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ubscribing to Christian Computing Magazine is free. In eighteen years, I have seen a lot of changes as we moved from sheet fed printing to a web press. I love our present digital version and the fact that we can now give the magazine away for free. We are entirely supported by advertisements and our readership continues to grow. However, there still seems to be some confusion about our “Christian Computing Promotions”. Once a month (actually it has been about once every two months) we will send you a special e-mail, a CCMag promotion. We send this out for two reasons. First, it is to promote a product or service, and the revenue we receive for sending out such special promotions helps to pay our bills. Second, we send them out in exchange for opportunities to let other Christian leaders learn about our magazine.
We do not allow your e-mail address to be used by anyone else. When you receive a CCMag Promotion, it comes from us. However, it is confusing to some of our readers because it is promoting another product or ministry. Again, we reserve the right to send one of these to you each month because we believe you will be interested in the product and/or service, and it helps to cover our costs. In the past, we have only sent out promotions for products that are technology in nature. However, we have a second reason to send out CCMag Promotions. We do this in exchange for the opportunity to get our magazine in front of new readers who may not know about us. I am taking the time to explain all of this to you because in the next week or so, you will receive a CCMag Promotion from us telling you about the ministries of Tri-Media. TriMedia sends ministry broadcast e-mails out to thousands of pastors and church leaders each month who have given them permission to send them promotions of interest to Christians. This month, in exchange for us Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 sending you a special e-mail about TriMedia’s ministry, they will be sending this issue of CCMag to 50,000 pastors and church leaders on their list. Of course there will be some duplication, but we are excited about letting so many new readers know about CCMag. Since we are not seeking to sell them a subscription, because we offer our magazine for free, it is a great ministry opportunity to let so many pastors know about our magazine and ministry, in case they were not already aware of us. Of course, some of you already receiving CCMag, may be on Tri-Media’s list. If this is the case, you might receive two cop3
our October issue. with the subject “Christian Computing Promotion” please take a few minutes to check it out. Watch for this special issue next month and feel free to share it with other churches who are looking to purchase a new CMS package. as in this upcoming case. These occasional e-mails help us to raise the support we need to pay salaries and cover our costs.
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. When you receive an e-mail from me. It is exciting to see so many new companies coming into the market place. Or. Together We Serve Him. Why don’t we check for duplications? Both of us will be protecting our lists in accordance with our promises to our readership. will contain our yearly Church Management SoftwareOverview. so we can’t share them with each other and look for duplications.
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Just a reminder that next month.ies of this issue in your e-mail box. enables us to place a copy of CCMag into the e-mail boxes of many new Christian leaders. offering administrative services to churches. one from us and one from them.
acstechnologies.” Arena. Arena will be generally available on January 1. In addition to all these features. Arena is a browser-based. small group prospects can view potential groups to join by searching online and finding the right leaders to discuss group involvement. membership into the shared source community will allow developer level access. “The members of the Arena Community will be able to participate in true customization. Churches are turning to small groups to provide this effective environment for spiritual transformation and growth.com or visit www. Through these technology solutions. Steve Pruitt. Private demonstrations are available on request. a browser-based. “Access ACS allows us to do exactly what we wanted to do—grow the church. plan activities and create group directories. Simple search features. shared source ChMS is dedicated to the power of community by encouraging creativity. 2007. a Combination of ACS Technologies® Products & Services for Managing & Organizing Small Groups Churches are increasingly seeking new ways to engage their members.com
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Churches Now Have Access to Small Groups Complete™. Because Arena is a fully integrated system. Inc. customizable check in options and a flexible approach to groups. hover texts and hover pictures as well as simple drill-downs help you easily locate and contact people or groups of people. communicate their mission and vision. Phone: 888-77-ARENA Email: info@arenachms. ACS Technologies (http://www. shared source web authoring tool as well as communication and church management software. nurture the people and be examples of Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 5
. Arena’s health meter is based on extremely flexible criteria and automatically reminds leadership if someone is struggling. In addition.com/) introduces a new package of solutions that combine Access ACS™ online tools and real life ministry implementation. The result is Small Groups Complete™. hosting freedom. staff members can enter new prospects online and assign them to be contacted by the group leaders.acstechnologies.Press Releases
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The Arena church ministry system (ChMS) is the first product from a new. It also provides tools to keep tabs on size and location of groups and assist in matching up the right people to the best group. Access ACS together with ministry implementation services provide not only valuable but practical church staff and congregation tools to help churches by giving them online capabilities to monitor attendance and communicate with members. Access ACS gives church staff the ability to create groups and communicate with group leaders and members to ensure the best match for ministry. update their own records and keep up with meeting times and more. (http://www. content management and contact management are consistent and connected.arenachms. providing automatic reminders and urgency alarms.com/totalsolutions/smallgroups) an easy choice for churches that wish to manage and organize small group ministries more efficiently and effectively.” says director of business development. it insures your communication methods. In order to provide churches with tools to effectively increase these ministry efforts and maximize small group activities within their churches. inspiring connections and enhancing communication. separate division of Shelby Systems. and care for each others needs. Contact and follow-up communications are easy and administratively supervised. online event registration. each role in the group can be given the authority and freedom to perform the functions they need in order to build community. Arena touts such features as robust metrics and reporting. “This aspect makes Arena unique. members can contact other members of their group. online contributions and e-mail campaigns for added impact. Available customization services also include custom reporting.
com today. church growth. For more about Access ACS and how it can help your organization call 1-800-736-7425 or email solutions@acstechnologies. membership. president and CEO of ACS Technologies. key member of the technology task force for Cavalry Community Church (http://www. About ACS Technologies Group. If Small Groups are an important area of ministry within your church.com) is the leading provider of information management solutions for churches. ACS Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Florence.” comments Sam Gallucci. ACS Technologies offers the broadest range of products and services to the largest client base in the industry—over 22. ACS Technologies has nearly 18. South Carolina with over 300 employees and sales and training offices throughout the U. “We are here not just to provide great software but also the know how to truly use it for the greatest ministry impact. ACS™.Christ.000 different organizations rely on ACS Technologies for their daily operations. Inc. to training. “Small Groups ministries are the heart and soul of many churches and we want to help our clients find practical solutions to match their ministry needs— that’s why we’ve created a solutions package with everything they need to help manage this area of ministry more effectively. Gallucci adds. to planning. ACS Technologies’ mission is simple. Not only can your church be up and running in 30 days or less. providing tools to manage finances.
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.000 Access ACS users through 642 client Web sites. Founded in 1978. school data.” Another compelling reason to evaluate Small Groups Complete is due to the implementation services that ACS Technologies offers. The ACS Implementation specialists can equip your staff with valuable insights and knowledge from the numerous experiences we have gained from 28 years of stability and continued service to over 22.acstechnologies. With unique online interactivity. to the big launch and follow-up. members and leaders can join groups and communicate with members within their groups while staff has total access. our solutions are focused . ACS Technologies (http://www.” comments Hal Campbell.calvarycc. to installation. “These tools give us leverage to equip the people with what they need to minister to the internal and external aspects of the church. Web sites. Catholic organizations through the PDS™ product line and more. “Calvary Community Church selected ACS Technologies largely due to the company’s ability not only to be 100% Web-based and integrate with our existing ACS database that our church already used but to stand with us every step of the way to reach our ministry goals. implementation specialists can assist in the process from the initial assessment of needs.S.000 clients. customer support and professional services. Small Groups Complete provides all the essential tools to make it successful. The company has developed a robust product line that offers total integrated solutions for clients.we empower our clients with specially designed software solutions to meet their everyday needs.org/) and industry pioneer in the CRM field as a former PeopleSoft executive.” Currently. By meeting client needs with a variety of desktop and Web-based software solutions.” The concept of small groups is an increasingly popular way for connecting people and encouraging involvement within churches by helping members build relationships and grow spiritually. schools and other faithbased organizations and has made its most notable contribution to the church management software industry with its powerful desktop application.
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Ross Gile . I accepted his invitation with out hesitation. How can I easily add a really cool calendar that also has the same look/feel of the site? 7. How can I easily update my web site? 2. Inc – a web solutions provider offering site hosting and site designs since 1995.
Have you ever asked yourself one or more of the following questions: 1. I plan to use this article to help ministries make better educated choices when it comes to managing their web sites. newsletters.org). I see lot of ministries struggling to make good decisions regarding their web sites. How can I find a product that does all this with great tech support? 10. I’m going to offer ideas on how to make your web site work for you. I’m very honored to accept Steve’s (Editor-in-Chief of this magazine) invitation to take over this article in CCMAG. How can I easily add or remove pages without redesigning the whole site? 3.com
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would like to introduce myself. documents into my web site? 9. I’m Ross Gile. How can I do all this with little or no budget? There is a one word answer to all these questions. How can I easily index my flyers. I’m going try to convince you that sometimes “Free” is better – especially when it comes to online-related resources.joomla.ross@digical.
