Afrikaans Spell Checker

Written by Zaptoid on . Posted in Arb

I read on one of our local forums that someone needed an Afrikaans spell checker and after 5 minutes with google I found the following:


WSpel is sedert 2002 ’n privaat inisiatief deur Johan Visser, Elfia Visser en Thomas Ellis en spog met baie eerstes in die ontwikkelingsgeskiedenis van speltoetsers wêreldwyd.

Algemene inligting oor WSpel
WSpel sal die meeste woorde wat in ’n gewone woordeboek voorkom onmiddellik saamvoeg as u dit as twee of drie woorde tik: Voorbeelde is bank rekening, koelte boom, melk tert, yster pot deksel, bindvlies ontsteking.  Sal sekere woorde weer skei as u dit as een woord tik.  Sal veral anglisistiese woorde en frases en swak Afrikaans onmiddellik vervang met die korrekte Afrikaanse woord of frase. Baie grammatikale hulp word verskaf.  WSpel ken die onderskeid tussen baie sinsnedes waarin u bleik/blyk, grote/grootte, reik/ryk, reis/rys, steil/styl, pyl/peil, feil/vyl, wei/wy, verassing /verrassing, verrys, verys en vereis gebruik. Ook die verskil tussen die betreklike vnw.wat en besitlike vnw. wie.  Sal die ge- voor werkwoorde soos gebesef, geherhaal, geerken, geontken en geverstaan, outomaties verwyder.  Dit sal veral vir andertaliges van groot hulp wees.  Let wel.  Werkwoorde soos herberg en herkou kry wel ’n ge- voor om die verlede tyd aan te dui.


Here’s the link:

Raspberry Pi kiosk mode with Chromium

Written by Zaptoid on . Posted in HowTo

Yes, I’ve been playing. Here’s another handy little tip.

See, I initially used Midori browser but the friggin’ thing kept on crashing no matter what I did. After trying a couple of tweaks it kept on playing the memory leak game(Midori has the memory leak, not me) so I figured stuff it and slapped on Chromium. 

Step 1

Install chromium, x11-xserver-utils and unclutter:

sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y
sudo apt-get install chromium x11-xserver-utils unclutter

Install some fonts to make it a little more sexy:

sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Create Custom Splash screen for Raspberry Pi

Written by Zaptoid on . Posted in HowTo

This solution works but there are a few seconds of text shown before the boot image appears.

Install fbi

sudo apt-get install fbi
Copy the splashscreen image to be used
Copy your custom splash image into: /etc/ and name it “splash.png“.

Presumably the resolution to use is 1920x1080px.

Create A Script
sudo nano
Paste the following into the text editor:
#! /bin/sh
# Provides: asplashscreen
# Required-Start:
# Required-Stop:
# Should-Start:
# Default-Start: S
# Default-Stop:
# Short-Description: Show custom splashscreen
# Description: Show custom splashscreen
do_start () {

/usr/bin/fbi -T 1 -noverbose -a /etc/splash.png
exit 0

Creating a Linked Server in SSMS for a MySQL database

Written by Zaptoid on . Posted in HowTo

I had to help a fellow colleague with creating a “Linked Server” in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) for a MySQL DB.

I figured, I might as well slap it on here:

Creating a Linked Server in SSMS for a MySQL database


Step 1

Download the MySQL ODBC driver from

Step 2

Install MySQL ODBC driver on Server where SQL Server resides

  • Double Click Windows Installer file and follow directions.

Raspberry Pi: Everything You Need To Know

Written by Zaptoid on . Posted in Arb, Technologhy

Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit card that’s so simple, anyone can program it. Designed as an introduction to science, technology, engineering, and math for UK grade schoolers, its $35 price tag has made it appealing to hobbyists all over the world.

Despite its diminutive device, Raspberry Pi is powerful enough to process many of the same programs as PCs, from word processors to games. Its small size also makes Raspberry Pi ideal for programming connected home devices—like the aforementioned print server, which has given us the power to make every computer, laptop, and cell phone in our network printer-compatible.

The Story Of Raspberry Pi

Eben Upton first came up with the idea for Raspberry Pi in 2006, when he and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory were frustrated by the dwindling number of students, and the poor skill levels of those students, entering the program.

While current students entering the program often had Web design experience, programming experience was becoming very rare. Upton’s concern? That the price and sophistication of modern computers had made them overly complicated for kids to experiment with.

In the ’70s and ’80s, kids could use an Amiga or Commodore 64 to boot into a programming environment. In later decades, Upton speculated, parents had more reason to forbid the same kind of experimentation on increasingly advanced family PCs. Plus, as computers became easier to use, programming them became more complicated, and tinkering with their inner workings became far less necessary.

Upton wanted to create a cheap, easily programmable computer that would bring back the experimental spirit of an earlier era of computing, by making a device cheap enough so anyone could tamper with it without fear of expensive mistakes. From 2006 to 2008, the official history goes, Upton and his colleagues worked on the prototype that would eventually become the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Foundation was established in May 2009, and the first shipment of Raspberry Pis became available in April 2012.

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