Friday, July 31, 2009
One of the Coolest Twitter tools I found is Twuffer. Twuffer is a tweet scheduler were all you have to do is login using your Twitter account and begin scheduling your tweets. Its great if you want to get information out at a certain time of day but do not know if you will have time to tweet when the time comes. Or for you more annoying people if you want to schedule multiple tweets of the same thing several times in a day. Give it a try. Its free!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I love Pro Presenter as a presentation software. We use a projector and two 52" LCD TVs in our service area so I also use the advanced module and a Matrox Triple Head To-Go. We have a fun set up that I can manipulate several different ways to give the service a little different look every week. If you are using Power Point to do you song and Message slides ( and of course if you can afford it). Here are my reasons why I choose ProPresenter over the competition.
- It just works.
- The code is clean and the interface is simple.
- It gives you lots of options.
- The production volunteers pick up on it really quick.
- Options, Options, Options
I know this i snot a real in dept review (which I will do in a few weeks) but I was playing with our old presentation software the other day and I could not beleive how much better ProPresenter was. Now its not perfect and like anything else it has its quirks but I love it. Unfortunately it is only available for Macs and I know that is a big turn off for a lot of people. If you ever get a chance to demo ProPresenter Play with it for awhile and and I think most people would agree.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I spend a lot of time working on Apple computers and I love them. People assume that I work on Macs all day long which is incorrect. I work on PCs all day long. I write programs, monitor systems and fix users computers. I don't think Apples are for everyone and I am not an Apple Elitist though some of my friends may tell you otherwise. I choose to use Apple for the church and in my personal life for a lot of reasons but not because I hate windows. In fact I really like windows 7 now if they could only do something with Explorer.
Here is a list of my my top 10 Favorite free Windows utilities to keep your computer clean and running fast in mo particular order.
Malware bytes- Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
Defraggler-My Favorite free defrag Program
CCleaner- CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
Key Finder- Finds Product key for most programs on your system
Recuva- Recover Lost and deleted files Easy with Recuva
ScanPST- Scans your PST OUtlook files for any issues (Comes free with Outlook)
Virtual Box- Allows you to have 2 different OS running on the Same computer
Win Audit- Flash Drive tool that allows you to pull tons of information of a computer.
Sumo- Keeps all of you apps Up-to-Date
Tree Size- Lets you see the the size of your file in a more productive way
trID File Identifier- Help you find out what different file extensions are and if they are harming your computer.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Second I was not at church on Sunday. Me and Sandra both needed a rest and our anniversary was coming up so we took a weekend for our selves. We needed it I have been in the both every Sunday since we moved in tot the building and before that I was still running production every week since last October. Sandra has been running the check-in computer for Discover Kids since we moved into the new building and has not sat through one full service yet. Truthfully I don't think we would change a thing and we love what we do but it was nice to have a break from everything for a few days and just get away. I don't like to take a ton of breaks because I feel like I get behind but a break is needed every once in awhile to re charge your batteries.
Here are a few pictures form our trip. By the way if you have never eaten at the flying biscuit in Atlanta you are missing one of the best breakfast you will ever eat!
Monday, July 20, 2009
2. Unusual Sunday in the fact that Brien Duke, Trista Ross and myself were the only staff members there. Which meant we were in charge. That's kinda scary
3. Production was okay, nothing major went wrong it just seemed to be an off week.
4. Robotic Lights add a lot to the service. We are trying to get those fixed.
5. Paul Casola our guest speaker did a great job. Thank you again.
6. I have a lot of respect for Paul and everything he has been through. I am glad that Philip and David had a chance to help him through his tough times.
7. Paul was right about the worst 2 basketball player he has ever seen.
8. I am terrible on stage. Even when doing announcements. I really respect you guys who do it every week.
9. I will be gone next weekend! This will be my first Sunday off since last October. I am really excited. I am going with my wife on a anniversary weekend trip. We have been married 8 years and somehow she still loves me.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
When you upload a video it gives you the opportunity to share that video on Facebook, Google Reader and Twitter. Once your on the screen to upload your video you should see the links to connect to Facebook, Google reader and Twitter. Simply use the links to sign on to your accounts and your done. Every time you upload a video it will let all of your friends know, so they can watch it.
If you want to share some one else video you can do this by clicking the share link under the video screen. You will find links to several social networking sites. Click on the one you want use. Sign into your account follow the prompts and the video will be uploaded.
To embed a video on your blog, copy and paste the code next the word embed on the right of the video. Then find the HTML section of you blog and paste the code.
Hope this helps
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I work for a small church (growing) (100 ppl per Sunday Service) church that has a production heavy service. Not that the service is about production but it plays it's part for sure. Each Sunday I need 3 volunteers Sound Tech, Computer Tech and Lighting Tech plus myself. It is hard for me to be picky about who I let into the booth on Sunday morning. I will say this none of the volunteers in my booth have had any experience with the equipment before (save one who is leaving me this week to move on the greener pastures). They all do a great job every week! They do a great job because they want to do a great job! They want to see the service run distraction free and I love it! When I come across someone who is eager to learn to learn how to run a piece of equipment in the booth. I love people who want to make a difference they make the best volunteers. I have said this before "I would take some one who has never touched a lighting board before and is excited to do it over a professional who has no passion. Passion is the #1 thing I look for in people when they ask me about volunteering in my booth skill is second. Skills can be taught, passion is hard to develop. The third thing I look for is creativity. Some of the guys were joking around the other day and called me a slave driver in the booth and I admit I get a little intense on Sunday mornings but I want my volunteers to be creative. I want them to pick backgrounds and lighting scenes. I love the volunteers I have and I would not trade them for anything. God has blessed me with the right people for the job.
