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s you know, two years ago Christian Computing Magazine ceased to print and mail our magazine after 16 years! January 2005 we went completely digital. The good news for our readers is that we were able to do away with the cost of subscriptions and offer our magazine for free! January 2005 we had 10,000 readers, December 2006 we now have 50,000. How do we pay our bills? Our advertisers/sponsors provide the funds to keep this ministry going. I hope you appreciate these companies that have not only sought to provide the church and Christians fantastic computer programs and services, but also advertise in CCMag, enabling us the ability to provide it to you for free.
However, they would love to know who reads CCMag. While we know how many persons we send the magazine out to each month, what is the age of our average readership? How many of you serve as a pastor or staff member of a church or ministry? How many of you have purchased a service or product from one of our sponsors in the last year? These are the kind of questions we would like to ask you, in order to give our advertisers (and future advertisers) an idea about who they can reach when the advertise in our magazine. Please take just a few moments to fill out our survey. Almost all of the questions are simple multiple choice and take a quick click, and we kept the number of questions to just over a dozen. You will notice that we will be asking our readers to take the time to fill out our survey throughout the months ahead. It is very important that we gather this information. In addition, you will be give the opportunity to shape the future direction of our magazine by letting us know what subjects you wish to see in the future. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 Go to http://www.ccmag2.com/ phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=2 and you will be taken to our survey page. Let me thank you in advance for taking the time to help us out! Together We Serve Him,

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building locations. you can see immediately what the conflict is and either accept it or fix it. Players seek to free God’s people from slavery and Pha-raoh. The game’s unique onehanded “smart mouse” control puts all of the action at the player’s fingertips—the game can be played using only the mouse! “Gamers will understand that it was God who delivered His people through the Red Sea on dry ground – the same God who watches. already included modules for tracking membership. Church Windows Software Now Includes a Scheduler Module Several thousand of the nearly 10. contribution. and outside events go off without a scheduling hitch. equipment. financial. and organizers. a committee calendar. One of the benefits of using the Scheduler module is that it interfaces with the Membership module of Church Windows. 2006 by using promotion code CCM1225. locations.thedeliverancegame. there is no blood and no gore. a staff calendar. rehearsals.Moses In The Pharaoh’s Courts Winner of five Telly Awards in 2005. Upon being defeated.DELIVERANCE . Although there is a considerable amount of arcade-style confrontation. Arrange the calendar by categories – have a music calendar. and unleash the ten plagues upon the land of Egypt. attendance. This new module makes it easy! Church Windows. and an adventurous spirit.Press Releases New Christian PC Game . Scheduler can schedule recurring events such as rehearsals or meetings. Take advantage of a special 10% discount if ordered by December 15. or to purchase online visit www. solve the puzzle of the tombs. These conflicts could be dates. services. and it also has a feature that automatically flags conflicts.West Creek Studios announces the release of The Deliverance Game. leaders. and more. equipment. This exciting Action-Adventure Game will challenge players again and again as they seek to improve their score and explore the full range of game playing options.000 current Church Windows software users are already enjoying the benefits of the new Scheduler module for assistance in managing their church calendars. President. Scheduler makes it easy to track events. Although it offers a game playing experience that requires quick reflexes. cares and provides for them today. and payroll information. Current users of this software who received the new module have been very pleased with the addition of this powerful new tool. produced by Computer Helper in Columbus. it can be played by players of all skill levels because there is no wrong way to play. visitation. rooms. Each game level features animation and text taken directly from the book of Exodus. For more information. allowing people already in your database to be selected as contact persons or persons with duties for an event on your calendar. meetings. participants. Deliverance was conceived and designed as a principle-centered alternative to the current genre of computer games that include extreme violence and sexual innuendo. Ohio. characters simply dissolve and the player moves forward to the next challenge. recover the bones of Joseph from the pyramids.com. people. services. a service cal4 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . One of the biggest headaches of the church office is making sure church events. problem solving skills.”— Don Triezenberg. Using color-coding.

Gelski will be responsible for distributing WORDsearch products through all CBA and internet reseller channels worldwide.5227 to receive a free CD which contains a demo and full working trial copy of the program.com. President of WORDsearch.endar.com or call 800. has joined the firm as V.533. Nearly 10.” “WORDsearch has the market’s Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 5 . Export the calendar for printing in the newsletter or posting on the church’s website. etc. You can print reports for people’s tasks.000 churches nationwide currently enjoy the many benefits of the program. visit the website at www. or monthly reports to email or post in the church lobby showing the events and assignments of the day. of Retail Channels. longtime key account executive at Findex. Ms. Church staff members can print daily. Easily produce a calendar by category or include combined categories.” said Randy Beck. “Her years of experience will strengthen our ability to serve those who preach and teach to change lives. About Computer Helper – Computer Helper. and support of Church Windows software. weekly. room assignments.churchwindows. For additional information about Church Windows and the new Scheduler module. formerly Parsons Technology. “We’re blessed to be able to attract talent like Marianne Gelski.P. is a company dedicated solely to the design. Information is available at www.churchwindows. etc. She has probably placed more units of Bible-related software through Christian resellers over the years than anyone in our industry. Industry Veteran Marianne Gelski Joins WORDsearch WORDsearch has announced that Marianne Gelski. Training is available in many forms. begun in 1986.com. development.

Additionally. Users can download a free copy of Bible Explorer at www. makers of Bible Explorer. and in April 2004. Parsons Technology and WORDsearch co-founded the STEP Consortium in 1995 and created an industry standard format for Christian electronic books. Products of the company include WORDsearch 7. It was the first electronic publisher to introduce the process of unlocking electronic books from CD-ROM in 1995. used by QuickVerse and WORDsearch programs. WORDsearch has been producing software and electronic books for the Christian market since 1987. a powerful professional tool for pastors. Today WORDsearch is offering QuickVerse users who are less than satisfied with recent developments the opportunity to upgrade their programs and STEP electronic books. In July 2002. In June 2003.com that will scan their computer for STEP books and replace many at no cost and others for a nominal fee. a tool for small group Bible study leaders. of the STEP consortium. along with Parsons Technology. signed a long-term agreement to be the exclusive supplier of Bible software to LifeWay. Bible Explorer 4. the WORDsearch merged with Epiphany. the easiest Bible Software available. a tool that pops up Bible text when you point to a verse reference. “I’m looking forward to expanding their presence in retail channels and helping to introduce new ways to serve our customers. and wordsearchmedia. Beginning in 1989.com. LESSONmaker 8. Gelski. it operated as NavPress Software where it began its focus on serving the practical needs of everyday pastors and small group Bible teachers. Gelski joined Parsons Technology Church Division as one of its first employees in 1989 and grew with the company as it became the largest producer of Christian software products. the company was renamed for its flagship program product.” said Ms.bible-explorer. and was a charter member.” Ms. WORDsearch. InstaVerse. the publishing ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention. 6 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . an online library of video clips for sermons and teaching. users can download a free robust STEP reader to access any books which are not replaced.strongest combination of excellent programs and a large library of electronic books selected for the pastor and teacher.

Shelby Systems Releases Contact Management Module Shelby Systems has announced the release of a new module.877. The innovative design incorporates a key component for successful ministry – accountability. Organizations often struggle to improve follow-up communication with members and visitors.shelbyinc. individuals are assigned to move the task to the next person. this product helps churches and other faith-based organizations focus and streamline interactions with their congregations. Make contact with Shelby Contact Management. organizing tasks and improving follow up communication just got easier. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 7 . Such built-in accountability assures that people not only are being served. From hospital visitation by pastoral staff to youth group projects. With Shelby Contact Management. For more information visit www. The goal is to keep people from slipping through the cracks. Shelby’s new Contact Management module allows users to easily assign and manage tasks. effectively ensure staff and volunteer accountability. Staff members and volunteers now have a clear understanding of what is needed to complete particular processes. Task assignments are routed quickly via e-mail. At each step. and efficiently track the progress of assigned tasks. Contact Management. As part of the Shelby suite of software solutions.com/contact or call Shelby Systems at 800. but that they are also receiving personalized attention based on the particular ministry needed.0222. Shelby’s dashboard link keeps management processes one click away.

