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EDITORIAL Our Reader Survey Response PRESS RELEASES FINDING GOD IN TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY God Knows You And Keeps You INSIDE THE BOX Save Money! Make your own LCD Cleaner CCMAG NEWSBRIEF NICK AT CHURCH Calendaring the Church TECH TALK Hot Tips XXIX Page 3 by Steve Hewitt Page 5 Page 7 by Steve Hewitt Page 13 by Donald Stratton Page 15 Page 23 by Nick Nicholaou Page 25 by Dr. J.D. “Doc” Watson Page 29 by Yvon Prehn Page 33 by Walt Wilson Page 36 by Kevin Purcell Page 38 by Terry Wilhite
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Our Reader Survey Results
want to thank each and every one of you that took the time to take our reader survey last month. Over one thousand of you filled out the survey, and around four hundred of you were gracious enough to let us know who you were (name, title and city) and leave a comment. I spent the good part of one day reading through your names and comments, and as I did so, I was impressed to pray over each and every one, asking God to bless you and your ministry.
Several people asked why we continue in this format (PDF) with the same look as we did when we were in print. The answer is simple, around half of our readers still read us in print. They take the PDF file we send and print it out on their own computer because they still like to hold the magazine in hand instead of reading it on the screen. Online magazines (where you hope people will remember to come to your site and read your articles) have failed in the past. We do not consider CCMag an online magazine, although we know that some people choose to come to our site and read us there instead of giving us their e-mail address and allow us to send it to them. We consider CCMag a magazine that is digitally delivered, and we understand that many still like to read us on paper. As always, when you are trying to provide the right blend of content for such a wide audience, we know there will be differences of opinions. From the comments, most thought we were right on track. Some thought we should stick to only reviewing Christian software. However, others wanted more information on everything in the Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 area of technology since we are the only computer magazine they read. In the survey, we provided a list of suggestions for content, and the number one request was for more articles such as the CCMag NewsBrief (which provides news clips covering all areas of technology), yet just as desired were more reviews and “how to” articles in the area of Bible study software. On the low end of the scale, only 2% requested articles on Linux or other free OS’s, and only 1.4% wanted more articles specific for Mac. So, as a result of the survey, in this issue, you will notice we are starting a new column from Donald Stratton. Donald is the 3
man behind PowerNotebooks. Since I have purchased two of his notebooks in the past, and know him to be a man that knows the subject of hardware very well, we have asked him to provide a column each month explaining all of those things you need to know when purchasing and maintaining hardware. What is the difference between chip processors, memory, hard drive speeds, etc. And, this month, how can we clean our flat panel screens. We are also contacting the companies that produce Bible study software, and are hoping to work with them to provide more content in our pages. For that matter, let me encourage many of you, our readers, to provide content on how you are using such products. I noticed a thread on our listserv recently where a pastor asked others to share how they used software to create their sermons. There were a variety of responses. Maybe some of you could provide such articles to share with our other readers? (Send submissions to email@example.com .) If you check out the charts included with this issue, you will see some of the basic demographic information about who reads CCMag each month. We were excited to see that so many of you have forwarded copies of our magazine to others. We hope you will continue to do so.
The Most Disappointing Part About Digital Distribution
There have been so many advantages to digital distribution, we are certainly glad we made the decision to do so exclusively in 2005. However, there is one downfall. If you change your e-mail address, we have no way of ever contacting you again. This was always a problem when we were in print and people moved, but normally the post office would forward the magazine to a new address for a couple of months, and people would be reminded to let us know their new address. However, if you change to a new e-mail address, and do not come to our site and sign up with the new one, we have no way to contact you. Remember, we have been around for 19 years and don’t have any plans to go anywhere soon. So, if you notice you have stopped receiving us, check to see if we have your current e-mail address.
Welcome New Writers
Besides Donald Stratton, we also want to welcome Ben Woelk as a regular contributing editor. Will Milnor has been writing a column that covered subjects concerning security. Will is taking a break from writing for us while he works on a couple of books. Ben had contacted us about providing an article or column in this area about the same time (isn’t God wonderful the way he provides?) Ben serves in the Information Security Office for the Rochester Institute of Technology and we are delighted to have his input. Together We Serve Him,
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“Many organizations just don’t realize the risks involved in using a payments processor that is not compliant with PCI standards. The software is available for download right now. you can easily log on to the Internet and send in your contributions via your church’s website. but users of the free 2007 version can update to the unrestricted version for $179.” comments Tim Whitehorn. CEO of ServiceU.org/). If you miss a church service. it’s extremely important that organizations know how to protect their patrons from fraud.com/)has become the first payments processor of online donations to achieve PCI Level 1 compliance. whether for online event registrations.” Users of their 2007 version will be able to purchase an unrestricted version of the software for prices up to 40% off their normal prices. If your church is at all concerned about the security of your members’ financial data. ServiceU Corporation (http://www. As more churches opt to offer alternative was to contribute. identity theft and financial liability. The church never “sees” the financial data—only the money deposited into their accounts—ServiceU assumes all responsibility for payment card security. Users will be able to import 2007 version data into the current unrestricted version when they purchase. office workers.southlandchristian. or they are just not aware of how useful such software can be.softwareforministry. churches. In reality the payments page is hosted by ServiceU so that the financial information is never captured on the church’s servers. By sharing our software for free for an entire year. and lay leaders can have extended time to use and benefit from the software before having to make a purchase decision. ServiceU Corporation Has Become The First Payments Processor Of Online Donations To Achieve Pci Level 1 Compliance Many churches and nonprofits now offer the convenience of accepting tithes and donations online. Mic Thurber. the software’s author tells why they are giving away their software in 2007: “Too many churches and ministries still use a word processor or a simple data base to handle their church lists and ministry groups because they are either put off by the high cost associated with church management software.95 anytime before the end of 2007. online donations or online ticketing. Earlier this year. e-Ministry Coordinator for Southland Christian Church (http:// www.95. and wishes to avoid financial ruin should a breach occur. While the process to become PCI Compliant can take more than a year and can cost thousands of dollars. “Whether our attenders are registering and paying for retreats or sports leagues online. our Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 5 . pastors. debit card or credit card—you must be compliant. the time to contact ServiceU is now. The software’s regular price is $299.com.serviceu. the far-reaching Payment Card Industry (PCI) Standard endorsed by Visa and MasterCard International announced that any organization that processes payment cards must be Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant. “The truth is that if you take online payments of any kind—be it ACH. Processing web pages can be customized to blend in with an organization’s website so that it looks and feels like the church website. In addition.” says Becky Martin. “We have greater peace of mind because we know that ServiceU has put all the proper payment security measures securely into place. none of the software’s features have been disabled for this year-long free version.Press Releases Software for Ministry Announces They Are Giving Away Their Church Membership Directory Software for Ministry has announced that they are giving away their full-featured church ministry and management software system. they can feel confident that their information is secure. The Church Membership Directory FREE in 2007! Users may download the special free 2007 version from their web site: www. or purchasing tickets to a Christmas event online.” Churches can avoid liability by using a vendor like ServiceU for online payments processing. 2008. Though the free software has a disable date of January 15.
ServiceU offers three core products: TicketU (http://www. or call 1-888638-7439. nonprofits. and online event registrations.serviceu. For more information on ServiceU Corporation.com/software/scheduling/default. and TransactU (http://www. email info@ServiceU.aspx) simplifies the scheduling of events and resources by providing online calendaring.serviceu.serviceu. online payments.ticketu.Finance Ministry loves the fact that the monies collected flow correctly into the right accounts. festivals and theaters. Founded in 1997.com/) is the complete solution for online ticketing and box office management.com. 6 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . EventU (http:/ /www. schools.com/ software/online-payments/ default.aspx) provides the convenience of online donations. About ServiceU Corporation ServiceU Corporation provides the most complete on-demand event management software solutions designed specifically for organizations such as churches.com/. universities. please visit http:// www. ServiceU is the largest and most trusted provider of online event management software to the nonprofit market.
or worse. It is assuring to know that there will be no identification errors when it comes to being a child of God. The hospital explained that one of the bands on the baby’s wrists contained an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag that coincided with a band that attached on the mother’s wrist. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 Christ does not use RFID. Each of us has unique fingerprints. we now know that each and 7 W . True. 29 My Father. They explained that if at any time the baby was brought into the room and handed to the mother. explaining how new technology is designed to protect the newborns from falsely being identified. Whenever the baby was brought close to the mother. which gave them me. Christ tells us that we are identified with him. 30 I and my Father are one. We were able to be in the room with our daughter-in-law soon after the birth and were present for the orientation that the hospital gives to new mothers. one on each of her arms and one on her ankle. and I know them. We quickly noticed that the new baby had three different plastic bands attached. is greater than all. my wife and I were at the hospital for the wonderful event.com God Knows You and Keeps You (RFID Technology) John 10:27-30 27 My sheep hear my voice. and they shall never perish. from being stolen. Once we are His. and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life. we know His voice. and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.finding god in today’s technology Steve Hewitt . a chime would sound from the device on our daughter-in-law’s wrist. and He knows us. he made each of us with a variety of unique identifiers that science is just now beginning to understand. This chime was to assure everyone that the right baby had been brought to the right mother. In fact. neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. hen one of our sons gave birth to his second child. everyone should listen for the chime to insure that no mistakes had been made in bring the wrong baby to the wrong mother. but if you think about it. We now know that by looking into our eyes each of us are identifiable as a unique individual because retina readers show that none of us has the same exact pattern of veins in the back of our eyes.steve@ccmag.
