Join the Battle for Net Neutrality

Save The Net

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit. To fight back, let’s cover the web with symbolic “loading” icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers.
Are you in?


If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Afrikaans Spell Checker

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

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

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

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.