be honest with God about who you really are. I am sure God was wondering who I thought I was fooling because it was not the “real me” that was addressing Him. They have their reward. I have discovered that when you stop trying to “spam” God. There have been times that I sought to fool myself as well as God. However. sustain. and instead allow yourself to be human. A most of these are spam. I wonder how many prayers God receives in a day. or lie about the subject or real intent of the email. I know I have been asked to pray publicly many times. aware of my weaknesses and overwhelmed by my failures. he is there for you. and see you through the troubles ahead.finding god in today’s technology Steve Hewitt . ccording to the Can Spam Act that our congress passed in 2004.steve@ccmag. that they may be seen of men. and while I might have impressed those that were listening around me. The next time you get ready to pray. only to try to “spam” Him as my prayer tried to convince Him that I was brave and faithful and knew He would see me through the problems. Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying. thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets. I don’t know about you. as many as 60 billion emails are being sent each day. I have found myself stealing away to pray to God. if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. I also wonder how many of them are spam. I also know that even in my private prayer time. I have to be honest. or do not provide a real way to unsubscribe from future emails. Christian Computing® Magazine . Emails have become one of the most popular methods to communicate with other people. afraid. Normally. and what it is you really need of Him. I wonder how many spams God receives each day. According to a report released during the first half of 2006. then you have sent a spam. Soon into my “spamming” of the Lord. However. as well as others that I had failed. and he knows our hearts anyway. when I prayed that God would forgive my enemies for their trespasses upon me.com Do You Spam God? Matt 6:5 And when thou prayest. I hope it is more than 60 billion. forgive. ready to lift you up. God would begin to convict me that it was really me that needed to be forgiven because of my transgressions against Him. It is an insult to me that people think I would believe the lies that are in many of these futile marketing promotions. There have also been times when the pressures and problems of life began to wear me down. weak and afraid. Verily I say unto you. if I would stay in an attitude of prayer. He honors those that are truthful when they pray. When we try to spam God we are only fooling ourselves. if you send an email to someone and lie about who it is that sent the email. I believe I have spammed God before. but I hate spam. I have been convicted about being a bit dishonest about the real subject matter that had brought me to my knees. it wouldn’t take the Lord long to break through the false image I was trying to convey 8 December 2006 and I would find myself crying out to the Lord.

what makes a church’s small group system successful? Many churches have discovered that it boils down to excellence in tracking your groups and members. Measur. Whether it’s free mar ket. The question becomes .everything from Sunday school classes.” adds Jude Horn. How do you do that? Many small group structures – One customizable program “We’ve seen all kinds of small group structures . visitors and follow-up. so ing success in all aspects of your church’s vision increases your efthey can have what they need to fulfill their vision. Knowing who is in each group is not enough. or online forms for our customsmall groups.” can easily be generated. From two systems to one Many churches track their small groups in a spreadsheet or database apart from their main membership system. Church leaders have seen the value of small groups as an effec. We want to support the vision God has given to each church. free market groups to more structured models like 5 x 5 and principle of 12. Churches no longer have to conform to rigid church management software. teams. Leader Developer of Excellerate. Lead Support Analyst for fectiveness at reaching people. but they when generating reports that need are often unable to effectively keep up with the health and data from separate sources. to contributions. We’ve seen combinations of different structures and totally original concepts. but they are often understands this. Users can create Class. “Church leaders have seen the value of small groups as an Churches also face challenges effective tool to connect with and minister to people. add their own fields to the database. classes.” church leaders to save time. and is available to customize unable to effectively keep up with the health and progress of their reports. With Excellerate. So what exactly is Excellerate? It is a complete church management solution designed specifically for churches with small groups. reports This philosophy extends to all areas of the syssuch as “Small Group Members Who Have Completed Leadership tem.by Erin Kealy I t seems like everyone is doing small groups these days. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 9 . Having everything in one system allows progress of their small groups.” Sciacchetano says.visitor follow-up. principle of 12.” says Pete Sciacchetano. since class and small group infornew reports. screens. “Our technical support team tive tool to connect with and minister to people. not just small groups. and customize online group reporting and mation are in the same system. or a Sunday school program. “That’s why Excellerate must be customizable to support all the different implementations of small groups. no longer updating information in two places. Excellerate tracks everything from member information. and inevitably experience frustration as they try to keep two systems up-to-date. growing churches see the need for small groups. plus it has advanced tools to help churches’ small groups succeed. Excellerate.ers as part of their technical support plan.” Over 1000 churches think they’ve found the answer “Excellerate has been helping small group churches around the world operate more efficiently for over nine years.

I’m no expert. Visitor follow-up is a snap. Now we can see plainly whether or not our growth is coming from new believers.did the leader visit group members and group newcomers? Group multiplication goal date Each group members’ progress in the training track.Top 6 things every small group church should track From Joel Comiskey. using Excellerate’s web integration and cell leader reports. we saw that we were really struggling to win people to Jesus. small group reporting. but we were under a bit of a false impression that many of these new people were new believers.” “The other benefit is that we can celebrate when we see a breakthrough! It used to be very hard to know what was happening in all of the cell groups.cellchurchsolutions. we are determined to look at the true condition of our church. For instance. Associate Pastor of Oshawa Community Church in Canada sums it up this way – “What a difference Excellerate has made in our church! I have more time to be with people. He has since moved to another role within that organization. as a church. “I don’t know how it happened for you. not even what you’d describe as a computer whiz. Prayer requests More tracking in less time – Internet Integration Tracking all of this information would normally be an administrative nightmare. an internationally recognized small group church consultant 1. Excellerate has enabled us to look at the reality of our successes and our failures. Are they growing? How many people are in our cells? Do they have first time visitors? Are the cells winning people to Christ?” More time with people not paper – The goal Les Lamb. eliminating paper forms and wasted time manually entering information. or only from Christians moving into town or coming from other churches. 5. Mercy Church – Getting down to business Jason Weatherred from Mercy Church in California explains how accurate tracking opened their eyes . Excellerate easily integrates with church websites providing new pages for visitor follow-up tracking. He shares here his personal experience in working with Excellerate. Our church was growing. as well as the ability to submit information that helps ensure successful groups. but with Excellerate’s Internet integration. 4. 2. We got on to Excellerate through an unexpected reference from another local church. but I was asked to take it on because I showed some aptitude for being able to extract information that was useful! The database we had been using was not very user friendly. is to be able to measure our progress as we work toward the goals that God has given us. and we know exactly what’s going on in our cells. It’s great to have one program for everything from finances to counseling to contact info to attendance. so I started looking at alternatives. in-house church management system that’s not dependant on the status of your internet connection. so that our staff can access the information they need to fulfill our mission to advance the Kingdom!” Case Study from New Zealand Robert Cooper was responsible for purchase and installation of Excellerate at Christian Life Centre Auckland. small group leaders can access their groups online and enter their weekly meeting reports. We started praying for a breakthrough in this area. Internet integration gives you the best of both worlds – a fast. Small group attendance Visitors to the groups Visitation . but I was employed as “New People’s Pastor” and ended up looking after our database. especially men. I downloaded the demo version and started 10 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . and member information updating. Leaders can also review various reports online. 3. because I spend so much less time manually entering attendance for our training track (with a barcode scanner) and our cell groups (importing online reports) each week. (www. Just as any successful business must consistently analyze and consider the state of its operations. plus web-based access that empowers your leaders with the information they need. 6.com). New Zealand. which allows them to easily monitor their success.“The goal for us.

Within days I was able to find my way around and extracting more information than I could with our previous system. but we still have a significant number who do not. We now have over 10. It would be true to say that 90% of what we wanted from a database was achievable by all staff from day one.” “How many 18 – 25 year olds do we have?”. This led to further discussions (this time introducing some technical experts) and before long we were installing Excellerate as our new database. With Excellerate’s barcode system.playing around with it – making extensive use of the Help menu. Introducing Excellerate to our staff (around 50 of them at the time) was incredibly easy. the Excellerate team was able to open up this possibility for us. unlike our previous database that required us to employ a technician who had to be trained in the USA. They wanted to enter records of their visits/ counseling appointments from home – via a web interface. but for a reasonable fee.000 active records in our database and our goal is to ensure that each of those people is “known” (not just a number).” Excellerate offers solutions for churches of all sizes.” “I want to email all my team members. For more information see their website at www. and can be contacted at ekealy@thelifechurch. We have 9 services and 4 locations operating every weekend.excellerate. This is requiring us to make full use of the Visits/Counsel features of that database. “Who hasn’t been to our Friends of the Vision Course?”. Next we received a request from our volunteer pastoral care team. we could achieve this. We strongly encourage all our people to belong to a small group. This enables us to find out who has not been contacted recently – and to do something about it.com Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 11 .com Erin Kealy is the Office Administrator at The Life Church of Memphis. or “How many people are in a small group?” We could do all of that immediately. This was not a standard part of the Excellerate package. most users’ requirements are pretty straightforward – “Give me Joe Public’s phone number. even in our extension services that did not have direct access to our database. and do not keep individual attendance records at these services. I was able to do the training from a user’s perspective. using individualized password access to only those records they had been assigned to. Then we received a request to speed up the registration process for our kids’ programs. Realistically. in conjunction with the small group reporting.