Someone might be able to pretend they are me on this earth in order to steal from my accounts. There is no doubt that Christ will never confuse us with another. we have provided financial accounting software for congregations and ministries of all sizes. committee lists. or who I belong to when I stand before my heavenly Father. pledges. expenses.every cell in our body contains unique DNA that can identify us as special from every other person on earth. Since 1985. but I am comforted to know that my identity as a born again Christian can never be stolen because Christ has me safely wrapped in his hand and nobody will be able to steal me away from Him! Church Management Software for Windows VIANSOFT ® Contributions and Treasurer Contributions: Membership.com 8 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine .com Web site: www. What about the plastic band attached to the baby’s ankle? It contained an RFID chip that was not easily removed without a specific tool. Treasurer: Budget. print checks. NJ 08826-3253 Phone 908-537-4642 Email: vian@vian. This new technology was in place to assure that no one would “pluck” away our new grandbaby. contribution statements. Vian Corporation 452 West Hill Road Glen Gardner. The chip transmitted a signal that prevented the baby from being removed from the maternity wing of the hospital by anyone not authorized to do so. will the nursing staff remove the RFID security bands. elevators would stop and doors would lock automatically. identity theft is one of our fastest growing crimes. I rest assured that there will be no mistakes about who I am. income. receipts.00 each). Only when the mother checks out of the hospital. Easy to use and affordable ($95. with the baby in her arms. alarms would sound.vian. participation (attendance). Extensive reports. If someone approached an elevator or a stairway door leading to an exit while carrying the baby. Visit our web site for complete information and free Trial versions. purchase orders. In our present world.
scoop than CCV’s own Jon Edmiston. The result was a To better understand where Arena came from and what it’s all about. the foundation began four come known as Arena continued to develop. full integration with ShelbyFINANCIALS.groups.“One of the most highly anticipated church ministry products in recent history made its public debut January 2. All the church’s websites (ex. who supervised we began to keep pace technologically. of their small group needs. allowing the church to publish inficient and time consuming. visitors from CCV’s networking churches beyears ago when CCV’s senior pastor wanted a better.Sharing the Good News est stages. “As the pastor conWe knew of no better person to ask for the inside tinued to describe his vision for small groups.” and personally contributed to the project from its earli. and simple grouping and search options. the ternal and internal) can be authored and managed by team soon realized no existing tool was curone tool and churches will find this software both flex. a shared-source community makes Arena a viable solution for churches with diverse needs. “was very inefweb authoring tool..” However. gan to see the software. so people could even walk to their small group if they wanted.” he says. 2007. browser-based church ministry system (ChMS) from Shelby Systems. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 9 T .” his customizable Web 2. As the technology that would soon beAccording to Edmiston. more flexible approach to small groups.0 product has been touted as nothing short of revolutionary. superior reporting tools. our pastor formation directly to the web and enabling connectivity felt that geography was the key for our small from virtually anywhere. approach they had in mind. membership and content management. most importantly. One of the visitors.. a health meter based on flexible criteria and. Arena is a new. Also. Key elements include hosting freedom. “Our Arena is church membership software as well as a registration process. In addition. one must begin with the early stages of its development that began to address the range development at Phoenix’s Christ Church of the Valley.rently available or adaptable to the particular ible and intuitive.
established library of services and products.” he recalls. “We were very excited about the partnership and the value we could add to this project. He sums it up in two words: “The future. we didn’t want to be diverted from our central mission at the church.” Collaboration and Community After much consideration.Nick Airdo of Central Christian Church of the East Valley. CCV concluded that the right partner was Shelby Systems. “We realized that what we had was going to be an invaluable resource to the church community as a whole and we wanted to make it available to everyone. “They created a first-class church management system framework. but in need of a pit crew to maintain it. I knew exactly what I was looking at. most importantly. In its pre-Arena format. They were our preference for partnership due to their maturity level (and) the sense of personal honesty and integrity we felt with them – so we took a chance and ran the idea past them.” Canady said. but Edmiston wasn’t sure Shelby would be interested in the venture. amazingly powerful.” he says. “They were a well-established company with a large client base.” Shelby was interested and sent key members of the leadership team to Arizona to visit with CCV staff. “But we also realized we didn’t have the resources to handle critical elements like support. fully developed business plans and an already large.” As other churches saw the potential of this system. was favorably impressed. Frank Canady. we knew we had a product we likened to a Formula One car – very fast. And. “When I heard that CCV had signed a 10 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . like customer service. “It was a beautiful looking application. stated. Shelby’s president and CEO.” It didn’t take long for news of the partnership to reach Nick Airdo. Edmiston and his team pondered the question of how to make the software more widely available.
” Check-in is an important part of any ChMS and Arena offers an attractive system to quickly and efficiently execute the check-in process. “The architecture he’s created provides a firm foundation.A.” Edmiston states.” “The open nature of the application is really the brainchild of David Turner. Frank Canady. “imagine being able to…turn to The Community or a third party company to develop a custom Arena module that suits your needs.O.” he says. “We have the ability to provide dedicated resources to both divisions. however. programming and support staff.org/wiki/Dotnetnuke> Airdo would like to see the Arena project result in the consolidation of other open-source ChMS efforts because he believes the whole Church would benefit from it. or shared-source. none of them has a solid company at its core.” Administration also has the ability to track the church’s follow-up process. this dream will finally become a reality.” The collaborative potential of Arena is one of its many strong points. “Having recently returned from a trip to meet the Arena team. and other indicators of spiritual maturity are extremely important to us.we began discussions with Shelby to get involved as soon as possible. “which insures that both products and sets of customers receive the attention they deserve.wikipedia. With the creation of The Community. Arena provides reminders and automated warnings to reflect when someone’s reaching that critical timeframe of no follow up. Shelby Systems’ management team created a new division to handle the many needs of Arena. “With Arena we have the capability of using technology to create metrics. Granted there are a few open source projects for church type systems. our senior programmer and brains behind the application. track this critical information and help us create meaningful connections with people.” Edmiston says these tools are also critical “in understanding the make-up of our membership – in knowing how to communicate with them and give them opportunities to contribute in an ongoing way. Arena’s potential in this area might best be likened to the DotNetNuke (DNN) project. through the appropriate steps of accountability and training. “Quiet time.” says Frank Canady. tithing. Nick Airdo visited Shelby. “As an IT director of a church. the process of developing CCV’s product into its current manifestation as Arena had moved into high speed. I was very excited to learn that the vision of collaborative development. the business risks associated with utilizing an open source system are virtually gone. According to Nick Airdo.™ (Rapid On-Line Automated Registration) and was deChristian Computing® Magazine January 2007 11 . with its own marketing. starts at the very top of the company with the president and CEO. sales. “We now have a metric called Critical Contacts” says Jon Edmiston. serving. to actual volunteering. We’ve gone from 300 critical contact warnings per week to approximately eight per week.” By spring 2006. Arena’s check-in is called R.deal with Shelby to take over core development and make it a purchaseable product called Arena.” Shelby unveiled the Arena project at the July 2006 National Association of Church Business Administrators (NACBA) Convention in Chicago and began to make Arena available to a limited number of beta and pre-release customers.” Proof is in the Product Volunteer management ranks among the most pressing needs of every church.R. With Arena. I was thrilled.” he suggests. Arena includes grouping and communication tools and weighted measurement tools (metrics) to track membership health and levels of integration. <http://en. During that time. with a minimum of wasted motion. Central Christian Church of the East Valley was one of the first developers to join The Community. “Since I knew Arena would give us exactly what we needed – an extensible church management system .” says Edmiston. For a while now I’ve realized that it would be much more efficient if each church could pool its developer resources so that their work could contribute to the whole Church. This tool can take a person from the ‘I want to volunteer’ phase. “Our expectation is that appropriate follow up is made with a potential member or volunteer within an acceptable amount of time.
Arena integrates with ShelbyFINANCIALS. Churches can customize the check-in process and kiosk interfaces if they desire. I like the open and collaborative environment that Shelby is building around Arena. “We’ve been very happy with the progress of the project. While it is a new direction for Shelby Systems. enabling consistent and accurate member information. Arena also offers hosting freedom: The church can choose self-hosting or remote hosting options. In addition to the standard reports included with the product. Jon Edmiston echoes this optimism. Arena offers churches the power to create. the company remains firmly planted in its commitment to support the needs of current customers.signed to insure registration is fun. Arena is a continuation of that commitment. Arena offers the best reporting solutions with Microsoft’s powerful SQL Reporting Services. the Arena website and The Community site that this project is something very different. enabling the church to utilize a full-featured.” Edmiston’s reaction is exactly the type of response Shelby hopes to hear repeated by future Arena clients. Any changes to the Shelby database will automatically update in Arena and vice-versa. The entire Shelby team is delighted to make Arena generally available. Reflecting on the company’s recent 30th anniversary. enabling thematic screens and a “wow experience” for visitors and members.. I’m especially excited about the overall vision of The Community. Shelby president Frank Canady stated. save and deliver both traditional (paper) and interactive (Web-based) reports. mature fund accounting system. You can tell by the quality of the product. manage. “We’ve had a longstanding track record of providing innovative solutions for churches. In keeping with customization freedom. quick and easy for the participant. It’s something that’s never been done before.” 12 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine .
