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Fwd: Fwd: Fwd: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS. BEST NEWS YOU’LL READ ALL DAY…

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General, Simple Tip | No Comments »

If I only had a nickel for every Forwarded chain email I’ve received, I could quit my full time job. While they do fill up my inbox way too often, the more annoying thing to me about Chain Letters is the content. I’ve received  too many emotional or politically charged stories that are suppose to be just the most amazing/horrific thing ever, or another reminder to get my cell phone on the Do Not Call registry, or … ( I could go on, but I’ll spare you the pain). Unfortunately, (well, I guess actually fortunately) over 90% of these letters are FALSE.

They are nothing more than hoaxes drawn up to get people like you to send them to all your friends and see how many people’s inboxes they can plague. I’ve seen people of all sorts of different ranks and positions get fooled by these, and it really needs to stop.

But how are you supposed to know what is legitimate and what is just another hoax. I want to introduce you to an amazing site, that will help you out with the slew of email forwards. Snopes.com It’s a website, specifically designated to this exact thing, figuring out whats true and whats not with tons of  rumors.

A quick example how to use the site. I received one of these unfortunate emails yesterday, about how the UK was going to stop teaching about the Holocaust. I punched in a few words from the email into snopes.com’s search bar and was directed to this article: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/holocaust.asp Where I discovered the email failed in conveying truthful information.

So next time you get a FWD:FWD: email claiming some sensational truth. Please do three things.

  1. Check it out on Snopes.com before you believe it
  2. Email the person back and let them know they might want to send a correction to their email.
  3. Please do not forward it along to me.

Hope this helps, let me know what crazy rumors you have received news about.

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Amazing Deal on Mac Software

Posted: March 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Buying Tips | 2 Comments »

Macupdate has a great deal on Mac Software. They have bundled 11 apps worth $381 into 1 price, $49. Some of these programs themselves sell for more than the total package price. Some notable apps:

  • 1Password (normally $39) – This is a must for password management on a mac. (I will post later why this is so important for everyone to be doing
  • Parallels (normally $79) – This allows you to run Windows on you mac. Their latest update is amazing. (you will need a Windows license).
  • TechTool Pro (normally $99) – This allows you to repair/fix computer problems with your computer or hard drives
  • 2 Apps to help rip and convert DVD Movies
  • Plus 8 more really nice Apps

I probably won’t be getting this since I bought the apps I want, already, (and paid the list price, wish bundle was available then). If you don’t own these programs, I really recommend it. They are worth the price.

Check it out Now – https://www.mupromo.com/?ref=4438

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STOP, You Thief! (yes, I’m talking to you)

Posted: March 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General, Simple Tip | 7 Comments »

Today’s topic might be a little controversial to some, but when you take a deeper look at the issue, there’s not a lot to debate. Starting back in the 90’s, with the internet in so many homes, and the transition of music from physical media to digital, a huge phenomenon began, Music Piracy. People who would not think about walking into a store and stealing even a candy bar, are willing to download hundreds of dollars worth of music, and not even blink an eye. Now with digital movies, video games, and Piracy’s Own (well, almost) Traffic Medium – BitTorrent, piracy grows larger and larger every day. I’ve talked to so many Christians that laugh at me when I tell them I won’t let them copy my music. They often respond with one of these arguments:

 

  • Well, the Artist and Hollywood have enough money, and I’m so poor.
  • There not losing any money, since I’m just transferring digital files.
  • I don’t want to support Hollywood or these industries because they are bad. (there is just so much wrong with this)
  • I’m wasn’t going to pay to go see it anyways so there not losing money.
  • Information should be free!

 

And then, many other people don’t even have an excuse or care. For some reason, we think its just not an issue to copy around music and videos that other people spent hundreds and thousands of hours on. I was there once too. Its really tempting, especially with how much music/videos you can get so quickly. No one will ever find out?

 

None of these comments or mindsets are valid. The problem with all of them is, there is a clearly stated law regarding piracy, and no matter how you dice it, it is alway wrong to copy music purchased by someone else that extends past the license agreement on the media. Period. Tim Challies wrote a good article about this on his blog, http://www.challies.com/articles/christian-piracy

The fact is that laws are are not ours to tamper with and interpret as we see fit. The ruling is clear: according to the laws of the land and the copyright of those who own the music, we have no right to copy or distribute it. Period. It makes no difference how much money the record companies make, how rich the artists are, how poor we are or how annoying and outdated the laws may be. It makes no difference how much we despise the militancy of the record companies and their irrationalities.