. The answer is Joomla! (www. How can I easily take donations from my site? 6. There are a lot of great online-related resources that are available to help you and the best part of these resources is that most are FREE! You may get turned off when you hear “Free!”. President of DigiCal. How can I easily take registrations and sell merchandise online? 5. How can I easily add a comprehensive search? 4. How can I easily provide content to certain groups / leaders with special passwords? Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 8.
org). The source code can either be downloaded via the developer’s web site or it’s included with the product itself. The editor application is web-based which means all the editing tools are online.virtuemart. If you don’t know programming. There are lot of add-on templates. Joomla is what they call in the computer world as “open source”. 3. This product is also “open source” and has the same benefits as the “open source” benefits of Joomla. Another feature is how Joomla is built. more! There are really cool templates that you can use “right-out-of-the-box”. you can benefit from “Open Source” concept. office. you don’t have to buy or install anything on your computer. distributed and supported. You just login to your site with admin access and edit your site right online! You can edit your site from anywhere you have Internet access (home. Some of the modules include: Calendar. Then in just 8 September 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine
. VirtueMart is also FREE!
There are three features that I want to emphasize of the Joomla Content Management System:
1. Photo Gallery. Stay Tuned! By the way. etc. If you know programming. The best thing I like about Joomla is their tech support. Guess what? The tech support is not primarily supported by the “Joomla Team” (even though they do help out on occasion). you hit the “New” button. Software products such as Microsoft’s Word or Excel are “Closed Source” – meaning that the source code is closed to everyone outside of Microsoft. you can hack (make changes to it) Joomla to fit your requirements. Joomla automatically indexes all the words in the web page for its search database. take registrations and take donations. I search on the forum to see if anyone else had the same problem or I just merely create (or “post”) a new question describing my issue. These add-ons can make your site very usable and it will increase the possibility of site visitors coming to your site on a regular basis. I personally met the Team Leader. Products such as Joomla are “Open Source” – meaning that anyone can get the source code and make changes to the application to fit their own needs. It even has advanced search options like “Any Words” search. Editing your site with Joomla is like updating your site using any word processor or web site editor. type in the page title. anywhere). decide if it’s a main menu item or a sub-page of an existing menu item. If you know how to program or don’t.Joomla (formally named Mambo) is definitely the best thing since sliced bread. the “Joomla Team” will include it in the next release of the product. Online Forms. He mentioned to me that there are exciting things coming soon for Joomla. “All Words” search and “Exact Phrase” search. It’s that easy! The search component is the easiest part! The only thing you have to decide is where you want the search to display on your web site. you can benefit from “open source” because there are literally thousands of programmers all over the world making this CMS better for all Joomla users. Adding pages to the menu structure is a piece of cake. Most of the templates. Then if the changes/suggestions are worthy of all to enjoy. a month ago in San Francisco at the 2006 Linux World. The support is from other users of Joomla through its online forum (http://forum. then hit the save button. When you hit the “Save” button. components & modules are free and others have nominal fees. adding images. (I didn’t say everything is free!). In other words. In the menu manager.joomla. components & modules made by companies all over the world that you can add to your Joomla site. Microsoft can only make changes & updates to the application. “Open Source” is a concept where the source code used to make the product is available to the general public. I mentioned VirtueMart above. you have all the web editing features such as setting up tables. And guess what? It’s FREE! Joomla is a comprehensive CMS (content management system) that is easy to setup and maintain on any kind of web hosting platform. You just add organization logo to the template and you have a new web site instantly! 2.com) that will allow you to sell merchandise. With the Joomla editor. When I have issues with Joomla. You can add a shopping cart component called VirtueMart (www. Johan Janssens from Belgium.
digical. If you have any questions regarding Joomla or the “open source” concept. someone will help me solve the problem.com.
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. People on this forum are amazing. please feel free to e-mail me at ross@digical. And guess what? IT’S FREE! Sometimes I’ll post a support question at 9pm and then check my email the next morning and see several responses come from all over the world. The world never sleeps! In future articles.com or visit my Joomla site at www. I’m going to introduce more online products that will help you have the best online presence for your ministry. They seem like there are just waiting to help out people with Joomla issues – all on a volunteer basis.a short time (usually in a couple of hours).
it also sends a message to the community that you care about them. starting with our own communities. seeking to encourage their members to go out into the community and minister. their Outreach Ministry Management Software. C.” However. and assign it to a proper field that can be retrieved for future action. Most church leaders are aware of our commission to “Go”. telecommunication administration with their “24/7 Church Receptionist” service. I al ways enjoy visiting new churches large or small. and usually come away with some new blessing.New Outreach Ministry Management Software
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ecause of my position as Editor-in-Chief of Christian Computing Magazine. and have partnered with a lot of other products and services that you will want to check out from their Website at www. However. church Website services with “IntelliSite”. I want to concentrate on their newest product. What is it? It is a PC database system designed to assist churches in accomplishing outreach goals. once you have knocked on a door doing a community survey.
C. They provide Church Management Software. and are consistently seeking to reach out and minister to them.A.A. for this article.A. Ministries has a collection of products and services that can help churches enhance their ministry. can an outreach program really begin to move forward. However. there needs to be a system to gather data and organize it into a fashion that will provide an outreach program to move consistently forward in contacting households in surrounding communities. This provides churches with the option of a pre-loaded Christian Computing® Magazine
. or cold called a house with an invite to 10 September 2006 a service. Not only does an organized program with follow-up help a church grow. and they call it Outreach Ministry Management Software. what’s next? Only if you retain the information you obtained with each contact. I have had the opportunity to visit many churches across this nation.A. or mailed a letter with an invite to your church. I have seen many churches put a sign over the door as you leave their buildings stating something similar to “You Are Now Entering The Mission Field. It seems that many churches have put motivational messages around the halls of their churches. After all.org. churches need more than a word of encouragement. to do an adequate job of outreach to our communities. they need the tools to coordinate their efforts to reach their neighborhoods and they need a plan.caaministries. (Church Administration Assistance) Ministries has the tool and a plan. CAA Ministries has teamed with a corporate global leader in providing valueadded information solutions to organizations and consumers.
a worship service.) or they are a prospect (they live in your community but have never been a part of any of your ministries. The goal is to identify your prospects and then develop a friendship through Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 11
. but by classifying each potential prospect so that a plan of follow-up contacts can be initiated. However. (Possibly the spouse or relative of current church member) Level-5 Prospect . address. etc. not only is an accurate database of families in your community retained.They are an individual or family that has responded negatively to phone or mail contacts. Gathering basic information about individuals and families can be accomplished in several ways. Also. Level-6 Prospect . With the help of CAA Ministries’ Outreach Ministry Management Software.They are an individual or family that has been identified as uncertain about their salvation and/or known to be un-churched. Obviously level one is very basic. They admit to being un-churched and show resentment to being contacted or followed-up with in the future. let’s look at the six classifications that are given to church prospects: Level-1 Prospect . or returned some type of written commitment to attend a worship service or other event. a pastor and church staff can better gauge the effectiveness of the church’s progress and success of their outreach program as they seek to minister and reach their community for Christ.They are an individual identified as a person that has never made a profession of faith.database package which includes the name. and hopefully.They are an individual or family that has responded positively to a previous phone or mail contact. canvass neighborhoods by going door-to-door. a special activity. enabling the church to minister to these nonmembers in your community. They have made a verbal commitment. 5 or 10 mile radius of the church location. Level-3 Prospect . and phone number for each single family resident living within a 3. Level-4 Prospect . Level-2 Prospect . some will be active members of other churches in your community and therefore not really a prospect.They are an individual or family that has been promoted from level-1 because they have been initially contacted by phone and/or mail with an introduction and invitation to visit your church. many will then come to Christ and become members. this is where you have to start. CCA Ministries’ Outreach Ministry Management Software is designed to provide a variety of classifications for church guests as well as church prospects.) Of course. do phone surveys. They are either a member. or even have members provide basic name and address information about their neighbors. You can purchase lists. A church should be able to catalog every individual and family in their community into three different classifications. from your prospect list. Most churches have set up a program to use computers to help catalog their membership. until you have confirmed that information. by tracking the movement of individuals as they move through classifications. everyone should be considered a prospect.They are an individual or family that has been entered into the database as a potential or possible church Member. or have been a guest of some aspect of the church’s ministry (they have attended a small group. and most Church Management Software programs have a method to catalog church guests. However. However.
