Monday, December 31, 2012

The End

Closing out the end of the 2012 year! 

Making plans to start blogging more for the year of 2013!


See you guys tomorrow!




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

iPhone 5 Review

I am still waiting for my iPhone 5 to arrive! I can't wait...I will give my thoughts on the new iPhone once I get my hands on it! Yay! Talk to you soon...I might even do an unboxing video.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

RSYNC + Email Notify

Here is a friendly little walkthrough on how to back up data, log it and send an email notification.

Our goal is to accomplish the following:
1. Backing up your data to a Windows share.
(I do not show how to set up a share or mount that share. And I use rsync which will not be
covered here. Feel free to Google and then ask if you get stuck)

2. Updating a log of the time the backup occured.

3. Send an email to notify of successful backup.
(I used to use Perl but now use mutt...there are plenty of google pages for gmail configuration of mutt, so don't ask me)


========================================================================
First create the message of your body:
nano message

Type in what you want to get in your email, save and exit:
Data Backup Success!
========================================================================

Next create a bash script like so:
nano backups.sh

type the following, save and exit:
rsync -ra /your/files/to/be/backed/up /mnt/yourbackuplocation/
mutt -s "`date`" -- youremail@gmail.com < /location/of/message/
date >> /mnt/yourbackuplocation/backup_log

then make backups.sh executable:
chmod +x backups.sh

fyi backups.sh does the following:
-Syncs your files to a backup location you specify using the -r and -a tags which
-a, --archive               archive mode; equals -rlptgoD (no -H,-A,-X)
-r, --recursive             recurse into directories
more on rsync
-mutt emails you an email with the date and time to your email (mutt needs to be configured)
mutt and gmail
-appends the current date and time of script completion to file in your backup location 

========================================================================

Setup cron to run your back up script at a designated time:
crontab -e


Then set it up like so: (example sets backup for 5 am every day)
0 5 * * *  /bin/bash /location/of/backups.sh

 ========================================================================


The end result is that you have your data backed up daily, it keeps a log of it, and sends you an email daily letting you know it took place.


Thanks and have fun!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Speed Up Mutt Inbox

I use mutt as my mail client of choice in terminal.

You can pretty much find very easily information about how to set mutt up to work with Gmail and many other options. But I noticed that my Inbox was taking a very long time to actually receive emails and also I had no way of knowing when an email came in...I finally ran across an answer and wanted to make a note on my blog to always reference back to and also to share with anyone who is running across this issue in mutt and would like a solution.
Go into your .muttrc file and add the following lines for an improvement to your mutt experience.

set timeout=10           # mutt 'presses' (like) a key for you (while you're idle)
                                 # each x sec to trigger the thing below
set mail_check=5       # mutt checks for new mails on every keystroke
                                 # but not more often then once in 5 seconds
set beep_new             # beep on new messages in the mailboxes

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The new iPhone 5 leaked

Finally! This is the new iPhone 5 ... or it could be just a fake.

Either way I am getting one when it comes out...I just hope that it does look this thin and slick! Awesome!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SPRINGPAD

I used to want to have something like this in browser...I thought I would get it with Evernote...Evernote is a very nice tool no doubt, but when I met springpad everything I wanted was simplified. It was as though they had exactly the same thought process as me on this.
The fact that it is an easy way to store and save ideas, clips, anything in a simple to see format and you can pull them all up right there in browser without leaving the page you are on is amazing...

I find myself often seeing something I want to listen to, read or view later on and this just makes it very easy for me. For writers, may I make this suggestion, I use this as a scratch pad as I am surfing the internet and if I run across a concept I may want to incorporate into a story I am working on, or if something I see triggers a thought from my past, etc. I make a note of it right then and there and then I have a whole group of saved ideas that there is no way I would have saved any other way.

It's just too fast and simple not to do it...and it's free :)

Add To Chrome Right Now!

Google Drive On iOS


Wouldn't you know it, Google is sharing the cloud with us...I for one will be taking advantage of this space for one great reason! Writing...As soon as the Google Drive App comes to iOS then I will be able to write on my iPad and my iPhone any time I want to anywhere.  Just to think that I will never have to worry about having my documents with me anymore. This concept is not entirely new with former experiences with applications/clouds such as DropBox and SkyDrive. But I am excited that this is integrated with Google's wonderful ability to integrate everything they do into the Chrome Browser...it is simply wonderful.

