Yearly Archives: 2009

Why yes, my name *is* Kim and I’m a guy. Thank you for assuming

I have just had reason to send the following to Woolworth’s complaint inbox: I have been a customer many times at the Mount Edgecombe Woolworths Food store, as it is conveniently close and normally well stocked. However, I have just … Continue reading

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Setting permanent environment variables on Windows via command line

Some of our internal tools at work require a number of environment variables to be set to a variety of different options, depending on the project. This can be done with set, but that only changes the value for the … Continue reading

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The atmosphere was electric!

jerith, voyager42 (Voyager below), Jonathan McKeown and myself had the most pun-filled conversation that I’ve had in ages over Jabber IM recently: here it is in marked up glory. Everything is related to electricity, software or both – if you … Continue reading

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Fame! (of an exceedingly moderate sort)

I have discovered that my poky little website (www.rooijan.za.net) hosts the top link in two related Google searches: “ack emacs” and “emacs ack”, both of which direct to a page listing the details of ack.el, which Voyager and I put … Continue reading

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Fixing the “loud channel” problem on a DSTV decoder

If you find some channels on your DSTV decoder have the volume set much higher (or lower) than the others, this might help you fix it: http://wp.rooijan.za.net/how-to/how-to-fix-the-loud-channel-problem-on-your-dstv-decoder.

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Fancy a chance to win some money for doing something charitable?

The North Durban Lions Club is launching a “100 Club” next month (July 2009) and participants are still eagerly accepted. For R25 per entry per month, your name goes into the draw for R1000 first prize, R300 second prize and … Continue reading

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Next in the series of plaintive Delphi cries, one to (some of) the *users* of Delphi

To many of the Delphi developers I have encountered: Please memorise the following: Format Compare: Message := ‘There are ‘ + IntToStr(numBunnies) + ‘ bunnies in the forest.’ + #13 + ‘That comes to ‘ + FloatToStrF(bunnyDensity, ffFixed, 4, 2) … Continue reading

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A light morsel of advice

A word of advice: If you spend the weekend at a self-catering Drakensberg resort, you may decide to braai both your Friday and Saturday evening meals. If the braai stand is not lit, and you neglected to bring a torch, … Continue reading

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A few nifty emacs features

I haven’t written anything in a while, and this isn’t a long piece of work either. I’ve been very busy at work, but I figured I’d share a few emacs tricks I discovered while being busy that helped make me … Continue reading

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Fear not trembling citizen, MAKRO has a plan to survive the Simba shortage

Like tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people, Vicki and I both have a MAKRO card. Yesterday we both received this sms: While there’s a short supply on Simba chips, Lays & Fritos – MAKRO has stocked … Continue reading

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