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Peter Anderson

Christian - Husband & Father - Web Developer

My Minimal Phone

Hands holding a smartphone

Smartphones are a great resource. They give us access to the internet wherever we are, allow us to check in with social media, emails and friends online, and provide entertainment through games and interesting (though sometimes pointless) apps. But smartphones have a dark side too. They give us access to the internet wherever we are, allow us to check in with social media, emails and friends online, and provide entertainment through games and interesting (though sometimes pointless) apps.

No, that's not a copy-paste error. The same benefits of smartphones can also be viewed as problems...

Anti-Spam Test: Introduction

No junk mail

I have been thinking recently about porting Drupal's 'Antibot' module to Backdrop CMS. On the five Backdrop sites I've built to date I use the 'reCAPTCHA' module, however I'd like to get away from needing a separate (Google) account to avoid spam, and requiring users to take an extra step to submit a form (tick a checkbox to prove they're not a robot). Antibot looks good in this case, as it doesn't require any third-party accounts and is completely hidden from the user. But before I start porting Antibot to Backdrop, I'd like to know how effective it is in relation to other anti-spam...

Moving to Estonia!

'Tallinn City', by Gen Vagula
'Tallinn City', by Gen Vagula. Used with permission.

A few months ago, Mirjam and I felt God tell us to move to Estonia. We don't fully know His reasons (yet), but here are some of the benefits for us moving overseas:

  • We'll be with Mirjam's family for the birth of our first child. It's much easier for a woman to be surrounded by her own family when she's giving birth for the first time.
  • We'll be living with Mirjam's parents to start with, and when the baby's born. They have a two-storey house, the whole second floor of which will be essentially ours.
  • My business can be run from anywhere....

Building Panda.id.au with Backdrop CMS

Panda.id.au screenshot

Yesterday I launched the latest version of Panda.id.au, my personal blog, which I re-built from the ground up using the Backdrop CMS. This is my second Backdrop website to date; the first being my business site: PackWeb.com.au. A lot of work went into this seemingly simple, minimal blog website, so I thought I'd write about how I built it and how I contributed to Backdrop along the way.

Conception

The idea for a new version of Panda.id.au came from a growing dislike of the (then) current site. It had a lot of features that either no longer worked, or were no longer being used (such as...

What's God Like?

Question

I recently had a revelation about what God is like. I can't remember whether I read it somewhere or if it just came to me as I was reading the Bible, but either way I'd like to share it with you. First though, let's refresh our knowledge of algebra!

x = 5
Pretty easy, right? x equals 5. 5 is the same as x.

How about this:
y = x
In this case, y equals x. x is the same as y. If we have no other information, then we only know that they're the same as each other. But if we know what else one of them equals, we'll automatically know what the other one equals too. Assuming the statement above,...

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