com/2006/11/16/technology/16cyber. such as a strikeout and have the program remove foul balls.ccmag.5918893.msn. there is still no recourse for the damaged.com/news/nationworld/chi-0611210406nov21. However.washingtonpost.html?ref=technology Online Banking? Old School! Cell Phone Banking is Coming in 2007 Cingular is working with several banking organizations to prepare to offer a new service next year. are not responsible for defamatory comments. and the servers that provide them. it is legal. There is also talk of the video iPod being able to 12 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . With millions using their site to set up their personal blogs. videos and music) and discourages users from uses copyrighted materials. visit http:// www. However. can a server site such as MySpace be accountable for all of their users? If so. and of course.lar Universal Music Sues MySpace For Copyright Infringement In a related story. highlighted version of the game. defamatory. visit http:// www. allowing continual use on long flights. those hurt by such comments have sought to not only hold the person making the comments responsible. Universal Music. For more information.com) Posters on Blog Sites Get Immunity from Defamatory Comments Who is responsible for false. It raises some interesting questions. the software only works on games that have been recorded on a Windows based PC with a TV tuner card. I wonder how many more car wrecks we will see down the road due to people distracted by trying to read their account information on those little cell phone screens while trying to type in numbers. but the site owner. The wireless banking application it is testing would let customers of participating banks view account balances. transfer funds and pay bills on their cell phones. But if the same statement is allowed on a blog site. Two doctors that were part of the suit feel the ruling is unfair. many users stream their favorite song or songs from their site. In addition. The California Supreme Court has ruled that blog sites’ owners. how does this compare with the courts decision that blog sites are not responsible for malice when it comes to untrue statements that are designed to attack and hurt others? For more information. The software takes about 10 minutes to work on the file and will present you with a shorter. insulting comments posted on a Website? In the past. United and Continental. If an unjust statement is printed in a real newspaper. For more information.msnbc.nytimes. a new program can help.chicagotribune.NOW you can listen to the CCMag NewsBriefs directly from the CCMag Website (www. to work out a plan for iPods to have a direct connection to the planes entertainment system. The cost is around $50. there is a catch. including Delta. most multimedia computers sold today would fit the bill.com/id/15772297/ Does Baseball Have Too Much Lull Between The Excitement? Software to the Rescue If you like baseball. photos.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/15/AR2006111500097. more exciting.html Video iPod May Soon Link With Airplanes Apple has revealed that they are communicating with several airlines.story?coll=chinewsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true www. banking via your cell phone. It is one more attempt to expand the use of cell phone beyond voice communications. and even the server. but feel that the small segments of excitement are surrounded by slow boredom. My personal reaction is that this means one more password I will have to remember.1. The software can analyze the game for you and remove the slow spots (and commercials. It appears that even if a statement on a blog site is picked up and published on other sites. This means that the units could plug into the power system.) You can rate the items you wish to see. visit http://www. you can take them to court for damages. the world’s largest recording company has launched a lawsuit against MySpace because MySpace allows their users the ability to play music. For more information. visit http:// www. MySpace makes it clear in their user agreement that their sites are designed to allow their users the ability to share their original materials (text.

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and can block people if they desire. Pictures can be shared and they will not self-destruct. it appears that United is moving the fastest.nytimes.sciam.cfm?chanID=sa001&articleID= C64E7FCB17DF2CD481732022AE BB215A Zune! Microsoft’s Answer to the iPod What is Zune? It is a digital music and video player. visit http:// www. You will see the names of other Zunes in the area and can offer up a song. allowing passengers to view their videos in comfort. and hopes to have connections and video screens available on their long international flights for first class and business class customers. You must name your Zune which uses WiFi to detect and connect with others within range. People can accept or reject the offers. but they did! For more information. with a slightly larger screen than that of many competitors. MS is also releasing Zune software to run on your computer to help maintain your database of songs and videos.com/ article. except for being produced by Microsoft would be like any other MP3 player that is seeking to compete with the iPod EXCEPT for one cool feature.html?pagewanted= 2&_r=1&ref=technology 14 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . It comes in three colors and.transmit its signal from the tiny screen on the iPod to a screen on the seatback. video or picture. priced at $250. For more information. The Zune has the ability to seek out other Zunes in the area and exchange songs and videos with each other wirelessly! What about copyrighted materials? Whenever you share a song with someone they can only play it three times and it disappears. an FM radio tuner and a 30-gigabyte hard drive that can store thousands of songs and pictures and hours of video. visit http://www. From what I am reading. Will Microsoft be able to break into iPods domain? I didn’t think the Xbox could break into Sony’s Playstation market.com/2006/11/13/technology/13zune.

There are several online services that allow you to exchange files for free.com. For more information.com Need To Share Large Files. They will allow you to send files as large as 1 gigabyte. has developed software to analysis voice transmissions. detecting when a person is lying. Some New And Possibly Scary Applications An Israeli company. 10 times larger than YouSendIt. The software is being used in Australia for a “love connection” type of television program. It was created for security and military interest.com Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 15 . has just offered the largest file size available. visit www. and now. but if you were feigning interest or really paying attention. However your e-mail service has a limit on the size of the attachments that they will allow (or the person you wish to send the pictures to has a limit).Pando. Pando.Voice Analysis Service from Nemesis. One example of using such technology for testing for love or lying can be found at www. You upload them to a site and send the download link to your family. one of the leaders in such services.love-detector. A new player on the field. Nemesis. Your file will be available for 14 days before it will be removed from their server. a version to analyze individual phone conversations with users given a report after the conversation to determine not only if you were lying. and the Moscow airport uses it when they do a pre-flight interview for boarding passengers. Pando To The Rescue You just got your pictures back from your vacation and you would like to share them with your family across the nation. The service is free.

Today. If you have a Pocket PC with a version prior to Windows Mobile 5 on it. it can be purchased from all major US cell providers as well as over 85 other carriers around the world in over 40 different phone models. which was a little computer that freed you from paper calendars. enabling them to have a Bible in their pocket at all times. the PDAs are likely to be pur chased from your cell phone provider in the form of a phone that combines all of the benefits of a portable computing device with online access. Laridian released their latest version. I will often read in bed and I can tap lightly on the bottom of the screen to advance a page rather than using my navigation pad which tends to click when pressed. so if you are upgrading you will instantly feel right at home. You can have it move a single line or an entire book at a time if you desire. meaning you can use a stylus if you like. On the surface. PocketBible 3 is a bible-reading program. You can configure the navigation pad to behave just about any way you like to move around from your current page. note pads. Recently. Laridian has over 20 translations currently available. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Pocket PC platform is one of the more popular mobile computing devices and as of the mid-2006. Those of you that have tried to balance a cup of coffee on your knee in Sunday School while using one hand to hold your PDA and with your other hand manipulate the stylus knows how useful the new interface will be. not a whole lot appears to have changed from version 2. With a library like that. potentially waking up my wife. meaning PocketBible 3 behaves a bit more like an ebook reader than the previous version did. look different than the screenshots here. currently called Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC. You can also navigate by tapping on the screen. The first thing you might notice is the scroll bar on the right is gone.Review Laridian’s PocketBible 3 by Ed Hansberry J ust a few years ago the must have gadget was the Personal Digital Assistant. you should be able to carry around the books you like to use most often. They also have around 25 commentaries and dictionaries as well as over 20 daily reading plans. and to move forward to the next chapter when pressing right and back to the previous chapter when pressing left. PocketBible 3. which comes in handy.Special Feature . including one in Spanish. I’ve configured mine to page up and down when I press up and down on the pad. address books and more. Moving around the Bible has also been Christian Computing® Magazine PocketBible by Laridian has long been one of the favorite add-on programs by Christians with PDAs. your thumb on the menu buttons and navigation pad are all you need. PocketBible 3 sports a new interface that blends in well with the new onehanded interface. but for basic reading and navigation. and they have kept up nicely with the advances Microsoft has made with the mobile device platform. the menus will 16 December 2006 . First and foremost. or PDA.

