Archive for May, 2007


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There are so many ways to distribute information online. Innovative ways include the blog and the wiki, but there’s still a place for sites that aggregate content and make it easy to find.

Encyclocentral is one such place. Look at the articles they have on web development, for example. I found an article on hosting here and a ton of review articles, including one on my favorite domain registrar–GoDaddy.com.

If you write, like I do, you can even submit articles for publication on the site. Give it a look.

Paul

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You’ll remember that earlier in this week I talked about Microsoft’s new surface technology.

Look at this video from Scifi.com.

Paul

John Wesley called it prevenient grace. It’s the idea that God is always working toward the redemption of as many people as possible. While it’s not always the case that we see it, sometimes secular culture really shows that God is working on the hearts of artists who don’t actually know Him.

You’ve heard Joan Osborne’s song “If God Was One of Us”, haven’t you? Here are some of the lyrics:

If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and in jesus and the saints and all the prophets

God does have a face. He has a name. It’s Jesus. Joan is crying out for intimacy with God, for the type of relationship that I get to have with Him. She wants to know Him and love Him, but she doesn’t know how. He’s working on her and in her. She just doesn’t know it yet.

That brings me to something that happened last night. We’re ending a series called “Prayer for Dummies”. The last topic is asking God for help which brought us to this worship song:

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, help

When I was younger (So much younger than) so much younger than today
(I never needed) I never needed anybody’s help in any way
(Now) But now these days are gone (These days are gone), I’m not so self assured
(I know I’ve found) Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me

(Now) And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
(My independence) My independence seems to vanish in the haze
(But) But every now (Every now and then) and then I feel so insecure
(I know that I) I know that I just need you like I’ve never done before

I’m not saying the Beatles were Christians; they weren’t. I am saying that God was trying to bring them to Himself and it sometimes showed. This song is all about how they need help; they’re not able to do it on their own. Few things have ever rung so true. I can’t do this thing we call life on my own. I need help. I thought I didn’t, but I do. God help me.

Paul

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I know a bit about the internet. That doesn’t mean I know quite a bit. It means what it says; I know a bit about it. I have two servers that I use. One is in North America, the other in Australia. I’ve never seen either one.

What’s a mystery to me is how the packets get from place to place and how it all seems to work. The great thing about living in this time is that there are experts in all facets of life. Whether you need managed servers or IT infrastructure outsourcing there are resources to handle it.

Momentum is one such company. Why not give them a look if you need help in the IT arena.

Paul

On today’s “Tech, No Babel” (much delayed):

-Text and email without typing
-Choosing a DVD player
-Projector technologies
and much, much more.

Paul

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While they’re technically called promotional marketing items, most geeks know them simply as swag. Sure most of the time it’s useless stuff like pens and frisbees. Those days are over.

Use Gimmees.com to make your own. Imagine the impact you can make by giving away things like USB drives, cd cleaners, planners, scrapers, and magnets. You never know what impression people will take with them for years to come if you just give away the right stuff.

Paul

Gizmodo has a Video of Bill Gates Showing off his Expensive Table. Now, this isn’t just any table, it’s a multi-touch display.

We’re getting used to touch screens, but multi-touch is a technology that lets you use multiple fingers. This is what the iPhone uses to enable you to do things like scroll through contacts, shrink and grow pictures by pinching and pulling the corners and much more.

The video doesn’t say what OS the “Surface” table uses, although if it’s from Microsoft, I bet it’s some flavor of Windows (Vista 2.0 anyone). With that said, it’s apparently not being marketed to consumers but restaurants (who might use it as a high-tech self service ordering & checkout center) and other business.

It looks really cool. Oh well back to my old iBook.

Paul

I’m so excited to report that according to Apple.com (who is hiring for it), ThinkSecret.com, the Louisville version of Craig’s List, , and ifoAppleStore.com (which lists the store at Oxmoor Center, like Apple.com does) Kentucky will have it’s first Apple Store.

According to these sites, it will be in Oxmoor Center (a mall which is in constant competition with Fayette Mall in Lexington, [which is also on ifoAppleStore.com’s list of potential KY sites,] for the status of Kentucky’s largest mall).

Fellow Mac geeks can apply at Apple.com. I did, although it would be quite a trek for me (about 90 minutes).

I’m excited b/c that means I can visit when I visit my family in Louisville. This also means I can get free Mac training via their classes.

Paul

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Those from Chicago have probably heard of ABT electronics. They’ve been in business since 1936 offering everything from home humidifiers to video accessories. As I perused the site, I was pleased to learn that they offer free shipping on many items (check the site for more details) and a wide variety of electronics.

If you’re like me, you love gadgets and gizmos. The problem comes when you want to buy and you find that prices often vary. With online stores you never know who you can trust. Who’s been around for years and has a website and who is just some dude in his basement with some computer savvy. ABT has a long record of satisfying the customer (you can’t be around since 1936 and not know something about customer service). So give them a look.

Paul

The R-rated Bible

You’rll remember from the entry, “Apostle Paul-Not Safe for Work or Church”, that I told you about the fact that the Apostle Paul didn’t hold back with language that he used.

Well, in The R-rated Bible the New Life Blog talks about a similar issue. This time they’re talking about the Old Testament, but the facts remain. The Bible isn’t a two-dimensional book that says, “Be a good person, doing good things.” It’s a dynamic book that deals with everything from feces to sex to living a better life.

Maybe that’s why some want to ban it.

Paul