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hMailServer MySQL Database Files Locked After Power Outages

I had an issue where my “hMailServer” email servers (both incoming and outgoing) locked a MySQL database table file resulting from the continuous power outages. I looked up on the www.hmailserver.com forums for an answer and came up with this for anyone who uses hMailServer. This applies to those who installed hMailServer with the built-in MySQL database.

1) Open up the “my.ini” file within your hMailServerMySQL directory on your server. The default location is “C:Program FileshMailServerMySQL”.

2) Add the following line at the bottom of the list of entries:

The entries within the file should look like this:

basedir=C:Program FileshMailServerMySQL
datadir=C:Program FileshMailServerMySQLdata

3) Go into your Administrative Tools within the Control Panel, open up Services, first stop the “hMailServer” service and then the “hMailServerMySQL” service. Then start up “hMailServerMySQL” first, and then start “hMailServer”. This should fix the problem by automatically repairing the corrupt database file(s).


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My Name is John Daker

Monergism Launches New Site Next Week!

Off Monergism.com front page:

“Monergism.com is launching its long anticipated major upgrade next week (the week starting Feb 18th), corresponding to the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). New Features will include:

* Redesign of the look and feel of the site. Color theme remains the same.

* Highly Scalable

* RSS and Email Subscriptions

* Dynamic database driven directory of theology

* Search on Every page

* The capacity for “Moderators”, of whom we can assign a password and category. In other words, Monergism.com will no longer be limited to the work of one person but will be a collaborative effort. Categories can be assigned to experts or Aficionado on the various topics.

While the focus of the content will remain the same, Lord willing, we will continue to add new features, articles and categories to the site. The goal is continue to be a vertical Christ-centered portal for the historic Christian faith.”

Brian Eno: A Foundational Artists’ Biography


Libertarianism: Looking into it a bit

Question and Answer Quotes taken from http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/libertarianism.html

A4. How do libertarians differ from “liberals”?

Once upon a time (in the 1800s), “liberal” and “libertarian” meant the same thing; “liberals” were individualist, distrustful of state power, pro-free-market, and opposed to the entrenched privilege of the feudal and mercantilist system. After 1870, the “liberals” were gradually seduced (primarily by the Fabian socialists) into believing that the state could and should be used to guarantee “social justice”. They largely forgot about individual freedom, especially economic freedom, and nowadays spend most of their time justifying higher taxes, bigger government, and more regulation. Libertarians call this socialism without the brand label and want no part of it.

A5. How do libertarians differ from “conservatives”?

For starters, by not being conservative. Most libertarians have no interest in returning to an idealized past. More generally, libertarians hold no brief for the right wing’s rather overt militarist, racist, sexist, and authoritarian tendencies and reject conservative attempts to “legislate morality” with censorship, drug laws, and obnoxious Bible-thumping. Though libertarians believe in free-enterprise capitalism, we also refuse to stooge for the military-industrial complex as conservatives are wont to do.


It seems to me they really have a point on the latter paragraph, some of the exact same stuff Hendryx himself has said about Christians’ “legislating morality” (particularly in his debate with a self-proclaimed postmodern secularist). All it does is restrain people’s hearts, it doesn’t change them (Keller). The law doesn’t fix dead hearts, the Gospel and preaching God’s grace alone does and can go where the law can’t. Libertarians also reject all of the big-business tendencies of conservatives where monopolies like Exxon can make their billions and hoard it. I’ve always had a huge problem with that, while at the same time having a problem with the redistribution of wealth proposed by liberals (two extremes in my opinion). This seems to be an answer to that by not mingling business with politics and privatizing most services (which I’ve always been for), though I also know that is easier said than done.

Basically it seems their conclusion is that within the context of where we are socially in this day in age, traditional conservative approaches to things just won’t work anymore (which I don’t really disagree with), but they also reject the communist tendencies of modern liberalism which I definitely like. And though on the site they talk about most libertarians supporting abortion rights (which is obviously a big concern for me) there apparently is also a growing trend of libertarians who can’t stand it and find it detestable (infanticide). I think this is definitely worth looking into … I mean though it has flaws (which what fallen human institution doesn’t), it rejects the legalistic hypocrisy of conservatives (legislating morality) and the legalistic social communism of liberals.



If you have no clue about the political convictions of upcoming candidates for public offices as well as current leaders in our government and their stance on various issues, this site is very helpful in showing where they stand. For each issue, they use quotations of the candidate/leader so they’re not just shooting in the dark and speculating; this can be very helpful for you to determine who you like based on the issues and not whether he or she is simply a charismatic type of leader who grabs your attention.

Unbelievable Economic Instability in Zimbabwe


1600% inflation! In other words a bottle of coke that costs $1 would jump to $16! This would just absolutely cripple any economy affected by it, but happening to an already unstable economy like Zimbabwe simply produces utter economic chaos, and thus political chaos (something here in the states we cannot even really fathom). Praise God He has had mercy on our nation. We certainly do not deserve it for how complacent we are toward His goodness. I pray Christ blesses them through this trial with His Gospel by reigning in the hearts of the Zimbabwean people and spreading like a wild-fire.