First. Updates for the new residents moving into the area are also available.
Ministries is to provide church leaders and staff with an easy-to-follow administrative program that builds Christian relationships. Level-1 Guest . or they would have requested a personal interview (visit/meeting) with the Pastor or church leadership. Level-3 Guest . They may also have been identified as someone living locally and un-churched.A. Obviously.They are an individual or family that has visited your church and has been identified or responded by completing the guest information card. They are not searching for a new church home.
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The Purpose of C. Level-0 Guest . The previous follow-up process has revealed a need or interest in uniting with your church.They are an individual or family that has been promoted from a level-1 guest due to their response and/or information obtained from previous level follow-up activities. Level-5 Guest .
It is the goal to turn prospects into church guests. and eventually to bring many of these guests into the membership of the church. and/or met with the Pastor or church leadership but has not committed or indicated that they intend to unite with your church now. but have not responded publicly to the commitment at this point.They are an individual or family that has once or occasionally visited your church for a special service..They are an individual or family that has publicly stated their commitment to unite with your church.They are an individual or family that has responded to the level-2 follow-up process by returning the RSVP invitation to a guest luncheon.org or call toll free 1-888-598-8934 Christian Computing® Magazine
. Level-7 Guest . actions can be initiated. including starting to pray for these needs by name. or they have not responded positively by expressing an interest to unite with the church now. increases ministry objectives and creates a church family bond between all members and visitors!
The ultimate answer to. or while visiting a family or relative of a current church member and/or they have a church home and are considered an occasional visitor. let’s look at the classifications that CAA Ministry’s Outreach Ministry Management Software uses for guests. and requested information and /or indicated that they are looking for a new church home. So.They are an individual or family that has attended a guest luncheon.They are an individual or family that has verbally committed to unite with your church. physical or material needs.caaministries. They are scheduled to be.. once contacts are made and levels are classified with spiritual. Level-4 Guest .additional contacts with the objective of determining their spiritual situation and possible ministry opportunities for the church. They have not revisited or given an indication to previous follow-up contacts that they will. Level-6 Guest .A. while on vacation.They are an individual or family that did not reply to an invitation for attending a guest luncheon. or visit www.
notes. What is the purpose of all of these different levels of classifications? By using multiple levels under both church prospects and guests.. someone entered as a Level-1 guest would trigger one opportunity with six activities to be completed. For example. combined with assigning prospects and guests to individual members.. 3.to the current church member database system. etc. Information and directions provided for the home visitation team to carryout the bread-of-life / information delivery. visits. staff members. for effective follow-ups.org)
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. etc.caaministries.” CAA Ministry recognizes that sometimes a church needs more than a database. and added to the system according to the church’s overall outreach ministry program. including special letter campaigns. Initial phone call made by the telephone ministry team to acknowledge and extend appreciation for their visit. CAA Ministry states. Letter mailed from pastor that expresses appreciation and information about the church. a church can develop contact and follow-up plans to help move individuals into the Level-7 Guest category. and provides some good examples of how to use the progression of classifications. 4. 2. They would automatically be assigned and scheduled according to a pre-determined timetable. “Most of these steps and activities associated with each level are customized for each individual church. Letter of invitation mailed to attend a guest luncheon. e-mails. 1. 5. Obviously. cards. small groups. there are a variety of different methods to initiate and maintain contacts with prospects and guests. 6. Guest Information report printed and forwarded to appropriate Sunday school or small group classes. A second phone call and e-mail follow-up confirming the receipt of the guest luncheon invitation / invite to visit again CAA Ministry has additional information on their site that would be very useful if you do not know how to structure outreach ministry (www. phone calls.
Well. called iTV. For more information. This new type of battery is a Lithium-Ion that will be able to be recharged. In addition the use a solid lithium core instead of a liquid core like our present batteries.
Thin-Film Batteries Are Coming
With all of the reports about the recall of notebook batteries. visit http://www. For more information. visit http://www. However. It is about the size of a postage stamp and about twice as thick as a stamp. it is thin. A company recently purchased 10 used cell phones that were for sale on eBay. • Details of prescriptions and receipts for one worker’s utility payments. Apple has announced a product that they intend to release next year. The bad news is that all devices now using rechargeable batteries require redesign to use the new batteries.mpl/nation/4153342. This is a natural fit considering that Apple is now obtaining content to stream to their video iPod. The batteries can retain a charge for months at a time while not being used and yet retain their full charge. allowing you to wirelessly stream content from your computer in the other room to view on your TV. it has a lot of advantages over the rechargeable batteries we have now.com/disp/story. making them ideal for surgical implanted technology. visit http:// www. there is no doubt that they are better in many ways than the batteries we are using now.These are some of the stories that Steve Hewitt covers on his radio segment each week on PrimeTime America. Since the part of the device cannot be removed that retains the information. the information is designed to be restored IF you know how. This is probably going to continue to be the trend. However. Basically.html
Google Trends Will Show Popularity Of Searches
Google has initiated a new service called Trends. specifically IF you own a cell phone that can send and receive text messages or e-mail. and will probably really take off whenever high-speed Bluetooth becomes available sometime in the next two years. However. • One company’s plans to win a multimillion-dollar federal transportation contract. For more information.com/2006/09/06/technology/ 06battery.html?_r=2&ref=technology&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
Your Old Cell Phone May Contain Important Data. some have overheated and even caught on fire.nytimes. most devices will use the new batteries. Therefore. you have heard me warn about guarding your old hard drives.000 payment for a software license. It is a small box that will connect to your TV. the good news is that a new type of battery is coming. It appears that people try to take precautions. which means they could be attached directly to a computer chip. • E-mails about another firm’s $50. including movies and TV content. They wirelessly recharge. which will eliminate the overheating and fire danger.com/2006/09/13/technology/ 13apple. my advice is the same as for a hard drive.html?_r=2&ref=technology&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
Apple To Introduce iTV Next Year. The Thin-Film battery is getting the financial support it needs and a new factory to be built next year. They were able to obtain the following in formation about the individuals or companies that they worked for. It is better to destroy them then to donate or sell them. Allowing Internet Streaming To Your TV
Apple normally does not announce products until they are ready for release.chron. developing new technology devices will soon incorporate these newly designed batteries. as its name implies. like many technology devices. First. So Don’t Sell Or Give It Away
In the past. it is best to destroy your old cell phones instead of putting them up for sale. For starters. the service allows you to see how popular a search is 14 September 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine
.nytimes. • Bank accounts and passwords. and follow the instructions given with the phones on how to delete information. now it appears the same advice is applicable for your cell phone. so in a few years. However.
followed by Atlanta. What Regions of the world? The number one region was the Philippines. You cannot find search trends on Christian Computing. New Zealand. Tampa.com/provider/ providerarticle. Canada. followed by the US. it is certainly unlawful to ban them from children. Rancho Santa Margarita CA has twice as many as any other city in the nation. Austria. For Christian. Google allows you to see what Cities.com/trends
Law Banning The Sale of Violent Video Games To Minors STRUCK DOWN
Violent video games are harmful to children. Germany and then Switzerland.msn. Denmark. South Africa. only do not be discouraged if you or your church doesn’t make the list. The site also allows you to see what cities search for the subject the most. have also had similar bans blocked in the courts. Check it out. Minnesota. Houston. Louis. Visit www. Recently the state of Louisiana joined a list of other states that passed laws to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. right! According to judges. California and Michigan. Denver and Portland. Seattle. that such a law would violate the first amendment rights of the children. only to have the law overturned by a judge. If you wanted to see how popular Rick Warren searches are.google. Do a trend search on the word Christian and you see that it holds about the same number of searches. Illinois.today compared over the last several years. In Illinois the judge even ordered the state to pay over half a million dollars to the video game makers to reimburse them for the legal fees in fighting the law! For more information.moneycentral. you can see from January 2004. all stating the same thing. St. with the biggest peak in searches taking place about March 2005 when the hostage in Atlanta used The Purpose Driven Life. what Regions.asp?feed=AP& Date=20060826&ID=5972452
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. visit http:// news. Australia. the number one city was Dallas. and in the case of Rick Warren. and what Languages were used the most to conduct the survey.
