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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 5 days 3 hours ago

I'm taking a 3 month sabbatical starting in May. This is something many Christian ministers find helpful. The Diocese of Rochester, within which I serve, used to recommend this every 7 years (although I see that their guidance now says 10 years).

As I prepare for this, I'm inevitably thinking about the themes of rest, of Sabbath, of what it means to be a worshipping human being made in...Read more

Posted: 1 week 5 days ago
Hard Disk

Control panels make a web server a sinch to use. If you sign up for shared web hosting , you'll be given a login for the control panel to manage just your account. Even if you run a whole server (virtual or dedicated) there are great advantages to using a control panel. Some control panels are free (like VirtualMin), and others you have to pay for...Read more

Posted: 2 weeks 5 days ago

After my earlier post on setting up Lighttpd for simple sites , I thought I'd follow up with how to add SSL / TLS / https to your lighttpd setup. Increasingly, search engines and browsers are encouraging the use of https for all websites, so this is becoming more important. These instructions continue to be for Debian (or...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 10 Feb 2019

Let me ask you two questions.

Number 1: What makes you celebrate? What absolutely thrills you, has your phoning your mum or your best friend with excitement, is cause for a celebratory drink or meal, puts a smile on your face for a week?

I’d reckon the safe arrival of a healthy baby in a family is one of them. New job. The all clear at the hospital. She said “yes”. What else......

Preached On: 27 Jan 2019

Have you ever returned home from holiday, and struggled to decide what to do first. There’s a car full of luggage to unload. The heating is turned down to frost levels. There’s two weeks’ post on the doormat. You discover you forgot to do the washing up before you went away. And to empty the bin. Everyone’s hungry. And what you really need is a cup of tea. So many things to do. But what are......

Preached On: 20 Jan 2019

Many people find this list of names dull. But in other contexts we find lists fascinating. It all depends on whether you have a connection or not.

Some of you will remember listening to the day’s football scores on the radio, before the days of ready internet news. Manchester City, 2; Crystal Palace, nil, expertly read by James Alexander Gordon. People would listen, fascinated, to the.....


A random sample from some of the people I read online, taken from the past 24 hours.

23/02/2019 - 00:36
Date: 2019-February-23Vulnerability: SA-CORE-2019-003 Notice of increased risk and Additional exploit pathDescription: 

This Public Service Announcement is a follow-up to SA-CORE-2019-003. This is not an announcement of a new vulnerability. If you have not updated your site as described in SA-CORE-2019-003 you should do that now.

There are public exploits now available...

From the blog: CloudFlare
22/02/2019 - 19:42

We announced Cloudflare Registrar in September. We launched the product by making it available in waves to our existing customers. During that time we gathered feedback and continued making improvements to the product while also adding more TLDs.

Staring today, we’re excited to make Cloudflare Registrar available to all of our customers. Cloudflare Registrar only charges you what we pay...

From the blog: Mises Institute
22/02/2019 - 15:25

Amidst the current social and political turmoil in Venezuela, a discussion over what could drive a foreign military intervention in the country has been making headlines lately. To my surprise, Venezuela’s oil reserves ( the largest in the world ) are among the top reasons people believe the US Government would be after. However, the current shape of the oil industry and the way the market...

You'll also find me in a few other places online, such as …

Other Websites

I also maintain a few other websites:

  • Mandelbrot ExplorerThis is an easy to use, totally free, fractal explorer — explore the Mandelbrot Set and the Julia Sets, starting with one of 6 inbuilt colour schemes, but with a totally flexible layers-based way to colour your fractals exactly as you wish. There are many other features - visit the website to find out more. Visit mandel.org.uk
  • Books by Mary OakleyMy late grandmother compiled 5 little booklets of poems and prayers that helped her at various stages of her life. Visit the website to find out more about these booklets, or to order online. Visit lifetocome.co.uk
  • Kemsing with Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor. Visit kemsingwithwoodlands.org

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