In my example above. You could also bypass the Goto dialog box entirely. Those are notes that come with a given translation. it assumes you want to go to verse 20 of the current chapter. but I reserve Lime Green for creation passages outside of Genesis 1 and 2. you can turn them off completely if you like. you simply move to the book you want to navigate to. an external full sized Bluetooth keyboard. PocketBible also supports looking for words or phrases. I just quickly highlight the verse in question with a particular color (I happen to use Salmon) for follow-up later and continue with my reading. you can type “20” and you will be taken to John 1:20. If your device has a built in keyboard. For example. but knowing some of the shorthand makes navigation that much faster. I primarily use Holman’s Christian Standard Bible and the paper translation includes a number of footnotes on each page as well as a center column of related verses. Since you did not enter a book. then List. Second. Just to give you a taste of the power the search tool has. but it also helps me in my daily reading. Say you are now at John 4:12 and want to navigate to John 1:8. Finally. you will notice some words in the text that have a faint blue highlight. Typing out “John” will work too. You can also use the stylus if desired. In some of the screenshots. Color and select Salmon. One of the best new features of PocketBible 3 is the ability to highlight just about anything you like. Using your thumb on the navigation pad. It is not uncommon for me to be reading something like the Sermon on the Mount. For example. I then reserve time during the weekend for more detailed study of verses I have highlighted. Just writing “Heb 4:4” on the screen will take you there. you can even look for Greek and Hebrew words. This brings me to searching for things in PocketBible Christian Computing® Magazine 3. which in Strong’s Greek dictionary is number 26. with the current book highlighted. If you have one of the translations installed that supports Strong’s Numbers. you can simply key in your destination. First. PocketBible gives you three ways to handle these. just type Jn 4:12 and you will be taken to John 4:12. or words that you had highlighted previously. When enabled. Tapping on the asterisk reveals the notes. It gets even better though. It is easy to do when looking up definitions. You can restrict your search to either the Old or New Testament if desired. you can 17 December 2006 . This works with any input method.made easier. but I prefer to use a new method called 3-Tap. seeing what the original Greek or Hebrew word is or pursuing more detail in various commentaries. the Goto button brings up a page showing all of the books of the bible. definitions and analysis find myself deep in Leviticus. searching for “love:-g26” in the New Testament will show you all 76 instances the word “love” shows up that isn’t a translation of the word agape. or even the handwriting recognition program called Transcriber. get to Matt 5:38 where Jesus talks about going the second mile. I have found since using PocketBible for reading. press down on the navigation pad. Now that you are at John 1:8. you can have the text hidden but flagged with a hyperlinked asterisk. This has obvious benefits when you want to call out particular passages. With PocketBible 3. since you did not type a book or chapter. or any combination of these. PocketBible will bring up a second window showing all text I have highlighted with that color. and through a few taps. Just type 1:8. This can be useful if you designate other colors for particular purposes. or you could further restrict it to a single book. to find all salmon highlights. select the chapter and finally the verse. like the pop-up keyboard. You can still use the old method of pressing the Goto button and selecting a book from a list then tapping out the chapter and verse numbers. it assumes you want the current book. I use Yellow for anything of special interest. There are several ways to do this. I can get bogged down in researching a passage that gives me pause instead of just reading His Word. you just enter the word or words you want to look for. and Pale Green is used to highlight any passage where Jesus makes a direct or indirect reference to his divinity. Again. I would select the View menu. As you can see by the find dialog box.

which is beneficial for or call toll free 1-888-598-8934 at least two reasons. For example. I have between all members and visitors! started adding keywords at the end of my notes. Easton’s Bible Dictionary and Mathew Henry’s Concise Commentary. To help me with this. searching. which is a program that works with a num• Office Administration Solutions ber of annual reading plans available from Laridian to help you track your progress throughout the year on reading the Bible or through a devotional like Oswald Chambers’ My Click on any of the bullets above for specific Utmost for His Highest. just tapand-hold on a verse and select the Add Note command. bullet points. I can find any OT passage • Outreach Ministry Management Software foretelling of Christ’s first coming that I have added my own thoughts to. note I make in the Old Testament where I comment on a prophecy of the coming of Christ. as well as numbered lists. tips and tricks on the platform. increases more useful than ever. The Purpose of C.A. First of all. He uses his Pocket PC constantly in church and has just about convinced everyone around him that he really is not playing games in church. You can also add your own notes if you like.com). Making these personal notes program that builds Christian relationships. This is a considerable improvement over the previous version where everything was at the bottom of each chapter and involved a lot of tapping to see the notes.have PocketBible show you everything inline if you like. This daily reading feature is now information. leaders and staff with an easy-to-follow administrative colored text. I have really just scratched the surface of the improvements and new features in PocketBible 3. you can add formatting to your notes. or visit www. If you are not afraid of a little HTML... If you like what you see. you do not have to buy a second program to do this. tables and more.A. I might add “messianic prophecy” at the end of any The ultimate answer to.caaministries. Ed Hansberry has been a Microsoft MVP for Mobile Devices since 2000 and is involved in the online community keeping Pocket PC enthusiasts up to date with the latest news. all of the features of PocketBible are available to you while reading through the plan. following along and taking notes. • Telecommunications Administration Those of you that have used PocketBible in the past may have also purchased a program from Laridian called • Church Website Services Daily Reader. 18 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . Ministries is to provide church like bold or italics. but is instead using PocketBible.laridian. etc. PocketBible 3 now supports ministry objectives and creates a church family bond searching through them. It works with the King James Version. Secondly. As long as I am consis• Church Management Software tent in the keywords used. I recommend you go to Laridian’s Website and download the demo version (www.org fully integrated into PocketBible 3. Providing Church Administration & Software Solutions You can add as much text as you like. notes. you can buy the full program and use it with the dozens of other books from Laridian’s offering. like highlights.

They also communicate to the family their importance. his disciples. Left uncontrolled.nick at church Nick Nicholaou . Instant Messages. A good teaching is Jesus’ example! He regularly pulled away from the crowd for time with those closest to him. There will occasionally be members of the congregation or church board that don’t understand this important discipline. The public address is usually screened by a secretary or administrative assistant who does the redirecting – including re-directing some emails to the pastor’s hidden address. it is important to choose a communication strategy that helps balance the demands of email. instant messages. Because it provides easy access to anyone in the organization. Most pastors today have at least one email account. requiring re-direction of those emails. and to the congregation the importance of balancing work and personal time. Yet. He also prioritized personal time during which he could pray and hear God’s voice. These are wise methods that help protect the time a pastor needs for personal and family time. Some of these include not answering the phone during meal time or family time. Many manage the re-direction of emails by having two email addresses: one for the pubChristian Computing® Magazine December 2006 . and text messages with the demands of personal time with God. Team members who directly report to the pastor and some close relationships in church leadership are good candidates for this higher level of access. and taking sabbaticals.com Pastoral Use of Email. Some Context Many pastors try to take steps to protect their family time. a pastor can easily lose their days to this and other digital communication processes. staff. small breaks and vacations away from the demands of church ministry with their family. That re-directing process takes time. and message preparation. & Text Messages pastor’s time is one of his or her most valuable resources. And it allows the pastor to focus on that which needs his or her attention. A Instant Messages Instant message (IM) access can be very disruptive. family. This makes the pastor appropriately available to those on his or her team while also being appropriately available to the congregation and community. lic. One innovative pastor uses IM to begin his day in a virtual pastoral staff meet19 Email Email has flattened organizational communication. This discipline of balance is also important in digital communications. Because it is finite (even pastors only get twenty-four hours in their day). there are some whom the pastor wants to have instant access. it often means those in leadership receive emails that are more appropriately sent to other team members. and one for staff and those with whom he or she works closely. These are trusted individuals who understand the demands of the pastor’s time.nick@mbsinc.

and key members of staff and church leadership who will guard the pastor’s time and not abuse this higher level of availability. Text Messages Cellular text messages can be received almost anywhere. close friends. But text messages. making them a disruption factor that is much higher than email or IM. Turning on the feature that shields his or her cellular number from those they call. Only share cellular phone numbers with family. can interrupt any setting! Because anyone who knows the pastor’s cellular phone number can send him or her text messages. and key church leaders while also protecting the balance of family and personal time. this setting can usually be over-ridden by preceding a dialed number with “*82”. When desired.ing! By agreeing to be available for a brief time every day. key staff. 20 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . It is unlikely that a pastor would be at a son’s or daughter’s soccer game with a notebook computer connected to the Internet and communicating via email or IM. I add this prefix to their entry in my address book. it is important to protect those numbers! A pastor should consider: 1. Time is always in short supply. It efficiently increases everyone’s productivity. this allows his staff to ask quick questions they need answered or to set up meetings with him they need to have. There are few positions where this is felt as strongly as it is by pastors. It also helps give him a sense of what is happening in the church and among the team in a very time-efficient way.) 2. pastors can be appropriately available to family. delivered by cell phones. By strategizing their digital communication options. (For those I call often.

