Author Archives: stuff writer

On the state of the nation address

Our beloved new state president, the very honourable Mr Кири́лл Ramaphosa, made his state of the nation address.  I wasn’t there to heckle him, and neither would I have if I was there.  It takes a while for the complete … Continue reading

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Never clientele

I’m a bit angry.  For weeks I have been receiving multiple calls from a robodialler trying to sell me clientele insurance. It starts with a call from +27876546440 playing some recording (but this number changes). I have no idea what … Continue reading

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Hendrickson Bibles “How to Become a Christian” analysis

The Hendrickson Bibles publish the text below on “How to Become a Christian”.  This does not seem to be available on-line, so you don’t know what you’re getting without buying it.  I’ve typed it up (no doubt, with typos), and … Continue reading

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Discspeed: failed to confirm price and availability

Today I drove off to buy a printer from DiscSpeed, also known as http://www.inktankprinters.co.za/  I wanted the L655 which was advertised for R6999 on their web site.  The friendly lady on the phone told me that they had stock of … Continue reading

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Sinaiticus: a corrupted Bible to corrupt a generation

The British Library has a number of leaves of the famous “Codex Sinaiticus”, reputed to date from the years 300AD or so.  Their forensics experts have examined it.  They have a number of things to say.  Also, they say it … Continue reading

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What are the IP addresses for NS records of co.za?

In short? 99.8% of the time, they are these: ns1.coza.net.za. IN A 66.135.62.20 ns.coza.net.za. IN A 206.223.136.200 ns4.iafrica.com. IN A 196.7.142.131 ns0.is.co.za. IN A 196.4.160.17 ns0.neotel.co.za. IN A 41.160.0.4 coza1.dnsnode.net. IN A 194.146.106.74 And the remaining 0.2% of the time?  … Continue reading

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udevadm trigger is not permitted while udev is unconfigured (workaround)

Today I fixed an unbootable ubuntu installation: it said: lvmetad is not active yet It then dumped to an initramfs shell, in which lvm pvs reported nothing but errors.  /proc/partitions showed nothing that looked like the root filesystem. Running udevadm … Continue reading

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Short KJV language word list

This is a 1-page introduction to the language of the Authorised Version which can serve as a quick introduction for new readers. Particularly for second language speakers of English, it is helpful to explain the distinction between “Thou” and “You”, … Continue reading

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Calvin and Arminius agree

Calvinism and Arminianism are commonly presented as opposing propositions on the question of what the ultimate cause of salvation by faith is: From Arminius (and I must confess that these are somewhat mangled, because I’m unsure of which variation I’m … Continue reading

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No, it’s not your land

Mr Julius Malema, lately the leader of the “Economic Freedom Fighters” (EFF) is quoted as speaking as follows on the subject of land. Occupy it, it belongs to you, it is your land, it is the land of your forefathers… … Continue reading

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