 

So what do you do if you have done this already? First, ask God for forgiveness, then Delete all your music or go about buying it the right way.

 

What’s your thoughts? Do you see it more a grey area then black and white? Let me know.

 

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When Should I Get…(insert Apple Product Name Here)

Posted: March 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Buying Tips | No Comments »

Have you ever wanted to purchase a product from Apple but worried that they might be releasing a new update to the product you want, that will render your update out of date and “not cool” anymore? I just talked to a friend earlier this week who bought an iPad just a few weeks ago, and now wishes he would have waited. While you can’t ever be totally sure of the best time to buy, here is a great resource to help.

Mac Rumors – Buyers Guide

I find this really helpful, because they analyze Apple’s previous release cycle and upcoming rumors about when they might be releasing a new product, and suggest whether this is a good time to buy, or maybe you should wait, because updates are coming soon.

Check it out next time you are interested in buying a Mac or iPod, to save yourself some frustration in the future.

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A Good Antivirus Program – Free (after rebate)

Posted: March 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Security | No Comments »

I was just asked earlier this week about a good Antivirus program. Its been a while since a PC was my primary computer, so I’m not completely familiar with the best in Antivrius, but responded with my usual suggestion, AVG.

However, one of my favorite computer sites is offering a good Antivirus software, Kaspersky, for free (after a $50 rebate). Now you could debate back and forth about which one is the best, but for most people, JUST GET SOME ANTIVIRUS/SECURITY SOFTWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER, is really all you should be concerned about. (I’m not saying use any obscure program you can find online that says security, but the main players AVG, Norton, McAffee, etc…) should all be fine for you.

No longer can you use the internet and not expect to get hit with some sort of malware (aka bad programs, from bad places that do bad things to your computer). YOU NEED SOME FORM OF PROTECTION and todays link is a great option if you don’t have one, or if yours is old, out of date, or just slow. I’ll be posting some more tips on how to avoid viruses and malware, but for today, go get this software and install it, then pass this link around to others that don’t have it. AND MAKE SURE YOU FILL OUT YOUR REBATE!

(Please note, this program only works on Windows. If you are on a mac or linux, don’t worry about it for now. You’ll be ok)

Here is a review on CNet of the software http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367794,00.asp

And Here is the link to the software…

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t0f0fp47939c0s701&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16832355021

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Which Tablet Are You?

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Ask the Readers | 2 Comments »

With the iPad release out yesterday, this brings up the newest favorite discussion in technology. Which tablet is the best? A year ago, nobody knew/cared about tablets and n0w there is a whole spectrum of them. So I’m asking you, what do you think?

  • Which tablet do you like best? Why?
  • Are you going to buy one this year?
  • Are tablets even worth it?
  • What features do you think are the coolest features about tablets are?
  • What features still need to be invented/implemented in a tablet to be uber cool?
  • Finally, what will they have to do, to make you buy one?

Please let me know in the comments.

If your not familiar with the different tablets offered, and announced to be offered (someday), the Engadget link below offeres a great side by side comparison of the specs on the current tablets, including yesterdays iPad.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/ipad-2-vs-motorola-xoom-vs-hp-touchpad-vs-blackberry-playbook/

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Introducing iPad2

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Apple | 2 Comments »

Today, Apple announced their 2nd version of the iPad. They did a lot of cool things in their upgrade, and you can read all about it on their site. A few quick highlights

  • 2 Video Cameras (front/back) and Photo Booth, FaceTime and iMovie Apps
  • Dual Core Processor (Just means its really fast!)
  • 33% Thinner
  • Works on Verizon/AT&T
  • Cool New Cover Idea

The only problem is, I was planning on waiting before getting one, but I think I maybe changing my mind. How bout you? Anyone else looking at getting an iPad2 or are you going to get a XOOM, or any tablet?

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Think before you post… because it doesn’t matter once you do.

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Today is more of a general caution for anyone that ever decides to share information on the World Wide Web.

Think BEFORE you type, because once you hit submit, you can’t ever take it back.

This wisdom really applies to any form of communication, (which I think we all have discovered the hard way, I know I have), but especially to the Internet and Email. First an example, than an explanation.

If you don’t believe me, check out this article about a little organization you may have heard of, The White House of the United States, and their failed attempt to remove something they failed to think about before they posted.

http://www.heralddeparis.com/white-house-site-un-slams-bush-on-katrina-3/24795

If they can’t take things back, you won’t be able to either.

