puppy dogs, lolly pops, rain drops and kisses

I was thinking of moderating my posts so that maybe they will now all be about:

puppy dogs, lolly pops, rain drops and kisses.

Just kidding. Actually, if you read some of my older posts you’ll find some quotes from the Bible, in particular from the New Testament. This is for the benefit of those who may not have read it and those who have forgotten what it says. For those atheists out there… why not eat some candy. And for those diabetic atheists… go suck a lemon!

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Prisoner Needs Tattoo: I Love Mum

Prisoner Needs Tattoo: I Love Mum

Convicted Serial Killer and Rapist

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Tattoo on my arm:

I am Sorry.
Inside for Life
I Love Mum

Please ask the Warden

for my new tattoo.

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Psalm 23 – My Mum’s favourite part of the Bible

My Mum’s
favourite part of the Bible



Psalm 23 – from Book 19 Psalms

001 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

002 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me
beside the still waters.

003 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name’s sake.

004 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me.

005 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

006 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Ernest Phillip Williams and Greta Williams, photo taken on their 53rd wedding anniversary in 2010

Ernest Phillip Williams and Greta Williams, photo taken on their 53rd wedding anniversary in 2010

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Down with “we are world class and our shit does not stink attitude.” — viva la free software.

Down with “we are world class and our shit does not stink attitude.” — viva la free software.

I am thinking of setting up a not-for-profit software company and calling it pew’s best guess information technology. (kidding!)
My logic is that there are too many Rolls-Royce, NASA & Microsoft companies of this world and not enough not-for-profits. It was not so long ago that the world got a shock when a NASA Space Shuttle exploded tragically and also when parts started to fall off Boeing RR engines or Microsoft Windows of different versions crashing for various unexplainable reasons.
I see this as being systemic of companies like RR, NASA & Microsoft going around saying “We are/were world class at everything and our shit does not stink.”
I see the argument why RR, NASA and MS want to have their holier-than-thow attitude however I see it as very damaging to their reputation.
ps – I finally found the last bug in my Frog Retro Remake arcade game … I got some help from a guy on the Free Pascal forum… it turned out to be a very complicated solution with a couple of lines for different types of string conversions… not intuitive and this guy as-good-as-said that I needed to be a string expert to understand it. See attached PDF file and read it for a detailed explanation if you are interested.
Best Regards,


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How shareware really works and an explanation of piracy

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How shareware really works and an explanation of piracy

Yes, folks, you heard it hear first… I like software pirates.

Boys and Girls, let me take you back to a day before most of you were born. You were just a sparkle in mum’s and dad’s eyes. The days before the internet and world wide web was even invented.

Before the internet there were Universities in the UK and USA and great big military and government departments. NASA was sending men and women to the moon.

These were the glory days of the personal computer and modems. Computers were huge minicomputers and mainframes, and NASA needed a personal computer to fit on board it’s space rockets. These computers were networked together on board the space ships and the ground control stations could use radios to transmit signals to them to send signals to the computers to control different processors.

These different processors ran on different operating systems with similar program software but written differently. This is the engineering principle of redundancy; if one system fails then hopefully another one will have a similar program which can take over and do the same job. That’s the real reason why so many different computer programming languages have been invented.

Anyway, back around 1977, I had a Commodore Personal Electronic Transactor (PET) 4016 with 16 x 1024 bytes of RAM expandable to 32 x 1024 bytes RAM.

The computer I am using now has 3 GigaBytes of RAM. That’s 3 x 10^12 bytes of RAM. My first computer had 16 x 10^3 bytes RAM.

page 01 - Front Cover of the one and only PET USER GROUP ACT Newsletter

page 01 - Front Cover of the one and only PET USER GROUP ACT Newsletter

Click here to read this document >>> P.E.T. User Group A.C.T. Inc. – Newsletter Scanned & OCR’ed (where possible) from the original newsletter, circa 1981

Interesting reading & did you know that there is still a worldwide community of Commodore Computer Enthusiasts?!?


Yes, sometimes we (our family) would run out of RAM. The operating system was Commodore Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) 4.0 written by Microsoft and owned by a young Bill Gates.

BASIC 4.0 had many bugs and was hard coded inside the ROMs of my PET 4016. Even though there were bugs in the ROM, all that needed to be done to fix this was to do what is called a hardware reset. This means switching off the computer and waiting about a minute or 2 then switching it back on again. The OS was then reset and it was fine again.

As you can imagine, this meant that if there were any nasty computer viruses invented then the system was fairly safe unless they could write to a floppy disc or hard disc. Floppies could be write protected with a small piece of tape.

Those were the days of 300 baud modems. Baud is simply a technical term meaning bits per second. If you read this to your mum then you would be speaking at about 300 baud.

