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DIE UNIEKE AFRIKAANSE “FOK”

Aan almal wat in verre, vreemde lande sit en smag na Afrikaans, en vir almal by die “huis” Geniet dit! Die pennevrug van Prof. Johan Combrinck, voormalige Voorsitter van die Taalkommissie van die S.A. Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns:
DIE UNIEKE AFRIKAANSE “FOK”

Een van die interessantste, kleurvolste woorde in Afrikaans, is die leenwoord fok en sy familie. Dis ‘n towerwoord wat, bloot deur sy klank, vreugde of pyn, liefde of haat, ontdekking of frustrasie kan weergee.

Fok is een van die min woorde wat die funksie van byna alle woordsoorte kan vervul.

Dit word as oorganklike werkwoord gebruik (Fok die hele spul), en as onoorganklike werkwoord (Ag fok), as bevel (Fok dit!), in die bedrywende vorm (Dit het my gefok), sowel as die lydende vorm (Nou is jy heeltemal gefok), as die hoofelement in ‘n hele reeks skeibare werkwoorde (aanfok,opfok, uitfok, toefok, voortfok, byfok, agteroorfok, agternafok), ens of as stam van ‘n werkwoord (Nou het jy die hele ding befok).

As abstrakte selfstandige naamwoord (Ek gee nie ‘n fok om nie), of as persoonsnaam (Het jy gesien wat die fokker probeer doen?), as nabepaling by ‘n vraagwoord (Hoe de fok, wie de fok, hoekom de fok,
wanneer de fok,ens.), as byvoeglike naamwoord (Waar moet ek die fokken tyd vandaankry?), as bywoord (Dis nou ‘n fokken mooi grap), en as uitroep (O fok!).

Selfs ook as invoegsel (Onge-fokken-looflik). Dit kan ook in homself ingevoeg word (Nou is jy be-fokken-fok).

Hierdie Afrikaanse woord kan gebruik word om wyd uiteenlopende situasies te beskryf:

Verrassing: Hoe de fok gaan dit met jou?
Bedrog: Die motorhawe het my befok.
Ontsteltenis: Ag fokkit!
Moeilikheid: Nou is ek in my moer in gefok.
Aggressie: Fok jou!
Meer Aggressie: Ek gaan jou opfok!
Moedeloosheid: Hoe de fok moet ek dit regkry?
Walging: Fok my!
Plesier: Fok my nog!
Wanbegrip: Ek fokken verstaan nie.
Inkompetensie: Hy fok alles op.
Gesag: Wat de fok dink jy doen jy?
Verdwaal: Nou weet ek not ‘n fok waar ek is nie.
Oortuiging: Onge-fokken-twyfeld.

Dit kan horlosietyd beskryf (Presies half-fokken-vyf), of > omstandighede (Hoe het ek in hierdie fokken job beland?), of persone (Jan Fokken Smuts), of dinge (Kyk hoe lyk jou fokken skoene!), of plekke (Tot in fokken Durban ), of dit kan die siel van ‘n uitnodiging wees wat van hartlikheid drup (Fok u!).

Fok is in Afrikaans onge-fokken-ewenaard!

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26 June 2009 Posted by | Off The Beat | , | 3 Comments

Firefox, Screengrab and Save Google Maps

Intro

Screengrab is a Firefox add-in that captures (save or copy) anything in the Firefox browser as a picture. You can save an entire page, what is visible or select what you want to save. In this example we are going to save a Google map as an image.

