When you've got a minute

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If you've got a friend who's a plumber, is it reasonable to say “Can you just come around and have a look at my sink sometime?” Or maybe you have a friend who's a laywer. Would you say “Can you just defend this case for me when you have a spare moment?” Would you ask a painter friend “Do you think you could pop around and paint the outside of my house for me? I'll make you a cup of tea.”

Open versus closed systems

Moving from a technical profession to a spiritual vocation has been a weird process for me and has brought a few surprises. But there is one particular element that still gets to me every time. It is what I would call the closed nature of the spiritual community rather than the open nature of the technical community.

We're back: Reason for Outage

It's been a horrible three days. Both my servers have been down, which meant no mail for me, none of my web sites up, no mail for the Japan field, no field web sites up, no lists up, no mail or web for my other users. Sorry, guys. We would have got things together much faster were it not for the hosting company, RapidSwitch. They were worse than unhelpful to begin with, but redeemed themselves towards the end. To keep things fair, I've interposed their excuses with the story. Read more about We're back: Reason for Outage

Javascript go board

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I had four things I wanted to do today. I've done two of them and I've started on the third but I'm probably too tired to actually finish it. Unfortunately, the third is the one that I actually have to do today, my sermon for Sunday. So what have I been doing instead? Um, well, messing with Javascript, actually. (OK, I also spent some time helping a local evangelism group learn how to improve their Internet communication, and I spent the afternoon with the old guys in the local community center, so it wasn't a complete messing-about day. But there certainly was some messing-about in it.)

New Songbee Release

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People using Songbee - by the way, please email me, so I know that there actually are some - particularly those using Songbee on Windows, should upgrade to version 1.1, released today. Get it at the usual place. It fixes a few display issues with furigana, and it also gives you a search bar that you can actually see, rather than having to just stab wildly at.