select “Tools > Internet Options” for IE 5 or greater (or “View > Internet Options” for an earlier version). remove The “Shortcut To” prefix.” Second. If it is not there (unlikely). 21 Removing The “Shortcut To” Prefix Do you find the “Shortcut to” text prefix on your shortcuts annoying? Here’s the way to prevent this prefix from appearing when you create a new shortcut. don’t enter anything.D. Third.net tech talk Tweaking the Windows XP Registry . select “New > Binary Value” from the context menu. this was not the case on my XP PC. We will end with a few more cool tweaks: how to remove the Content Advisor password in Internet Explorer. First. and press Enter. launch RegEdit and navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Soft ware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. and use anything as our Outlook Express Start Page. in the right pane click on the key called “Key” and press Delete. if it is there.” Second. however.” When asked for a password. J. (Doc) Watson . just click “OK. First. Removing the Content Advisor Password in Internet Explorer A friend of mine recently lost the password for Internet Explorer’s “Content Advisor” that he had set for his kids and consequently could not go much of anywhere in IE. label and either edit or type the value data to read 00 00 00 00 (ignore the four zeros at the far left). launch RegEdit and navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ratings. with a simple Registry edit. Here is how to reset the password to its original state. in the right pane double-click on “UpdateMode” and change the “Value Data” entry to 0. open IE. Fourth. Third. you sometimes have to refresh Explorer to see the changes by pressing F5.docwatson@nctelecom.” Second. First. turn off the Outlook Express splash screen.Dr. (Note: while some tipsters say that existing instances of the text will also be gone.Part 7 T his is the final part in our Registry series. I will throw it into a regular “Hot Tips” installment.” This disables “Content Advisor” because there’s no longer a password. launch RegEdit and navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Current ControlSet\Control\Update. however. close the Editor and reboot. double-click on the “link” Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 . Third. go to step 3. right-click in the right pane. click “OK. refresh Explorer automatically. click on the “Content” tab and click “Disable. Let me know if it is different on yours. locate the “link” label in the right pane.) Refreshing Explorer Automatically When you add a new folder or file to an existing folder. close the Editor and reboot. Whenever I find another cool tweak.” and then reboot. type link. You just deleted your original “Content Advisor” password. You can make this automatic.

of course. It won’t affect other users. you could create your Outlook Express. PowerPoint for the PowerUser. Doc’s Booklets and CD There are now four booklets in my series: Windows Hot Tips. is on a user level.com).google. and press Enter.. select “New > String Value” from the context menu. launch RegEdit and navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\-Identities\-{Your Identity in curly brackets}\-Software\-Microsoft\-Outlook Express\5. own HTML page (in Word.html). Doc’s Giant Utility Collection on CD is postage paid at $14 (2-5 copies $13 each. First. like the previous tip.00 for 10 or more copies). if you want to restore the default. First. close the Editor and start Outlook Express. close Outlook Express. double-click “FrontPagePath. If you want just decoration. and God bless. did you know that you can set its “Start Page” to display any local or remote HTML page you wish? I didn’t think so. The Wonder of Word. 81641. If you want something more utilitarian.0.00 ($4. type NoSplash. Meeker. and 6 or more copies $12 each). for example) and just type the path to it (e. and press Enter.. and you can actually enter a search string from inside Outlook Express (Fig.0” key. type FrontPagePath. either delete the “FrontPagePath” key or delete its value. just create it. “http://www.g. Fourth. a little tweak of the Registry will do it and speed up its loading by a nanosecond or two (maybe even three). type 1 for the “Value Data” and press Enter. PO Box 235. 22 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . Using Anything as Your Outlook Express Start Page Speaking of Outlook Express.Turning Off the Outlook Express Splash Screen While there’s no option in Outlook Express to turn off it splash screen. A single copy of each is $5. C:\My Documents\OEStartPage. close the Editor and restart Outlook Express.” type the full address of a web page and Figure 1 . and then. select “New > DWORD Value” from the context menu.0” key. If you would like to help with costs (not required). got to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\-Identities\ {Your Identity in curly brackets}\-Software\-Microsoft\-Outlook Express\-5. right-click on the “5. Send orders to: MicroManuals.Creating your own HTML Start Page in press Enter. Fourth. CO. Here’s how to do this cool Registry edit. 1). double-click the new “NoSplash” label. Also. Right-click on the “5.0. Windows Hot Tips 2 (WHT3 will be complete with my next column). Thanks again. Third.50 for 2-9 copies of the same title and $4. and the latest. This tweak.g. if the label “FrontPagePath” does not exist in the right pane (and it probably doesn’t).” Second.” Second. you could enter your favorite search engine (e. Third. add 50 cents for any number of booklets you order.

the tithe was used to care for the Levites (the priests received their income from a percentage of offerings for sacrifices) and to care for “the alien. Most churches have fairly clear teaching and expectations on giving and tithing to the church – taught on a consistent basis to their membership. In addition. in the past I taught Church History at a Jesuit university. The Heart of Church Communications. designated gifts. Additional offerings were required for sacrifices. The tithe (Lev. The Biblical context of giving Be assured it is not the intent of this article to in any way to distract from or to take away from regular giving to churches. In both the Old and New Testaments there are clear precedents for special giving projects for special needs. (and still am) a regular Bible teacher in our church ministries. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 which is what I still consider the more important thing I do. is in the area of “designated giving” where the giver specifies to what area he or she wants the money to be spent. Bible teaching is my first love and what got me into computers initially was that they were a better way to do the writing and study I needed to do for my Bible teaching and ministry. 7). the fatherless and the widow. so that they may 23 . For you to be able to raise money for technology projects with proper Biblical support is the purpose of this article. I’ll first give the Biblical citations that apply and then follow it up with suggested practical applications. In everything I do in church communications. I work very hard to have a solid Biblical basis for it. To continue with our topic: A Old Testament Giving The Jews in the Old Testament lived in a theocracy where the civil and religious law and economics were combined. both for sins and for joyful times (see Lev. I have an MA degree in Church History. Since much giving for technology and communication ministries can fall into this area. and we don’t want to do anything that would go against what the Bible teaches. But where does designated giving fit in? Is it Biblical to give to special projects? All of us doing communications or other work with technology are doing it first and foremost to please our Lord. Most churches strongly support this practice. 6. a biblical way to fund needed technology s the year draws to a close. To answer.com/yvonprehn) goes into and teaches a Biblical basis for church communications and I strongly encourage church leaders to read it. as a wise way to reduce their tax liability.com Designated donations. I have attended seminary. In the sections below. 27:30) was not the only offering required. let me share: I have been for many years.lulu. many people consider giving year-end donations to a church or ministry. A preliminary note: in case some of my readers may wonder why the desktop publishing and church communications lady is teaching on Biblical giving and what background or authority does she have to do it. My latest book. Where questions and concerns enter. (available at my online bookstore: www. let’s look at the Biblical basis for special. in part.yvonprehn@aol.Ministry communication Yvon Prehn .

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Some passages that talk about this includes: Ex. In addition. Josiah’s repair of the temple. In addition to these regular and expected offerings to God. saving it up. do not and were not written in the context of how giving should be done as a continuing pattern. that special giving was also used to pay the workers.6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. Many of the passages used to guide giving in the church today. for special projects. David and the people’s gifts for the building of the temple. Lots more examples could be given. but to be historically. In addition to the building materials themselves. but far more churches don’t because they do not seek the funding to do it. 7 Each man should give what Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 25 . networking. The primary example of this has to do with the special offering taken up at a number of places in Paul’s journeys to help the saints in Jerusalem. Many churches honestly can’t afford to pay technology workers. First of all. so that when I come no collections will have to be made. offering asked for the building of the tabernacle. programs. This is a good precedent to follow. The tithe in this way was part of the social care system. 35. That is not to say that the example followed isn’t a good one. when the families who returned from exile gave freewill offerings to build the temple. training. 2 For I know your eagerness to help…5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised…. 2 Cor. Verses included are: 1 Cor. 14:22-29). Many times people doing technology work in the church do it as volunteers. On the first day of every week. but there are few churches today that follow the example of giving to the point so that “there were no needy among them. 16: 1 Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. Whether it is new computers. one of the few records we have of how the early church actually gave is in Acts 4:34. They may love what they are doing. you notice from the passages above. Most often these special projects had to do with the building or restoration of the tabernacle or temple. designated offerings. textually and Biblically honest. not how to support the church on an ongoing basis. Current day application The tools of technology are some of our most effective tools we can use to build the church. but these show a pattern of extra giving when a need is there. the following verses were written on how to conduct a special needs giving campaign. each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income. part of the tithe was to be used for celebration (Deut. Ezra 2:68.” That aside. It is biblical to pay people for the work they do to build the church. 2 Chron. but a technology minister is just as worthy of his or her hire as is the music minister. New Testament giving If we read the New Testament without preconceived notions. 29:1-9.. 26:12). it is interesting that most of the other examples of giving in the New Testament had to do with special. 2 Kings 12. 35:49. web development—if churches gave resources to make these things possible many churches could be significantly built up. we find some rather interesting things. at numerous times the Israelites were asked to give over and above them.eat in your towns and be satisfied” ( Deut. 9: 1 There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the saints. and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Visit our web site for complete information and free Trial versions. 9 for the entire context). special designated giving campaigns are not only acceptable. Extensive reports. receipts. 8.com/yvonprehn Church Management Software for Windows VIANSOFT ® Contributions and Treasurer Contributions: Membership. Vian Corporation 452 West Hill Road Glen Gardner.pdf NACBA article on new legislation on charitable giving: http://www.com My online bookstore.nacba. Current day application As the passages above show. my seminars and many other resources: www. Easy to use and affordable ($95. expenses. (Read all of 2 Cor. but projects to be undertaken with great care. participation (attendance).gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526. source of free and for sale resources for church communicators: www. pledges.org My website for information about communication training.com 26 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . a key organization for giving guidelines for churches and Christian organizations: http://www.lulu. contribution statements.net/Article/NewTaxLaw.com Web site: www. I trust the study above can help put your heart at peace if you need to raise funds for your ministries in technology.00 each). NJ 08826-3253 Phone 908-537-4642 Email: vian@vian. but in addition to that. print checks.ecfa.thelionsvoice. not reluctantly or under compulsion. Treasurer: Budget. if read in context and true to their original meaning. purchase orders. More resources: A great site about giving with an extensive list of links about every imaginable related topic: http://www.he has decided in his heart to give. Again. Since 1985.net/ IRS charitable contributions PDF: http://www. we have provided financial accounting software for congregations and ministries of all sizes. committee lists.htm ECFA. for God loves a cheerful giver.irs.vian. this is not in any way to take away from regular giving to the church. income.guide-to-funding-ministry.