10. Tony McCollum- TonyMccollum.com Pastor Fusion Church in Suwanee, Ga
9. Mark Beeson- Markbeeson.com - Pastor Granger Community Church in Granger Indiana
8. Nelson Searcy- ChurchLeadershipInsights.com- Pastor Journey Church, New York, NY
7. Perry Noble-Perrynoble.com Pastor New Spring Church in Anderson, SC
6. Shawn Lovejoy- shawnlovejoy.com Pastor Mountain Lake Church Cumming, Ga
5. Richie Miller Rictchiemiller.org Pastor Avalon Church McDonough, GA
4. Swerve Blog Craig Groeschel (Senior Pastor), Bobby Gruenewald (Innovative Leader) and others Life Church, Oklahoma and the world.
3. Tim Stevens- Leading smart.com Executive Pastor Granger Community Church, Granger Indiana
2. Steven Furtick- StevenFurtick.com- Pastor Elavation Church Charlotte, NC
1. Carlos Whittaker Ragamuffinsoul.com I don't know his official title but he worked (still works maybe) with Buckhead Church and with Northpoint Online. Anyways his thoughts are humbling and inspiring and he has some cool photography to boot!
Monday, July 13, 2009
1. Hardest Sunday I have ever had at DP
2. The band did a great job! Brien the songs were so appropriate and moving.
3. The best Sunday I can remember
4. The saddest Sunday I can remember
5. Philip hit a homerun! His message was perfect for the day
6. Who could have thought that when we planned this sermon series 4 months ago that death would fall on this week.
7. Life is short. Who are you living for?
8. Our volunteers did an amazing job clean up the back room!
9. Heard the open mic night on Friday was awesome! Check it out again in 2 weeks.
Friday, July 10, 2009
On Tuesday we talked about what greasemonkey is and what the best script were for it. Today for a quick tip I am going to tell you how to install it to Firefox or Flock. I will save Chrome and Safari for another post.
1. Go to the greasemonkey add-ons page
2. install the add-on
3. Re Start Firefox or Flock
4. Go to Userscripts.com
5. Find some scripts that you like for gmail, google, twitter, facebook and install them
Again it's that easy. So have fun and send me any cool greasemonkey scripts you come across.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
1. Get to know your worship leader(s). Take him to lunch, set up a meeting with him and just get to know him. Don't talk about the sound issues, don't talk about the production side at all if you can avoid it.
2. Ask questions about the equipment they are using. Get to know what each musician likes his sound to be.
3. Answer any questions the band members have for you
4. Teach your worship leader how the equipment in the production booth works.
5. Stay patient
6. Have the band and the production teams pray together.
These are just a few suggestions I have for working with band members I am no expert but so far these tips have worked for me.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
10. Google Thumb Nails
9. Troys Twitter Script- Makes all sorts of changes (for the better) to Twitter
8. Twitter Search Results - Puts twitter search results at the top of you google searches
7. Gmail Macros
6. Gmail message count favicon- Puts a small number of
5. Better Remeber the milk - The name says it all
4. Twitter URL expander - Makes Tiny URL full size URLs so you can
3. Auto complete always on - Some websites turn of the Username and password Auto complete function this script will leave it on all the time.
2. Google image re-linker - Sends you directly to the image not the image page
1. Gmail conversation preview- Lets you see a preview of a message in gmail
Monday, July 6, 2009
1. We have a group of amazing volunteers. Thank you guys you have no idea what you mean to me and the rest of the staff at Discover Point.
2. This was the best 4th of July yet! We met a ton of people at the horse park!
3. Band did awesome as usual.
4. That was the best I have ever heard them do Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)
5. It was nice to See Philip on stage again.
6. God's Grace is Amazing
7. Production team had 2 of its members honored on Sunday for their service. Dave and Laurah will be leaving after this month and moving on to Arizona. I will miss them them a lot!
8. Blew the other 2 robotic light bulbs some how. I cannot wait to see all 3 robotics in action at the same time!
9. Really great weekend at Discover Point. Thank you to all who made it happen! Thank you God for letting it happen.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
1. First you sign up for an account with Google and go to the Analytics page
2. Submit your domain name http://www.blogger.com/yourblogsname
3. You will receive a tracking code. A short snippett of HTML code. Copy all of it. Note do not use the Legacy tracking Urchin.
4. Go to your blogger dashboard
5. Find the blog you want to add the Analytics code to a click the settings button
6. Then go to the Layout Tab at the top
7. The click the Edit HTML tab
8. Go to the bottom of the HTML text box and find the peoce of code that says
9. Paste the code between it and your tag
10 Wait 24 hours and you will start enjoying the never ending possibilities of Google Analytics.
Please let me know if this was helpful or not.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Is the Church REQUIRED to Meet on Sunday?
In response, Tom Becker said, "The meeting together is for the edification of believers. Sorry that's not what I say, it's what the Bible says. We are then to be prepared or taught to go out into the world and preach the gospel and make disciples." Gary Humble replied and added, "
In response, Tom Becker said, "The meeting together is for the edification of believers. Sorry that's not what I say, it's what the Bible says. We are then to be prepared or taught to go out into the world and preach the gospel and make disciples."
Gary Humble replied and added, "
To continue this conversation, some of my thoughts...