NEC Electronics expects 4 million cars to have image detection chips in place. Like it or not. Faster than you can react. listen to past shows by visiting http://www. if we can really get voice recognition software to fly. Another Trend in Technology
Sales for watches have been declining. more and more decisions about what your car does might be left up to a computer instead of you! For more information.210369. something is in front of your car. visit http://msnbc. visit http:// www. Remember Star Trek. with the largest drop in wristwatches reported last year (around 5%).msn. For more information. with these chips being used to stop your car if something gets in front of it. a database has to be searched to find the meaning.com/Articles/2006/08/23/217916/ US+researchers+chip+away+at+speech+recognition+speeds. either saving you from an accident or reducing the damage because you began stopping so soon. the first chips and braking systems will be going into a Toyota Motor Corp.foxnews.com/story/0. and promises to speed up voice recognition dramatically. When something is received in audio format. Well in 2010. Cell phones have an accurate time and adjust for those traveling when they enter a new time zone! Wristwatches are moving to being more of a fashion statement than a practical device. However.Image Detection Chips in Cars To Automatically Slam on Brakes If Accident Is About to Happen
You are traveling down the highway and then. yet inputting data is still a problem since the standard keyboard is so large. This may indeed be our future. visit http://www. they speak to their computers. Why are more and more people deciding to leave their watches at home in the drawer? Because we tend to use our cell phones or PDA’s to find out the time. Lexus model to be launched this fall.asp?SectionID=AD53896CDCF642AFA602040A5B93538C
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I No Longer Wear A Watch. In fact.org/GenMoody/ default.00. Or. keyboards may be used less and less. For more information. Turns Out That I Am Not Alone. pocket watches were the trend. The cell phone has become as practical as a pocket watch so more and more people are deciding the wristwatch is redundant. How will it be used? That is where imagination takes over.2933.computerweekly. This new breakthrough restructures the way chips specifically designed for voice will work. Computers continue to get smaller in hand-held devices. Honda also has begun to put image recognition chips into some of their models. Before wristwatches became popular. in an instant. your car slams on the brakes. The trend to do away with watches is stronger in men.mbn.
They could care less whether your microphones are wired or wireless. if not one of my most awkward experiences ever. As we gazed around. but the conversation there was stilted and awkward. What they are looking for is much more simple (yet profound) than all of those things. whether you use choir robes or not.ccmag@terrywilhite. Now. We did eventually find a table. the experience ranks as one of my most uncomfortable church moments. A pastor who read my previous article on this subject described to me these gatherings as “holy huddles. in a town where we knew no one. A visitor isn’t looking to see if you use hymnbooks or sing from a screen. spouse and I talking with each other in a living room where we knew not a soul. not only were we alone. Last month.
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Terry Wilhite . we have also felt alone in a crowd in Sunday School and in a worship service for that matter. It was there – right there near the pigs-in-a-blanket and the seven layer salad – that I thought it might be time to check out. I have never been so alone in a crowd of people in all my life. the host – the man of the house – abandoned us and there we were. They generally aren’t even interested in whether you use the King James Version or the New Living Translation. What they 17
. no one ever turned to acknowledge we were there. They aren’t looking to see if you have classes in a luxurious educational building or in a portable classroom behind the church. and although they were only a few feet away. it felt that way – as we reenacted the newlywed game. with television cameras and bright lights – well. Unquestionably. I believe I just about flatlined at a recent Sunday School affair. there were five or six huddles of both men and women. Visitors aren’t interested in measuring the ranks of your church pipe organ or in checking the lumens of your church video projector – nor do they really even care if you have one. Then the most dreaded of all came. there we were on stage. In our search for a church. In our search for a church.” Why is it easier for us church folks to talk to a stranger at Wal-Mart than it is to welcome a visiChristian Computing® Magazine September 2006 tor at church? You may be surprised by my response. we decided to accept an offer to attend a social function at the home of one of the members whose church we had visited. or whether your communion bread is homemade or store-bought. I was absolutely about to die inside. I described experiences relating to a recent move that put my family and me in the pursuit of a church.com
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an one die at a church social? While no diagnostic instruments were handy. You guessed it! Game time.
com for ordering information. Drop him an e-mail at ccmag@terrywilhite. So how do we fix this? There’s an old saying that has to be invoked here: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care! Church folks will only care as much as you care. but the needs of your visitors will rarely have anything to do with church – church as we have it conjured up in our minds. My wife hit the point precisely when we got home.need is the affirmative answer to a single. It is felt! This may bother some. On this night at the unsociable social. “I just needed to be with people because in my job. Pastor. care about me? As I stated last time. Churchman and Mrs. We needed friends. Is it time at your church that you “pressed pause” long enough to refocus yourself and your people to care? Caring is not an inherent ability. down deep inside. we needed friendship. we needed somebody to love and accept us. Churchwoman. If this subject has interested you in the least.” Her tears following this event proved that one can still be all alone in a crowd of people.thelionsvoice. they joined Him in caring.com. He welcomes your article ideas and feedback. while even we may have thought our pursuit was for a church. We’ll only get visitors to stay when we teach church members – in 21st century terms – how Jesus cared. — Terry Wilhite is a communications and multimedia specialist. I recommend a book by my friend Yvon Prehn. titled “Church Marketing Made Easy. solitary question. Mr. it really was not. As a result. Can you help me where I hurt? Can you meet my most pressing needs? Do you really. and in the process people saw his love. Even clearer. More precisely. I’m alone all day. the strongest message you convey to a visitor is not said. Most often he met their physical needs first. 18 September 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine
.” The term “marketing” as she uses it is simply about caring and meeting needs. See www. Mr.
Most of what you need is right in front of you.000.Dr. 1:6). and John Gill’s commentary. Our editor-in-chief Steve Hewitt chose to give me the singular honor of reviewing a Bible program called e-Sword (www. showing a looked up verse (Eph. because here is a “Class A” piece of software (written in Visual Basic 6) that has been downloaded upwards of 4.” I hope this article will dispel such notions. “Oh. J.” a ToolTip for Strong’s G5485 (charis). I will. The Bible window displays a tab for each translation you have installed. 1 – e-Sword’s main screen.docwatson@nctelecom. which I do.net).D.
e-Sword (eS) is a totally free Bible search and study program that author Rick Meyers has graciously given to the Church. In the upper left corner is the “Scripture Lookup” box. it’s free so it can’t be very high quality.net
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his month I’m interrupting our series on the Windows Registry to address something of far greater importance. The same is true for the “Dictionary” view at the bottom of Christian Computing® Magazine
Fig. This design nicely facilitates synchronization. so that when you click on a verse in the Bible view.
. you can also change the entire layout of the main screen if you want). in which you can type in the reference you want. the screen and the “Commentary” view to the right. therefore.000 times (which demands over five terabytes of bandwidth each month!). In case you’re thinking. all the commentaries and dictionar-
Figure 1 should quickly show you what eS is all about. the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia entry for “grace. or you can navigate to it in the “Bible Tree” below (a feature you can turn off if you prefer. make a desperate attempt to do it justice.e-sword. (Doc) Watson .
text alignment. indenting buttons. including: 2000+ Bible Illustrations. the “Parallel” translation feature is really cool. Anti-Nicene Fathers (9 volumes). Figure 2 also displays the “Study Notes” feature. Treasury of David. 4 – e-Sword’s search features. which is a nice RTF word processor that acts very much like MSWord.not”). Jamieson. 2 – e-Sword’s parallel Bible translation feature and “Study Calvin’s Institutes (Beveridge translation. More are also available. In order from left to right. 3 – Microsoft Word ready own. of course. Four separate columns enable you to see a parallel comparison of the current chapter in four translations. and Brown. Spurgeon’s classic. which reminded me of the same feature in BibleWorks . Gill. “select Bible translation. and many others. The list arrow to the right lists all your stored .” and “convert Scripture reference. Henry. What a wonderfully handy tool! toolbar macros for e-Sword. as well as Robertson’s and Vincent’s word studies. the invaluable International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. and. There are also four daily devotionals available: Day By Day Grace (Hoekstra). find and replace. course). Fausset. Devotional Sermons (Morrison). As an alternative to this feature. On top of all that. This is actually a very good little word processor. But even that’s not all. I put in a tiny snippet from my own exposition of Ephesians 1:5-6. People’s.” “paste verses” from it. In contrast. 3) for it. Meyer. Pink. Darby. a spell checker. Figure 1 also demonstrates just how many high quality (and absolutely free) resources you have been given. Schaff’s Church History. This tool also enables you to read any other STEP titles you might alFig. Fig. Moving to Figure 2. which as Figure 2 illustrates enables you to highlight a Scripture reference and turn it into a popup displaying the verse’s text in your preferred translation.” which automatically inserts Fig. A really clever feature is the “Format Scripture ToolTip” button (or Ctrl+J). Geneva. Notice the name of the file at the bottom (“Ephesians Sermons. Under “Topic Notes” you will also find more resources. numbering. Nave’s.ies follow. Thayer’s. bullets. Ryle. Our Daily Walk (Meyer). and a Wesleyan collection.not files. 20 September 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine
. You can also import and export your note files. Strong’s. Fausset. Morning and Evening. For illustration. Newton. Clark. Clicking on the list arrow beside those arrows also displays a neat little “Verse Trail” window. Keil and Delitzsch. the “Compare” tab displays the current verse in all the translations you have installed. You’ll also see two arrow buttons right beside the “Lookup Scripture” box that enable you to go back to the previous reference and forward to the next reference. Rick has also written four macros and a Toolbar (Fig. if you prefer using Word. Even more of a blessing are the commentaries: Barnes. there’s also a “STEP Reader” that includes several free full libraries of selected authors. Dictionaries include: Easton. and even Webster’s 1828 dictionary. complete with formatting. of Notes” word processor. the buttons are “search e-Sword. and print preview. including the works of Bunyan. and Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.
