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20 Apr 2014

Goodbye pdb.homelinux.net ---- Hello thebrowntribe.net

I am proud to introduce the latest news in the web presence of me and my family: We now have our internet home at thebrowntribe.net! The old homelinux.net addresses will continue to work for a limited time, but you should update any links or addressbook entries you may have for us to point to the new domain.

The reason for the change is twofold: One, pdb.homelinux.net is not a very pretty domain. When I first started using the DynDNS service a decade ago, it was for my own private use and had no public face. Now Holly is blogging regularly from that address and we are using it for email, but it is not especially pretty or memorable, and trying to point people to pdb.homelinux.net verbally has not been easy. ("Dot Home--what???") Two, DynDNS announced earlier this month that their free dynamic DNS service would no longer be free. That means that we would be PAYING for the privilege of using a domain that we weren't that fond of. We already had the new thebrowntribe.net domain in the works before the DynDNS announcement, but once we learned of the change to a paid service, we decided to go ahead and flip the switch for the change.

To help with the transition, I put together the table below:

Webpages:

Location Old Address New Address
Holly's Blog http://pdb.homelinux.net/~holly/ http://thebrowntribe.net
Paul's Blog http://pdb.homelinux.net http://paul.thebrowntribe.net
Photo Gallery http://pdb.homelinux.net/gallery/ http://gallery.thebrowntribe.net

Email:

Old Address New Address
pdbrown[at] ieee.org
pdb[at] pdb.homelinux.net
paul[at] thebrowntribe.net
holly[at] pdb.homelinux.net holly[at] thebrowntribe.net
paulandholly[at] pdb.homelinux.net paulandholly[at] thebrowntribe.net

As we start using the new addresses and as I get redirects set up to forward the old addresses to the new ones, if you get errors from our webserver, suspect that email is not getting through, or otherwise notice anything that isn't working right, please let me or Holly know so I can get it straightened out.

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22 Jan 2010

[[Geek Alert]] On a new server now

Submitted by Paul Brown

Most of my friends and family who read my updates here will probably not be interested in this story, but for posterity and for the benefit of anyone who may stumble through and find this interesting, here goes.

Last Fall I saw on the user forums of my web hosting provider (Westhost) that the "virtual VPS" platform that they use was no longer going to be supported by the supplier, so they were going to migrate users away from that VPS platform and onto a new platform that would work fine for most users but that would take away remote login and low-level customization that the previous platform had included. Since I enjoy managing the server and only pay someone else to host for me so I have the flexibility to change internet providers without losing my website and email along the way, the loss of these features would be a substantial loss to me. I like working under the hood of the server in a similar way that a lot of guys like getting their hands greasy working on their cars.

I was happy to learn that Westhost had worked out a deal with a partner company, VPS.net, to provide minimal VPS service to Westhost clients at a discount that would make the service cost the same as Westhost service and to allow the balance of payments already made to Westhost to be applied to an account at VPS.net. After looking into the VPS.net option, I decided that this would be a great alternative for me, so I requested a trial account at VPS.net to see what it could do. They generously allowed me a month's free trial to test drive the service.

My VPS.net trial account was set up at the beginning of January, and over the last three weeks I have little by little gotten all my data transferred from the old server and installed and configured all the services that I wanted to run. I opted to install Debian on the new server since that is what I am running on my laptop and home server. I have never had to set up all the internet services on Debian, so I had to do a fair amount of Google searching to get everything up and going. I took fairly extensive notes throughout the migration process, so I hope that next time it will be much easier.

Finally, this week I got all the services working, including the Apache2 web server, email, procmail, spamassassin, imap, mailman, Roundcube, Drupal, Wordpress, and Gallery2. After doing some final checks yesterday and verifying that things looked like they were working, I decided that today would be the day to "throw the switch". Now at lunch time I updated my DNS record to point to the new server, and, if all went well, you are now being served my webpage from a shiny new VPS.net cloud server! Sometime next week I should know with some confidence whether the new setup with work and will be able to close my Westhost account and open a paid VPS.net account.

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16 Jun 2009

New Layout

Submitted by Paul Brown

I changed the layout of the site today. The new theme is based on Black Mamba but includes, as usual, a number of modifications to get it to look the way I want it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new layout, and if you notice anything that is goofy, please let me know.

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4 May 2008

New Feature: Email Updates

Submitted by Paul Brown

I've added the RSS feeds for my site and the photo galleries to Feedburner, so now you can get updates by email instead of using an RSS reader. Emails are sent once every evening for each subscription, so you won't get a separate email for every new photo or blog post when multiple new items are posted in a day, a feature especially good for the galleries. To subscribe to the emails, use the following links:
Subscribe to pdb.homelinux.net by Email
Subscribe to Paul's Gallery by Email
Subscribe to Sarah's Gallery by Email
Subscribe to MJBrown Gallery by Email

I think Feedburner is not evil, so you aren't setting yourself up for spam by using this service. I've been trying it out for a week or so, and so far it seems very nice.

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14 Jan 2008

Contest Results

Submitted by Paul Brown

First off, the winner of the drawing is my friend Angela Danae! Thank you to everyone else who entered, and better luck next time.

Following the NIV footnotes to count quotations of the Old Testament appearing in the New Testament, the most frequently quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament is.... (drumroll please!):

Quoted 8 times, Leviticus 19:18 – "Love your neighbor as yourself" – found in Mat 5:43; Mat 19:19; Mat 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; James 2:8

Runners-up (quoted 6 times): Deuteronomy 5:16; Deuteronomy 5:17/Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:18/Exodus 20:14; Psalm 118:26

What is interesting is that the three responses that I received were all the same, and it was not any of the verses above. The unanimous response was Psalm 110:1! Although my research did not show this to be the Old Testament verse most frequently quoted in the New Testament, it wasn't hard to find evidence that this is commonly thought to be the most frequently quoted verse.

Test Your Bible IQ by Christopher Edwards, page 23 asks, "What Old Testament verse is most frequently quoted in the New Testament?" The answer it gives is the same as the answer I got from all three respondents: Psalm 110:1, which Edwards claims is quoted 18 times.

Bruce Barton in the Life Application New Testament Commentary says on page 480, "In Psalm 110:1, again David was not speaking of himself but of Christ. This verse is the most frequently quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament (thirteen times)."

Steve Moyise and M. J. J. Menken offer a footnote on page 170 in their book, The Psalms in the New Testament, that documents these eighteen supposed appearances of Psalm 110:1
Mat 22:44; Mat 26:64; Mark 12:36; Mark 14:62; Lk 20:42-43; Lk 22:69; Acts 2:33-34; Acts 5:31; Acts 7:55f; Rom 8:34; 1 Cor 15:25; Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3,13; Heb 8:1; Heb 10:12-13; Heb 12:2; 1 Pet 3:22

Many of these supposed quotations of Psalm 110:1 contain nothing more than a reference to Jesus being "at the right hand" of the Father or putting his enemies "under his feet". Click a few of the links to read the verses, and you'll see what I mean. While use of these phrases may contain an allusion to Psalm 110:1, I wouldn't consider them quotations. I have no axe to grind, though, so if you have heard that Psalm 110:1 is the "most commonly quoted verse in the New Testament" and you want to stick with that, at least now you know exactly where and how it appears.

If you want to peruse the data for yourself, here are the tables and the Microsoft Access database I started from:
Quoted verse count table
Complete list of quotes
Access database

(Note for web geeks: I added the Scripturizer javascript port to my site so now all Scripture references will be linked to the NIV text of the passage. I think that's pretty cool!)

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