I found a Caterpillar in my Itsu beans!!

I was just tucking into my Itsu edamame beans, when i suddenly felt something a bit unusual in my mouth. I took the bean out of my mouth and was shocked to see a little caterpillar sat on the side of the bean!!

After close inspection, I could see a tiny hole in the side of the bean shell where the unfortunate caterpillar had crawled in, presumably intending to one day emerge as a beautiful butterfly.

Unfortunately for this little guy, his new found bean house was plucked from its plant, and shipped thousands of miles across the globe to be put on sale as a tasty snack in a London branch of Itsu.
Instead of emerging from the bean as a delicate butterfly, the dead lifeless body of the wiggly little creature was squeezed from the bean and was lucky not to have been chewed up along with the rest of the bean's content.

Slightly alarmed by my findings, i contacted Itsu, and was told that i wasn't the first person to discover a caterpillar in my beans but it was very rare. They also explained that because they source their produce from farmers who dont use nasty chemicals or pesticides, a certain number of caterpillars were bound to slip through their quality control process, and they offered me a free lunch for my troubles.

All in all, quite a strange experience, but no harm done, no caterpillars swallowed, i got offered a free lunch! Also its good to know that the food i was eating was from a natural, chemical free farm where tiny little creatures like this are still allowed to live.  it certainly hasn't put me off eating Itsu beans, but i do now find my self examining them for entry holes!!

Shift+Home, Shift+End not selecting text in UBUNTU

I Installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 11.04 on my new SSD, and discovered that pressing Shift+Home or Shift+End didnt do as i was expecting (select text to beginning of line, select text to end of line from cursor position). a quick google search didnt solve my problem so i started digging about...
Eventually i found the solution:
In the Keyboard Layout Options, there is a setting called
"Shift with numeric keypad works as in MS Windows" <- Tick this box and it all works fine :)

New SSD for my old Asus M50 Laptop

So my old Laptop was starting to get a bit slow, Windows Vista was taking ages to boot, and i've recently tarted using UBUNTU as my OS of choice. I wanted to make Ubutu my main OS, but didnt want to format my HDD and lose my windows installation, so my solution was to buy a new hard disk... So I did, but I took the opportunity to buy a new Solid State Disk (SSD) to see what all the hype was about.

A quick visit to and a few clicks later i'd ordered the "128GB Crucial m4 2.5" SSD with Data Transfer Kit"

Well today it arrived, so out came the screwdrivers and in went the SSD. Took about 5mins, to pull out the old disk and insert the new SSD - My old trusty Asus M50 laptop was reborn!!

Unfortunately i've not yet not had the time to test it out fully, but suffice to say that Ubuntu 11.04 will now shutdown, and restart in under 30seconds and most of that time is the BIOS checks so i'm very pleased so far :)