000 interesting Bible facts. better documentation would speed the process. you can own AMG’s Key Word Commentary. Key Bible Cross-reference. While this is a pet peeve of mine. This includes not only the options displayed. Key Event. Eugene Carpenter. its individuals and events. ancient Mediterranean maps (9). background texture. which should be at the very heart of any Bible teacher’s study. among several other features that space doesn’t permit me to detail (highlighting. Additionally. This helps underscore the motive behind this whole project. this is first-rate stuff in Bible software. 5 – e-Sword’s Graphics Viewer displaying Rick has also secured a wonderful arrangement with AMG one of the sixteen maps from the American Bible Publishers. Oh. One. Finally. For alSociety. Analysis of the Chapter. right-clicking on it. Fig. Similar applets are “Prayer Requests. eS also includes a “Graphics Viewer. New Testament manuscripts. enabling you to find the frequency of any Greek or Hebrew word. These works are. which greatly expand searching power. analyzed. Fig. for example. “Bible Reading” is a small applet that includes a wizard that enables you to generate your own Bible reading plan. for only $20. but I still prefer immediate access through the Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 21
. which contains over 100. and Key Quote. Key Word or Phrase. so I do so with all due respect. and many others.” which tracks prayer requests. Clarence Larkin’s classic charts (58). While most features are not hard to figure out. NASA satellite images of the Holy Land area (18). of course. All four of these tools also have an option to display them at startup. you can add AMG’s The Complete Word Study Dictionary. Key Thought. verse list. and then selecting the “Quick Search” option to locate occurrences of that word elsewhere in Scripture. there is also AMG’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts. the Word macros. For another $10 (this time less than half the hardcover price). It also directs you to the words of the Bible itself. and BTW. classic Bible maps (4). Ten comments about each chapter are emphasized: Before and After. Key explanation. and summarized. The “Tools” menu lists several rich additions to eS. bookmarks. most half of the hardcover price ($40). and several other features.” complete with maps courtesy of the American Bible Society (16.the verse text after you type just the reference and highlight it (very nice!). which includes both the New Testament Dictionary by Dr. about importing and exporting files. What struck me most about these additions is that only a spiritually minded person would think of them. 5). I think it’s a fair observation. I do want to mention that eS and many of its add-ons are also available for your Pocket-PC. and more). with summaries of its teaching. as I used to write documentation professionally. Finally. I should note that Rick does provide a “Training” Web page with several demos and a 105-page tutorial manual (written by a third party in PDF format) that demonstrates almost every feature. Besides the “Daily Devotions” mentioned earlier. prophecies. Figure 4 illustrates two approaches to searching in eS. and “Scripture Memory. its key words. Warren Baker and Dr. It’s currently a bit rudimentary and needs a little more detail on how to do certain things. in which the 929 chapters of the Old Testament and 260 chapters of the New Testament are outlined. Once again. font control. Here are detailed studies of the Hebrew and Greek words of the text. Key Thing to Look For. its books. and the Son Light Bible Atlas (14). Sorry. Improvement could be made in the Help. the “Extended Verse Search” feature enables you to search multiple translations simultaneously. IMHO. something that no one else I know of has done. The other approach to searching is by highlighting a word. is by just displaying the “Search” dialog box and entering search criteria. Person or Theme. people. culture.
I hesitate to mention weaknesses because I feel like I’m looking a gift-horse in the mouth. but wildcard searches are also supported. Doré New Testament woodcuts (45). Spiros Zodhiates and the Old Testament Dictionary by Dr. including: archaeological findings. modern day classics and have never been more inexpensive to own. I must interject here that I was extremely impressed that this “Quick Search “also works on Strong’s numbers. There’s not a single word. Key Verse.” which aids you in creating your own system for this important part of Christian living.
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. 1:6. e-Sword is first-rate Bible software that is on the same level as commercial products. some of which cost hundreds of dollars. I need to make a special note on Boolean logic. I. For example. . I’ve seen companies. Eph. 12:13. 2 Cor. would prefer the “other” more—full Boolean logic. I also got virtually the same result using “grace truth” with “Any words” as I did “grace OR truth” in QV4. We should all find that troubling to say the least.. 9:7. is as deep as the Boolean logic goes. Rick felt that since his target audience is often the less savvy user. less would be more. Rick has successfully simplified this for the non-techie using “All words” as an implicit AND statement and “Any words” as an implicit OR statement. or if the viewer would at least enable you to view and/or import other standard graphic formats (i. thereby weakening their search capability. however. Finally. that charge high prices even for public domain titles (e. 1:14. e-Sword throws down the gauntlet.).jpg. are you willing to join me in it? Less than 1% of the people who download e-Sword return to say ‘thanks’ and donate. a donation of $15 or more gets you a CD with most of the available resources on it. If you still need incentive. 1:3).. .tif. These observations. it’s just a bit bothersome that layout changes (such as not displaying the “Bible Tree”) do not take affect until you restart the program. however. Here is a brother who demands nothing for the ministry God has laid on his heart (and that is. Col. therefore. for example. That. Its free price tag is truly what Bible software ought to be and challenges all other products to reexamine their own approach. Believe me.bmp. enabling you to save various desktop setups. ministry or money? Will not God bless a giving spirit (Rom.
In short. Acts 3:6. I got exactly the same result with “grace truth” using “All words” as I got using “grace AND truth” in QuickVerse 4 (Jn. Should we not. $40 for Hodge’s Systematic Theology).
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I am compelled to say here that I was shocked (and just a tad appalled) when I read these words on the donation page: “If this ministry blesses you. Like many products today. It would also be nice if a “Save Desktop” feature could be added. as our Lord Himself declared. what ministry [diakonia] is all about). however. etc. 10:8. While I am more than aware that publishing costs money and that books have authors who deserve a royalty for their work. I’ll probably ruffle a few feathers with my next statement.Help system. it would also be nice if the graphics files in the viewer were not proprietary. eS is a bit slow in loading and sometimes in searching. 2 Jn. “Freely ye have received. . many products today don’t have this capability at all. freely give” (Matt. What is our true motive in all this. I can much more severely pick apart several other products. encourage and support him? I strongly urge you to help this ministry by giving what you can. 17. In the same vane as wildcard searches.. Additionally.” Come on now. but I would challenge all Bible software companies to offer the program itself free and charge only for the resources that demand it.g. cf. in no way detract from the overall quality and functionality of this superb program. Christian Brothers and Sisters. of course. indeed.e. 20:33-35).
Yvon Prehn . but the best came at the end where Hybels talked about how the influence of a Christian leader. Get the message clear. which Bill Hybels closed with this challenge: “We will give an account for what we did with this message. Read on for one that can help your church leaders communicate more effectively:
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Application for church communicators:
Young and very excited leaders can motivate people sometimes by passion alone.) This was only one of the challenges presented. unlike that of a product that grows. but. but if he or she does not communicate that vision to their church or ministry. Hybels referred to the well-known life cycle of products. It is life or death. Step it up. because it is the only message that can redirect an eternity. We don’t have a product. or whether another person on the team has the responsibility to communicate for the leader.
Message: The Life Cycle of a Leader by Bill Hybels
In this presentation. Everything has a life cycle. huge enthusiasm and passion #2: 30’s or so: a time when passion is no longer enough. as Hybels noted. Whether the leader personally works on his or her communication.com
A Leadership Summit lesson and suggested application for church communicators
he Willow Creek Association recently held their top-notch leadership summit. He ended by the saying: “If you lead well. I think a critical.” (Please see note at the end of article concerning quotes. people will live.yvonprehn@aol. a time when your leadership influence will extend beyond your community Lots of good advice was given at each step on how to make the most of that step. when passion is no longer enough you need skills and infrastructure. and then he went on to define the life cycle of a leader in this way: #1: Early 20’s: a heart full for God.”
