Using Google Docs in Joomla

This post will take you through the posting a PDF stored in Google Drive on to your Joomla website.

As of writing here is the URL of the final product.

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I freaking love technology.

As we get ready to do some work with YWAM in Kona, at their University there, I think about all the things that technology currently allows us to do.

Thirty years ago it took me six weeks to communicate with family and friends back in the Wairarapa. Three weeks for a letter to get home and three weeks for a reply, if the wrote the same day, to get back to me.

Now? If we are both online, three seconds.

Phone calls back then were hugely expensive and I could only really make them collect. (Anyone under 20 know what a collect call is?) Also it took about two hours for the call to go though, as we only had four phone lines that left the city of a hundred thousand.

The only way I had to communicate with lots of people was to type a letter out, take it to a photocopy shop, get copies run off, take them home, write a personal note and post them. Today we have facebook, youtube, twitter, txting, phone calls, pinterest, and on and on goes the list.

I don’t love technology for it’s always on capacity, actually that part of it I hate. Weekends my phone stays in my office. Emails DO NOT get read. I never listen to messages on my phone, what to get hold of me… txt me. We must not let technology rule us, we must rule it. It is an aid, and when it stops being an aid and becomes an addiction we need to chop it off at the needle.

I love technology for levelling the playing field.

For making what used to be locked up in books on dusty shelves available to anyone.

For making classrooms, that intimidate non standard learnings, available.

To be able to pause a lecture, look up wikipedia, think about what was being said, rewind and replay the point so you understand it, is the liberating power of technology.

Technology has joined generations together.

The $30.00 smart phone.

There was a time when there were content makers and content consumers, and the two never met. To become a content maker was exorbitantly expensive, even hard to become known.

We still have the unfortunate legacy in music (generally) when the actual makers, to become known, have to give up the right to their own creation to suits. This is changing.

To win american idol, you’ve got talent or the voice is a death nail to your carrier, where are the previous years winners? So too, to get a great music contract works against you. Not only do you no longer own your music, you can only make money if you tour. You have entered a machine where you are the oil, to be used and discarded.

Rather we now look for the next fresh voice on your tube, music ninja, pandora, to name a few.

Long may the playing field be levelled.

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Can not mention how important it is for you to upgrade your WordPress, Joomla websites!

So we am just back from a Month working with YWAM in Kona. A great time was had by Christine and I, but now to get back into work.

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Joomla 2.5

Long time no post, been busy on my other site:

To day I am installing a Joomla 2.5 site on cPanel with Fantastico.
So once installed by Fantastico you have something lime this:

And click Finish installation.

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You traffic is never safe when someone has access to your network.

tcpdump lets a network admin examine traffic as it is happening, normally used to diagnose problems.

tcpdump -i eth0 -l -t -A -q -s 0 "port smtp" and host ''

Lets me examine email traffic on the fly to see what is going on.

tcpdump -i eth0 -l -t -A -q -s 0 "port smtp" and host ''|grep "From:"

Lets me examine email traffic on the fly to see what is going on and see where emails are coming from, sender name. Useful if I am trying to track spam out breaks.

tcpdump -pnvi eth0 host and port 80

This is my stock standard default command to look at traffic from/to one IP address for just one port.

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Putting a Template in to Opencart

Having been paying around with Opencart lately, I now need to put a new template in to a site.


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Using OpenCart

Very easy to install using this Youtube Video.

Once I had done that I was a matter of exploring and setting up,

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Got email issues

Just found this new site to search through over 250 lists on the Internet.

Not listed: 3 Blacklisted: 0 Brownlisted: 0 Yellowlisted: 0 Whitelisted: 0 Neutrallisted: 14

Put your email servers IP address in to this site:

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How to have a discussion.

I came across this poster some time ago and though it a useful thing to put in to place in my life.

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Electronic bookcase

Too many ideas not enough time. So here is another idea.
We were recently in the US with my daughter and her new in-laws. We had a great time with them and one of the things I always enjoy doing is looking in bookcases. Gregg and Kathy had lots of books. Unfortunately I have been noticing, with the advent of ereaders, that our bookcase are getting out of date and dusty. Also it is rather impolite to ask to have a look inside someone’s ereader.
So here is the idea:

  • Having a WiFi enabled picture frame.
  • You get to put your public ebooks into this.
  • Friends come over, the picture frame is known to be public, they get to browse this picture frame bookcase.
  • Being WiFi they get to down load any interesting books
  • and also up load any of their interesting public books.
  • They can rate the books in the bookcase.
  • If you have a review for a book you can upload this as well.

Who wants to help me with building a prototype?

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