APC - IT
Church IT and Other Musings
Friday, September 3, 2010
Arise! Anxiety and Depression Support Group
STARTING: September 21, 2010
WHAT: Arise! Anxiety and Depression Support Group
WHO: Women of all ages
WHEN: First and Third Tuesday of every Month at 7pm
WHERE: Allison Park Church
Free Child Care Provided up to 5th Grade!
You can learn more about the group here: http://noh-arise.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Google Voice Transcriptions are Funny!
"Sadie. How's it going. This is court airport Fudgesicle from dell computer, the following up on the closings at the OJ your last week see if you got the go ahead on those quotes yet. If you could please give us call back and give us update. We can be reached at (512) XXX-XXXX, once again, that number is (512) XXX-XXXX. We look forward to hear from you. Thanks for my safety. You will be, or you call them out another one or do you want me to work on this. The remote this."
Mr. Fudgesicle seems to fear me. I must be a lot scarier than I ever thought!
I LOVE Google Voice btw. They email you a .wav file, which is ever so handy. I"m glad I don't have to depend on the transcriptions. And it did transcribe the phone numbers correctly!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Everyone should be using SpiceWorks. Not only is it incredible Network Management Software, intuitive, and easy to use, but it's also FREE.
The hardware/software inventory aspect of SpiceWorks would be enough for me to encourage everyone to use it, but there is so much more to this free configurable piece of software that I'd have to write a very long article to describe all its benefits. In addition there are community written modules that can be installed and incorporated further personalizing the software.
And the SpiceWorks community is one of the best that I've ever seen online- now we number more than one million strong. There you will find expertise in every aspect of our work in IT - and many are more than willing to share that expertise within the community.
Honestly you can't beat SpiceWorks for Software/Hardware/Licensing/Help Desk Ticket management. And the price tag is amazing: Free.
Monday, May 17, 2010
A beautiful Christian woman with a heart for our Lord sent me an email today. I love her so much!! She was understandably shocked to hear that a movie was coming out depicting Christ and the Disciples as homosexuals. Now the rumor about the movie is false, but there is in fact a play about just this subject called 'Corpus Christi' or the body of Christ.
I do not believe that we should be afraid of this kind of thing. Our Lord isn't. There will always be those who want to mock and deride our beliefs.
Before I was saved I used to get a great kick out of mocking and deriding Christians. Our Lord has forgiven me for that, and I hope you all will too. But that was the enemy talking - I was his child at that point. And the plain and simple truth about that is this: Christians scared the heck out of me!!! Even if they were at times hypocrites somewhere in my deepest heart of hearts I knew that they knew the truth!! So I railed against them, I made fun of them - because it made me feel better on the surface. But deep down I was afraid because all that I was - a sinner living in darkness - would disappear if I dared to believe the truth, and stepped into the light. And I knew I was not worthy of that.
Did you ever wonder why normally opened minded people who respectfully acknowledge all other religions will rant and rave about Christianity? I believe it's because somewhere deep within they recognize the truth and their sinful nature rebels against it.
It was not someone waving a bible at me that showed me the truth. I had seem those people, and I wanted to avoid them at all costs because they made me so nervous. Or if I was in an ornery mood I'd try to engage them in a philosophical conversation with the goal of making them look like a fool.
It was not arguments that made me grasp the truth. It was love that let me slowly open my frightened eyes little by little and to finally see the light and regain my own life! Two people who owed me nothing, who didn't even know me asked me about my beliefs, and told me the story of theirs. And when faced with that kind of unconditional love I could not help but know it was true!!!
I try to remember that when stuff like this happens. The first time I read about this play it ticked me off. I mean honestly, how dare they portray my Savior that way? But then I remembered that the people doing the mocking are actually afraid.
And here is the best news of all: Jesus is using that, using that play to bring that fear to the surface. He's priming them to accept the truth. He is using it for their good. :) I know it.
So we don't have to be afraid about this kind of thing. THEY are afraid. Maybe we can lovingly help them see the truth.
Just my opinion - as always your mileage may vary.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats
The vid above certainly shows a good use of that particular piece of technology.
I know those angry barks: "Where is the multi-tasking, and USB port? No flash???"
Monday, March 15, 2010
25 years of radical change
The news is all atwitter because .com names came into existence 25 years ago today. But it wasn't until 5 years later in 1990 that Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web – the only 'internet' that most people know – and made those .com names useful.
I remember seeing my first graphical web page at that time – a friend of mine at college had put up a little page about his department and had scandalously included his photograph. I was horrified, and the first words out of my mouth were, “this will never catch on.” Boy was I wrong.
At that time 'my' internet was a world of safe, opaque text. I'd have never dreamed of putting my photograph up on a web page for potentially anyone in the world to see. That thought frightened me because sharing something so personal with people I did not know seemed fundamentally wrong. But these days not it's not unusual for people to share much more than that on social networking sites.
I lecture my daughter weekly about the dangers of sharing too much on the 'net. She thinks I'm an old fogey.
But the W3 has changed us forever in many ways, particularly in the way we view privacy. We have gone from a people who jealously guarded our privacy and defended confidentiality to a people that no longer really even seem to understand those concepts. I consider that from time to time, and I don't really like it. I guess I am the old fogey that my daughter thinks I am.
Monday, March 1, 2010
At least someone enjoyed the snow...
Skiing in Oakland, and Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh during the Snowstorm of 2010.
It's an amazing vid!
You can see the University of Pittsburgh's Dorms in this Pic, this is up by their Physics building. Never thought anyone would ski down these stairs!