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Bahasa Indonesian Lesson Two

Greetings and Responses

In any language basic introductions must be learned. Introductions in Indonesia may include a gentle handshake and the touching of the heart afterwards to indicate goodwill. Always use the right hand.

"Selamat" is the basic greeting word, derived from the Arabic "salam", meaning peace.

"Selamat pagi" (Good morning), "Selamat siang" (Good day, from about 11am to 2-3pm), "Selamat sore" (Good afternoon), "Selamat malam (good evening, after nightfall), "Selamat tidur" (good night, "tidur" = to sleep).

Bahasa Indonesian Lesson One

Whilst rote-learning should be avoided in most cases when learning a second language in some cases, as people learn sentences, not words, in some basic cases it is an effective way to ingrain knowledge. Specifically, basic pronunciation, the alphabet and numbers should be practised until they become second nature.


Mesa and LIBDRM on a 64 bit Opteron Fedora Core 5 Cluster

Further adventures in attempting to install Underworld 1.2 on Wexstan.

Previous instruction for installing Mesa largely work, but with the following exceptions.

Use a new directory name and run the configuration as modified...

mkdir -p /usr/local/mesa/7.4
./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mesa/7.4-gcc

... and discover a new and interesting failure.

checking for LIBDRM... configure: error: Package requirements (libdrm >= 2.4.3) were not met:

Installing NAMD 2.7b1 on a 64-bit AMD Opteron Cluster running CentOS 5 Linux

NAMD is a parallel molecular dynamics code for large biomolecular systems. Version 2.7b1 has some advantages over 2.6 and an extensive user's guide.

Download the tarball (registration required), put it somewhere sensible (e.g., /usr/local/src/NAMD) and unpack (tar xvf NAMD_2.7b1_Source.tar.gz) and enter that directory.

Letter to Conroy

Dear Senator Conroy,

By way of introduction I am a systems administrator for a high-performance computing centre critical for researchers in your state. You may also remember me working on IT support for the Victorian Parliamentary Labor Party for a number of years.

I am writing to you concerning the proposed "mandatory 'clean feed' internet service" which you expressed last year in "Labor's Plan for Cyber-safety".

Harlequin: An Obituary

On Saturday, February 26, 2005, Harelquin the rat died.

He had been in decline for some time, his back legs slowly giving up. On Thursday evening he had stopped eating altogether which caused great concern. However on Friday evening the presentation of some oat and apple baby food was graciously accepted.

Kaben par Andre no Catharina.

Kaben par Andre no Catharina.

Istoria ida iha Tetum, Lingua iha Timor Lorosa'e. Ho inspirisaun ba Connie Willis.

Para Leonardo do Lafayette.

Bom dia hau-nia kolega,

Hau hakarak ko'alia istoria ida kona ba kaben par Andre no Catharina.

Istoria ne iha kona ba mestri bulak no labele sasan,
folia rai ida, lahatene rai, hanoak ahioan ida,
relojiu ahi ida (nebe tenki hadia), be buan ida, no
At-Loron Livre ne. Be ko'alia nada kona ba asu.