There were also 1200/75 baud modems. Receive at 1200 baud and send at 75 baud. The logic of this was simply that most Bulletin Board Services gave one a menu and waited you to press a key. So, normally you only needed to send a few keypresses e.g. F file file menu, d for download, pick a protocol say Z modem then enter a number for the file, like say a NASA image of the moon.

These were the days when the companies who wrote your software said, here that’ll be $20 or $40 or $100 for the program. If you were interested then you could type LIST and see the BASIC source code and RUN to start it.

It was not long before people started to modify the programs and send emails back to the programmers with bug reports and suggestions for new features. Some people would also email programmers details of patches to their software.

Shareware had not been invented yet. College students and mums and dads and bachelors and bachelorettes would right software. Many were still learning how; especially including those teachers.

Then someone said “How much do you want for your software?” and the other said “About $20 as I spent a lot of time writing the software.” So money changed hands.

Then the person who bought the software gave a copy to his friend and the friend asks the same question and the process repeats.

Can you see the problem with this system? It is an honour system. What happens if Joe Familyman or Jenny Housewife does not want to pay for it. Exactly nothing happens… if Joe or Jenny does not want to pay then it is not worth it to them.

Now, our friend the software programmer does not like Joe and Jenny using his software without paying $20. So he has added otherwise useless code which checks the system date and watches to see if a 30 day trial period has expired and refuses to make the program work if it is past the trial period.

Now, correctly programming is called Information Technology because it is all about the exchange of information. If I can figure out some way to make your program work without you telling me that magic bullshit code then I have used the power of information to my advantage. Is there anything illegal about that? I don’t think so and I have lots of friends who agree with me.

If your legal buddies called me a pirate, then colour me pink and purple and put a talking parrot on my shoulder.

Oh and by the by… yes I downloaded this copy of Windows 7 Ultimate from a torrent on the internet and installed it myself. Nothing illegal about that. My brother happens to be a Business Enterprise Architect who analyses computer systems and he has offered me 1 of 10 licenses to any of the tens of thousands of software which Microsoft has. So as a matter of fact, my Windows 7 Ultimate system is legal.

Eat my dust Microsoft.

Best Regards


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Infinite Maths: infinity = 1

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Infinite Maths:
infinity = 1

© 2000-2011 Peter E. Williams

What follows is a nonsense
explanation of mathematics:


Maths is not an exact science;
allow me to explain:


take infinity;
by definition it can’t get any bigger.
no matter what you do to infinity,
it’s still infinitely infinite


it’s sort of like a black hole,
or the size of the ever expanding universe
(if you subscribe to that theory)


take division;
when the divisor and the numerator are the same
they cancel out to give 1 over 1,
which is course one


take infinity divided by ten;
infinity is not a fixed amount, it’s infinite
so there are an infinite number of tens in infinity,
so the answer is infinity.


So then, what is infinity divided by infinity?
is it one? or infinity?


if infinity over infinity
equals one and infinity
then infinity equals one.


confused? so are we.

mathematicians will tell you that
infinity divided by infinity is undefined;


what a cop-out.


but just remember:
two is greater than infinity.



Now I know how Jesus fed the masses with loaves and fishes.
All he needed was one loaf of bread and two fish.

Or was it only really one of each?


With the power of this theory
of the understanding of infinity,
He instantly had an infinite number of
loaves of bread and fishes and
He could feed the masses.

See, it wasn’t really a miracle,
it was just the power of infinite mathematics at work!


The truth can now be revealed:

Jesus only had one loaf of bread and two fish.

Or was it only one of each bread and fish.

He said “look folks, I only have one loaf and one fish, but

through the power of infinite maths there’s plenty to go around. Dig in.”

I swear that’s exactly how it happened. Honest.


Why, with this theory we can end world starvation!


I’ve got this other theory about infinity;
that it doesn’t actually exist.
It might just be a number that’s too big
for us to comprehend.

Even if the universe is constantly expanding,
at any given fraction of second it must actually
have a dimension, it’s just that by the time
you try to measure from one point to another,
at the limits, by the time you have found
your second reference point,
both points have moved because it’s expanding.
But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a size,
a dimension, even if we can’t comprehend
it and it’s too big for our computers.


The universe has a dimension, but
it is only correct at a particular date and time;
and of course what are you going to
use for your datum for the date and time?
The beginning of the universe perhaps?
Or the beginning of time?
But then again, isn’t time infinite?


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Whether sex workers are cheaper than buying cars for sex.

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I was going to write about how eating a raw carrot, as I am on my 2nd one now, as an after dinner snack is good for me. I went looking on my computer for photos and clipart, and what do you know… all I could find was this:

She says "yes yes yes" but you've got to buy her a new car.

She says "yes yes yes" but you've got to buy her a new car.

Which ultimately leads to the questions about whether sex workers are cheaper than buying cars for sex.

I’ll leave you to cogitate on that as I nibble on my carrot and contempt what those lovely ladies charge and do for a living.

Bye for now,

Patient X

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