Donald@PowerNotebooks. your LCD screen is one of the most expensive components of your laptop and you spend 100% of your time looking at it! Several companies discourage using anything other than a particular brand that they tend to want to promote for their own benefit.00 and I purchased several 2oz sprits bottles for 25 cents each at my local Wal-Mart) Enough for 32ounces of cleaning solution! This lets me take a bottle to work plus leaving a bottle for my LCD screens at home with enough left over for 8 refills! Compare this to cleaning kits sold in local stores between $10-20 providing you with less than 5 oz of solution! Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 13 H . It is also important to know how to apply the cleaning solution to your LCD screen to avoid potentially damaging it. Using a cloth that is wood based can be too abrasive and actually scratch your LCD screen. Here are the ingredients: All you have to do is mix 50% Isopropyl Alcohol with 50% Water for a safe cleaning solution. After all.inside the box Donald Stratton . There are varying opinions on what to use for cleaning your LCD screen with some telling you not to use alcohol while others tell you that you can. (I purchased one 16 oz bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol for less then $1. The truth is pure alcohol or ammonia based products can actually cause the screen to fade or yellow if used too often. so what do you use? How can I clean my LCD screen? Can I make the solution myself? Well the answer is yes! And it is quite simple! All you need is two common ingredients for the cleaning solution and a proper cleaning cloth.com Save Money! Make your own LCD Cleaner! ave you ever wondered how to properly clean your LCD screen? Your laptop is a major investment that you don’t want to neglect or clean improperly thereby risking damage to the LCD screen.
A. Ministries is to provide church leaders and staff with an easy-to-follow administrative program that builds Christian relationships. Just be sure to remove the sown in tags from the cloth before using it on your screen. or visit www. More tips: The following cleaners should NOT be used: • Acetone • Ethyl alcohol • Ethyl acid • Ammonia • Methyl chloride The following types of cleaners are acceptable: • Water • Vinegar (mixed with water) • Isopropyl Alcohol • Petroleum Benzene So now you can clean your screen often without worrying about the cost..For the Cleaning Cloth: I recommend using a “Double-sided Microfibre Cloth” which is made of a soft blend of spun polyester and polyamide. Microfibre cloths are readily available by simply typing in a Google search for “Microfibre Cloth”. LCD screens. Surprisingly. Do not spray the solution directly onto your screen as this can cause fading and unwanted spotting! It is safer to spray the solution onto the Microfibre cloth prior to cleaning the screen.97 One 2 pack of Microfibre cloths $ . • Church Management Software • Outreach Ministry Management Software • Telecommunications Administration • Church Website Services • Office Administration Solutions Click on any of the bullets above for specific information. The cloths come in many sizes.. Besides being extremely soft and non-abrasive. this does not require any pressure! Costs: One 16oz bottle Isopropyl Alcohol $ . It is one of the most recommended cloths for cleaning lenses.97 Two 2oz sprits bottles $1. A blend of 70-80% polyester and 20-30% polyamide is sufficient. Providing Church Administration & Software Solutions The Purpose of C. glasses. 14 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . increases ministry objectives and creates a church family bond between all members and visitors! The ultimate answer to.00 at my local Wal-Mart (automotive section). they are nonelectrostatic which is ideal for cleaning LCD screens. clean your screen by gliding the cloth in a back and forth motion across your screen doing it ever so lightly.94 for two complete kits (plus a 24oz refill supply) Compare this cost to the kits sold locally and on the internet for $10 -$20 generally with only a few ounces of solution.00 TOTAL COST = $2.A. and enjoy the benefit of always working with a nice clean LCD screen.caaministries. After dampening the cloth.org or call toll free 1-888-598-8934 How to clean an LCD Screen: It is recommended to power off your laptop or LCD screen prior to cleaning. etc. colors and in a full range of prices! I picked myself up a 2-pack for only $1.
msnbc. but you would like to play them over your stereo at home (or at a friends house while at a party. it does not have a hard drive. and plans to release it in the middle of next year for a price of around $150! Understand. and you will have to use Cingular’s phone service. or use a hotel or friends’ computer.NOW you can listen to the CCMag NewsBriefs directly from the CCMag Website (www. Do we really want such an inexpensive and stripped computer? The market Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 15 . and sound from your device. or pulling numbers from a call list._ylt=AsGI6wt5MKwlPnuMgDwsT0TxLJA5 Sony Ericsson Announces New Device to Play Songs Broadcast Via BlueTooth You have downloaded a song over your phone.com/id/16542805/ Seagate Announces FreeAgent Will Be Available Feb 2007 Getting ready to take a trip and you need to do some computing on the road but you don’t own a notebook? No problem with FreeAgent.com/ces/cesvideo/53. podcasts. Due to this announcement. etc. and plug in the USB. to better represent the fact that they no longer just market computers. documents. use Web based email. This is going to be the way many people mobile compute in the future! For more information. download and store pictures. Open your version of Word to continue to work on a document. For more information. Battery life may be a bit of a concern.yahoo. You can control the pause. a portable 12 gigabyte USB hard drive. it will serve as an iPod and have the ability to download and play music files. etc.com/id/16548601/ New Notebook Computer to be Released Next Year For Only $150? A company in Atlanta is developing a low cost notebook computer.com) Apple Plans To Launce Their Own SmartPhone. with software that allows you to run your applications on any other computer. that you have worked on while on the road. The adapter can be hooked up to any sound system and you can stream your songs directly from your cell phone or Bluetooth device. The phone will have the ability to enter phone numbers by touching the screen. They can visit Websites. the company holds that their computer will allow people to do all of the main things they want to do with a computer.msnbc. visit http://www. but rather uses a flash memory chip to store its OS and software. (There are USB ports available so users can add an external hard drive if the wish. The processor is not made by Intel or AMD. with all of the menu bars set the way you have them at home. Of course.. the iPhone Apple has announced that they will be releasing their own version of a SmartPhone. The applications and data you selected at home are ready to run. hook up FreeAgent to your computer. So. visit http://www. In fact. contact information. visit http://tech. and come with WiFi and BlueTooth wireless connections. Apple has announced that they will be changing their name from Apple to Apple Inc. or you have other songs stored on a Bluetooth device (such as the new Nuvi 660 Garmin GPS device I got for Christmas). It will have high-speed Internet access. For more information. and by using online programs such as Google’s spreadsheet and word processor. Drop into an Internet Café. but the iPhone has a lot of neat tools such as a Google map button and it can detect when you have raised it to your ear to talk and will turn off it’s display and key functions so you can save power and not accidentally hit a key. You won’t end up with different versions of the same document! When you are done.) No problem if you have the new wireless adapter that Sony Ericsson is showing off at the CES show. The cost is expected to be high. skip. emails. you can do these as well. and it will not be running Windows or have any Microsoft software. simply pull out the USB and all traces of the work you have done goes with you.ccmag. The unit will work just like an iPod in the way that you sync the device to your computer and allow it to download new songs.msn. And.msn. nothing is left on the computer. and the creation of other products that Apple has developed and plan to develop. the good news is that when you return home. around $500. the computer will not be like most on the market.) The computer has its own Internet browser and IM. and it syncs up and updates any files. Use YOUR copy of Outlook and your settings to check your email..
so if you travel. Nintendo is having to issue a warning.com/2006/12/19/business/ 19connect. However.jhtml?articleID=196700914 We Search the Web for Text. and hopes to enable the same service to be used over the Internet. For more information. or swing your arm as though you are bowling. you invest in an EVDO card with your cell phone service. The software would be great to organize your photos on your computer.informationweek. check with your wireless provide. it is spotty and sporadic at best.com/news/ articleinvesting. There are those that have issued strong privacy concerns. Most hotels farm this service out. For more information on EVDO. a guest down the hall can not get on. And EVDO is marketed for around $30 a month for unlimited access. as do connection areas. For more information.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=technology&adxnnlx=1166534391iQIfNnnv57Y6BpF3SoCOdw Nintendo Wii Game A Big Success But Watch Out For That Control Nintendo has introduced a new home video game with a twist. Are We Ready To Search For “Faces” We have heard about facial recognition software.aspx?type=companyNews&storyID=104587%2019Dec2006%20RTRS&pageNumber=1&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTModLoc=InvArtC1-ArticlePage1 Travelers Complain About Consistent Internet Connections At Hotels The New York Times released an article about the problems with connecting to the Internet while on the road. I would suggest that if you are a frequent traveler. you may find EVDO speeds high enough to take the place of your home connection.nytimes. It appears that while many hotels are now providing free Internet access. Now a company is ready to develop and market a program that will allow you to search you database of photos for specific people. Music. Online dating. It appears the straps that hold the controller onto your hand are breaking for some energetic players. By using software programming (which they state will be offered for free) a user would flag a photo with a picture of a person and then have the program search for other pictures that contain a similar “face print”. Most of the games are dependent upon the motion detection abilities of the controller. depends on people remaining anonymous while providing a photo. revealing their identity and home address. This is one video game that will get the user some exercise.com/hardware/ showArticle. A person might be able to take the photo from an online dating service and then search the net for other photos. visit http://www. For information on the hotel Internet problem. for example. now that the game has been out for a week or so. visit http://today. While the article didn’t offer a solution. For 16 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . EVDO speeds continue to get better.reuters. visit http://www.will tell sometime in the middle of next year. and Audio. Strap it on and play tennis as though you are holding a racket. While it might work well in one room. and would help find photos of people throughout the Web. causing the controller to fly into TV’s and other objects (or persons) in the room. Security companies are seeking to use the software to detect a criminal within a crowd. and your movements are translated to a video character on the screen. and so help is found by using a toll free number and spending a lot of time waiting.