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. With these thoughts in mind. action isn’t taken and lives aren’t changed. he said. There is no such thing as a great leader who can’t communicate. Are we doing our best to convey this message. this is a skill area important for anyone in leadership to grow in. peaks and declines. Good communication is a core. get the message out there. but the other Leadership Summit presentations. can grow until your dying day. I felt it would be useful to share one of Bill Hybels’ messages in summary form. Please be aware that I am leaving out huge amounts of very helpful and inspirational material— at the end of this article I have the link for a complete DVD of not only this one.
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When we are about to launch a big ministry initiative—I know the communication for it is my job. I can help put it into a series of bulletin announcements. layout and design.munication component. Note on quotes:
The quotes in the article above were taken from my written notes while attending the conference and not guaranteed to be exact. Often pastors and other Christian workers who have powerful person-to-person skills. fantastic with people. that everyone has the skills needed to do their own communication work. A leader needs followers and it is hard to follow if you don’t know where the leader is going. but you don’t have to marry someone to get it. many leaders need the technology skills of their followers to help share their message. Get together to help each other. I will interview my husband and create a communication program for the ministry program. and whose communication skills end with trying to remember to make sure the original is straight in the copy machine. This can be obtained from: http://www. I speak from personal experience in this area because I am married to a bi-vocational pastor who is passionate about God. if the leader relies on personal interaction and communication to lead. We are in a family in the church of Jesus. He knows what he wants to say. flyers. even in this age of technology.
Not only a leader. help each other and work together. and to take his ideas and make them tangible. which contains messages from all of the speakers. www. postcards.
Not every leader has the communication or the computer/technology skills needed
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. We cannot assume. I strongly recommend the DVD of the conference.com/events/leadership/ resources. For more ways to help each other in communications. Web site entries and the various other pieces that are needed. Set up systems. offer help if you have the skill to do so. Answering his own e-mail and researching Christian topics are the primary ways he uses it.thelionsvoice. and as Hybels said. Many of you may not have that kind of a relationship. Creating his own publications is not even something he considers and I imagine he isn’t much different than many pastors. I attempt to take clear and accurate notes and have not repeated anything that was not clear to me or that does not represent the view of the speaker. and following that. Many of you work with strong leaders whose impact could be multiplied many times if you would help them clarify and communicate their message more effectively. In his late 40s he learned to type and how to use a computer.willowcreek. Clear communication.com. A leader will be limited. Ask for help if you need it. many mid-life pastors today still are not comfortable using a computer. In that family you may be a leader who needs help or a church or staff member who sees event after event fall short of its possible impact because of poor communication. as a former newspaper reporter. and few are skilled at publication planning. the growth of the church. great enthusiasm and fantastic up-front crowd motivating skills are not good at the nuts and bolts of writing. Though it might be hard to believe for many who are reading this publication. but a congregation benefits
Not only is the life cycle of a leader impacted by his or her communication skill. repeated often and in a form that can be easily accessed is vital for any leader. However. please go to my Web site for free articles and for my seminar schedule. In addition. brochures. For exact content. we need technology and good communication skills that go beyond one-on-one interaction. Today. but so also is the life cycle of a church or ministry. your growth in influence in your church can expand beyond your community and throughout your life. We are fortunate because we have worked together long enough in ministry that he trusts me to create various pieces.
maybe the next logical stop is Myspace. yet. The Internet seems to be a reflection of our society.com. This was just as the Internet started to blossom so we didn’t include 26 “online” fraud. bad and the ugly of our connected society.Information security
G. Myspace is becoming the good. Since we don’t have Me Magazine. Now it’s the same idea but instead we’ve got the phishing frauds bilking the unsuspecting out of their hard earned savings. We start with the magazine Life “progressing” next to People Magazine and then on to Us Magazine.com. right?). They didn’t return the money (what a surprise. it’s always nice to hear from you. I’m very concerned when it comes to the social activities of children. Concerned enough not to turn Christian Computing® Magazine
. You don’t have to go very far to find examples. with all the good things and the bad things that we experience anywhere else in our world. Should it be blocked or at least shunned by every God-fearing soul or is this just another example of how Christians are called to be in the world and not of the world?
Although this article is more about blocking Internet sites then it is about Myspace. or a psychologist. Recently.blackisle@tampabay. Same idea. I’m not a sociologist. Will Milor . First. so the opinion I’m about to express is basically just that. It shows a steady spiral from community to selfcenteredness with the next logical stop at something like Me Magazine. One of the frauds we would talk about was the bank examiner fraud where the criminal would approach the victim and present phony credentials claiming to be a bank examiner.rr. It’s more intricate than this but basically they would convince the victim that they needed the victim’s money to catch fraudulent activity in the bank and they would be returning the victim’s money immediately. but basically it’s all just a reflection of what we see in people everywhere. notice the “we” at the start of the sentence. There’s an added sense of anonymity on the Internet which I think people are starting to discover is a myth (just ask the last pedophile that was picked up by the FBI). I found this both interesting (from a legal and social standpoint) and of great concern. an opinion. I did a number of presentations here in Florida to help seniors protect themselves from fraudulent activity. different delivery method. we need to protect our children. I don’t mind differing opinions and I’m always interested in readers’ opinions. I read a story from June 2006 where a mom was suing Myspace for $30 million because her daughter had been attacked or approached by a sexual predator through Myspace. I’ve got a chance here to make a statement. Please don’t shy away from expressing your opinions in an e-mail to me.com
Is Myspace really Goodspace?
’ve heard it said that if you look at the magazine titles over the last 50 or 60 years you get a good picture of our changing focus.
you’ve got to be involved. Maybe I need to find out if I have any recourse through Myspace if something happens? You’re the parent. I saw a number of funny blogs on this lawsuit issue. That might be a little over the top. in a public mall or shopping area and this includes the Internet. When I was a child (in the 60s) I was kept on a pretty tight leash. my parents would thoroughly check venues that I would be visiting. movie theaters or youth camps. etc. and I wanted to see what they said.a child loose. alone. This took time. My wife and I don’t have children with sites on Myspace. Nothing has changed. but it’s not far off. which may not be the case here. All this is being said to suggest that there are certain “things” that need to be done and these “things” aren’t much different then the “things” we would do in almost any situation. As I grew older. Is it appropriate? Do I need to monitor activity? There’s a page with parent tips on Myspace. No playing outside the confines of our block. and if they didn’t have time to check I didn’t go. one of the most humorous was the suggestion that Myspace needs to counter sue bad parents that are suing them for not stopping sexual predators. So what about technical solutions to Myspace? We can block them. I’m a little suspicious of a parent who would turn a child loose. I think I’d rather see the parents and Myspace get together and provide an environment where the children can get the most out of technology. I agree with this lady (the mom) that this type of activity shouldn’t happen. etc. in a public place but allow the child unbridled access to the Big I. but we’ve checked it out just because we have children. I’m also wondering if this parent would be suing a public place like a mall or store if her child where approached there. The other interesting social phenomenon that I see connected with Myspace is the argument about Christian Computing® Magazine September 2006 27
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luckily the kids of today haven’t missed it. I would have executive management come to me in all seriousness and ask that I stop employees from posting to the Yahoo financial postings. You can search these sites for names and nick names. to remember why I’m here (God. never. Ask them what they’re doing. you only block with the mindset that you are blocking the site from you and not with the mindset that you are keeping your children (or yourself) from getting to the site. but that’s also an article for another day. Does this solve the problem? There are circumstances where blocking software makes a lot of sense.
