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How to: Set up MinIO with apache2 reverse proxy

Mon, 11/09/2023 - 17:20 -- James Oakley
MinIO Logo

"MinIO is a high-performance, S3 compatible object store." So says their homepage.

In brief, it's a self-hosted suite of tools to let you run your own storage server that is fully compatible with the Amazon S3 standards. They have a free version licenced under GNU ACPL v3, and a commercial supported version with their own licence.

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Stephen Cottrell: Disagree as siblings not enemies?

Mon, 10/07/2023 - 19:47 -- James Oakley
Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York

In his presidential address to the July 2023 General Synod, Stephen Cottrell appealed to members of the Synod to debate and disagree not as enemies, but as siblings. On the face of it, this seems such an obvious and charitable standard to hold out, that it's hard to disagree with him. But we need to look more closely at what he's actually asking the Synod to do. This is not quite as smooth-running as it sounds.

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Setting wallpaper in a script with KDE Plasma

Fri, 30/06/2023 - 10:51 -- James Oakley
Screenshot of the desktop on KDE Plasma

I'm currently running a computer that uses Fedora Linux, with the spin that comes with KDE Plasma as the desktop (I happen to prefer that to Gnome).

I wanted a script that will download a desktop wallpaper from the internet, and then set that to be my current wallpaper.

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BHS Hebrew Bible Table of Accents

Fri, 12/05/2023 - 17:09 -- James Oakley

This is one of those posts I'm putting here because I know I'll look for this again, and if it's on my own website I can search and find it quickly. It might also help someone else.

Tucked inside The BHS (Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia) is a small piece of paper, containing the Tabula Accentuum (table of accents). On one side is a list of the accents deployed by the Masoretes when annotating prose, and on the other side the ones they used when annotating poetry.

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Reintroducing the Psalms

Fri, 05/05/2023 - 12:28 -- James Oakley
Psalm 31

I wrote a longer post in 2010 that gave some thoughts on the book of Psalms and how we read them.

Today, I've been working on some notes to equip our small group leaders to lead a Bible study in Psalm 31. This comes as part of a series of Bible studies that look at passages that speak on the theme of prayer.

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Bye Vodafone, Hello Lebara - time to switch from the Big 4

Tue, 02/05/2023 - 16:08 -- James Oakley

A Bit of History

Back in the day, there was a very small number of mobile phone providers you could use. Orange merged with T-Mobile to become EE. Vodafone has been around for a while. BT Cellnet demerged out of BT to become O2. Three was the newest addition, radically not offering the older 2G connections. (How quaint: 3G is about to be turned off.) So you had 4 choices.

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Concern for exhausted brothers and sisters

Mon, 06/02/2023 - 17:05 -- James Oakley
Image Credit: Andrea Piacquadio

This is a hard post to write, but I feel compelled to put pen to paper (as it were), out of a deep concern for a significant number of my Christian brothers and sisters who minister within the Church of England.

Potential Misunderstandings

Before I get to what I want to say, let me try to articulate why this is hard to write. There are 3 ways this could be misunderstood, and I do not intend any of them.


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