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00. Barclays.SKoreaSamsungSemiconductors.xhtml?story_id=13000ER599E2 Samsung Develops New Mobile Memory Chip Samsung is also in the news at the start of this new year with their announcement of a new DRAM memory chip. with no harmful byproducts. what is “rock” Phishing? Some believe “rock” is an organization that may be responsible for one-third to one-half of all the Phishing attacks in the world. For more information. but this is a new application. there has been strong public outcries about the rise of drunk driving accidents.more information. Since batteries have had such a problem in the past as power needs continue to climb.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID =E99298B28ED320343949B7631BEBE7E5 You Should Know What Phishing Is. Their attacks do not try to spoof the eBay or PayPal group.com/wires/2006Dec27/0.html Samsung Announces New Fuel Cell Power For Notebooks Samsung plans to start mass production of a new docking station for some notebooks that will use new fuel cell technology. In the past. These chips are used in probable media players. and 18 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . So what makes experts believe that a single organization is responsible for so many Phishing attacks. for one month.toptechnews. In response. alcohol consumption can be detected in sweat. authorities believe it may be a group of criminals that have worked together.com/ news/Samsung-Develops-Marathon-Fuel-Cell/story. fuel cells promise a good alternative. visit http:// www. but since there has been a single identifier. visit http://www. For more information.4670.sciam. many or most URL’s set up and used for Phishing attacks had the word “rock” in the URL. and credited with having over 35.com/article/06/12/12/HNrockphish_1. visit http://www. Experts believe they were the first ones to pioneer using graphics in the email to get by spam filters that looked for specific text. but rather centers on other companies. and would use about 30% less power. it is the power savings that are significant.com/ article. and they are now no longer using the key identifier Rock in their URL’s. The e-mail is fake. Longer power. So. No prices are announced as of yet. providing power for the notebooks for one month! Fuel cell technology is not new.000 URL’s to spoof people? It is now revealed that in years past. The fuel cells will be loaded with Methane gas. But Do You Know What Rock Phishing Is? Phishing attacks are when you receive an e-mail that claims to come from a legitimate company encouraging you to click on a link and give up personal ID information. E*Trade. The docking station fuel cell will run a computer for 5 days a week. Samsung is also working on a smaller version that will use a coffee cup worth of fuel (methane) that will power your notebook for one week. Toyota has announced that they plan to ship 2009 models with the ability to stop drunk drivers from operating their vehicles.infoworld. probable gaming products etc. The one-gigabit chip would be 20% thinner than their present chip. Evidentially the guys behind the rock Phishing attacks have figured out that they have been fingered.html Toyota Is Creating Alcohol Detection System For Cars In Japan. and Deutsche Bank. digital cameras. Some anti-phishing programs actually searched for the word “rock” in order to make their decision that the site might be bogus. and the byproduct when they are depleted will be water. for 8 hours a day. While the size would certainly enable items to be made smaller than they are now. They are using several technology devices that will work in conjunction. For more information. visit http://www. First. Rock Phish has targeted Phishing attacks on companies such as CitiBank. and so is the Web site you are sent to.foxnews. Samsung has also announced they are working on a cell phone that uses fuel cell technology.
html?ref=technology Is Movie Distribution About To Jump Again? Recently.com/stories/2007/01/16/tech/main2360178. For more information. The price of video players for cars fell 65 percent. The future is held in that these young people who grew up on the Internet will continue to see this as the best way to receive movies and broadcast TV.jhtml?articleID=196901563 Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 19 . but must be viewed on your computer.cbsnews. For more information. prices for many products fell faster last year than the typical pace of decline. Many feel that a friend could start the car for a person too drunk to drive using this method. Both of these services allow movies to be downloaded to your computer. visit http://www.shtml). Present anti-drinking devices have the driver breath into a tube to determine the alcohol level of a person before they are able to start a car. This same week the co-founder of Skype (the phone for free over the Internet service) announced they would be launching a new service called Joost (pronounced Juiced) which will provide broadcast movies and TV over high-speed Internet. if a driver is driving erratically the car will simply begin to slow down and come to a stop. and prices are down. however. Competition pushed the average notebook computer price down 35 percent.informationweek. visit http:// www. For more information on Joost. Sales are up. visit http:// www. and that technology will allow it be sent wirelessly to their home TV center. but if they are drinking while they are driving. At the same time. specifically teenagers who watch videos on the computer because their parents have the TV.nytimes.they will put sweat sensors in the steering wheel to determine if the driver has had too much to drink.htm The Biggest News From This Year’s Consumer Electronic Show? Lower Prices This year’s attendees of the CES show did not come away with any new or exciting technology.) However. They are also developing a camera device that will analyze the eyes of the driver to determine if they are able to keep focused. Big-screen plasma TVs dropped 32 percent. The industry sold 160 percent more liquid-crystal-display TVs and 154 percent more global positioning satellite navigation systems. Price drops are happening because of stiff competition among manufactures of screens and other technology. according to the association’s economists.com/tech/news/ techinnovations/2007-01-03toyota-drunken-driving_x. TV screens reached a new size (108 inch flatpanel dispay). the car will shut down whenever it detects the person is drunk. when I went to BlockBuster to rent a DVD (remember when they rented tapes) they told me that I could get my movie for free if I tried their new mail service (which they explained was like NetFlix where you order your movies on the Internet and they are mailed to your home.com/2007/01/13/technology/13money. What market are they reaching? Research shows that those under the age of 25 are not bothered by watching movies on their computer. GREAT news for buyers. In addition. Sure. Netflix is announcing this week that they are launching a new program to allow movies and TV shows to be available by direct download to your computer (http:// www. Toyota’s new methods would allow a person to start a car.com/news/showArticle. but the biggest story was that prices on technology gadgets are dropping drastically.usatoday.
Clicking on Azekah. and then use your mouse to control the direction of flight. is one of the most amazing Bible programs ever conceived. location photos and links to related scripture. Satellite images are converted into a realtime seamless flying experience that students of the Holy Land. Two translations are included. When you come to a location to explore in detail. If the label feature is turned on. There are several options for navigating the terrain. Bible teachers and software enthusiasts are sure to enjoy. for example takes you to Tell Azekah in the Elah valley.Review HolyLand 3-D CD “One of the most amazing Bible programs ever conceived.” by Ken Wezeman H olyLand 3D. The various navigational aids are sizeable. Users can also jump straight to a location by selecting it from either the Bible places database (seen in the upper left quadrant of the program 20 January 2007 screen).Special Feature . Enter a desired cruising altitude and speed. complete with pop-up Bible Dictionary entries. where Goliath met his fate at the hands of David (see figure 2 on the next page). by Rohr Productions. and the flying window can be presented full screen. click the location marker to pull up an article from either the Eerdmanns’ Dictionary of the Bible. Adjust altitude and pan your view as you fly. Christian Computing® Magazine . It presents the Holy Land as fly-able 3D terrain. clicking on the red dot above Azekah informs you that there is an EDB (Eerdmanns’ Dictionary of the Bible) entry for that site while it displays a high resolution photograph of the selection (not shown). or by clicking a location on the classic reference map (lower left quadrant). Links in the dictionaries pull up scriptures linked to the location. or the Intervarsity Bible Dictionary. The most fun is found using the pilot controls.
of course. Lowering my elevation to the top of the cliff and looking southeast I was able to look out over the Jezreel Valley (where Naboth had the vineyard that Ahab coveted) and see Mt. It can then be printed or used in a projected presentation. but there is a broad coverage of other locations as well. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 21 . If you need a visual illustration to project for a sermon or class presentation you can take a “snapshot” of any screen in the main window and save it as a bmp or tif file. of course. Just in front of the Hill of Moreh lies the village of Nain where Jesus raised a widow’s son. There are so many ways to explore a particular spot that I can’t begin to describe them all. Holy Land 3-D also contains hundreds of beautiful color photographs of various places. Other Tools There are numerous other tools in this program. the village of En-Dor.the King James Version and the New English Translation which is very readable. change in elevation between locations. One can display either translation or toggle back and forth for comparison by clicking a tab. These photographs can be printed for classroom use or viewed or projected from your computer. represented in abundance. or how high you had to climb to get from Jericho to Jerusalem you can just measure with a couple of clicks. where King Saul consulted a medium the night before he died. All the text in these study windows can be copied with your mouse and pasted into a study document. There are. The scene looks much like a photograph I took from this actual cliff a few years ago. Measurements can be made of distance between two locations. and area. Tabor. and the Figure 2 Hill of Moreh. a full set of keyboard shortcuts available for moving around the land. As I was flying over Nazareth. Sites in and about Figure 3 Jerusalem are. I stopped directly over the cliff that Jesus’ neighbors planned to throw him over. If you ever wondered how far it was from one side of the Sea of Galilee to the other.
and hospital chaplain. Availability and Cost The sole distributor for HolyLand 3-D in the US is Sunday Software (www. you are treated to a higher resolution aerial image of the city with clickable locations. The distributor recommends a minimum of 800 MHz. No Mac version is available. It was partly due to the nature of the material. teachers and professors. is an author. System Specifications This program requires a fast computer with good graphic capabilities. The reviewer . missing both breakfast and lunch. It can be easily projected using a data projector for classroom or worship use. however. If I were to have a year or two to spend living and studying in the Holy Land. pastor.Overall Impression This is one of the most spectacular and exciting Bible study tools I have ever used. the closer you get to the ground. When flying low over Jerusalem. HolyLand 3-D will also make a spectacular teaching aid for pastors. He has co-authored several books with his wife.. That has never happened to be before or since. When I received it I spent an entire day exploring both the program and various sites in the Holy Land with which I was familiar. M. but also partly due to the quality of the program. for example. The single copy price is $70. have high resolution images embedded in the surface of the terrain. Windows ME or XP.00 USD and comes with a hardback satellite atlas and copy of a color aerial poster of Jerusalem. Wezeman. the fuzzier the graphics get.Kenneth R. this would be one study aid that I would not leave home without. 22 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine .com). Due to the relationship between the satellite imagery and terrain engine. I was so enthralled that I forgot to Figure 4 eat all day. with 128 MB of RAM with a 3D capable graphics card and 32 MB of video RAM or more. Phyllis.Div. I recommend it without reservation. I found that flying above 4000 feet was best for viewing.sundaysoftware. Certain locations.