has been tied to a group of individuals that work out of a country to our east. I am so convinced that this is the next wave in malware that I have changed the segment I teach on malware for the class. I am pretty sure you have noticed it. How is it we are still willing. I know I have. These people have developed software that goes out on the “Big I” and finds systems susceptible to being controlled and then installs their software. This installation process starts by cleaning any malware it might find (usually with a pirated copy of a virus scanner) off the target machine and then it installs itself and starts working secretly as a background process. then you have become a willing participant. That is just the way malicious programming runs. This will be my last article. But botnets will grow for one important reason.com BOTNETS the New Scourg n January 2005 I wrote my first article for Christian Computing on the Ten Immutable Rules of Security. It was all about keeping “your” computer yours. So what is this “work” it is doing and how is it controlled? That is a great question. Spambots make money for their controllers and that will keep the skids greased. to turn over our systems for the purpose of promoting what we now call SPAM? Not only do the spammers devise programs that take over vulnerable machines to promote their “work” but then find a willing computing base to install and run their insidious software. “I’m not a willing participant!” “What are you talking about?” You may not be willing. the only people that ignore regular maintenance on their cars (like checking the oil) are folks that are riding in the passenger seat of the tow truck. but if you have taken the attitude that the diligence necessary to ensure your computing environment is free from malicious software is either. We will probably always have the odd worm and the attack of the automated buffer overflow. I am now teaching the Information Security Fundamentals class at a local graduate school. too menial. Will Milor .blackisle@tampabay. Let’s start with control. The software is controlled by a command and control module (CCM). The only people that ignore regular patching of the operating system and updated malware systems are participants or potential participants in spam bot networks. too complicated. As a corollary. in part. ReChristian Computing® Magazine December 2006 cently. for a while. You cannot ignore regular system maintenance. The problem.rr. 27 I . the CCM was a machine that knew where all the controlled machines were and could send out commands to do a myriad of things. there is money behind it. even un-wittedly willing. there have been articles about the rise in spam on the internet.Information security G. too hard. as I take a break to write a book and I am still on the same track. Let me explain what I am talking about when I say spambot. It used to be all about worms and viruses with a dash of spyware thrown in for good measure. In its infancy. Now I am making “botnets” the central theme of that segment of the class. Some of you are saying. too whatever.

So what about the network of bots? The reports I am hearing are staggering. Get with the program.000 machines.000 machines. but multiple clicks per second. so much for every time their ad is clicked on. There are other things you can do with a botnet. Scary? This is nothing new. Internet advertising is sometimes charged to the customer by the “click”. It seems a natural progression that the bad guys would start to use the same architecture for their badware. to the tune of thousands upon thousands. So the controller has a primary CCM to control the botnet and if that CCM is found and destroyed it signals another CCM that it will be going out of service and the new CCM takes over. these people are not philanthropic) and make some cash. Not just “click” on them. it no longer needs a stand alone machine from which to work.000 drones doing my bidding what kind of mischief can I achieve? One bit of mischief is to go out and look for e-mail addresses. They run systems like emailsiphon and other programs which “harvest” e-mail addresses off of web sites. but the thing that we’re concerned about here is SPAM. this is the 21st century. Sending out spam with a botnet is pretty efficient. for example. Others increase the number. It’s a system. You can cover millions of e-mail addresses very quickly with a botnet of 75. There was an interesting lawsuit about this issue against Google. but all you “techsters” out there just pretend with me for a minute). This is some good reading in itself. There are articles about bots being used to click on internet advertisements. not just a machine. Now this CCM function has evolved into a matrixed program which can reside on any of the bots. Not very ethical but. just go out and do some research on spiders and e-mail address harvesting. One article I read.Knock out the CCM and you knocked out the botnet. The controller (that would be the human) can tap any number of CCMs that are aware of the other CCMs and are replicating information between them. I don’t have to go into what they’re selling or what I think of these folks. clearing the way for the next wave of malicious software to bypass the blocking mechanisms. There are many web sites which are taking action against these processes and blocking them. talked about a botnet of 75. The other mischief they get into is selling their services to a company that might want to harass their competition. So are you a participant? How would you know? 28 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . A company will pay Google. that would be redundant and calling them names only gives me temporary relief from the frustration they cause. and this is becoming a growing issue. You don’t really need a primary domain controller any more (technically this isn’t true. after all. Then you can sell these lists (remember. What a great way (I’m being facetious here) to drive up the competitions advertising costs. it’s basically how Microsoft’s Active Directory is set up. If I have 75. This is the building block of SPAM.

We need to step out and save the children we can. Patch systems. Computing is now more prevalent than transportation and there is a lot of harm being done out there. Yes. sorry Linux fans. but I am not a mechanic either. Without his faith in my writing I wouldn’t have ventured out here. Sophos and Simplicita have come together to offer Internet Service Providers (ISP) a way to detect and segregate the bot. But right now I’ll stay with the party line. is because people are buying these products. I’m currently looking for a publisher. you’ve all been very supportive and I’m very grateful. I have to go to someone competent to get my car fixed. I will truly miss getting e-mail now and then from readers.There is some great stuff being written on this subject and I wish I had a good answer for you. People won’t know why they can’t get mail from the Grandkids and may not understand how to make this go away when they’re trapped by this new software control. Steve made what I think is the obvious statement. The good news is there will be lots of answers soon. once again because there is money in it. If they send out a million e-mails and only a few percent respond. this is goodbye for a while. One of the reasons this works. My plan is to write a book on adoption called “The Myth of the Disposable Child” and then come back to Christian Computing in 6 months. This is a new chapter in my life and I can only hope that it is God doing the writing and not me (I’m way too flawed to listen to). run malware detection and hope something good comes down the line to remove this scourge. I realize systems are complicated and we don’t all have a computer science degree. they win! There’s very little overhead. I love his answer. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 29 . I’d like to take this a step further and suggest that if we were all diligent in taking care of our systems the botnets might go away too. but it is what we need. The bad guys make money creating the problems and the good guys make money removing the problem (at least that’s the way it seems to work). he said. We’ve got to start taking an interest in stopping some of this stuff. that if people didn’t buy this stuff the spammers would go away. I know you will be e-mailing over this one). but the spam would. Unfortunately for us this is too “much” too late. We need a huge neighborhood watch. The botnets might not. I’m talking about the operating systems manufacturers (that would be Microsoft since we have a monopoly out there. the ISPs and everyone involved. I want to say a special thank you to Steve Hewitt who has allowed me to use this wonderful forum. there are so many good Christian homes with so much to offer. it’s almost all profit. all it takes is a little push. the end users. We adopted a child 9 years ago and I am hoping I can encourage people wanting to (and thinking about) doing the same. I’m going to stay with the party line here and sound like a broken record. Maybe. people buy things from the spammers (I can’t figure it out either). Well. I was listening to Steve Hewitt on Prime Time America when he was talking about the issue and he was asked how to stop it. Do not hold your breath on this one. When I say we.