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. If we’re going to get serious about what we do with our children and the Internet.whether to block them or not to block them. instead of lawsuits. so get involved and check it out. That being said. don’t try to control your children with blocking software. Control your children by being their parents. I can’t say I’m always up on this one.com than we do in the confines of our church. once in a while. I’m making the following recommendations: • Get involved with your children online. There’s a real opportunity here. but it’s not going to work when they’re somewhere else (I’d like to make some comments about public libraries but this isn’t the place). and my answer is always no. I found kids professing Christ and who he is. just don’t forget who you are and who He is. Family and then the other minutia). • Check out Myspace and the other sites. Of course the blocking software may keep them from getting to a site while they’re on your systems at home. • Be the parent. I’ve had parents ask me if blocking software can keep their children from getting to certain sites. You’ll find a lot of good on Myspace. I found sites where musicians collaborated and people shared interests in ways that would have seemed like magic just 20 years ago. We seem to forget that this is also a very important mission field. I spent seven years as a manager of information security for a major firm and one of the most irritating reoccurring requests was the issue of controlling our employees from posting company information on the Internet. Many schools block Myspace with Web-blocking software. You block the site because you don’t want the garbage of the Internet in your house. not correcting the behavior. Like the only place in the entire world that these people could post from was our company systems. We have a real tendency to lose the baby with the bathwater. Search on your children’s school name or popular hangouts. I’m in favor of installing software which monitors computer use and that includes monitoring everyone’s use. You can purchase software to block almost anything from your home systems. For example. but I know I like it when people remind me. We probably have more opportunity to reach the lost on Myspace. Seeking out software to keep everyone accountable by making your (and their) browsing habits public is a great tool. “Wouldn’t it be more prudent to monitor access to the site and when I see them post we can council them on appropriate conduct?” Their mindset seemed to be focused on stopping the activity. • Go into your systems and see where the browser has been. You may be surprised and it will give you another reason to be involved in your children’s lives. I would tell the requester. Possibly subscribe to one of the many good monitoring systems.
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reformat. Don’t forget old drives that you might have lying around. If your data is eating up your hard drive space then you will need to “let out its pants” proverbially speaking.org Purcell
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s your PC getting fat? With all those pictures. then get it. A quick search of Froogle. Most of these drives come preconfigured to run out of the box on Windows. and plugged it into my laptop. I advise you to shop around. video files. That big electronics super store is probably charging too much or will require you to wait 6-8 weeks for a rebate in order to get a decent deal.kevin@kevinpurcell.C. There are a number of strategies for doing this.
The easiest solution is a USB or Firewire drive. We will discuss some of the simple and more creative ways. Remember that. it might be feeling like a middle aged man after a trip to the smorgasbord. your 300 GB drive will actually be a less than 300 GBs.Higher Power With Kevin Kevin A. then you’ve got the smarts for this kind of upgrade.
other important files. For example. Right click the newly formatted drive and click “Change Drive Letter and Paths. The first step is the hardest. It will assign the drive a letter.” Click on “Change” and select any letter you choose. click OK and it will be formatted. If your computer’s BIOS does not support large drives or if your version of Windows doesn’t. or want an external drive. Find the newly installed drive listed at the bottom. You can go back into Windows Explorer and copy the video files back to that folder. open it up following the directions for your computer. Windows will recognize it. internal drive installed. now is the time to change it. In the top right side all of your hard drives will be listed. A NAS drive is connected to a computer network and assigned a network address. In some cases the “Mount in the following empty NTFS folder” will be available.com/ jexh9. you can click on the “Browse” button and aim it at that empty folder.jpg if you need it. And then you configure it. then you may have to use the software that came with the drive. Once you have your new. video files. If it is a new drive or was used in something other than Windows PC.com/sata_power_adapter. if necessary. you will have to reformat it.comtechcomputers. you can temporarily move those files elsewhere so that the folder is now empty. I have a small box from Linksys that allows you to plug two USB Hard Drives or a Hard Drive and a Thumb Drive into it. An internal or USB/Firewire drive might not be as convenient for you. If you are trying to share content among two or more computers. music or any other kind of media. What equipment will I need? There are a couple of routes you could take. It is easy to install the drive. The enclosure I have is like the one you can find at the following link: http://tinyurl. Next. From then on that folder will always point to that hard drive. Find an empty IDE port or SATA port to connect it and do so. Especially if you want to use it for one specific kind of content like pictures. right click it and choose format. this is where mounting your new drive in an empty folder is most convenient. If you want to give it a specific letter. you have to attach it to your network by plugging it into a router via a CAT-5 network cable. But what if you’d rather install it internally? Go ahead and shut down your desktop system. Suddenly your small 40 GB main drive looks like a monstrous 340 GB drive (or whatever the sum of your main drive and your new drive is) with this folder pointing at the new drive. either use the instructions and software that shipped with the drive to format it. you might want a Network Attached Storage drive. First. Find “Disk Management” in the left hand window. master. At the bottom right all hard drives and optical drives will be listed. if you have a folder on your main drive for Video files. It will only list available letters. You can find a little adapter that looks like the one here: http:// www. Right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and choose manage. The above solutions are great if you are using a laptop. or follow the above instructions after rebooting your computer. Follow the instructions that came for your new hard drive for setting the jumpers. then you probably have the know-how to do this. You 30 September 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine
. Make sure you have the right kind of power connector coming from your Power Supply Unit. If you are connecting a Serial ATA drive you don’t have to worry about jumpers or slave v. you have to get the right equipment. Then in the “Change Drive Letter or Path” dialogue box. If you already have a computer network. Just connect the power cable and the small ribbon cable. That option allows you to pick an empty folder on your main Windows drive as the drive’s mount point. Give the drive a label. If you can use Windows XP to format the new drive.
However. All thanks to these great. Finally. Some online storage sites cater to software pirates and have pornography ads all over them. which has become the generic term for a small. If don’t need as much space (let’s say you only want space for some Word and Excel files or to transfer files between multiple computes that are not networked) then your best bet is a Thumb Drive. Another service that used to be free is called XDrive. I have my documents. They now charge for the service. your friend will consider you his very own personal Geek Squad. no power adapters are needed since it gets its power from the USB cable. So I have put some of these apps on the old drive and now I can carry my computer around in a case smaller than a pocketsized paperback book. This could also be used as a security tool. the Thunderbird e-mail client. I found this out the hard way as I researched this article. and you can scan your computer or a friend’s. And you can also put some handy. Yahoo still offers its 25 MB Yahoo Briefcase service for free.com/n92uw) or the Netgear (http://tinyurl. As long as I can plug it into a computer. let me share another creative solution. Be careful searching for these on Google.000. If your buddy complains that his PC is acting funny. Those are just three that are available. then you need another solution. Check them out at Portable Apps (http://portableapps. These are very convenient. If it finds the virus and can clean it. USB device that is about the size of your thumb. if you need more than 25 MB and don’t have the money to pay a service like XDrive. install ClamWin Antivirus Portable. and office software configured the way I like them. I found an enclosure for the old 2.com/ otary). mobile programs on it. plug in the Thumb Drive with ClamWin and scan it for him. or one like them. Online storage was all the rage years ago. It recognizes the new drive and reformats it using a proprietary file system. unless that computer is running Linux.com/). and now already full 120 MB model. They even have plans to add some games. A more expensive solution is an NAS that already comes with the drives. So don’t bother to
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. I would recommend either the Linksys device (http://tinyurl. Another solution is to purchase a box that lets you install internal hard drives into the box. I recently upgraded my notebook hard drive (a mere 40 GBs) to a new. and OpenOffice.5 inch drive that runs only from a USB cable. cookies. I have seen these for as much as $1. expansive.access the configuration page via your Web browser. They can be as small as a few megabytes or as big as a few gigabytes.org’s office suite all can run from a Thumb Drive. little Portable Apps. bookmarks. The biggest problem with this proprietary system is that I cannot unplug it from the NAS device and plug it into a computer. The Firefox Web browser. giving you access to a portable office no matter where you are or whose computer is available. Netgear has such a device.
. It is listed in Explorer as “Gmail Drive” and can be copied to and from. The likelihood of them disallowing your access the same day your house burns down is remote (but not impossible. Let me just say that this is one of the few benefits of having family 1. dependable backup. and/or easier file sharing between you and those you want to see your data. Just use Google. just in case Google changes its mind and disallows this use.dk/code/ gmail. which would not be affected if you have a fire or flood. in case your hard drive fails. A more reliable offsite storage location would be with a distant family member. If you have a Gmail account.
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I read about a software program from Google (http:// picasa. If you will be traveling very little. Check with other users about the card options your carrier may offer. If you travel a lot. or if you travel a bunch. Another tip is to not change any file or folder names or locations until you’ve made your movie project into a self-playing movie. and it keeps me connected in almost every location. It’s a cellular PCMCIA phone modem. is that if you have a long movie with lots of transitions. One warning. and it’s very easy to use. you may need to up the ante a bit and go with a carrier like Verizon (www.com) that many were praising as the best and easiest-touse tool for editing digital pictures. and then played with the timing of the transitions so that they were fast and fun! Windows Movie Maker comes as a free applet with Windows XP. Not all cards are created equal and not all service providers offer wide coverage areas. but finding a free hot spot can be challenging. These are even starting to show up as additions for motherboards! They’re very handy. In my younger days I was a professional photographer and thus always crop and edit my photos. imported songs I’ve ripped from CDs we own. Then her All-Star team went all the way to the national championship. and they always try to steer us to Sierra-Wireless cards.
