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Superheros and Sci-Fi and Church Tech, Oh My!

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Recently, a commenter on ChurchMag brought it to our attention that not everyone enjoys our discussion of Science Fiction, comic books, video games, LEGOs, and other seemingly worthless tidbits of juvenile fun. I totally understand where this person is coming from. I have a ton of middle school student friends on Facebook because, until last […]


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Free or Cheap Internet Access to the World? [Infographic]

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What if the Internet was available for free or relatively cheap? Right now 1 out of 3 people in the world have access to the web. So, if the Internet was made available for free or relatively cheap, we would see a huge boom in potential Internet users. If you think YouVersion has made the Bible available […]


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Passwords: Size Matters

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I know you hardcore techno geeks need two hands and your left foot (unless you’re left handed) to enter your super-duper cryptic password that you update every 17 days. As for everyone else, they think they’re super cryptic if they add “@” to their p@ssword. But you don’t have to have a super crazy, impossible […]


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Has Apple Peaked? [Infographic]

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The age of Steve Jobs is falling further and further behind us and investors are concerned about the future of Apple. There are six areas of concern: Mobile Marketshare Loss Developers Lawsuits Delays Apple’s New HQ Negative Analyst Comments While these may be concerns for financial investors, I don’t know that it should be a […]


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Relics of Technology [Images]

Relics of Tech

I had to sell my 1960′s vintage record player when we moved to Italy. Fast forward to this past weekend and I came across some plastic 1980′s record players here in Italy as well as some vintage radios from the 1950′s. The radios were out of my price range and the plastic record players — […]


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You Should Know: “We Now Have the Latest Technology”

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I was doing a little “house cleaning” on my computer (not pictured above) when I came across a screenshot I had made several months ago. It’s a screenshot of some comments made on a blog or news website. I’m not sure of the context or exactly what they were commenting on, but that doesn’t really […]


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M.E. Awareness Day 2014 #May12BlogBomb

ME CFS Awareness Day

Today is the International Awareness for M.E. and other Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases. (This week 11th to 17th is M.E. Awareness Week and the whole of May is Invisible Illness Awareness Month!) People around the world will be raising awareness for this mis and little-understood illness. But why is this being covered on a […]


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Silver Surfers: Internet Usage Among Older Generations [Infographic]

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Nope. Not that Silver Surfer. These Silver Surfers refer to Internet users who are age 50 and older. These aren’t just retirees who are still using Internet Explorer 6 to play Farmville on Facebook, either. This segment of the Internet community is using the World Wide Web for social media, shopping and even education. Let’s take a closer […]


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Stop Using Windows XP or Else!

The End of Windows XP

Is your church secretary or pastor still using Microsoft Windows XP? I hope not! If they are, you need to seriously encourage them to upgrade their computer and/or OS. If you are reading this on a machine using XP, you need take action soon. Here’s why: Microsoft Rushing to Fix Security Bug This latest breach of […]


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Church Tech Boy Scouts: “Be Prepared” for Everything

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I was never a Boy Scout, but I’m told their motto is “Be Prepared.” My church had a boys groups called “Royal Rangers,” which was basically a more Christian version of the Boy Scouts. Our motto was “Ready. Ready for anything.” Clearly, we had our own thing going. But my childhood aside, both mottos are […]


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Sharing Passwords Safely Across Your Church Tech Team

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Before diving deep, the only people that should hold the keys to your church accounts should be a core team. That core team should probably be less than 5 people that are trusted and should probably have signed some type of employee handbook or contract about portraying the church’s image online. How is your church […]


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Church Tech Snack Pack #028

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I know that most of you are getting ready for Easter services, but don’t forget to stop for a moment and reflect why you are doing what you are doing. Because Christ. Now … game on! (Enjoy the links my friends) Brilliant Easter outreach poster Because Easter. 10 Ways To Be A Welcoming Church While some […]


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3D Printing: One Step Closer to a Star Trek Future? [Infographic]

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Way back in the 1960s, Star Trek featured a “replicator” that could materialize food, drink and just about any object you could imagine. At the time, it was pure science fiction, but when you consider the advancements that have been made with 3D printing over the last few years, such seeming sci-fi technology has become […]


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Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich: Could It Happen to You?

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The last few weeks have been pretty crazy with the controversy surrounding Mozilla’s initial CEO selection of Brendan Eich. For those that don’t know, Brendan Eich is the creator of JavaScript, cofounder of the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation, and also served as Mozilla’s chief technical officer before briefly serving as […]


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Hazel: Tips & Tricks

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In our last post about the time-saving app, Hazel, we walked you through how to create a rules for automating your workday. We walked through how to set up sermons to automatically be renamed and uploaded to your server. In this post, we are going to look at 2 more rules that could speed up […]


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1 in 10 Children Are Victims of Identity Theft [Infographic]

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I’ve never thought that children would be at risk for online identity theft, but it turns out, they are actually at higher risk! Children are targeted up to 35 times more. With 10% of kids becoming online identity theft victims, you will want to make sure you follow these six simple steps towards safeguarding your children’s online identity: […]