it is not a surprise. Purcell . The hospital has a map with driving directions. laptop sales outpaced desktop computers for the first time in May 2005. with 53. The Best Way to Start Your Day At 6:30 am I groggily awake to a high pitched chirping sound. It is a little finicky at first. But how does this affect us in the Christian Computing arena? It opens up new doors for us. I jump into the car to make the drive to the hospital. According to Current Analysis. 30 December 2006 . The point is that today more people are going mobile than ever before. The most useful way I can do that is to share with you what a typical “mobile day” might look like in my life. I can open a devotion book in PocketBible and then my bible reading in DailyReader. That’s right! My Windows Mobile Treo 700w is also my alarm clock. My wife punches me in the side.org. but rather an amalgam of ways I have used mobile technology to help be more effective and efficient.Higher Power With Kevin Kevin A. I have to be up and at the hospital for Mrs. find my mileage report. I arrive at the hospital parking deck realize I forgot to enter the beginning mileage of my trip.kevin@kevinpurcell. In this month’s article I want to discuss how going mobile has helped me do my ministry as a pastor and a Christian. I’ve never been there before and think I know the way. but it doesn’t open that well on my little 240x240 resolution screen. I fire up Pocket Excel and it opens the church’s budget which was the last thing I had loaded during a finance committee meeting a few days ago. I close it. By the time I’m out of the shower and have my bowl of Captain Crunch poured. a research firm quoted on CNet. Christian Computing® Magazine Are you a mobile user or a tethered user? This month we will look at a day in the life of one mobile user – me. both from Laridian. I’m lost.” she incoherently mumbles. “Mobile Computing is a generic term describing your ability to use technology ‘untethered’. With pervasive Wifi access and cellular modems.” Once I enjoy the last few spoonfuls of cereal and the Living Word. that is not physically connected. So I open my Treo and go onto the Internet and look for the address of the hospital using the mobile version of Google over my cell provider’s high speed internet. A growing number of people use mobile devices more than they use a desktop computer. So I copy the address and paste it into Pocket Streets and connect my Bluetooth GPS device. Smith’s hernia surgery. I was wrong.3 percent of all new computers purchased that month being laptops. Finally I have the signal and know where I’m going. I will later trace the exact driving route to get the correct beginning mileage figure. This is not an actual day. but I finally get a connection as I wait in a parking lot of a store on the way to the hospital. or in remote or mobile (non-static) environments. I am inspired by today’s reading and think this might be a good topic for a future sermon or bible study. so I copy a few lines into Pocket Word save the file to synch later with my laptop computer. I reach up to find the Treo and push the center button to unlock the keypad and then I silence the alarm. but I have to keep track of both beginning and ending mileage. My church pays me mileage reimbursement. “Your phone.org Purcell Mobile Computing A ccording to Wikipedia. enter the current mileage and make a note that this was halfway point.

She is impressed and I let her look at it. I fire it up and realize that her real name is Elizabeth Gertrude Smith. I remember that her son will probably be there and I cannot remember his name. No one ever has. My Whole Library with Me at All Times I unpack my laptop and set it on the desk and fire it up. She has entered a few new appointments for me into outlook and updated some addresses and phone numbers of church members. Hopefully she will be working when I visit Mrs. I get all of my notes in a Word Document and put them on the Treo. When it’s over I listen to Haddon Robinson on Discover the Word. I walk up to Paul and shake his hand and call him by his name. What is her real name? Thankfully I have entered the church’s role into Outlook on my computer and it syncs with my phone’s contacts list. After getting forty dollars cash I fire up my checking register program and enter the transaction. I will later sync it with my desktop version of the program. I don’t have cash and I cannot get out of the parking deck without a few dollars.” he glows. I know that software would sell well. “Well at least you cared enough to make note of it in your little gadget. Smith again. “It sure would be nice if those Bible Software guys would let you sync your notes with a mobile version of their program. We discuss the surgery and he takes me back to see her. It’s not like having a full keyboard. “I’ve been begging for that along with thousands of other users. I start it up and show her how it works and she reads the thing. I enter the security password and it gives me access to my PIN. After we’ve eaten. Again I fire up Pocket Word to write down her request and her name so I can tell the people at church to pray for her later tonight. He pulls out his bible and three other books and a notebook. which I downloaded from iTunes for free. All I have to do is plug in the power cord and the USB cable and I’m attached to all the devices that I would normally have attached to a desktop PC. Within seconds I am doing some advanced language study. If I was in a real pinch. I could have sat in the waiting room with the family and during a quiet moment I could open my Treo and did some of the bible study I am now doing on my computer. The USB docking port is connected to my multi-function printer/scanner/fax machine and my mouse and keyboard.” I reply. And what would normally occupy half a dozen bookcases fits on a laptop the size of two bibles. I have prayer and read a verse from Pocket Bible. Gerty remarried thirty years ago and her son now has a different name. At the restaurant we find our usual booth in the back corner. But I don’t think it will ever happen. even if it was not the best package out there.” Just then a nurse enters the room and sees us talking about my Treo. Smith was having more serious surgery. So. Paul makes mention of his mother’s techie preacher and that is when I admit how I remembered his name. one of the other guys suggests we get started. I will tell him later that this was all a trick of technology … maybe. Multimedia Was Never So Easy It is lunch time and I have planned to meet with a group of pastors.” “Yes it would.At the front desk of the hospital the nice lady asks for the name of the patient I’m visiting. I have about six different podcasts ranging in interest from the Green Bay Packers to one on Windows to my own sermons. I give the lady the name and she tells me where to find the family. Fortunately I have all of this in my contacts and I find it … Paul Rodriguez. There is no Gerty Smith and then I remember that Gerty is just a nickname. I just got a new ATM card with a new number and I open up my PDA wallet program that holds this kind of information. I drive back to the office where I put my phone in the cradle next to my secretary’s computer. “You remembered. I can tell her about our church praying for her and invite her Sunday. As I am riding the elevator. Tomorrow I will read the commentaries and dictionaries and on Friday I will read some more devotional works and finish my sermons for Sunday morning and evening. After the visit I leave and run down to the ATM in the lobby. The passage study that once took me 6-8 hours now takes half that time thanks to the advanced Bible software available today. She also has finished making the changes to our church’s constitution and by-laws which will now sync to my device. I’m impressed.com. If I had access to a table I might open up a wireless keyboard that gives me more laptop like interface. just in case someone might ask about them. We are studying the bible together and preaching through the same book. I Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 31 . enter the passage into the search line and it finds all the books I have about that passage. and Mrs. but it is better than the thumb keyboard on my Treo. In my car I plug my iPod into the Auxiliary port on the car stereo and listen to Steve Hewitt’s latest podcast from CCMag. His pen goes dry and doesn’t have a spare. I tell her Gerty Smith. I haven’t signed up for a clergy pass at this hospital yet so I cannot get the free parking they offer pastors. My secretary says. I ask her what she thinks and she says it is interesting and I offer to pray for her. I had previously downloaded a copy of a tract Laridian produces just for such an occasion.” We give each other that “oh well” look and on my way out the door to the local sandwich shop. I open my bible study program.

They are amazed and ask for the web site. Mr. When he comes to the door he invites me in and offers a drink. It is so nice to now worry about what I’m missing on TV 32 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . I’m sure it is the Jones family. Returning home. We laugh at our Luddite friend trying to find room for all his books. After an hour. After a prayer together.com. 20th century with his books bemoans the fact that his church doesn’t have a video projector yet. I remember a video I downloaded from SermonSpice. I plug the iPod into the mini external speaker that I carry just for this kind of thing. She will see the added appointment and will call the Jones’ for me. A Little R and R It is five and I am sitting at home on the couch watching some shows I recorded on Tivo last night which I was at visitation. Back at the office I again sync my Treo with the secretary’s computer. But we continue our study for another hour. I stop at a deacon’s house. While studying with just a few keystrokes or pen taps we have access to information in the same time it takes our friend to find just one passage in his concordance or one word in his lexicon. He wanted to talk to me about some complaints in the church. I excuse myself. They’ve been unhappy ever since we started using technology in worship. Over a coke we discuss the Jones’ latest complaint and I suggest we visit them.have my Treo and the other pastor opens his small 12 inch laptop. I enter an appointment into my calendar and we talk about other things. I pull out my Treo and find the database of our deacon family ministry plan in order to remind myself which families are on his list. I put it on my iPod so the guys could see it. When in the car I make some notes to remind myself what the issues were that we talked about. He promises to save up for a laptop.

