Charles Brown

just a simple blog

PS:53 – Becoming a fan of Pi

For my birthday, I got a Raspberry Pi 2. It’s a $35 computer which runs Linux and can do some pretty awesome things. Youtube search, and you’ll find a slew of videos where folks have made it into all sorts of servers! Home Automation, Classic Arcade Game Station, Entertainment System, the list goes on and on.

I personally, however, am using it for the following things:

  • Internet Checkup – Does a speed test on the hour and saves the results to an excel file.
  • LAMP – Allows me to setup websites on my local network to build/design.
  • Ad-Blocker – Ad-Free Internet Browsing!

For $35, you can pack a lot into this little bugger.

As a Linux Guy it does allow me to do a lot of linuxy work stuff on a simple platform and long-term I want to try some projects which I can control things like a touch screen, etc.

They recently for the same price released the Raspberry Pi 3 which now includes WiFi and Bluetooth, mine came with a Wifi dongle in the pack, but with wifi built in, it should make things a lot easier for folks to deploy (and less bulk).

Here’s a screenshot of the ad-blocking interface, and results of my internet checkup. Quite handy indeed!

PS:33 – Photography!

So yesterday to take a breath from the building stress of work, I drove out to one of my favorite spots to relax and met a nice lady who took a picture of Lilly and Me!

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But look at those wildflowers! I want to go out there again soon, so calm and peaceful (and a workout!) got to chat with Anne who asked for some more fun places nearby to shoot, gave her some tips 🙂 And her friend took my email address to pick my brain later! Nice folks, always enjoy chats with photographers!

It was beautiful for sure, maybe a new drone video soon if I take Skippy out there this weekend!

I do have a GI appointment tomorrow, may include the follow-up scope from my hospital visit last year, but we shall see. A little nervous, really don’t want to be put under again, left me off for a few weeks.

But I will leave with a last photo, so it’s on something happy – have a good weekend!

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Webhosting is a Blessing!

13 years and counting. Hard to believe that its only been 13 years! Feel like the spirit of what FlockHosting does has been around a lot longer! I started helping Christian bands ages ago my old friend Pete Prevost before he was in Sanctus Real was in a band called “Johnny Come Lately”, I remember all those years ago building a page for the payment of … Taco Bell.

Well in some ways not much has changed, FlockHosting is an act of love, hosting over 100+ churches (looking forward to doing more!), I have customers all over the world and others here at home!

I’ve been insanely blessed, sure I’d love to see it produce a bit more income, but when you hear things like this:

Thanks so much for providing this service, we’re seeing new people come to our church just because they could find us on the internet when they move to the area and see what we do. I hope God is blessing you in all the work you do. – Andy C.

Wow. Plain wow. This is what I’ve always wanted to see folks do with FlockHosting, sure I have Thrust Networks which is the real core company, it’s the LLC everything is under, and operates, but honestly I love doing this ministry to churches.

I want to grow FlockHosting even more, I’d love to see it really just spring into action but the world of Shared Hosting slows down, as more and more companies offer the design, hosting, etc. all in one price, and I don’t have 3,000 employees – but who knows maybe I can find a way like I mention in the recent FlockUpdate doing some design at affordable rates (not the $10,000+ you see some places) but keeping it affordable and looking good! So some challenges ahead!

God is Good, and just give Him the entire business to do with as He sees fit!

Just being Silly…. That’s my Lilly <3

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Lilly coming up on a year old has left me with a number of journeys with this kid – wouldn’t trade a minute of screaming nights or fussy moods, she’s my beautiful girl who more days than frowns choose to shine those beautiful big eyes and smile that ever-increasing toothy grin 🙂

We hit the big 1-year-old this month! Sharing a birthday with 2 other family members, but they all don’t mind to share 🙂 This kid is growing like a weed and eating like a kid twice her size! Love her to pieces my lil Lilly Grace!