Install Stronggrab

  1. To install go here
  2. Select Add to Firefox
  3. Select Install
  4. Select Restart Firefox
  5. Select Screengrab Options to specify whether you want to save it as .png or .jpeg
  6. Close the Add-ons window
  7. At the bottom right of the browser you will see an icon for Screengrab

Try It – Save large Google maps

  1. Go to Google Maps
  2. Open a map of the location you want
  3. Zoom in and out for the purpose you want the map for
  4. Select "link" at the top right of the map display
  5. Select "Customize and preview embedded map"in the pop-up window
  6. Google map Link

  7. Select "Custom"
  8. Specify the width and height you want
  9. Google map Custom size

  10. Scroll down and copy the html code
  11. Google map HTML Code

  12. Open your favourite text editor and paste the code in it
  13. Save the file in html format e.g. as maps.html
  14. Open this file in Firefox. Once loaded you will see the map in the size specified in Step 7.
  15. Click on the Screengrab icon at the bottom right of Firefox window
  16. Select Save > Complete Page/Frame…
  17. Screengrab

  18. A Save screenshot as… dialog box will appear soon. Save the image as JPG or PNG.

Conclusion

That’s it! The map is save.

25 June 2009 Posted by | Browsers | , , , | 2 Comments

How to save YouTube video from Firefox Cache

In Windows XP:
Open Windows Explorer
Make sure you can see hidden files and folders (Tools > Options > View > Show hidden files and folders)

Go to : "C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default"
Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is your Firefox profile name

If you cannot see a directory called "Cache" you need to do the following:
Create a text file called "user.js"
Note: This file must be in the same directory as "prefs.js"
Copy the following into the file:

// Path to Cache folder:
user_pref(“browser.cache.disk.parent_directory”,”C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default”);

Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is the Firefox profile name
Note: It might not be necessary to change xxltouxw if you do not use different Firefox profiles.
Save and close the file "user.js"

If you want to change how much MB Firefox caches, launch Firefox
From the menu select: Tools > Options > Advanced > Network tab page
Enter the amount you want.

OK, watch your YouTube video.
Go back to Windows Explorer
Go to : "C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxltouxw.default\Cache"
Where xxxxx is your username and xxltouxw is your Firefox profile name
Arrange the files by size (View > Arrange Icons by > Size)
Scroll down to the biggest file.

Windows Explorer - Firefox Cache Directory

Copy this file "8DDC0CB5d01" to a directory of your choice.
Rename it to "8DDC0CB5d01.flv"
Note:The filename "8DDC0CB5d01" will be different on your computer.

Now you can play it in your favourite flash player (E.g. Realplayer, Winamp or whatever you use)

24 June 2009 Posted by | Browsers | , , , | 2 Comments

Learn the S.A. Anthem

Sing along at The ConFed Cup, Cricket T20 & The Springbok Rugby Test against The Lions.

S.A. Anthem

I don’t know who has designed this picture, but thanks to Rachel for mailing it to me. I would like to share it with you.

15 June 2009 Posted by | Off The Beat | | 1 Comment

Bing or Google it?

What is Bing? It is Microsoft’s new search engine. Formally code-named "Kumo", the new search tool replaces Microsoft’s Live Search. I’ve never been a fan of Live Search and if I used it 5 times it’s a lot.

Bing is definite a big improvement of Live search. It has big background picture or splash page that changes daily. On the top you have links for Web, Images, Videos, Shopping, News, Maps, More, MSN, Windows Live and so on. Under Extras, on the top right hand side, you will find Preferences, Blogs and Advertising. It displays sponsored links on the right hand side. Related searches on the left hand side, with Google you have to click the "Show Options" button to see the list. Search result is in the middle with. The rest of the searches the usual stuff (The use of the Boolean operators (OR, NOT, AND) within a search term. Search in a search within a specific site or domain. And so on…)

One feature that caught my eye is that Bing lets you take a quick peek before opening a link. If you hover with your mouse cursor over a search result you get a pop-up box where you can read a longer excerpt from the page without visiting the site.

Conclusion
When I search for something and find the answer, I’m content. I don’t understand the "The War of the Search Engines" and don’t care who is numero uno. Will I switch? Properbly not, Bing doesn’t give me a reason to switch.
Decide for yourself: Bing or Google

11 June 2009 Posted by | Search Engines | , , , , | Leave a comment