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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Code for the Kingdom 2016

I have taken a back seat from constant meet ups and hack weekends the past few years - I started The London Web a group which has 4800 members and counting… Kids are now the priority without grandparents around for us in London - getting out to London when you’re based close to the school run can prove quite difficult to co-ordinate.

I am fortunate enough to have combined my Christian faith with my passion for code and web application development - for the past 3 years I’ve been building and maintaining Lepton - a church giving app.  I’ve been doing web development for 20 years, but only just 3 years ago got the chance to do this for the thing that I’m most passionate about - my faith and love of Christ and his church.

Many have this perception that it is the clergy - the church leaders, that have the main role to play - that’s not quite true.

As christian developers and technology professionals, I believe we play the most important background scene in this technology based world. 

The church is about communicating Christ and his message - before I was a teenager, computers were for insular activities - your own games, your own code - then the internet came and every bit of our Communication sphere has changed - now the church is still in many ways in the dark ages - well we have at least moved on from OHP’s (Over Head Projectors) - and we have computers for things now - and you get emails - wow that’s a change - 

For most churches, their IT department is under-utilised, a bit of a mess to be frank - IT contractors are expensive, and IT is a bit ‘ad-hoc’. We have a major role to play over the next few years to ensure the church “Gets with the times”..

Join me and other christians in tech - and we’ll change this - co-ordinate visions, work out our passions, our interests, and apply them to our faith..

The Code For the Kingdom Hack weekend is the second EVER in London - the first year, 

 = Voice Recognition Slide Transitions
 = iBeacons for the homeless - give to them without risk of them using your money for alcohol and drugs.
 = Refuge Homes - a registry of the places UK refuges can be accommodated by our communities
 = Prayer app collaborations
 = just a few to spark your interest.

This year I’m planning on hitting the ground full force with coding tools I am totally familiar with - last year I tackled Django for just the second time and it was a bit much - this year the code will be cranked out with passion through the night - and I’ll still probably get more sleep than when my kids are around!


Search “Code for the Kingdom” and get your tickets - it’s a global event with 16 cities taking part on one weekend ! It’s on the 21st to the 23rd of October 2016 - it’s going to be awesome!


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hack Weekend Plans

As a group of Christians in tech, about 10 of us have been meeting for a number of months to plan a Hack Weekend in combination with 13 other cities around the world. It's called Code For The Kingdom, and the London base will be on the 2nd of October 2015 starting Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon.

I thought I'd share some of the vision behind it:


  • We are quite silo'd as a community of Christian techies, and even in a larger church such as HTB there are surprisingly few of us. This is about meeting others with the same visions and faith as ourselves.
  • Getting time to do "what we want to" relating to Christian initiatives isn't easy - I have kids, who consume most of my time, and generally time that I do have is keeping up with the latest trends and technologies without actually building anything. Here's a chance to change that.
  • We can conquer so much more by combining forces with other professionals
  • Part of the problem of motivation is having people screaming "We need this" - which is what we hope to have, by having some sponsors and challenges set out by those non-techies who seriously need tech to survive
  • We occasionally need others to come alongside us in our daily work requirements. What better way to work out if you can stand someone, than to code through the night with them?


We have so much to offer as Christians in tech. In 2 Solomon 2 vs 7 it says:

"Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers, whom my father David provided."

Although it didn't mention "programming" or "IT" in the building of the temple, I have no doubt that Jesus calls us all to be professionals and use our skills and gifts for His glory. What better way to start this than joining us on 2 October. Sign up here!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Upgrade Crucial m4 SSD firmware on Mac without CD drive

I recently found my system crashing after about an hour, this would happen without doing anything in particular.

I did some investigation, cleaned up drives, etc, then found out it was my  512GB SSD that I bought over two years ago - it needed a firmware upgrade.

So I followed the information in the above link, only to find it didn't work for the mac.

After a lot of hunting I found this article which pointed to this older article that wasn't needing translation.

I followed the tutorial, and took the advice to section off a bit of my extra hard drive (the non SSD 750GB drive in the DVD Rom enclosure), and tried to boot off it - it wouldn't boot.

So now that I had the correct disk image copied from my flash rom drive on a 5GB partition on my 750GB drive, I found I needed to download the newer rEFIND Boot Manager , specifically the USB flash drive image file, and followed the instructions to install it on the 16GB Flash ROM drive.

I plugged the 16GB Flash ROM drive in, restarted while holding down the option key, and it asked me to select my usual options but also a orange drive that was the rEFIND Boot Manager that was on the Flash ROM Drive. Once selected it asked me if I wanted to use the SYSLINUX partition that I had made by following the article above. From there I followed the instructions to install the firmware upgrade.

I hope this helps someone!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Upgrading OpenSSL on Ubuntu 12.04

I needed to upgrade my Ubuntu box to patch the Heart Bleed bug in OpenSSL. Here's what I did:

```
apt-get remove openssl
cd /tmp
sudo wget https://www.openssl.org/source/openssl-1.0.1g.tar.gz
tar -zxvf openssl-1.0.1g.tar.gz
cd /tmp/openssl-1.0.1g
make install
sudo mandb
vi /etc/environment
PATH="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/ssl/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games"
logout
log back in again
```

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Working Remotely

After 6 years in the UK, my next five months will be working remotely for a UK client from New Zealand. So far things have gone well, with communication and catch ups happening at 10.15pm in the evening my time (9.15am UK time). I'm working on Lepton, which has an iPhone app and a mobile web interface at http://lepton.co

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Available Days in 2013

So the latest news is that I have some availability again for contract work. View here if you're connected to me on Google+

I've created a calendar for my availability for "Symfony 2 PHP Development", best practice training, and web development support for 2013. If you know me, you already know that I've been doing web development for 16 years, so can take on all manner of projects, but I'd prefer them to be built with Symfony 2 and jQuery.

The calendar will be booked up on a first come, first accepted basis. Generally I'll require a £100 deposit, but this can be negotiated based on connections.

I'll be in contact about all bookings, so be sure to leave your contact details when you book in! I can be on-site in London for the full 8 hour day. Please contact me @nathanlon on all social platforms for further details.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Installing PHP 5.4.4 with Ubuntu 12.04

edited /etc/apt/sources.list


deb http://packages.dotdeb.org squeeze all
deb-src http://packages.dotdeb.org squeeze all
deb http://packages.dotdeb.org squeeze-php54 all
deb-src http://packages.dotdeb.org squeeze-php54 all
deb http://apt.damz.org/debian squeeze php54


edited /etc/apt/preferences


Package: *
Pin: release a=testing
Pin-Priority: -10



apt-get update

apt-get install php5