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Sat, 08 Apr 2006

Norwegian specialty gourmet cheese

In Norway we have 2 very particular types of cheeses, pultost and gammalost. They are healthy, being low fat, high protein cheeses. Like I said, very particular.

The thing is, when I ask people of my generation, they've never tried it. Most people have had an encounter as a child, but never since. This is interesting, because a lot of people like French and Italian cheeses, so why not try the Norwegian ones? This got me wondering, so I've gone out and bought both types to try them. Now I think I'm starting to get it.

Firstly, I think it boils down to a really bad PR job. The name pultost can literally be read as fucked cheese, and the name gammalost means old cheese. Not very attractive names, to say the least.

Secondly, they taste downright bad! I'm very fond of blue cheese, myself, taking a particular liking to the English stilton, so I like my cheeses strong. But this stuff? Sheesh... Perhaps the names are right.

Thirdly, they look awful! Here's a picture of classical Norwegian fucked cheese:

Look nice? The brown bits are caraway, and besides that pultost is made of skimmed milk, water, salt and something I'll translate as lactic acid culture, which I guess is what makes the cheese solidify.

Bon apetit.


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Installing cygwin on a closed net

I've worked out how to install cygwin from a webserver in a closed net. It sounds easy, but the current setup.exe is hardcoded to download a file mirrors.lst from a site online before it lets you specify your own mirror, and this obviously fails in a closed net. (Instructions for downloading all the cygwin packages are available on the cygwin website.)

On your webserver, put the cygwin mirror in a directory called cygwin/, so that it is available like http://YourWebServer/cygwin/setup.ini. In this same directory, create a file called mirrors.lst with a line looking like this:


Now here's the real trick. setup.exe automatically tries to download the file when you install from the internet, but when this isn't available we can point to our webserver. The easiest way is to set up an entry in the hosts file on windows. This is done by adding a line like this to your c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file:
assuming that your webserver has the IP Now setup.exe will contact your webserver on when it tries to contact

Happy cygwin-ing.


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