I will be posting as soon as the App is released! Be looking for it! I can't wait!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Do Diet Sodas Cause Weight Gain?

Good stuff...I try to only drink one diet soda a day and then drink water all the other times...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Runometer Just Blew Up!


I never have been much for running...at least not since elementary school....it's been a while. Well, I decided I would start working out and 'running' to get in better shape before I go to Uganda at the end of May.  I started walking.  But it wasn't long until my walking turned into a light jog and then I would stop and walk.
Now I still stop and walk every once in a while but I definitely have been getting the time in and not to mention the miles in. Here are my stats so far:
Not the best in the world...and I am no marathon runner nor am I preparing for one...But I am glad to see that I am sticking with a goal to help get me in better shape...Now sometimes I will run twice a day...If I am sitting in my house for too long my legs start telling me they want to run...This is a sensation I don't recall ever feeling...And when I run now in the mornings....I don't have to stop because it is cooler and I have no problems.  

In just a short time of being consistent and getting up and out and actually doing it, I have seen great improvements in the way I feel when I wake up in the morning...my energy has increased and of course my waist size is going down! I use the Nike+ GPS app because it monitors my runs and I can see what I have done and how I have improved...I have no regrets about what I have done so far and plan on keeping up the  hard work so I can keep with my 3 kids :)

Click to see an example of the GPS results:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Double Slit Experiment

This is an amazing video! Ignore the lame cartoon graphics and grab hold of what this video is saying! It's crazy!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Seductive Sugar

If for no other reason than an encouraging word to myself down the road, I would like to write up an article on healthy living.  Eating right and exercising! That's right! Why is it so hard to do you ask yourself...I ask myself the same thing often.  I know exactly why it is hard for me. I am addicted to food. Mainly sugar.

I was held in captivity to sugar. The more I ate the more I was hungry for more. And sadly enough, I felt worse the more I ate. What is it about sugar that feeds our flesh so much that we could knowingly kill our bodies in the process?

I don't smoke because I know the repercussions that would have on my lungs and my health. I don't drink because 1) Scripture says not to, 2) it has obvious negative consequences to my mind and my health (liver).
Then, why oh why would I ingest on average 55 lbs. of sugar a year?  Wow what a set up....it tastes so good.


It reminds me of how Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Obviously we know that fruit has sugar in it...how ironic that the same thing he tempted Eve with is what he is killing us with on a daily basis. Our bodies can't handle it and we all know it.

I try to remind myself of these things as I opt for a healthier meal with benefits for my body.  I work out to build a stronger body that can be used to glorify the Lord and encourage others. I drink plenty of water to purify my system that God has created in me so that I will live to be able to minister at an older age and be able to play with my Great Grand kids unless Jesus comes back first :)

For me, tomorrow is too late to start on this path. Now is the time. Now is the time for a change.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pebble

I really hope they get all they need to make this...I want one if they do.
Great device!
 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Star Wars Dance LOL

If you love Star Wars...then please allow me to shatter everything you once held dear...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Project Glass

This is a Project that Google is working on making...They want your feedback and ideas so give it to them.

Also what kind of good or bad things would this mean for people driving?  If they already are looking at their phones maybe this would be an improvement.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Resolutionary

The word I would use to describe my 'new iPad' is vivid

Gmail Tap

Would you be interested in using Morse code for your typing on a device?  Think about the possibilities...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

TweetDeck

TweetDeck Chrome has really been catching my eye here recently...I love the color scheme, the sound effects and just how smooth everything looks and feels...

Official install for Chrome: Chrome TweetDeck

Monday, March 19, 2012

StatCounter

Since they have been a valuable asset to me for statistics for my own website, I thought I would be kind and share with you this excellent resource you can in-turn use for your benefit.

StatCounter.com

Here is a screenshot of a few of the many features that they provide for FREE!

 I love FREE!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Amazing Space Video

Listen how eerie the sounds are all throughout the video...If you always wanted to hang on to the side of a Space Shuttle...This is as real as it gets. Plus you get the pleasure of falling all the way back to earth...It get's even creepier then.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wide Is The Road

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matthew 7:13-14


Usually, a wide open road seems to be greatly desired for those who enjoy getting away from everything and duct taping the throttle back. It is the most comfortable way to ride indeed.  It is easy to enjoy your self, enjoy the things that the world has to offer and definitely no problem to follow others that are heading down this broad road. But Jesus calls us to a different path in our walk with Him.


