Synology, PHP, and the mysql Extension

This week I installed a few new items on my Synology NAS server so that I could better familiarize myself with PHP and MySQL. The items I installed were:

  • phpMyAdmin
  • MariaDB (Synology no longer packages MySQL with DSM)
  • WebStation

I am running DSM 6.1.6 and PHP 5 and 7 were already installed and running on my server. → Read the rest

Online Deadbolts


image of deadbolt lock with keyThe Internet is a buzz of late in conversation about the use of stronger passwords and security measures like 2 factor authentication after the Mat Honan hacking incident. Reflecting upon this event motivated me to evaluate how secure my email, accounts, and passwords are and what measures I should consider taking to secure my online presence.

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iPads in the Pulpit

Tip of the hat to Tim Challies for the link.

All good books on preaching start with a section on the character of the preacher. I tip my hat at this noble practice by reminding you that if you brandish your iPad to complement the trendy hipster image you are carefully cultivating like a hidden hydroponic hemp garden, know this: God knows your heart, and your people will soon smell the stale odor of your pretentiousness.

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Henge Dock – The Jury is Still Out

 My computers these days are all Macs. That is a somewhat misleading statement because currently my work is Windows-based. Using a Mac doesn’t limit me to what operating system I can use. Don’t get me wrong – I love and prefer Mac OSX. I admit, though, that Microsoft Windows 7 has taken a “Titanic” operating system and righted the ship.

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Can the iPad and Mac Coexist?

There seems to be a lot of chatter online these days regarding Apple’s intentions for the future of the Mac in light of the meteoric rise of i-devices such as the iPad and the upcoming iPhone 4. Others are discussing the role the iPad might play as a notebook replacement device. I think that both of these topics miss the point that the Mac and the iPad (along with smaller siblings, iPhone and iPod Touch) both fill needs and niches.
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I found an excellent blog post that was identical to my situation with regard to using Selective Twitter application for selectively choosing which tweets are sent to Facebook. As I posted earlier, I had issues with not being able to send blog post notifications to Facebook after making the change. I tried a number of new plugins and nothing seemed to work quite right.
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John Piper – Why and How I Am Tweeting : Desiring God Christian Resource Library

John Piper writes about why he is now using Twitter:

Now what about Twitter? I find Twitter to be a kind of taunt: “Okay, truth-lover, see what you can do with 140 characters! You say your mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things! Well, this is one of those ‘all things.’ Can you magnify Christ with this thimble-full of letters?”

To which I respond:

The sovereign Lord of the earth and sky

Puts camels through a needle’s eye.

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More on Not Using Twitter During Worship Services: Desiring God

John Piper follows up on Josh Harris’ blog post about using Twitter during a worship service:

Josh Harris has done us a good service. He explains why many of us think it’s a bad idea to “tweet” while participating in corporate worship. That is, we think you should use Twitter before and after corporate worship to say what you take in and take out.

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