Unlike a letter you give to a friend, when you post something online, that piece of content is duplicated MANY, MANY more times than just the place you originally posted it. For example, you may think you have a small blog that doesn’t get read much, therefore you have a lot of liberty. You pust something, and then realize you erred greatly. You may take it down, from your blog, but it is not removed from the internet.

  • First, anyone subscribing to your RSS Feed has a copy stored in there RSS reader, and has full text of what You said
  • Second, Google likes to crawl everywhere and even though you may be small, its more than likely going to know about you, and not just know about you, but also cache your content, (in case your site ever goes down). This cache is available long after you ever remove your content, leaving an indelible record of your typing.
  • Posting stuff on Twitter and Facebook? Once someone Re-tweets what you say, your stuff is out beyond your reach of control. Plus Twitter is crawled as well by Google. You also will struggle to pull content completely from Facebook, if even delete your post.
  • EMAIL! The one that gets most people and seems to be the most costly, is email. Once you send out that email, there is nothing you can do to get it back. And if it was controversial enough, its probably already been forwarded on to many other people by now, and is in written form, always ready to haunt you when you expect it the least.

All that to say this, PLEASE think before you post, because you can’t do anything to take it back completely. If you don’t, don’t be shocked at how hard it is to remove it once you are done.

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Saxon Interview

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Theology | 4 Comments »

Well, its not quite dealing with tech, this is a fascinating article. One of my Favorite teachers at Maranatha was Dr. Saxon and one of my friends, Joel Joseph interviewed him. (The interview was originally from his blog, but the link is no longer working).

