Short Bits

Short Bits 2024

Updated on 2024-05-20

Short Bits is my method of sharing information that would be too short for a separate blog post. Following are my short posts for 2024.


Image courtesy of FAI
01 – Dalton Thomas Resigns from Frontier Alliance International (2024-02-19)

Updated on 2024-05-20

I was getting ready to contribute to the Five Dollar Monthly Giving Campaign at Frontier Alliance International (FAI) in the early morning of Feb 08. A banner at the top of the organization’s site stated that Dalton Thomas, the founder and president, had resigned.

I loved Dalton Thomas. He was the best teacher of the Bible I’ve ever encountered. You can view videos of Dalton teaching on the FAI Studios YouTube channel or on the FAI app. I was dumbfounded when I read the details about his resignation. I’m very saddened, hurt, and confused about what Dalton did. How could he continue to falsely represent himself as a man of God and hold the leadership position that he held at FAI while having an adulterous relationship?

I searched the Internet for an image of Dalton Thomas to use for this post. In the search results, I came across another post on The Roys Report site about Dalton’s resignation and I learned that this wasn’t the first time Dalton was involved in the sin of adultery. According to The Roys Report post, Dalton’s wife was also involved in an adulterous relationship a few years ago. Wow, what a mess!

In my opinion, Dalton should have been removed from the FAI ministry after his first adulterous affair. The fact that he lied about the affair, according to The Roys Report post, indicates to me that he was not truly repentant about what he had done. I think it was a gross decision by the FAI board to allow Dalton to continue, especially given the position that he held within the organization.

Image courtesy of Debian
02 – I Tried a Different Upgrade Method for the Debian Bookworm Release (2024-04-20)

Debian 12, codenamed Bookworm, was released on 06/10/2023. In the past, I have always deleted the existing Debian Stable release on both of my computers and then I installed the new release. However, reinstalling is time consuming. I came across a post on 07/23/2021 on performing a Debian Stable in-place upgrade, so I decided to try the in-place upgrade method to upgrade Debian 11 to Debian 12.

The in-place upgrade went smoothly, but I noticed that I had about 3 GB less drive space on both of my computers for the Debian Stable partitions.

I thought using the apt autoclean command should regain my lost drive space. I used the command and it seemed to work on my laptop, but not on my desktop. Eventually, the drive space I regained on my laptop reverted back to about the same amount of free space I had after the in-place upgrade.

I did a bit of research and I discovered that Debian put out an in-place upgrade guide for upgrading from Debian 11 to Debian 12. After reading through the in-place upgrade guide for Debian Bookworm, I discovered the apt purge ~’o’ command. However, that command deletes all files considered obsolete. I manually install some programs which would be considered obsolete, so I didn’t want to purge those. I eventually manually removed all of the older files under the apt package cache (/var/cache/apt/archives) on both of my computers to regain some drive space.

I’m not sure what, if anything, I did or didn’t do that resulted in the loss of drive space. If I don’t find a solution, I will go back to deleting the old Debian Stable installation and then install the new release when there is a new Debian Stable release.

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