"Real User Monitoring" with Pingdom

Tue, 07/05/2013 - 15:26 -- James Oakley

Pingdom LogoI've used the services of Pingdom for a long time to keep track of how my websites are loading. They will check any website from ten different servers around the world, as often as once a minute. You can look at graphs of how the load time varies with time, and you can be notified as soon as the site goes down.

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Productivity Tip - Don't Read your E-mail!

Wed, 24/04/2013 - 14:16 -- James Oakley

Getting Things Done

David Allen, in Getting Things Done, has lots of very useful tips on how to keep on top of all the things that need to be done. I don't think you need to adopt his method in an all-or-nothing way, although if taken as a whole approach there is a consistency that lends itself. Even then, you have to work out how you will put the principles into practice.

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How To: Install munin-node on cPanel DNS Only

Mon, 28/01/2013 - 09:55 -- James Oakley

This blog has posts on a number of themes, and this one is technology related; for the rest of you, I shall see you later on. If you don't understand the title of this post, then it's probably not written with you in mind!

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Site upgrade

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 17:10 -- James Oakley

Regular visitors to this site will notice that the layout has changed a little.

That's all that many of you will want to know. Those of you who are technically minded, however, may wish to read on.

The site is developed with Drupal. Drupal is currently on version 7, and the first release of version 7 was on January 5th 2011. That's 15 months ago. Drupal 6 is still fully supported, and will remain so until the final release of Drupal 8 (12-18 months away - probably). There's therefore no rush to upgrade a site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

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The Priesthood of all Believers

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 15:56 -- James Oakley

It's easy to trot off the tongue that we believe in a doctrine called "the priesthood of all believers".

It's harder to explain what we mean by that, and what we don't mean.

It's harder still to articulate the cash-value: What impact does this doctrine make to the lives of Christians and churches on a daily basis?

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When tech "support" doesn't

Wed, 19/10/2011 - 15:52 -- James Oakley

Technical support can be infuriating. When it gets inverted commas around the "support".

By the way, I hope all readers of this blog keep regular backups of their computers. "How regularly should I backup" is a question I'm asked from time to time. The answer is: As regularly as you don't mind losing. So have a guess when your most recent backup was done. I assume you wouldn't mind if your computer only had those files on it? Good. (If not good, it's time to back up more often).

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Opera Mini 6

Mon, 16/05/2011 - 11:06 -- James Oakley

The Software section of this website has been somewhat neglected of late. It is intended to be a directory of software that I have written, or that I use and would like to recommend.

I've just discovered (a little late in the day), that Opera Mini 6 came out a couple of months back. So I've added an entry for it. A big improvement on the web browser that ships with most mobile phones or portable devices, and I highly recommend it!

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