Category: software


Now, I can think of something to do with this. We have a teaching pastor who likes to draw on the screen for showing historic locations on maps. This would do the trick for almost no money. We actually have a Wii at church, so we could do this. Watch the video here: Clips: Use a Wiimote to Make Whiteboards Out of Anything or visit the site for the guy who wrote the software here.

If I can get the Mac version, I’ll do it myself. It seems like a good alternative to a touch screen.

Paul

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I realize that many churches who do use projection still use powerpoint. This article has a list tips: PowerPoint Presentations: Tips To Avoid Last Minute Surprises | Digital Inspiration Technology Guide

Paul

TNB Episode–Oops!

It looks like I had some encoding issues. Audio disappeared after a certain point. I’ll upload part 2. Matt, thanks for the heads up.

Paul

Here it is:

It looks like I had some encoding issues. Audio disappeared after a certain point. I’ll upload part 2. Matt, thanks for the heads up.

Paul

Here it is:

On today’s “Tech, No Babel”:

Automatic Switching,
IP “Phone Book”,
Free, Legal Software,
and much, much more.

Links:
Scrubit.com
OpenDNS.com

opensong
qsong
praisebase
Songsheet generator

On today’s “Tech, No Babel”:

Automatic Switching,
IP “Phone Book”,
Free, Legal Software,
and much, much more.

Links:
Scrubit.com
OpenDNS.com

opensong
qsong
praisebase
Songsheet generator

So in a previous episode, I mentioned using dvd players as digital signage. That works great for regular TVs, but what if you need better resolution because you’re using LCDs or Plasmas or projectors? Here are some ideas:

Use PowerPoint to create your digital signage:
We’ve all seen bad PowerPoint presentations, but used correctly it can be a powerful tool. Here are a few ideas that I’ve had.

Two 4:3 windows side by side make a good widescreen frame. Now, it’s not true 16:9, but something narrower. You can frame that with some other video or another still to tie it all together to get the actual aspect ratio of your screen.

Now, you can dedicate an older pc as a digital signage box, continually running PowerPoint. This works well with (and depending on what you’re doing, maybe better than) certain worship software packages as well.

Analog Signage
You can always do analog signage as well. Imagine that you take two poster size “ads” and place them back to back, creating a loop, with rollers between them. Next hack together a motorized system for rolling these posters and stoping them for few seconds, before rolling them again.

This can also be done with vertical blinds, with the posters cut into strips and placed on the blinds. The possibilities are endless.

Paul

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

Look at this video from Scifi.com.

Paul

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With as many software packages out there, you’d think there would be one for everything. Google gives us search results. Office makes work easier (ever typed on a typewriter). Now there’s something to help your boss with performance appraisals. This software helps with training, recruitment, appraisals, you name it. Now if they could just develop software to help managers know when it’s them, not the employee. Well, I can dream can’t I?

Paul

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I remember being in college and watching as someone used this great little tool called PKUnzip. This was long before the capability was embedded in Windows. It was back during a time when a meg or two really mattered. Most files were transported using floppy disks (not 5 1/4″, after that). CD burners existed, but were so prohibitively expensive that almost no one owned one, so we carried boxes of floppies to transport pictures or wav files or whatever.

A lot of things have changed in the past 10-12 years. I’m using a Mac, not a PC. The floppy has been replaced by the thumb drive and CD burners are so cheap that they’re standard (usually combined with DVD burners that is).

Still some things are needed now more than ever. Saving space is an issue that’s now measured in 100s of megs or gigs (for backup or “sneakernet”) or somewhat smaller sizes for the web.

Now security is a bigger issue. What if you could combine a secure method of encrypting files and a way to reduce their size, too? The PKWare people have done it–now you can have data security with SecureZip. Just go to www.securezip.com

“SecureZIP – The next generation of ZIP”

Paul

“www.securezip.com”