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Cool, My New Attic Vent Didn’t Leak

June 30th, 2009 Comments off
Today we got some much needed rain here in the Austin area. In the last few weeks the weather has been in the high 90′s if not the low 100′s. I was not only thankful that the rain cooled the … Continue reading

Growing in God by Getting Involved

June 29th, 2009 Comments off

growingOver 2 years ago I wrote a post on this blog on how I was stepping out and getting involved in church again. The ministry that I had volunteered for was the media ministry. I went to a meeting and even sat up in the media booth during a service to see how to operate their system for the projector.

I thought I was ready but it just wasn’t time.

The service that I sat in was the first and only service that I did anything in regard to the media ministry. I am not exactly sure why things did not work out, but I think there were still some areas in my life that God still needed to work on. It was kind of weird not being involved but I think you need to learn how to receive as a Christian and walk the walk before you can minster. So that is what I did. During that time my wife and I attended a couple of small groups so we still had fellowship and got to know people in the church. We are still involved with the small groups today.

Over the last six months due to some personal circumstances I saw the need to spend more time with God personally and began to do so. During that time I read the book Caught Between A Dream and A Job and am currently reading The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? In both of these books they talk about how God has a plan for your life and how you were created for a purpose. I believe both of these things and set out to see what it is that God has to do for me here on earth.

There are a couple of ways that I am seeking God in order to find out my purpose.

The first is that I am trying to spend time with Him daily and work on the areas that He shows me to work on. The bible says that if I draw close to Him that He will draw close to me. I figure the closer that I am to Him the more likely I am going to get a glimpse of what He has created me for.

The second thing that I am doing is opening myself to be used by Him at church. Before it was difficult with the kids and having to sit through services by myself and/or have my wife be by herself. This time around the church is a little more flexible in that you can tell them when you are available to work. My wife and I chose the same schedule for availability for Wednesdays every other week. We may be working in different ministries but we will still be able to be in service together in the weeks that we are not working. That works much better for us.

I also requested information on another ministry that is outside of regular services times. I will have to see what the commitment for that one is before I can say whether I can be involved in it.

I think things are different this time around because I do not feel compelled to get involved out of habit. I am getting involved because I desire to. I want to do my part no matter how small to make my church a better place so that hopefully others can get closer to God. We will see how it goes.

AT&T Comes Out with Their U-Verse iPhone App

June 25th, 2009 Comments off
I have loved AT&T U-verse from day one. I I have loved my 3 iPhones. Today the two have come together in a match made in heaven via the U-Verse TV iPhone app. The U-verse TV iPhone app allows you to control your U-Verse DVR from your iPhone from anywhere. You can see your scheduled [...] No related posts.
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Why I Really Like WordPress 2.8

June 22nd, 2009 Comments off
I have been slowly updating the sites that run WordPress over the last week or so and have started to really love WordPress 2.8. The reason for this sudden burst of affection are a couple of new features that version 2.8 introduced. The first feature that I really like is the ability to upload themes and [...] No related posts.

iPhone 3GS – I Got MY New Baby

June 20th, 2009 Comments off
I was going to wait until my birthday in July but the wife gave the go ahead to get my new Iphone 3GS this morning – so I did. I was fortunate to get to the AT&T store near me when I did because the place had a constant stream of people and there were [...] Related posts:
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iPhone Firmware 3.0 Installed and I’m Liking It

June 17th, 2009 Comments off
It took a few hours but I finally got through to the authentication servers to update my iPhone to the 3.0 firmware. The process took about 15 minutes total and went without a hitch. The first thing that I noticed when starting up was the new Voice Memos icon on my home screen. I have been [...] Related posts:
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dsmasters: @Gizmodo – Apple’s Activation Server is down so folks cannot update to 3.0. http://bit.ly/16csOH

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: @Gizmodo – Apple’s Activation Server is down so folks cannot update to 3.0. http://bit.ly/16csOH

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Fail: iPhone 3.0 Activation Servers Down :-(

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

I was super excited to see that the iPhone 3.0 software was out so I ran home to update my phone. The download happened nice and fast which was cool but when I actually tried to install the update this is what I got:

iphone-activation-server

Bum deal.