Now imagine that you are driving your bike down a very narrow road that is barely big enough for your bike to ride on. As you putt down this narrow path there are many obstacles along the way. Dogs jump at your tires. Deer run out and run along side of you making your heart race.  Every once in a while a deer will run behind you and you can hear their hoof click on the pavement. A long ways off you can see a small gateway that is only big enough for your bike to fit through. As you enter the narrow gate you get to experience what, according to Jesus, few get to find. Life. Life more abundantly. Jesus said that He came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly.


While it may not be the most 'popular' road to take, know that the road that Christ has called you to is the only way. In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."


Some people may mock you, make fun of you, hurt you, despise you, or try to bring you down but in the end you stay focused on the mission ahead of you. Keep on that narrow road. Don't look back or around you. Keep your eyes on the cross. Stay on the narrow path that leads to life. Be one of the few that find it and share it with others around you that are going down the broad road towards destruction.
Live for Him because He died for you.


Faith Riders Road Captain,
Jamie Newton


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Love Circles, So Say We All

Have you ever wondered why you don't see any of your friends on G+? Wait, whats G+? Oh yeah, I mean Google Plus.

Google Plus has definitely become a higher traffic site for those who esteem themselves as tech/sci-fi enthusiasts. From developers, programmers, coders, techies, support, program compilers, you name it: ________________.

I hear people saying that G+ isn't catching on...for a lot of people that use G+, that is a good thing :)

There is nothing wrong with a social network for family pictures, celebrations, conversations with your Mother, Grandmother, their Grandmother or those people you befriended and didn't quite remember how you knew them. But for the moments when I am wanting to enjoy sharing computer thoughts, code, projects, tech talk...I break away like a ninja and run to my Circles at G+.

If you are interested in G+, and want to see it become more like Facebook one day, then I am sure you are right along with sharing Google's sentiments on that issue. I am sure that is what they would like to see as well.

But for the moment, it seems that a lot of people that don't want Farmville requests constantly prodding their brains, Embarrassing pictures posted on their walls, or endless pictures of brooms standing by themselves are making their way over to Google Plus in search for a newer kind of social media experience.  The techie in me finds solace in a social network that revolves in circles.  Are you in my Circles? Goto http://plus.google.com and find out :)





Monday, March 5, 2012

Witchcraft in Uganda

As I have been praying and searching for information about my mission trip to Uganda, Africa, I ran across these videos that give detail to horrific darkness.

Pray that a revival will spark across this country starting with thousands who will come to hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As these people surrender their lives to Jesus they will find a light that can overcome the darkness and bring them hope.  I pray that as these families live in fear of this witchcraft that they will seek the Lord with all their hearts, minds and souls.

We will be building a church and a school in hopes of continuing to impact this area of the world for years to come. Please pray for God to do a mighty work in the months to come!

If you want to support this trip you can contact me here.



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SolusOS

About a year ago a friend of mine, Ikey Doherty, shared hopes of creating a distribution of Linux that would offer a very modern feeling desktop to the user while keeping the size of the operating system footprint in mind. While keeping slim SolusOS still offers out of the box flash, dvd, music, and applications that are comfortable for all.

I have always been a strong advocate of using Debian Linux.  After installing this operating system, which was created straight from Debian, I fell in love with it immediately. One of the best things that Ikey and his team have done is dealt with dependency issues. Since these are resolved for me, along with other subtleties, I was able to install and start enjoying my experience with SolusOS right away. As a matter of fact, everything worked out of the box. 

Given the experience and track record of excellence, hard work and determination that I have witnessed over the years from Ikey Doherty, it was a no-brainer for me that this would be an operating system that was dependable and would excel in performance above others in this field of competition. Here are some images of my adventure with this much anticipated distribution release. Again, thank you to all who where involved in the creation of this distro. It shows...not only does it show, but it shines.....Shine on!

Jamie Newton








Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Website

Due to a change on webservers, I decided to point jamienewton.us to my past Blogger account.

As a result, I have gained a very sophisticated look and feel that integrates nicely with my iPhone as well. The mobile platform that is offered for my website is exquisite and very top of the line.  I may be changing my header soon as I would probably not be addressed as Naildownx but rather Brother Newton
:)



I wanted everyone to know so they could check back with me over the following week as I post new pages with information about me and the ministry the Lord has allowed me to be a part of.

See you soon,
Jamie