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Wi-Fi is terrific. though. In fact.t-mobile. so save your work often.nick@mbsinc.
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My daughter had a great softball season.nick at church
Nick Nicholaou . where there are very few areas they won’t connect. And there are lots of options for the format you create those movies in.google. it easily gets hung-up on itself. This is a solution worth doing some comparison shopping over.com
The Little Tools I Love
hose of us who use technology a lot have a collection of little tools and utilities that we’ve come to rely on that help us get a lot done. such as T-Mobile (www. I imported the pictures into Windows Movie Maker. we began referring to it as The Never-Ending Softball Season! After her team won their local championship. A number of our friends and colleagues use technology very little and are often amazed at what we can do! Though many of these are simple. so I was interested. We use Verizon. and they asked me if I’d make another movie “because you’re really great at it!” How could I refuse! There’s no magic to what I did. too. here are a few of my favorite tools that help me accomplish a lot and “Wow!” the masses.com). I took all of the parents’ pictures and made them into a movie with fun transitions set to energetic theme music. you may be able to go with an inexpensive monthly fee with a carrier that offers limited coverage areas.
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Speaking of PDAs. For those with hard drive space limitations.com)! On my smartphone (and on my previous PDAs) I carry two complete versions of The Bible. They’re also both very inexpensive to update each year. It encrypts its contents.iliumsoft.laridian. I had to show it to my pastor so he wouldn’t think I was playing solitaire while he was preaching!
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Like many. it’s not as easy to see or navigate with as DeLorme.mindjet. Whether you want a wired or Bluetooth receiver. eWallet from Ilium Software (www. However. Streets & Trips can interface with a GPS receiver.
MindManager from MindJet (www. It’s easy to use. Of course. and even has easy to recognize symbols to help you identify various categories. DeLorme has very good and inexpensive solutions for you. intuitive. It has the best database of hotels. where would I be without MyBible from Laridian Software (www.com/streets). So we vacation now with more spontaneity and have more fun adventures as we explore what can be found in various communities. and come with a concordance for easy lookups. I use it in meetings and when I’m trying to make sense of a major project.com) is a great solution.well as the Kyocera cards which Verizon often sells for the same price!
DeLorme GPS and MS Streets & Trips
These two programs have changed the way our family vacations! We use the DeLorme GPS receiver (www. These can be viewed separately or together for comparison.
You would tell the postmaster what number you wanted to connect to in Budapest and then wait half an hour to three hours for them to ring you back and connect you..com. I remember the first time I used eFax and Stamps.” If you wanted to call someone in Budapest.as do many of you who read this column. In 1996. part of the Christian camp where I am working. Both are products that make my life much easier. had one phone line that ran from Budapest to the post office.) Email is nothing new. sometimes two or three times a day. So. but this is just too much fun. Tóalmas. every home has DSL capability. (If you know any missionaries who have email addresses.com
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’m actually writing this article from Hungary. Both are great technological solutions to some mundane office tasks. Most of us in the States have been using email for about 10 years or so. I have broadband Internet access almost wherever I am... we send out an email just to let people know how we’re doing and if there is anything they can be praying about for us. I get excited when technology makes life more fun or easier.handheld devices
Jim Vanduzer .) The phone lines that they installed are all fiber optic lines. He was kind enough to allow me to try AudioBay while we were here. I really like gadgets. The missionaries that I’m working with here previously rented a flat in Budapest so that they could keep a fax machine that they would check once a month for “emergency” communications. It’s truly been an encouragement to us.jimv@laridian. send them an email and ask them how you can pray for them.
Currently. while I’m excited about being able to send and receive email from Hungary that’s not what I’m really excited about right now. the town that I’m in. Every 36 September 2006 day. had a phone number of “Tóalmas 3. It’s also nice to get emails from home while we’re here. I am in Hungary and I am trying to stay in touch with family and others who have supported me on this trip. Before we left we set up an email group using Google so that we could “broadcast” email to our family and supporters. For someone like me who likes to be connected 24/7 that would just drive me crazy! Fast forward to 2006: They now have phone lines in the town. Many people are writing to let us know that they are praying for us. Scott Thibault from AcroDesign Technologies (www. We have about 75 people on the list. Coming here now. which connected you to the post office. The castle. (Others in the town told me that it took a while for people to sign up for service because they couldn’t figure out who’d they’d want to call. The camp and the house of the missionaries that we are working with are both WiFi enabled.voiceatom. Now. AudioBay Christian Computing® Magazine
. I hadn’t planned what I was going to write about next. Knowing this I brought my PocketPC with me.com) read my article in the July issue of Christian Computing Magazine the day before I left to come here. You’d be amazed how encouraging it will be to them.always have.. you cranked up the phone.
but that would be an incorrect impression with which to leave you. We posted it to the server without any trouble and sent out an email letting people know that we had done so.) Now I had a use for it! I downloaded Skype to an SD card using the cab download feature..köszönöm szépen (thank you very much)!
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. I recorded just a little bit while we were visiting with our supporting missionaries. It’s just nice to be able to keep in touch with those back in the States who are such a support to us. The second thing that I got excited about. The first night we were here. I also didn’t plan on doing ahead of time.) Now. I have PocketBible with all of my favorite translations and devotionals. (I could have done the same thing right from my PocketPC. We’ve continued to work on making the podcasts a little more interesting. I was talking with our local missionary friends the night we got here and was asking about getting a SIM card. I didn’t think that anyone would really care to listen to it. but never had a use for it so didn’t think about doing it. I can either upload it immediately (if I’m in a WiFi area) or save it to drafts and upload it later. Our team has enjoyed serving while we’re here and look forward to the rest of the week. and it would still cost about 15¢/minute were I to feel like walking to the next village to buy a SIM card. Next time I’ll pack that in my carry-on with my deodorant and a change of clothes. Of course. The system works really well. but I thought it would be fun to play with. By paid calls. I was really surprised by how many people emailed back that they had listened to the podcast and that they had enjoyed “hearing” from us that way. I’m also using my PocketPC as my English<->Hungarian dictionary and talking phrase book. I now have three communication options using my PocketPC. put the card in my PocketPC and installed it. (I actually knew this before. we’re only talking a little over two cents per minute. while our team is here in Hungary we are able to communicate with our supporters via podcast. The only concern I had to this point was that Lufthansa misplaced my suitcase for a 24-hour period. I can create an audio blog and I can call using Skype. It’s also been a nice way to communicate about our trip. I can call my wife’s cell phone from Hungary! The sound quality isn’t as nice as my cell phone. I listen to MP3s while I’m doing email (or typing this article). It’ll be nice to have the audio diary of the trip to go along with the email diary. While I was on the plane on the way here. “I love it when technology comes together!” Oh yeah.allows me to record audio on my PocketPC and using a WiFi connection upload it to a server that allows it to become a podcast. My PocketPC has now become an almost indispensable part of my luggage for mission trips. I know that not everywhere that people go on short term (or even longer) missions trips offers WiFi Internet access.. It may sound like I’ve not been doing any work for the ministry since I’m “playing” so much with my PocketPC.. I can “simply” send email. Other times I’ll just hold it. Skype allows free calls between computers or paid calls from the computer to a phone number. I was concerned that I’d run through both of my batteries before I got my power cord. At first. but it was easier to do it using their laptop with an SD slot. I watched a movie that I had ripped and installed on an SD card before I left. Therefore. You can be sure I’ll get back to you one way or another. As I was looking into Skype using their laptop and wireless connection. Please feel free to write me if you have any questions or want more specifics about anything that I’ve been doing here with my PocketPC. I simply start recording on the PocketPC. Sometimes we’ll pass the PocketPC around and talk at it. Ten Euro gets me ten-hours of talk time. They offered to let me use their Skype account to “call” back to the States. To paraphrase a line from a TV show I used to watch. anywhere I have a WiFi connection I can use my PocketPC to call anyone else. but my cell phone costs 99¢/minute through Cingular. I realized that I could download Skype to my PocketPC.. For two cents a minute. It’s been fun to work to be creative. It could hardly be easier! Anyone connected to the Internet can then go and listen to our podcast. but it is becoming more ubiquitous. Before we left the States I had Cingular unlock my Motorola V557 so that when I got here we could buy a SIM card and a phone card to call back home inexpensively. Once we’re done with the recording.even if I’m in Hungary! For those of you who prayed for me in response to the July issue.