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Peter Anderson

Christian - Husband & Father - Web Developer

Facebook Freedom

Facebook app

I'm quitting Facebook.
It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while now, and I'm finally taking the plunge (although it feels less like a dive into the unknown and more like the freedom of being unshackled).

I avoided Facebook for a long time, proudly wearing the (imaginary) I-don't-use-Facebook badge. But then I wanted to promote my business more and decided to setup a Facebook page for it. A Facebook business page requires a personal Facebook account to manage it. I hid my personal account for the first few months, using it solely to manage my business page, but eventually...

Letter Counting Function (and My First Python Script!)

Lots of numbers!

So I was watching Matt Parker's "Four has Four Letters" video, and I was interested to know how the Estonian language compared to English with regard to the letter counting function.

To summarise the video, in English each number has a word (or words) and each of those words have a certain number of letters. In all cases except the number 4, the word has a different number of letters than the number it represents. You can count these letters, then make a chain of numbers, all of which, in English, eventually lead you back to 4.

Example time! The word for the number 8, 'eight', has 5...

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....

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