Those who use them often like to add graphics into the boxes like a Christmas tree on Christmas Day. 2) increase team collaboration . These are the programs most used when calendaring on a computer. Some of the most common programs used to do these well are desktop publishers and graphics programs like Quark or Publisher. like having your address book— or contact list— on that same device at all times! Some church management systems can send the church database to your address book so that it can synchronize with your PDA or smartphone. blocks time for setup and teardown. These are the calendars that are usually department-specific. and personal / team calendaring. If you use the net23 . About twenty church management software systems offer this as a module option. each of these needs is so different that they require separate programs! What’s the Difference? Many churches try to make one or two programs fill all three needs. And there are even more advantages to using this technology. • Portability. publication calendaring (printed flyers). but they never meet the other two needs well. nor does any even meet two of the needs well! Resource calendaring is for scheduling rooms (or groups of rooms) and equipment. Surprisingly. It also tracks room setups. a tent on a summer camp day. Some of the more sophisticated programs written for this need include the ability to: • Search for room “type” availability and make recommendations. and are printed in full-month formats. and • Identify events as internal-only (like staff meetings) or firstname.lastname@example.org Calendaring in the Church hurches have three types of calendaring needs: resource calendaring (rooms and equipment). Personal / team calendaring tracks appointments and commitments on a person’s calendar. The most prevalent of these programs is Microsoft Outlook. available via the Internet in a web browser. and so on. those that are public then automatically feed website calendars. and on your PDA or smartphone all at once! Depending on the software you use and how it’s configured. Imagine having your church database with you anytime you’d like it! • Collaboration. Computerized calendars can be on a computer. like a youth or childrens ministry calendar. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 C Focus on Personal / Team Calendaring Putting one’s calendar on the computer is a great way to 1) make it more portable.nick at church Nick Nicholaou . Publication calendaring is really done best in graphics programs. No one program meets all three needs well. and 3) ensure it’s never lost or destroyed (because it gets backed up with the rest of the computer’s data). and may include a billing module for use when outside groups rent your facilities. This software needs to ensure there aren’t any conflicts and enforce whatever event approval process a church has established. all of these can be accomplished by entering the information only once! And making a change in any one of these automatically synchronizes with the others! This has the potential of making your calendar very easy to have with you at all times… especially if you use a PDA or smartphone.
it frees me from trying to remember those future things I need to get done.) I find there are other advantages to using this kind of system too. I add it as a task to my calendar and schedule it for the day I’d like to do it.) and tasks. called Exchange. my anniversary. Making sure you have a good backup strategy also means your calendar will never be lost or destroyed— even if you drop your smartphone in a lake! (One of our clients actually had this happen! He said he was so glad he’d given up his handwritten calendar because it would have been destroyed. This aids in the process of setting up meetings and letting other team members know your availability. or a number of other programs. Computer calendars help us. In addition to keeping things from falling through the cracks. and using the right software to meet each need enhances our ability to accomplish ministry and to do so more efficiently. which means less stress. I use it to track those things I need to do throughout the year. 24 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . The importance of backing up system data cannot be overstated. birthdays. Reprinted by permission from the 2007 edition of the Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration (Baker Publishing). Teams that take advantage of this option find their time is more efficiently focused. and scheduling myself to add them to next year’s calendar in the Fall of this year.work version of Outlook. I include regularly scheduled appointments and reminders (like staff meetings. etc. A tip I learned early on was to create a task that lists each calendar item I want to schedule for the next year. you can give others access to your calendar as well. When I think of something I need to do (like follow up with someone at church about a prayer request). • Backup.
you might want to choose a different icon for the shortcut. In contrast. you might want a reboot Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 . optionally. “DOS Prompt”). play around with Ping. Instead of (or in addition to) a shutdown.exe. type shutdown -s -t 00 and click the “Next” button (see switch explanations below for alternatives). no questions asked or prompts to verify. Third. You could also add the -c “message” switch. simply create the following shortcut: hh. Right-click on the icon. in the “Type the location of the item” box.dll. and then click “Finish. where “message” is any text you want to display in the “Shutdown” box (must be in quotes). -m [\\ComputerName] (or IP address) enables an Administrator to shutdown a computer on the network. just in case you want to change your mind (omitting the switch also gives the default 30-second delay). Displaying the Command Line Help Reference To get quick help for all the commands you can enter from the WindowsXP Command-line (a. in case you’re not running XP).net tech talk Hot Tips XXIX: The XP Command Line W indows XP has added several Command-line tools that are truly powerful and practical.exe ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\Help\ntcmds. This article will only scratch the surface with a few little tips: how to display the Command Line Help Reference. Alternately. We’ll not rehash that material here. Choose one you like. Shutdown. select “Properties. (Alternately. right-click on an open spot of the Desktop and select “New > Shortcut” from the context menu.a. just click OK and Windows will automatically display the icons in SHELL32.exe.” click on the “Shortcut” tab if needed. (Doc) Watson . in the “Type a name for this shortcut” box. The -s switch shuts down the local computer. the -f switch forces running applications to close immediately..chm::/ ntcmds. and briefly mention some of the XP Pro Utilities. and click “OK” twice. The -t switch sets the timer for the shutdown. such as the big red one that looks like a switch. which sets a 30-second delay and displays a dialog box with a countdown.docwatson@nctelecom. 25 Creating Shutdown/Reboot Icons Using Shutdown.Dr. enabling you to abort quicker and to use a shorter time delay.exe While there is a way to create a shortcut icon without Shutdown. One option is to create an icon that immediately shuts down your computer. Second. J. you might want to set this to something like -t 30. you could create an “Abort” icon. such as a reminder of how to abort.k. Here are several options for automatic shutdown. (shutdown -r -t 00) or to just log off the current user (shutdown -l).) Finally. and then click the “Change Icon” button.D.exe makes it much easier. Obviously 00 means no delay. rather apply a couple of them in a practical way.htm.exe (which I covered in Hot Tips 2. First. such as Shutdown NOW. but be warned that this could cause the loss of data that hasn’t been saved.” If you get a warning box. type anything you like. This gives you enough time to press WindowsKey+R and enter shutdown -a in the “Run” box to abort the shutdown. create Shutdown/Reboot icons using Shutdown.” Fifth.
Some sites such as “microsoft. The target computer will return (hopefully) a signal. you can use Ping. BTW. product ID.exe is an ancient Unix tool. which requires you to manually turn off the machine. I found another shutdown.Okay. for example. Playing With “Ping” Ping. This is great when you’re trying to help out a regular user with limited privileges and you need to use some administrative tool that they can’t run. CO. Thanks again. Doc’s Giant Utility Collection on CD is still postage paid at $14 (2-5 copies $13 each. just pop open a command window and use Runas to launch the tool with the administrative account. makes a great quick reference. Ping now sends a 32-byte packet to the host four times. Windows Hot Tips 3 is now complete. for example.exe displays detailed configuration information about a computer and its operating system.exe. To cancel the command.exe (freeware written by Andrej Budja). Anyway. create a shortcut using the command shutdown –u –t 5. • ANNOUNCING —Windows Hot Tips 3 • With this article. now for the downside of shutdown. the average is 85 milliseconds (on my DSL connection). Instead of wasting time logging them out and then logging in as Administrator. 81641. just dig into the Command Line Help Reference and enjoy. Be sure to put this in the root directory. like its predecessors. Order yours today. There are two other booklets in this Hot Tips series. While the switches are a little different (and there’s no -c switch). It sends out a packet to a specified Internet host or network computer and measures its response time. Inexplicably. Schtasks.com (note that only the host name is entered. when you use this command to shutdown the PC (the -s switch). A single copy of each is $6.50 for 10 or more copies. for example. You’ll also receive an IP address that corresponds to the user-friendly type of URL. in such cases you’ll get a “Request timed out” message. It covers all the tips and other stuff presented in my column from January 2004 to January 2007 (including graphics). If you’d like to help with costs (not required). it’s very straightforward. just press Ctrl+Break. Defrag. to discover the quality of your connection to a specific site. but there’s a solution. 26 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . rather it only shuts down as far as the “It is now safe to turn off your computer” message.50 (a rise in printing costs). security information. including OS configuration. which I’ve posted on the “Download and Links” page of my web site (www. and network cards. such as RAM. Bulk prices are: $6. So. never a complete URL). and then enter ping google. Very annoying! Ah. which means that I’ve got a pretty good connection.00 for 2-9 copies of the same title and $5. don’t you think there ought to be a “Pong” command? (Sorry!) Using XP Pro Utilities Some of the XP utilities come only in the Professional version. it doesn’t actually power the PC down. Open a DOS window (press WindowsKey+R and enter command in the “Run” box).exe schedules commands and programs to run periodically or at a specific time.exe. A bad connection would be in the hundreds. disk space. Try this example. Systeminfo. add 50 cents for any number of booklets you order.exe enables you to run a program as another user.com). In this case.com” don’t like being pinged so they block them (how rude!). and 6 or more copies $12 each). PO Box 235. Send orders to: MicroManuals. To shutdown in five seconds. Meeker. and hardware properties. is an improvement over the GUI version in that it’s much easier to automate. Runas. Windows Hot Tips 1 and 2. It. Type the command by itself at the DOS prompt to list all the switches.TheScriptureAlone. It’s handier than the GUI version. and God bless. Note not only the IP address but also the round trip time for each packet and the average of the four will be displayed.
