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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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Invasion of the evil androids

Google says you are too stupid to rule your own life.  They say this by their Android phone operating system, in which they do not give you, the owner and operator of the device, root permissions.  This means: You cannot … Continue reading

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Who will rule South Africa at the resurrection?

Jacob Zuma said in 2008 that the ANC will rule until Jesus returns. While things do look a little shaky on the ANC front, it does look as if the ANC might be able to last for a few more … Continue reading

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Illsong

Being distressed at the prospect of singing a Hillsong song, I collected all the lyrics of 100 or so Hillsong songs, and put them through a Markov chain generator, to generate new songs in the style of the originals.  The … Continue reading

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