Yesterday. a phone. movies and music. Finally. And now that Tivo lets me download those shows to my iPod I have a few episodes of my favorite shows ready if I want to watch them during a break away from home. But for 90 percent of what I do. “Let’s watch a movie dad. When I need more. Bible Study. I then beam him the list of sermon topics for the next quarter and a list of visits that he needs to make while I’m on vacation next week. He informs me that he has a video for tonight’s worship portion of the service. like my iPod. My music minister walks up to me and says. “I’ll stick to Bejeweled or Madden Football on my Treo. How do I get that into my Treo? I unplug the iPod and take it back to the secretary’s office and plug it in. so I get up and pack my Treo and my SDIO (secure digital input output) to VGA adapter so I can plug the Treo into our video projector to display the presentation I created for tonight’s bible study. It is an address book. He hands me a USB flash memory drive. and Adobe Premiere Elements for video editing and Photoshop for photo editing. I try it out and then remember why I don’t play Gameboy games. I read books on it with Microsoft Reader and Adobe’s Mobile version of Acrobat Reader. He runs off to do some homework and my TV show ends. This is a new game we just got him yesterday based on the story of Joshua. a bible study library. My son runs in from Basketball practice and hands me his brother’s Gameboy. my Treo and presentations. The only thing I use my desktop for anymore is some advanced video editing.” he yells. We get through the service and after some dinner with the staff. I connect my projector to the iPod using the video and audio cables that my wife brings from home (I called her on my Treo to ask her to pick it up). I fire up my laptop and have access to all the programs I use regularly including MS Office. my PDA and laptop are all I need. I also have the first slide of my presentation up to get people interested in the study tonight. I start playing some Christian music via the iPod as people arrive.” I say handing it back. I then transfer it to the iPod using the conversion software we have installed. and some even use them for entertainment like video games.” He pulls out his Dell Axim and aims it at my Treo. Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 33 . “Here is the list of music for next week. He beams the Mobile Word file to me and it comes across fine. I look at it and he asks if I want to play. I have games for fun and I use it as the base for all the other gadgets I use. I have to get ready for church tonight. So I plug in my iPod to the TV and we watch Cars. Is Going Mobile The Best Way? I love my Treo. You sacrifice a little power and sometimes it is hard to get things done. The kids and wife use it for games and word processing and Internet. at lunch I needed to clear my head and I watched an old rerun of the Any Griffith show. son.anymore. which I downloaded off of iTunes. I keep my mileage and the database of my church and do simple word processing. we return home. storing files and serving my printers in my home network. Showing Off for the Crowd After plugging my Treo and my iPod into our video and audio system. “I’m almost to the last level on Joshua.” my son asks.

we were able to connect everyone to a server running Novell Network. It was a great device that for some unfortunate reason never really caught on.com. I still carry my print Bible with me to church along with my PocketPC. The future of the book is electronic.” We began talking to more and more people who all said the same thing. Sometimes I only Christian Computing® Magazine . Surprisingly there was a PDA. Yes. But they have not.” It was what was lovingly referred to as a “luggable. replaced print books. and where are we? As I am typing this I am sitting in my office that has bookcases on 34 December 2006 three of the four walls and I still have books stacked on the floor because I don’t have room on the bookcases.com Electronic Books – Still Not Quite “There” W the version number.” The keyboard clipped into the chassis. It only ran DOS. Borders and a number of other bookstores are all still doing pretty well. There was a four-inch (green) screen on half of the face and two 5.jimv@laridian. the Apple Newton. I don’t remember The company had one “laptop. I know you’re reading this in an electronic magazine. hen I graduated from college in 1991 I went to work for a small Christian publishing house in New Jersey. Logos came out a little later as a Windows product. Some of you may remember these days. Soon all books will be electronic and very few people will be buying paper books. I became the business office manager and was responsible for installing and maintaining the new computer system. Some of you may remember. I remember giving talks at various publishing houses saying basically the same thing. I got the first of the new computers. We saw the value of having the Bible on the computer and began looking at how we could turn our books into “electronic books. Amazon.handheld devices Jim Vanduzer .25" floppy drives on the other half. by and large. or even still have. but those that have survived are doing quite well.) Electronic books do exist and some of them are doing very well. (Something in the Old Testament about stoning false prophets and all that. which was about the size of an average desktop computer today. Biblesoft and QuickVerse were the main Bible software programs that were available for DOS. Since I was the newest person in the company. Barnes and Noble. a lot of bookstores have closed over those 15 years. As we bought new computers for everyone else in the office. It’s now fifteen years later. Both were later ported to Windows. So. The company that I worked for primarily published commentaries.1. The electronic book has not replaced the print book – and yes. were we visionaries just ahead of our time or were we just wrong? I no longer make predictions. It was a 386 running Windows 3.

take my PocketPC. For some reason. and every morning (since for some crazy reason I would wake up about three hours before everyone else). And it’s thinner than both. but at this point the technology isn’t there to make this work) is that the screen is not back lit. Think iTunes for the iPod only with books instead of music and videos.well you can. The iPod will play other music formats. but I won’t. I read on both plane rides. While this worked for the iPod I’m not sure I see it working for Sony. but they make it difficult.5" by 5" with a 6" diagonal. You need an outside light source. One of the reasons for such long battery life (and this is one of the things that I dislike about the device. To give you an idea of its relative size. But that’s actually a good thing.” Surprisingly there isn’t actually any translation of a Bible available. Since I’ve had the device I have read three books all the way through.) All three books were fiction (hey…I was on vacation when I was reading them…give me a break!). it has a larger footprint than a paper back book. You only need slightly more light than you would to read a print book. I got mine about a month ago. but usually they both go along. It was easy for me to forget the medium through which I was experiencing the story – the Sony Reader – and get caught up in the story. It weighs about 9 oz. (Just ask my wife…I didn’t quite finish the books by the time our vacation was over. When you touch the screen it doesn’t have the same sort of give and distortion that most laptop screens do and you can almost fool yourself into thinking that you’re touching paper. By far. Sony designed them both to be used with your left hand. It’s also grayscale. Not now anyway. in the afternoons by the pool. The only place to purchase books is from Sony Connect and the only company that creates content for the Sony Reader is…Sony. You can buy additional books from Sony Connect. The screen is around 3. Your eyes really do feel as though they are looking at a page. about six hours. The Connect store has a Religion section which includes a subcategory called “Bible & Other Holy Texts. The device with its leather cover is ¾” thick. Several months ago I mentioned an electronic book device that had been announced from Sony. I could get started on my conspiracy theory about Sony and Christianity. but smaller than a thin line Bible. The thing that sets the Sony Reader apart from a PocketPC or Palm with one of the electronic book programs is the screen. a purse. With the Reader you can’t read other Christian Computing® Magazine December 2006 35 . I love it! Mostly. but you do need it. Closely related to that complaint is the fact that the Sony Reader is a closed system. So it’s bigger than most of your PDAs and smaller than all but a few laptops. It easily fits into a brief case. you just can’t play iTunes downloads on other devices . One was about 700 “pages” and the other two were both around 900. The battery lasted through the whole week. which means that I need the light on next to the bed at night if I’m reading. I did not bring my power source for the Reader on our vacation. It is a flicker free screen! You don’t feel like you are looking at a screen. The Sony Reader retails for $350 and comes with about 20 books and book excerpts already installed (most of them were books that I had no interest in reading).) There are two different ways to turn pages. my biggest complaint with the Sony Reader is the lack of any Bible. (These translate to 550-700 pages per title in print. or if you carry one.

• There’s no clock on the device. Here are some of the other things that have bothered me about the Reader. • It’s expensive. You are basically buying an expensive book bag. You can load PDF files onto the Reader. In my opinion. but cannot mark the specific text. But it is closer. All that tells me is my battery life and what page I’m on. And if this book bag were to get stolen…. I can add even more with the SD/Sony Memory stick slot. but it doesn’t seem that in today’s computer economy that a device that simply displays text should be as slow to turn a page or open a book as this device is. but you need a magnifying glass to read any PDF created with anything less than a 16-point font. • The processor seems slow. plus you have to spend $350 just to read them. You can read the books using Sony Connect on your desktop. more a gadget freak. but I am reading The Case for a Creator and there are passages in there that I would like to mark. Sometimes I want to hold the device in my right hand. but that’s not very practical. What I’ve come to realize after having played with this device for a while is that if all you are looking for is a way to read fiction or Christian living titles in a portable electronic format then this is great. 36 December 2006 Christian Computing® Magazine . Not a big deal for fiction titles. and your books can’t travel without this book bag. I’m not really a techie. • I already mentioned this in passing. but both methods of turning the page are operated by the left hand. but then when I want to turn the page I have to switch back to the left hand.eBooks on the Reader and you certainly can’t read Sony books on any other “reader” device. I can set a bookmark on the page. My first instinct is to check the system bar on the device. The electronic titles still cost the same as they would in print. I have twenty books installed and still have room for more. • My daughter loves it and sometimes I have to go looking for it if I want to use it. There have been a number of times that I’ve been reading and wondered what time it is. This makes that “feature” not very practical. the electronic book has not arrived with the Sony Reader. • There is no way to make annotations in or about the text. For something that has an operating system it should have a clock.