parks. though. It is quick and easy. I no longer need the contacts program that was preloaded my PDA as I now use Earthcomber for my contact list. a church plant of approximately 100 members. floppy manual. “Normally I will use Earthcomber to map out my route before I leave the office so it is readily available while I am going down the road. And losing his way en route to make an important visit with a member is a sure way to lose that connection.Special Feature Earthcomber One Pastor’s Experience Using GPS (Global Positioining System) T hat big book in Pastor Richerson’s hand wasn’t a Bible. hotels and ATMs. Its pages showed the way to church members’ homes. There had to be a better way. “From time to time while I am away from the office. Pastor Richerson received an answer from above.” said Pastor Richerson. it was an atlas. too. Earthcomber. But Earthcomber is designed to help users discover their favorite kinds of places around them—such as dining. Thumbing through maps in the car to find his way through neighborhoods or to locate hospitals in nearby Nashville always proved hazardous and very distracting. Tennessee. museums and shops—and mark them for future use. The program. I have loaded the location of all of my member’s homes and other places of interest using Earthcomber’s ‘thumbtacks. I will receive a call about another visit I need to make. hospitals where they lay ill. That oversized. pastor of West Haven Baptist Church in Lebanon. There are a host of mobile mapping applications out there that help PDA users get from one place to another as quickly as possible and several display points of inChristian Computing® Magazine January 2007 .” Pastor Richerson is even able to profile the members so he knows more about them before he knocks on their doors. terest such as gas stations. assisted living centers for the elderly. he began using a special GPS (global positioning system) program for his handheld PDA that guided him directly to the doors of the places he needed to go. Not afraid to delve into new technologies.’ All I need to do is tap on the screen and map the shortest route. Pastor Richerson used this “pinpointing” feature to mark the exact locations of members’ homes. was an essential part of his ministry. was much more than a digital map with directions. What he discovered. has now become his own personal ministry outreach tool in his hand. Along with each thumbtack that pinpoints his members’ 27 That face-to-face connection is important to Jonathan Richerson.
” 28 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . What I found was an easy-to-use and easy-to-read program that saved time and effort. Users can find nearby ATMs. if only we can know what’s right around us. I used the ‘Local Hospital’ search feature to pinpoint each on the downtown map.com’.” Brady noted that while Earthcomber has thousands of churches mapped. “Lebanon is located about 30 minutes east of Nashville and many of our members drive there to have medical procedures performed at the larger hospitals. When you have to visit multiple visits in one trip it can be difficult to track the best route from one hospital to the next. Over 2. the screen is never over crowded with features I will never use. Moon. Earthcomber scans the area for the user’s entire list of favorites. Richerson primarily uses this feature as a means of backing up his data. “Everybody’s been there: when you really need a certain something. you can retrieve maps for any area of the country by downloading them to your PC and synchronizing them to your handheld. Once you’re all set-up. “On most of my visits. When he synchronizes his information and runs an update. hotels. location-based service.homes is an information tab that allows him to maintain information about each person in his church. “In the past I had to pull out a large atlas and determine the best route while going down the road or I would have to pull over and waste time squinting at the small print. parks. the locations and notes that he has pinpointed and annotated are automatically placed into his Earthcomber Community.” he says. Unlike web-style mobile searches. Earthcomber’s aim is to help you explore everything in between. Once installed. You might ask yourself. As with many pastors.” said Brady. Earthcomber is a free. and then synchronize with your handheld. restaurants. historical sites. interests and needs. Earthcomber introduced several commercial “spot guides” developed by such companies as Avalon Travel Publishing. “Earthcomber lets me list important information. Now all I have to do is tap the notes tab and I have the information I need. it would be worth it to have a program on your handheld dedicated just to finding that thing.” says Richerson. Many of his members. one by one. I like to bring muffins or treats and I have used the note feature to remind me of food allergies or if a member is diabetic. Instead. museums. Fortunately. there’s no need to stop and enter search terms. such as addresses and phone numbers.” Earthcomber’s user interface allows Richerson to view the specific areas in which he travels and with the downloaded maps and content. You simply create an account at www.” Not only is Earthcomber a handy tool for outreach. coffee shops. attractions. What is down that side street or over that hill that would just make my trip complete?” Earthcomber could very well find it for you. Anyone interested can just email ‘churches@earthcomber. but it also allows me to include notes that are specific to each family. a great deal of his time is spent visiting with those who are in hospitals. but it can be an invaluable guide when traveling. so they can update information about services and events for members and for potential visitors passing through. In the past I have had to rely on memory or on the bulky three-ring binder phone directory I keep in my car. and we get so much more out of every day. “When I discovered Earthcomber I no longer needed my atlas. the information populates itself on your PDA device and displays data relevant to the particular guide.com and download the software and maps to your PC.” Earthcomber provides a free “Community” feature that Pastor Richerson can use to share his favorites with others in his church who might need to also make home visits. While most mobile mapping tools are designed to get you from A-Z with point-to-point directions. the company invites congregations to contact Earthcomber and “adopt” their listing. or if you have a wireless device you can pick and download maps “over-the-air. among others. gas stations and more. It is as Earthcomber’s founder Jim Brady envisioned several years ago: a mobile “favorite things finder” that helps you explore the surrounding landscape for everything that you want or need. One of the nicest things about Earthcomber is that it is completely free to use. lakes and trails. must go to hospitals that Pastor Richerson does not frequent often.” Last year. It employs patented search technology to match each user’s interests with nearby locations and alert the user when one of their needs or desires is nearby. “Earthcomber allows me to ‘turn on’ the features I need and turn off those I am not interested in using. Earthcomber has helped him discover these hospitals and takes him directly to the front door. “The idea is that life is so much more interesting. Costs range between $10 and $15 and they can be easily downloaded from the Earthcomber Web site.Earthcomber. fast food. it shows him other points of interest within the area. Unlike other programs I have tried. and Mobil Travel Guide. however.5 million locations around the USA are available on Earthcomber. WiFi hotspots.
whatever. CSS and follow the links in the various articles.wikipedia. In some churches. This does not mean everyone has to become an expert on how to do everything. Initially. To make the most of the incredible resources we have in 2007. Little evaluation is done of how the communications in print and online actually supports the ministry and mission of the church. here are some suggestions: Understand the language When the printing press was invented. I Learn new skills One of the most important skills for church communicators to master in the coming years is the ability to easily move communications from paper to PowerPoint to web and back and into any other digital format that your church may use. blogs. but if you understand what the folks on your team are talking about. you are in for a treat. If you are not already familiar with this fantastic tool on the web. For churches to work as a team in creating truly effective communications in this age of technology. you will be able to greatly increase the effectiveness of your ministry. One of the best resources for increasing your understanding of the language of technology is: www. You won’t become an expert in implementation after a few hours of looking up terms. from people who grew up with computers and can program them while listening to music and playing a video game at the same time – to others who don’t know the meaning of many critical technology terms. but increased understanding at all levels is helpful and not difficult to attain.Ministry communication Yvon Prehn . In most churches. it is almost a joke as to how some folks are the tech geeks and others simply ask things be done and do not bother with understanding how to do them. You can look up any term and follow the links for added or in-depth unChristian Computing® Magazine January 2007 derstanding. desktop publishing. flyers and ministry PR are run off at the last minute.com Resources to help you improve your ministry communications in 2007 n most churches communications technology goes something like this: the bulletin and newsletter get done.com. For some of us who remember thinking that technology would never get better than the self-correcting typewriter. I doubt that few Christian leaders cared about how printing presses actually worked. understanding and skill level of the various technologies varies widely. check out: internet. HTML. even if it isn’t current. By increasing your understanding of communications technology. all members of the church leadership need to increase their understanding of terms and technology. but as the years went by. But 29 . small screen.yvonprehn@aol. PDF. This is not funny. We are in a similar situation today. the very thought of having to learn new technologies after conquering the basics of the computer is not something we look forward to. and some sort of website is up most of the time. RSS feeds. it changed everything. increased understanding of the printing press as a tool enabled churches to use it with ever increasing effectiveness to share the gospel. pod-casting. that can be very useful. Even if you think you know the meaning.
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com: This is primarily training for web creation skills and it is all FREE.com.com: this is a fantastic resource! For pricing ranging from as low as $25 a month. go to my website: www. This seminar will be a full-day of demonstration.thelionsvoice. For more information. HTML. To help you do that. Integrate your communications technology with the mission and outreach of your church Though the above recommendations are important. It will focus on the basics. etc. and graphics selection will apply to any program. When I am working on a new challenge in website creation I think about Moses who was probably. but many of the skills taught in areas such as typography. grids and layouts. but to use the communication techniques that you master to fully fulfill the Great Commission. If you are a communications director for a large church and use Adobe products. a book of devotions and essays that is essential reading for people doing communication work for the kingdom of God. I’ve created two resources: The Heart of Church Communications. You need to understand what your people are working on and why various technologies and skills are important. writing. newsletter. this seminar would be useful in showing you how to train and equip a volunteer team of communicators. The core program I will use will be MS Publisher. business and invitation cards. PDF. website. you can take unlimited web-based training in all kinds of communications software as well as in pod casting.we serve a God of constant newness. w3schools. Effective Ministry Communication Production. because your goal in all of your communication technology should not be to simply master the latest and greatest technique. at age 80. Three great resources to help you learn some new skills: www. I’ll show how to develop a logo and identity for a new ministry. This is not a side issue. and PR materials. I remind myself that the same God that who gave Moses the strength to lead a multitude of people out of slavery is the same God who can help me understand how to create a blog and CSS. how to create the identity pieces for it. an ALL NEW Yvon Prehn Seminar: For years people have asked me HOW I actually do what I do in ministry communications and marketing in practical ways and some of the most helpful parts of seminars have taken place at lunch and breaks when I open up Publisher and do a brief show and tell. who continuously provides new adventures for His servants. This class is for people actually doing church communications production. In addition. So many communications created in churches Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 31 . blogging. I highly recommend that any church leader take some time and simply read the explanations on the website about the different areas of technology. this is probably the most important of all. just easing into retirement when he saw that bush burning.lynda. how to create a brochure.