Taking for Granted the Scriptures We Have Been Given

I was considering the thought that when I hold the Scriptures in my hand, many men from the history of the church died to keep these books. People have been beaten, tortured, and so many other awful things, in order to keep what we now have as our Scriptures. I think so often, without keeping in view what our brothers and sisters from times past went through to preserve the Scriptures, we can really become complacent and forget that we have such an incredible gift that men have died for so that we could have it … Let alone forgetting the fact that we have the very words of God spoken to us through the writers of Scripture! Praise God for raising up men to write down what God inspired and also that God raised up men to preserve those writings for our benefit.

Emerging Church: Driscoll About Sums it Up

“…the Emerging Church is the latest version of [theological] liberalism. The only difference is that old liberalism accommodated modernity and the new liberalism accommodates postmodernity.” – Mark Driscoll

I can appreciate what the Emerging Church is attempting to do in reaching people with the Gospel in order that people may be saved. I respect their analysis of the modern church growth movement and agree with pretty much all of their criticisms of it. However, something very dangerous has entered the church now. Though it seems so palatable and sensible, it really has deadly poison behind it, even if the main leaders of it don’t intend for it to be this way. to illustrate what this is like, here’s an analogy. If you begin a journey in a straight line, but are off by just one degree when you start, by the time you go the distance it takes to arrive at your intended destination, you are actually very far away from where you wanted to be.

And so it is again with the emerging church, just as it has happened time and time again in the history of the church. What Driscoll is saying in his quote is that the theological liberalism that widely entered the church in the 20th Century was initially an attempt by men to reach the “modern” culture with the Gospel by lopping off miracles and any supernatural quality that makes Christianity what it is. So they threw out the resurrection, substitutionary atonement, and a host of other core, orthodox doctrines. And they failed miserably in their original mission, because in order to meet the culture they adopted the cultures philosophies and ideas, and integrated them into their teaching. It was a disaster. Entire books were devoted to defending historic Christianity, one most notable work by a man named J. Gresham Machen, entitled Christianity and Liberalism. Highly recommended!

And so the Emerging Church is now doing the same thing liberalism did in the 20th Century, but philosophies and ideas of the culture have changed since then. Therefore in order to accommodate the culture, the Emerging Church is becoming a part of the culture by saying we can’t really know anything for sure, that all ideas are on the table, and they are lopping off huge chunks of doctrine essential to the orthodox Christian faith. And just as liberalism was a disaster for the church in the 20th Century, so now the Emerging Church will be a disaster. It is the new liberalism for our post-modern culture. Though there are many genuine believers in this movement at the present time, and I do not want to totally discredit the work that God has done through it, eventually, this will result in a great many people being led away from the Gospel. As John Piper has said, “Adjust your doctrine – or just minimize doctrine – to attract the world, and in the very process of attracting them, lose the radical truth that alone can set them free.” We now live in a post-modern world where truth is relative. And if we adopt this idea and try to fit it into and read it into the Scriptures (eisegesis), our culture who needs the Gospel so desperately will have no Gospel when they come. The Gospel consists in doctrine.

You cannot ultimately reach the culture with the Gospel on a large scale by becoming apart of the culture, adopting the cultures philosophies and ideologies. Instead, we are to go out into culture and lovingly confront them with Gospel, showing them how the Gospel itself can meet the very things they are searching for outside of Christ, knowing that God has the power to work through the foolishness of what is preached.

Os Guinness says this about how the church is beginning to address th culture on so many fronts: “By our uncritical pursuit of relevance we have actually courted irrelevance; by our breathless chase after relevance without faithfulness, we have become not only unfaithful but irrelevant; by our determined efforts to redefine ourselves in ways that are more compelling to the modern world than are faithful to Christ, we have lost not only our identity but our authority and our relevance. Our crying need is to be faithful as well as relevant.”

Related, but more funny than serious:
http://purgatorio1.blogspot.com/2005/11 … ng-if.html

Upgrading Ubuntu 6.06 to 6.10 Breaks VNC4Server

If you are currently running any flavor of Ubuntu version 6.06 and desire to upgrade to version 6.10 and are running vnc4server with resumable desktop sessions, you need to know that this functionality will break. Instead what you will get when connecting to the linux machine removely is a grey screen that looks like this …

“Argh” you say … Well, the solution to fix this problem is to simply downgrade vnc4server to the version before the latest one and the problem should be resolved (has worked for most people with this issue so far). Do this in the gui interface on the machine by going to Applications > System > Synaptic Package Manager, find “vnc4server” in the long list of apps, elect it, then while still in the Synaptic Package Manager, go to the menu Package > Force Version, and you should now have the ability to downgrade vnc4server to the previous version. Apply the change, restart, and you should be back to square one (theoretically). If this doesn’t work, there is another work around I figured out, but it is a bit more complicated.

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