October 9, 2016. Jesus Shakes Up our Communities of Suffering

The sermon was delivered for the people of Central Congregational Church in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Texts: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7,  Luke 17:11-19 Grace to you, and peace, from God our creator and Jesus our redeemer. Amen. What’s in a number? Here in this former British colony when you hear “13” what does it mean? How about 50? Right, states.  1911? The year… Read more →

September 18, 2016. What do you get away with in God’s realm?

Texts: JEREMIAH 8:18-9:1, LUKE 16:1-13 Grace to you, and peace, from the one who is, and who was, and who is to come. Amen? Amen. Today we overhear some conversations in the scriptures. They’re conversations about real trouble. The prophet Jeremiah was working in Jerusalem at the time when the Babylonians were preparing to enslave his people and deport them all to… Read more →

Set up gmail to use a new email account

You can set up your gmail account to send and receive mail using other email accounts. This is convenient, because you don’t have to remember to log in to your other accounts to get that email.  You can, of course, still receive and send email with your original gmail account. This video tutorial explains how to set up gmail to… Read more →

Insults

I thought William Shakespeare was the master of insults. “In civility thou seem’st so empty,” for example, from As you like it. But now Randall Munroe, the author of XKCD, is catching up with his insults about code quality. Read more →

DataTables.net — a nice way to display lots of data in a web page.

Lately I’ve been doing some work with Allan Jardine’s DataTables jQuery plugin. You know the SNL line saying, “if it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!” This software does nothing to disprove that saying. It’s excellent. Datatables does a great, and simple, job of transforming plain old html data tables into sortable and searchable marvels. It also supports Ajax callbacks, allowing it to handle very… Read more →

Using modern hash algorithms in dotnet XML signatures (for SAML)

Update: On August 2, 2016, Microsoft released version 4.6.2 of the .NET framework. It handles the new algorithms natively. Microsoft’s .NET framework comes with built in support for the rsa-sha1 digital signature hashing algorithm. As of early 2016 that algorithm is deprecated, however. It has become too easy to crack.  SAML Identity Providers like PingIdentity.com and OneLogin.com are starting to offer cryptographic signatures using… Read more →