you comprehend them correctly.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Rebel (Rebel Stars Book 0)

Rae Allen reviewed:

Rebel (Rebel Stars Book 0) by Edward W. Robertson

4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to series, June 16, 2015
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Good start to the Rebel Stars series (I couldn’t quite work out why it was book zero ), and sets up the main character very well. I have a soft spot for the some what decayed view in space drama and this neatly combines high tech with needing to make a living.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Killing the Beasts

Rae Allen reviewed:

Killing the Beasts by Chris Simms

4.0 out of 5 stars Find the serial killer, April 29, 2015
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This is an excellent crime drama. The way the characters both good and bad are connected give the book an impetus not always found in the ‘serial killer’ genre.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Chimera (Universe Eventual Book 1)

Rae Allen reviewed:

Chimera (Universe Eventual Book 1) by N.J. Tanger

4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian universe delights, April 27, 2015
Chimera is billed as YA Science fiction, and as with the best YA fiction it will appeal to a much broader audience.

The book starts at a fast pace and almost immediately introduces two of the main characters, with the hint of a third. The reader soon finds themselves in a dystopian universe, the colony of Stephens’ Point is dying, abandoned by Earth.

The characters of Theo and Selena are well detailed while the other two main characters Marcus and Megan are less so, but still very real.

As a start to what appears to be a series, ‘Universe Eventual’, this is very impressive. I would have given it five stars except I couldn’t really envisage the environment and place in which it was set as well as I would have liked.

I’m looking forward to more in this universe!

from Customer reviews on Amazon http://amzn.to/1Ds1D9F

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