This is a totally different seminar than the practical one on publication production described above. non-Christian thing.com/yvonprehn. bring them into the church and enable them to become mature disciples for Christ. Yvon Prehn Seminar on Church Communications & Marketing Marketing is not an evil.com) and will illustrate the communications every church needs to create to fully fulfill the Great Commission.com) if I can be of service to you or your church as we use the technology given to us to fully fulfill the Great Commission. I have a new sponsorship system where your church can host a seminar and receive a personalized consultation for virtually no cost. 2007 is a new year with new opportunities to communicate the gospel message with the extraordinary tools of technology we have.90) or order a hardcopy through www. but are not touching people’s hearts or changing lives. Please contact me (yvonprehn@aol. your heart may need some alignment with the heart of God.lulu. it is a way to tell the true gospel story fully and in a way that will reach people. You can immediately download a PDF of the book (only $5. totally revised for 2007.lulu. go to www. will take the 5 Steps of Church Communications and Marketing (see detailed explanation on www.and ministries today have lots of dash and flash (literally). To create heart-changing communications. I’m challenging myself to learn new tools this year and I hope you will be doing the same. This seminar. 32 January 2007 Christian Computing® Magazine . To download a PDF that explains it all.thelionsvoice.com/yvonprehn. but as you will learn in this seminar.
What if you could search the content of someone’s brain. (Perhaps by the time you read this it will be released). Collaboration …information sharing … hmm …if the government can do it. The software is so efficient at matching questions with the right answers that In-Q-Tel. Illumio. Getting these questions answered might take hours on the Internet but the right person could walk me through the necessary steps in a matter of minutes Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 33 . LinkedIn and XING. the CIA’s venture capital arm invested in Illumio.com Illumio: Lets You Search Other People’s Brains Y ou can say you saw it here first – directly from Silicon Valley straight to Christian Computing Magazine.” The software analyzes e-mail. because it’s not on Google”.Internet Ministry Walt Wilson . David Gilmore describes it as “allowing mutually agreed upon connection among people who would never meet otherwise. web searches and documents stored on your hard drive to match that information with requests submitted by other Illumio users.waltccm@aol. can the church? Let’s save that for another day. “there must be someone out there who knows about this. Microsoft QnA. uncover unknown areas of expertise and get answers to questions that are not on the Internet? What if you needed specific knowledge for a paper or a proposal or for medical purposes and you needed a true expert to coach you one-on-one? What if you needed information on open-source databases and you didn’t even know whom to ask? What if you wanted to be an expert in theology or apologetics without the degree? Tacit Software of Palo Alto. Unlike Google. At least there are a number of local venture capital firms banking on it – and these guys place their bets carefully. I wondered about ground transportation. about to be released. Many of us walk around with a head full of what we regard as trivia that could be very important to someone for reasons all their own.tacit.com) may have solved the problem with Illumio. should I take a bus or taxi from the airport? How far is it? What about customs? Did I select the right hotel? How about the better restaurants? Do they really execute people for chewing gum? What I needed was coaching from someone who was familiar with Singapore. The reason is it may not yet be uploaded to the network. is a new approach to the challenge of “social search and connection”. and answer questions I wouldn’t think to ask – all of it based on been-there-donethat personal experience. CEO. California (www. It’s still in someone’s brain or on their hard drive. Illumio allows person-to-person connection in private. Yahoo Answers. The days of free money around these parts are gone. The manufacturer’s web site simply says the product is coming soon. on my first trip to Singapore. Among the top priorities of the intelligence community is improving information sharing across 16 government agencies. They describe Illumio as best-ofbreed in accomplishing that task in terms of information matching and collaboration. For example. It answers the question. The key thing is that you do not have to do anything but allow access.
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Once the analysis is performed and matched with the question. We’ve been conditioned to think that with knowledge there is a connection to wisdom. I take that seriously. For this is the whole duty of man. Yahoo and Microsoft. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 35 . Contact is not always made in an instant or on a first try but the results are worth waiting for. It seems ripe with possibility. Unfortunately. In the meantime we have Illumio. Knowledge has been one of the pursuits of man throughout all of history… but to what end? Adam and Eve were doing fine until the tempter said that they could have more knowledge. hobby or vocation.Illumio allows users to create their own profile describing their area of expertise. Solomon writes. But the expert’s name is not revealed until he or she accepts the question. analysis of the user hard drive is more useful since we tend to forget some of the really useful data that has been filed and forgotten.’s do you know that have difficulty applying wisdom in direct proportion to their knowledge? Often knowledge comes without wisdom and that is a terrible curse. Yet this remains the life experience of so many. It is your duty. It is important to note that nothing happens until the expert user agrees to the contact and that is done on a case-by-case basis controlled only by the user. The scary thing about storage of personal data is that new laws permit this data to be shared with a third party for legal purposes. I’m not saying ignorance is bliss but the Scriptures make clear that knowledge by itself “puffs up”.D. Well they got knowledge and with it came the condemnation of the race. However. Searching the brains of experts on a subject is an interesting proposition to say the least. A beguiling thought. The business model calls for the charging of commercial companies. It’s important to note that the analysis does not leave the user’s computer and is not stored on a server or a database by the supplier. In other words. If you’ve wanted to become a search engine optimization expert. this matter of accumulating knowledge instantly. Knowledge. Where else will you find people who get excited about organic gardening? How about church planting? Worth noting is CEO Gilmore’s point that individual search data will not be kept and stored by the company unlike the big three who keep troves of data on your search habits. there is little hope we will be generating code anytime soon that will create instant wisdom. The expert user is always protected until all parties agree upon the connection. As a former Marine.000 years ago Solomon warned about the human dilemma created by the pursuit of knowledge in and of itself. Accumulating facts in the mind leads to disappointment and disillusionment. In so doing. then the question will go to the next expert on the list for that particular topic. they will be able to consult each other with regularity to share information in their mutual area of interest. It is being stored in your personal file at Google. as is the case with search information stored by Google. In fact we think knowledge is wisdom. listen to God. We confuse the two. Illumio has plans to form groups of individuals who are interested in a particular topic. Google will not tell you.”(Ecclesiastes 1:8) Let’s be clear about Solomon’s conclusions: “Fear God and keep His commandments. Be very careful about what you search on. along with the name of the person asking will be revealed. If the question relates to “suspension bridge building and engineering” the query. Almost 3. Yahoo or Microsoft. If the initial response does not work out and connection is not made. Tacit Software plans to make Illumio available to individual users for free. How many Ph. “Because in much wisdom is much grief. rather than yourself. the user is contacted and asked if he or she wants to respond to the inquiry. and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow. For God will bring every deed into judgment. you might consider the switch to quilting. But you can bet there are lots of people out there who can walk through all the tricks of the trade and they will be on Illumio. including every hidden thing …” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). If you’re into research on the building of atomic bombs for a hobby.
Thanks for sharing how you use your mobile devices in your ministry and personal life. Please let me know what you think of our mobile service. What You Will Find Once you point your mobile device to the site or open Avantgo. Thanks! Happy New Year! Jonathan Petersen. I received the following letter from Jonathan Peterson of Zondervan. ZONDERVAN. I have used Avantgo go for a number of years and find it useful. whenever you sync your device with your PC it goes online and downloads all the “channels” that you subscribe to. via a web enabled device. This week there is an interview with world renowned author and preacher.kevin@kevinpurcell. I’m writing to make sure you know about Zondervan’s mobile activity.com/mobile . W. Stott. The rest of the list is as follows: + Today’s Bible Verse + Today’s Bible Passage + Complete Bible Reading Schedule + Get the NIV & TNIV Bibles for Your Mobile Device + Today’s Church Word + Today’s Church History Milestone + Church Leader Briefing (mobile edition) + Featured Book Excerpt + Emergency Information + Mobile Links Clicking on the verse link returned a scripture verse one could quickly read for Christian Computing® Magazine Zondervan Mobile Web Site Zondervan’s Mobile site can be connected to directly. You can access our mobile website at www. Then. reader and read the new content.” I decided to check out the site and give it a brief review for this month’s article.. you can fire up the Avantgo 36 January 2007 . I like that. So this review is applicable to both. Since this is entitled “weekly interview” I assume it will change each week. It is a useful way of using the web. What I liked is the length. most mobile readers are not going to have an hour to read so there are three short questions. It is exactly like Zondervan’s Avantgo channel. issue of CCM. But the same can be said of TV. which is available in both Palm and PocketPC versions. Purcell . It is not a Christian service. but you may want more. Avantgo channels include everything from sermons to sports scores..zondervan. John R. You download the client software and install it on your device. even if you do not have net access while away from your PC.Higher Power With Kevin Kevin A. We offer availability to mobile users through Wi-Fi as well as AvantGo. And tell me any suggestions you might have at any time to improve it. you will see a list of links. Once you have synced your device. so there is also some content that would be offensive to some. or through Avantgo’s useful web aggregator. You can get tech news or restaurant lists. the newspaper or your local book store.org Purcell Zondervan Mobile Web Site L ast month I wrote about my use of a PocketPC device in my pastoral ministry. “I just finished reading your Mobile Computing article in the Dec. I reviewed Zondervan’s Mobile Internet site at the above address.
