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Archives For Technology
I am playing around with Google Docs & Spreadsheets . Way cool. You can post directly to your blog from it. And you can even add labels. It’s also a great way to work with drafts before publishing them. It is especially helpful, if your workplace utilizes a proxy server that blocks access to the blogger site, not that I would know about that …
Also, google came out with a new patent search feature today. I have to do patent searches from time to time and they are a serious pain. But again, Google makes it seem easy. You can search patents and even see all the graphics without a special plugin viewer (you know what I mean if you have every used the USPTO site)
I feel relieved to have my laptop back. Last Saturday night, my laptop just died. It wouldn’t turn on, it wouldn’t post, the hard drive wouldn’t spin-up, it just flat out died. Since I use the computer to run the video projection system at church, it was not good timing. Thankfully, we have a church laptop with EasyWorship installed, so I was able to make a phone call and get the backup going for church on Sunday morning. Just another reason to plan for the unexpected. I think Satan enjoys sending his demons into computers, cables, and sound systems.
I had a few anxious thoughts about what I would lose if the hard drive went out, but luckily, on Monday morning I swapped hard drives with a spare laptop at work and discovered that I didn’t lose any info. The motherboard was replaced today by HP’s onsite service and it is working great again. Of course, the first thing I did was back up my data off my hard drive. I wonder how many churches have a backup plan. I would have only lost around 2 weeks worth of data, but even that would have caused some major problems. External hard drives are cheap now, so we really have no excuse for not backing up.
FYI, It’s an HP nw8000 mobile workstation with 2 gig ram and ATI Mobility FireGL graphics card. I usually run SolidWorks 3D CAD software using it, but it also functions great running EasyWorship for our church on Sunday mornings.
I reached a blogging milestone today. This is post #100. When I started, I didn’t know how long I would keep doing it. But I have found that it is almost like a journal for me. I get to share what God is teaching me, and I get to express my thoughts and ideas. I am definitely hooked now. Here are some highlights from posts 1-100.
Why is the blog titled FaithEngineer?
But I was safe
My New Computer, I’m really a big nerd
Take A Step Of Faith
Grilled, Honey, or Crispy?
Time For Mountain Music
Come Together and Worship
What Happens After Youth Group & College
The Greatest Honor, Baptizing Emma & Luke
What Happens After Youth Group & College, Part 2
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I read this today over at Church Communications. This guy is right on with the purpose of a website. Good stuff.
As disciple-makers, we are called not to minister AT the church, but to BE the church all day and at all times in our lives. Many church sites are designed to draw people to the church (building), rather than enable the church to be drawn into the world where they are commanded (not CALLED, COMMANDED) to minister (Matthew 28:19-20). This happens when the church becomes self-perpetuating—because of the investment in staff and facilities, we reach a point where the church’s core ministries ONLY happen on campus, versus out in the world. This is very dangerous, because it leads to apathy on the part of believers, but it’s the situation many American evangelicals find themselves in today, and their church websites sadly reflect this “campus-centric, world-avoiding” strategy for ministry.
What I’m trying to figure out is this: you have a businessman with a laptop in a hotel room in Chicago, or a mom at her computer in her kitchen at 10 a.m. on a Thursday, or a student at 2 a.m. in a dorm room with their wireless access—how can our website equip or enable these people to minister (BE the church) in their current location/circumstances, anytime, day or night, anywhere? I would REALLY like the answer to that question. We’re workin’ on it…
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Everyone by now has seen the mac vs. pc commercials. They were cute at first, but then the smugness of the apple dude starting getting to me. But community christian church has taken the concept and turned out some really cool sermon illustrations for their latest series.