I guess this is the message that a lot of people were seeing with the 2.0 update except for the fact that when it happened back then that it bricked the phone. I guess I am fortunate enough that 2.0 did not brick mine.

I want my iPhone 3.0!

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dsmasters: New blog post: Fail: iPhone 3.0 Activation Servers Down :-( http://bit.ly/16csOH

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: New blog post: Fail: iPhone 3.0 Activation Servers Down 🙁 http://bit.ly/16csOH

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dsmasters: Woot! iPhone 3GS available for 3G owners. Looks like I get a 3GS for my B-day if not fathers day – http://bit.ly/LKAxr

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: Woot! iPhone 3GS available for 3G owners. Looks like I get a 3GS for my B-day if not fathers day – http://bit.ly/LKAxr

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FeedWordPress – One Step Closer to Fixing My Problem

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

So I posted the issue that I am having about the automatic update not pulling in the meta data for each post over on the official FeedWordPress site. I haven’t received a reply yet but in all fairness it is a free plugin so I would not necessarily expect to get an answer.

With that I setup another site really quick with a fresh install of WordPress 2.8 and the 2009.0613 version of FeedWordPress. I then setup my Twitter RSS feed to populate it and low and behold the automatic update pulled in all of the necessary meta data and linked back to the original source. This means that there must be something screwy with my install of the plugin but I am not quite sure what it is.

My options at this point are:

  1. Uninstall the plugin and hopefully it will delete itself completely from my WordPress db and then reinstall it.
  2. Kill the whole WordPress DB , delete the plugin, reinstall WordPress and the Plugin, re-import all my posts, and reconfigure FeedWordPress.

I am really hoping that option 1 will work. I guess I will find out in the next day or so. I will update when I find out what it took to fix it.

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dsmasters: New blog post: FeedWordPress – One Step Closer to Fixing My Problem http://bit.ly/ELcZS

June 17th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: New blog post: FeedWordPress – One Step Closer to Fixing My Problem http://bit.ly/ELcZS

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dsmasters: One more test post – sorry!

June 16th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: One more test post – sorry!

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dsmasters: Trying to test if my feed aggregator is working. Sorry for the multiple posts.

June 16th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: Trying to test if my feed aggregator is working. Sorry for the multiple posts.

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FeedWordPress Problems – It’s Got to Be Me, Not You

June 16th, 2009 Comments off
I have been using the plugin FeedWordPress for quite a while now to aggregate all of the feeds for all on my sites together into a single feed. From there I take that feed and then repost it back on each site. This way I get some cool cross-pollination between all on my sites. You can [...] Related posts:
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dsmasters: Funny, within 10 minutes of my tweet about Wishlist Member I got a reply to my support ticket. Timing or coincidence?

June 16th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: Funny, within 10 minutes of my tweet about Wishlist Member I got a reply to my support ticket. Timing or coincidence?

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dsmasters: AT&T signals an abrupt end for prepaid iPhone plans: http://bit.ly/Swzwd Yet another reason why AT&T is evil. (via @rural_juror)

June 15th, 2009 Comments off

dsmasters: AT&T signals an abrupt end for prepaid iPhone plans: http://bit.ly/Swzwd Yet another reason why AT&T is evil. (via @rural_juror)

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I Got the Facebook URL That I Wanted – Dan.Masters

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

facebook-small-logoI wasn’t planning on it but I happened to grab my computer a couple of minutes before Facebook opened up folks to get their vanity URL’s. I was able to get dan.masters and so my Facebook URL is now -

facebook.com/dan.masters

Honestly I am not sure how much good that is going to be for me but I got it none the less.

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WordPress 2.8 Release – Looking Good

June 11th, 2009 Comments off
Last night WordPress 2.8 was released and I updated the idano.net website to check it out. The installation went without a hitch through the automatic upgrade process and from what I can tell nothing broke on my site. WordPress.org notes that the new items that were apart of this release were: New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and [...] No related posts.
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