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The Progress Bar and the Power of Mental Projection

I remember the first time I tried to download an audio clip online. Netzero dial-up Internet, constant interruptions by telemarketers, and I had to use the clip my college professor had provided. I had procrastination down to a science, but this was gonna bite me in the rear. It was almost awesome. The audio clip […]


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Progress: Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better

Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight: “Things were always going to get worse before they got better.” Progress is not always a straightforward thing. In fact, it rarely is. Progress, where it depends on human effort, acceptance, and/or understanding, will always be chaotic. I love the above quote from the second of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. I […]


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Hazel: How to Automate Your Workday and Be More Productive [Giveaway]

I’m a big fan of automation. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my workflow and save time during the day. I often find myself doing little tasks over and over. If I can spend 30 minutes automating a task that would normally take me about 15 minutes each day, then I’d be saving hours […]


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Tech Wreck Tuesday: Take Your Own Stupid Advice

I love to give out advice to people and in my own eyes, I see that as a problem. Take what just recently happened to me. I always talk about the need to backup. I’ve talked about it several times on my own website and even a separate Tech Wreck Tuesday dedicated to this, so […]


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Can It Be True? OneNote for Mac!

Update: You asked for it, and #OneNote for Mac is HERE! Download it free in the App Store. http://t.co/EOKVAxJX9Y pic.twitter.com/0f575NM2dQ — Microsoft OneNote (@msonenote) March 17, 2014 Tech & culture blog The Verge is reporting an inside scoop that Microsoft is about to announce the OneNote application for the Mac: Microsoft is planning to release […]



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Build Your Own Flappy Bird in a Box [Video]

Capitalizing on the Flappy Bird craze, this real-life, built it yourself Flappy Bird in a box has landed on Kickstarter. While it’s focused on Flappy Bird, it has a variety of applications that could be a lot of fun at different church events and functions. Take a look: Can’t see the video in your RSS […]



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Ballad of a WiFi Hero [Video]

This #EPIC question “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero” is the best video EVER. We’ve all been in this situation and we all know that feel. Now, the best video you’ll see all week: Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! […]



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Worship Projection Made Easy with Easyworship

Ever since I joined the technical team in my church back in 2009, my first task was to teach myself Easyworship. It wasn’t rocket science to learn, however I did wish I had a resource on the basics of visual worship. ( A Must read for any church starting off in visual worship ,The Visual […]



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HTML as an STD: The Technical Language Barrier

According to a recent LA Times article, about 10% of surveyed US citizens believed “HTML” to be an acronym for a sexually transmitted disease. The survey, conducted by VoucherCloud.net, also found a number of other hilarious technical jargon mixups: 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for “Search-Engine Optimization” 27% identified […]



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There’s No Such Thing As Bulletproof Hosting

Face it. There is no such thing as bulletproof web hosting. I have used various hosting companies and their different plans, and I have many different online friends that have done the same. While I do believe some web hosting is superior to others, there is no bulletproof web host. This is important to understand, […]



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How Secure Are Your Passwords? [Part 4,645,978]

Remember the silly passwords web security pundits have been worrying about for years? The ones people have finally abandoned? Yeah, let’s talk about that. “Password” is no longer the most popular password. According to industry heavyweight SplashData, it’s the second most popular password, having been bumped by the 6-digit ironclad option of “123456″ in the […]



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Why I Use Office 365

A few years ago I wrote a post comparing Google Apps vs Office 365 after writing a very harsh review of Office 365. While I think Microsoft has plenty of room for improvement, Office 365 may be a better solution for churches and ministries, especially if they qualify for Office 365 Small Business for Nonprofits, […]



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Deep Fried Gadgets: Our Fast Food Tech Culture [Photos]

Deep Fried Gadgets is a cool and slightly shocking photo project by Henry Hargreaves. What exactly is this deep fried gadgets photo project? Exactly what it sounds like. Deep fried…gadgets. But as profound as the photos may be, it’s what is being said about our tech culture that is really profound. Technology, today, is quickly consumed […]



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The High Cost of Multitasking [Infographic]

Your brain on multitasking is not the healthiest thing, nor the most productive means of getting things done. This is why I’ve been trying to kill the “multitasking monster” and avoid the perils of multitasking for a while, now. So, when I see an infographic like the one pictured below, I am re-amped and reminded that staying […]



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The 1st Step Towards Developing A Live Production System

The leadership has asked you to tell them how much it will cost to get a live stream of the service out to the Internet…now what?!?!? Ok, first off, you’ll need to figure out your signal flow. Let’s assume that you’ve got a couple video cameras, some kind of recorder (hard drive-based, flash- or solid-state-based, […]



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3D Printed Clock Writes the Time [Video]

A 3D printed clock isn’t that big of a deal, but a 3D printed clock that uses a dry erase marker to write the time? Now that’s something to see. Check this out: Can’t see the video in your RSS reader or email? Click Here! [YouTube] Cool, right? Well, it gets cooler. You can download […]



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