You could simply fire up a bible study program and read it. The last two links in the list are a little out of place. I also would put links to weather. I wish it generated a reading that is friendly to the small screen. The “Bible Reading Plans” link took me to Zondervan’s web site. I began to randomly click links and all were mobile sites. an ad for Zondervan. Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 37 . until I read this newsletter. I clicked on one of the listed plans which offered to send me a PDF file. or even read in my actual Bible. Did you know that sex-selection abortion is becoming a worldwide problem and that some in the UN are considering a ban on all abortions? I didn’t. The list is extensive. Another link is a short quote from a “Featured Book”.adobe. You do not get the scripture directly in your browser or Avantgo client. The blurb said.” This newsletter was filled with interesting and informative articles. which gives a random word from The Concise Dictionary of the Christian Tradition. The Church History Milestone link returned an item of info from Timeline Charts of the Western Church by Susan Lynn Peterson. The “CHURCH LEADER BRIEFING” link takes you to the most recent copy of that online newsletter. I wish this had been a mobile friendly list of bible readings that could either linked to the actual scripture text or a list of passages that I could then open in my bible program. think with some additions to the home page. Conclusions Zondervan’s Mobile site is a nice addition to your Mobile Favorites list. I do.com). I had a problem with the “Today’s Bible Passage” link and “Complete Bible Reading Schedule” link. If it had a place to search the Bible like the sight listed in the “Mobile Links” then it would be more useful.” I assume this will include information from recent as well as older events. “1988 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www. It sent me to non-mobile-friendly site. Not all mobile readers will have a PDF reader installed (one is available at www. and places to give blood. I would put a Google Mobile search box right at the top of the page with two links below it. it could also become a great portal site to serve as my browser’s startup Home page. but since it is a link I clicked it. which “is comprised of selected and edited news bulletins from a variety of reporting sources attributed to each story. It is a very useful ad. but an ad nonetheless.org) is formed through the merger of the Lutheran Church in America. I added it to my Treo. however. the American Lutheran Church. and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. but might also be the reason you return. including everything from locations of hotspots (places to wirelessly connect to the Internet) and news sites. Finally. One is a list of “emergency information” like first aid sites. among others. and sports right below the “Featured Book Excerpt” and move the emergency link to the page with the long list of mobile links. One returns a word for the day. after all. The next couple of links were interesting. The final link is a list of other useful mobile links. This is. a list of important documents everyone must have. news.inspiration or as a suggested memory verse.elca. one for the Internet and another for the Zondervan site. a Zondervan Publication. This week’s excerpt came from Denise George’s Cultivating a Forgiving Heart: Forgiveness Frees You to Flourish.
To set the record straight. available hard drive space and audio recording software. an analog to digital (A/D) interface. download and sync one’s music with their iPod. there are other software applications besides iTunes that allow users to subscribe to Podcasts. Later we’ll show you how simple it is to add a Podcast to your web site and let listeners know how to subscribe to it through RSS (Really Simple Syndication). you can even get the software to capture in the mp3 Christian Computing® Magazine R Creating An Mp3 Creating an MP3 is easy. In fact. a Podcast can be loaded onto any mp3 player that has space to accommodate it. One of the best free audio recording applications that I’ve discovered is Audacity (http:// audacity. In the case of Audacity. Special coding makes it a podcast. now the application will allow you to do the same for Podcasts. Another great tool is Samson’s USB Microphone. it means a lower quality microphone is being used.ccmag@terrywilhite. Just as one can use the iTunes software to find. this studio quality microphone delivers very good audio and serves as an A/D interface using the USB port.sourceforge. You probably already have about ninetynine percent of what you need. Typically audio software will capture your audio as a native .com) with a street price of around $150. For about eighty-bucks. For no extra charge.adobe.com Podcasting: Mainstream Audio esearch shows that while podcasting is extremely popular nationwide. My personal favorite is Adobe Audition (http:// www. This month we begin a three part series that will provide you the insight to not only begin podcasting at your church but will help you market your show. Using my Tascam US122. in addition to those in your congregation or on staff that can make this new audio ministry happen. Further.wav file if you’re on a PC or an . but for now let’s say a podcast is a compressed audio file that is often downloaded and played via the Internet as an mp3. The first requirement is a computer that 38 January 2007 . Most computers will allow you to plug a microphone straight into the computer. As new editions of one’s Podcasts are updated. only a fraction of churches are using the technology. How can you create a Podcast and encourage listeners to take advantage? In this three part series. has a fairly speedy processor (check the requirements of the audio software you choose).music and multimedia Terry Wilhite . Typically when the computer “mic in” jack is used. We also encourage you to share this article with your pastor and help him catch the vision for this ministry. I’m able to use my studio quality microphones that require phantom power.net/). An audio file residing on a web site is not necessarily a podcast. this month we plan to demystify Podcasts and help you see how easy it is to create your own. iTunes software can be set to automatically download the new shows.aiff formatted file if you’re using a Mac. many are still unclear what this audio format entails. we’ll also cover some marketing tips that will help you produce a show so enticing that listeners want to come back again and again to grab your latest Podcast.
a process called “ripping”. Without debate. but you can’t increase it. If you don’t defrag. On a PC. In summary. This process is similar to watching grass grow. I start the de-fragmenting process just before I retire for the evening and a hard drive that has contiguous hard drive space available will be ready for me by morning. For voice programs alone.format. The objective of the game is that the end result is decent-sounding audio at a file size that can be easily delivered through the Internet.” That’s what we will show you how to do next month and you will find that process is as easy as creating an MP3. “Hey. converting a . Explore the software to find how you can reduce the sampling quality. you should capture (sample) the digital audio using as high of a sampling rate as you can for the same reason you shoot pictures in as high of resolution as possible. Drop me a line. In most professional caliber audio software. If the music or sound bites are not royalty free. productions of any size can require several minutes of download time. simply go under the Start Menu. A ripped or extracted audio cut from a CD would simply be inserted into the audio project as an additional track.wav file or mp3. By the way.aiff captured and mixed. Most amazingly. The thinking here is that you can always reduce the resolution. not to mention mp3 player space. such as a very nicely produced introduction? Most audio software will allow you to copy audio from a CD and convert it to a . should be setting the example. I always have to warn that you must de-fragment your hard drive before recording. mic. Then. Be considerate. find your System Tools folder and you’ll see your disk de-fragmenter application. Run it. 168 is close to CD quality). there’s a Podcast here for the grabbing. the audio software that I’ve mentioned allows you to record and mix multiple tracks. here’s the formula for creating an MP3 file: computer. If you’re church is already Podcasting. as Christian communicators. crackle and pop as the software looks for plenty of room to place sampled sound. This is not an option. you can produce an MP3 very easily and inexpensively. Any time that I discuss computer-based audio recording. —— Terry Wilhite is a music and multimedia specialist. Even with DSL or cable. once captured.wav to an MP3 is as easy as choosing “SAVE AS mp3” under the FILE menu. How do you add music to your show. Once you have all your high resolution . Another warning that I always give: abide by all copyright laws! We. What makes an mp3 a Podcast is the fact that is “published” to a web site and on that web site is XML language that says.com Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 39 .wav or . don’t use them. you’ll want to record in mono at a KBPS (kilobytes per second) rate that’s fairly low. it currently costs nothing to list your Podcast at iTunes. He welcomes your e-mails at ccmag@terrywilhite. experiment with the final sound quality using a copy of your newly produced show by adjusting the sampling output.You can fiddle around with the setting to adjust the sound quality to your liking. Further. audio recording software = mp3 file. you will hear snap. Audacity doesn’t make mixing nearly as easy as Adobe Audition. I’d love to know and to tell others about it. save a copy of your show in the native format and put it aside for safe keeping. (For reference.
htm Wiredsafety.com/parentsafety/socialnetworking. If they see what appear to be “character issues” portrayed. If your family has multiple computers sharing an internet connection through a router. you cannot prevent kids from doing something they are intent on doing.onguardonline. before they’re in an environment where we aren’t there to supervise or teach these lessons. Identity thieves look for private information to use for their own purposes.html Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens http://www.College admissions offices and potential employers have begun looking at what kind of information prospective students and employees post online. Guardians and Educators http://www. Making themselves a target . try to put it in an open area where you can see your kids’ online activities.There is another big problem most of us do not think about. Ask them to help you set up your own profile and page on the same sites they use. Look at the pictures they have chosen to share. If you have a family computer. Information we post online NEVER really goes away. Restricting access to reasonable hours helps ensure that they (or you) are not spending all night online.html Always Use Protection: A Teen’s Guide to Safe Computing http://www. Inappropriate language and pictures . Profile Sites. Useful Links Social Networking Sites: A Parent’s Guide http://www.” Sexual predators use social networking sites to identify and engage potential victims. Despite your best efforts. In my experience.comments by their friends before they allow them to be posted. Even when you delete a blog entry or a picture. My philosophy as a Christian parent has been to teach my children how to interact with the world while maintaining their Christian walk.onguardonline.html Rules ‘N Tools™ for Social Networking Sites: A Guide for Parents.gov/socialnetworking_youth.wiredsafety. Their friends may be less than careful with both their own and your kids’ information.com/ Christian Computing® Magazine January 2007 41 . Diary Sites or Social-Networking Sites http://www. you may want to consider restricting the times their computers can connect to the Internet. Keep it in the light. It’s forever . especially in social networking sites.gov/socialnetworking. Respond to their posts. Find out who their friends are and see what kind of information they share. it is “cached” somewhere on the Internet. That 15-year-old friend might be a 45-yearold male looking for “company. your teens may not be accepted for their college or job of choice. your children are going to encounter these dangers at some time.People can pose as anybody online.protectkids. Let’s make sure they know how to protect themselves now. What you can do Talk to your kids.org/internet101/blogs.org—Blog Sites.alwaysuseprotection. It’s worked well for us. There are sites on the Internet that specialize in archiving other Web sites. Subscribe to their blogs and read what they are posting.
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