Raspberry Pi: Early Experiences

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On 2012-05-24 I received my long awaited Raspberry Pi. Here I describe my early experiences wiith the device. These experiences are related to the debian squeeze distro (debian6-19-04-2012.zip).

Other distros

Before settling on debian for the time being, I also tried a few other distros.

The Alpha Course and Christianity Explored

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There are many places where you can read about the relative merits of The Alpha Course and Christianity Explored. I don't have anything new to say on the topic. However, as I regrettably belong to a local church that uses The Alpha Course, I do want to make my own position clear. I fully subscribe to the view presented in this Banner of Truth article The 'Alpha' and the 'Christianity Explored' Course.

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Book Review: Nothing In My Hand I Bring

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Ray Galea was raised as a Maltese Roman Catholic in Australia. His book Nothing In My Hand I Bring describes the reasons why he was unable to remain a Roman Catholic once he found a personal faith in Christ. He is not unsympathetic to the Catholic cause, and it was very painful for him to have to reject his Catholic upbringing. Nevertheless, he is very clear about the significant differences between Roman Catholic dogma and doctrine on the one hand, and the teaching of the Bible on the other.

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Book Review: The Unheeded Christ

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David Cook was the main speaker at New Word Alive 2011. His book The Unheeded Christ highlights the words of Christ that Christians today fail to observe. The back cover says, “Jesus Christ is a provocative, uncompromising teacher. Yet it is easy to become so accustomed to Jesus' words that they become old friends – comfortable, familiar, unchallenging. We get so used to him that we don't take notice of what he commands us to do.”

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Rico Tice at New Word Alive

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There were many things of note at New Word Alive 2011, but I especially appreciated a couple of comments from Rico Tice.

First, if you ask someone why they are a Christian and they tell you that it's because they were born into a Christian home, then the best thing you can do for the pastoral care of their soul is to take them outside and head-butt them, because they simply haven't understood the Gospel! Of course, this was said in jest, but the important point was effectively made.

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Nick Clegg and primogeniture

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Nick Clegg has been proposing that the laws concerning primogeniture should change to allow a first-born child to be first in line to the throne irrespective of gender. While I appreciate the principles of fairness and equality behind this sentiment, one has to wonder whether this is focused on removing the speck when there is an enormous great plank that needs removing. The monarchy has nothing to do with fairness and equality. Why should the first-born have preference over younger siblings? Why should the monarch's children have preference over others?

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No more crying?

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I recently spent a week at New Word Alive and more than one session focused on concern for the lost. This caused me to reflect once more on something that has troubled me before.

Once the New Heaven and the New Earth have come, “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away”. (Revelation 21:4 ESV) Right now, here on earth, there are two big things that trouble us deeply as Christians: our own sin, and the fate of the unbeliever.

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Amazon, Kindle, DRM etc.

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In this day and age it is very useful to be able to read information in electronic form. This is particularly true of reference materials, where the advantages of not having to wheel around a wheelbarrow load of books are obvious. However, until recent times, electronic reference materials have been slow to appear.

I have purchased very few documents in electronic form, whereas I have far too many printed books. This has until now mainly been due to lack of availability of electronic editions.

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Secularism and Atheism

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Melvyn Bragg was on BBC 1 Breakfast this morning talking about the the King James Version of the bible and his book about the same. He made the following poignant comment about today's society, “Secularism holds the microphone and atheism holds the megaphone.”

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