Technology is amazing. They are using a skype internet phone to call home, and they are sending photos and updates over the internet. And they are doing this from one of the poorest countries in Central America. The world is getting a lot smaller because of technology.
Some of the first worship backgrounds I used were from VMG. They have now added a subscription based pricing plan. For $99, you get unlimited downloads of all their motion backgrounds, still backgrounds, and countdowns. They have some really great backgrounds, so check them out. This is a really great opportunity for smaller churches that don’t have a huge budget for media. Head over to http://www.shiftworship.com/ and take a look. (thanks to ChurchyMike for finding this)
I posted yesterday about the official release of Firefox 3. I’ve been using the beta versions for several months now and I love it. It’s stable and faster than anything else out there. However, I can’t just leave it alone, so I had to trick it out with some add-ons. I think one of the great benefits of firefox is that many people are developing all different kinds of add-ins and themes to customize the browser. Here are a few add-ons that I use that have helped make my internet life a little easier.
Del.icio.us – This one is great. Del.icio.us is a bookmarking service that lets you access your bookmarks from anywhere on the web. I have installed this on several different computers so I always have access to the same set of bookmarks.
Google Gears - Google is working on several of their web apps so that you can work or read even when you are not connected to the internet. This one will be huge in the coming year. Google Reader is already using it.
Greasemonkey – this one is a little harder to explain. It allows other custom scripts to run that actually change or enhance certain websites. I use this so that I can use the next two.
Better Gmail2 – This is a collection of greasemonkey scripts to improve the gmail webpage. You can select themes, add html signatures, and do several other cool things. I like this one a lot.
I do blog all the time about technology, so I have to let you know about Firefox today. I have been using Firefox on all my computers for a long time now. I like it in both mac and windows. It’s faster and better than Internet Explorer or Safari. I like the ability to use add-ons and custom scripts to improve web browsing. Today, Firefox is releasing their new version 3 and trying to set a world record for the most downloads in a day. They have been having server trouble most of the day, but hopefully they have everything up and running by now. Tomorrow, I’ll share which add-ons I am using. If you haven’t given it a try, then check it out. Version 3 is awesome.
I read several other blogs throughout the week using Google Reader. When I come across an interesting post I tag them to show up in my sidebar here on the blog. You can also go to my shared Google Reader page here to see other great blog posts. So be sure to watch the sidebar on my homepage or check out my shared page for some interesting stuff.
(for you tech gurus out there, you can even subscribe to the RSS feed of my shared Google Reader page)
Here is a video of all the guys at the blogger lunch at the Whiteboard Sessions. I felt way in over my head with these guys and gals, but we all had one thing in common, our passion for Christ. If you want to find out who all these people are, head over to ChurchyMedia.com for all the info. If you want to watch some interviews and segments from the conference, then check out this site. Good stuff!
I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 19 years, and we have three awesome kids, Emma, Luke, and Drew.