Interview with Dr. Saxon

This week I had the opportunity to ask, in my opinion, the wisest man I know, Dr. Saxon, a few (by few I mean 20) questions that I thought he could shed some of his profound wisdom on. Dr. Saxon has a B.S. in Mathematics, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Church History. He is currently an undergrad Bible professor at Maranatha Baptist Bible College. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
1) Why are you a Calvinist?
This question is a little bit like “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” I don’t call myself a Calvinist, because I think the word “Calvinist” means too many things to too many people. My brand of particularism would not have met with Calvin’s approval, and it is quite different from the Five-Point Calvinism of Dort and the Confessions. I am “Calvinistic” in the sense that I hold to unconditional election and those corollaries of it that I find supported in Scripture. But I do not want to get a reputation for seeing Calvinist implications in every doctrine or passage. Certainly, one’s view of divine sovereignty impacts how one reads the biblical text everywhere, but I want to have an impact on people who do not share my presuppositions, and that won’t happen if I become known as a teacher who plays the same note all the time.
I became Calvinistic during my undergrad and early grad training. I’m not sure what the particular influences were, but I was studying church history and reading systematic theologians like Strong, Hodge, Berkhof, and Buswell. By 1986 or so, I was convinced of unconditional election. I then sat under an outstanding expositor for 11 years who held a similarly Calvinistic position.
2) Is it essential to understand and believe the five points? Why?
I hope not, because I do not affirm limited atonement as it is defined by Dort and Westminster. Understanding them is important, and I will believe them only so far as I see them demonstrated in Scripture. I really do strive to resist the temptation to read texts through the grid of a fixed systematic theology. As a result, all the labels that define me theologically—Calvinistic, dispensational—have some leaks where I find them in tension with biblical texts.
3) Are any of the points more essential to believe than any of the others?
The foundation for all of them is God’s right to save whom He will, i.e., unconditional election. That really is the rub for most people, and that is what I think Scripture teaches in hundreds of places. The other really crucial one is total depravity. A right view of man’s utter helplessness starts one down a path that inevitably leads to unconditional election and efficacious calling. I hate theologies that give man credit for things only God can do.
4) How has your belief in the five points affected your life?
Again, my belief in four of the points has helped me to keep God at the center of my theology and exegesis. It has given me hope regarding lost loved ones who seem impossible to reach. It has obviously informed my teaching for 20 years now. It has also caused me to have numerous intellectual struggles with students and others who regard my views as unbiblical or even heretical. I do not enjoy debating these issues with people who are committed philosophically to self-determination. It’s difficult for me not to show my true feelings, namely, that their position is blasphemous humanism. But I try to constantly remind myself that good men have differed on these issues since the early church.
5) How has it affected your evangelism (the reason why I ask this is because of the myth that Calvinists don’t care about missions)?
I don’t know how evangelistic I would be or feel if I did not believe in unconditional election. That is a pragmatic question that I don’t concern myself with. I know the burden I feel for lost neighbors, loved ones, and the world, and I constantly strive to do better at getting the gospel out. I agree with Dr. Packer that the doctrine of election gives us our only real hope when we share the gospel with dead people.
6) What is the biggest worry you have for this next generation of Christians?
The Western church is terribly materialistic and worldly, at least, I am. Each generation seems to move further down the road of cultural embrace, and as we do so, we lose the ability to even see how our culture is shaping our values and perspectives. Reading church history, I occasionally get a glance at what the older saints might have thought if they experienced the modern church, with all our conveniences, recreation, and distractions. My fear is that the next generation will continue down that path, and that my failure to live counter-culturally will contribute to their failure. Can a church impact the world if it loses the ability to suffer?
7) What are the strengths and weaknesses of fundamentalists?
It is interesting that you say, “Fundamentalists,” rather than “Fundamentalism.” Fundamentalists have the same strengths and weaknesses as all other Christians. I doubt we are any more judgmental or any less worldly than our evangelical counterparts. Those are stereotypes that break down when you meet individuals or consider your own heart.
Fundamentalism, as a movement, has the strength that it truly desires to maintain purity in the face of increasing worldliness in the church. It has, I believe, a biblical view of separation that honors Christ by rejecting what He would reject. On the other hand, Fundamentalism has a hard time critiquing itself, and it tends to major on minors and minor on majors.
8) If you could say one thing to the next generation of church leaders, what would it be?
Exposit the Word no matter what problem you are trying to solve. Don’t trust programs, techniques, strategies,  or anything else other than the Word. Patiently, systematically, carefully, and prayerfully preach books of the Bible, and trust the Lord to do whatever He wants to do in your church.
9) What is your favorite attribute of God? Why?
Love. God loves me, despite everything.
10) Any goals/ aspiration for the future (that you’re willing to share)?
To continue to influence young people for Christ in the classroom and outside of it for many years to come, if the Lord tarries. I don’t like or desire change, unless it is absolutely necessary.
11) Is the Holy Spirit underemphasized in evangelical circles?
The Charismatics are probably the largest subset of evangelicals, so I don’t think He is underemphasized. Among non-Charismatics, it seems to me that the Spirit has received substantial and significant attention over the last 30 years. All sound sanctification teaching, for instance, rests in the Spirit’s work, as discussed in 2 Cor. 3:18 or Gal. 5:16-25.
12) What is more upsetting to you? Division in the church or bad theology?
Bad theology. Truth is the foundation for unity, and there is no unity without agreement in the truth for the simple reason that unity implies an object about which one is unifying. We cannot unify for a task unless we agree in our understanding of the task.
Another way to look at it is: bad theology is always bad. Division is bad when it is a result of sin; sometimes it is a result of fidelity to the truth.
13) What is the most essential thing for sanctification in our lives?
Faith. God the Spirit is doing the work; therefore, every day we should express our dependence on Him to make us a little more like Christ today. The disciplines have their role—I would not minimize them at all. But the disciplines will not effect sanctification unless they are actuated by the Spirit. Therefore, we must daily trust Him.
14) Who are your favorite theologians/authors?
Philip Schaff, John Calvin, John Piper, D. A. Carson, Douglas Moo, Jonathan Edwards (in no particular order)
15) What are the top two or three lessons you have learned in marriage?
A good wife covers a multitude of sins.
Marry someone who loves God, and she will love you the way she should.
16) In being a parent?
Show your kids how much you love your wife so that they will be secure and happy in the home.
Be consistent in loving discipline. We are trying to model God.
17) How does one discern God’s will?
Prayer, reading the Scripture and meditating on them, and stepping out in faith. God’s will is often clear when one looks back but murky as one moves ahead. He wants us to walk by faith, not by sight.
18) Does God like to save families?
This is an odd question. I think God likes to save everybody. In His mysterious will, not everyone is saved, but it is not a question of whom God likes to save. Providentially, God does often work through saved parents to “sanctify” the children, i.e., set them apart for a special work of the Spirit.
19) Why do you think that almost all the great men in the Bible are bad fathers?
Hard to say. Being a good father doesn’t always get publicity. Two of Noah’s three sons did okay; was he a bad father? Certainly, as sinners men do not find it easy to be Christ-like in the home. Perhaps, God thought we needed a number of examples of what not to do.
20) Any random things you would like to say?
It is impossible to actually say a random thing because the process of deciding what to write and then typing it renders it non-random.
On the other hand, it is hard to tell in Job whether the Leviathan is a crocodile or a dinosaur, like a Plesiosaurus. There, don’t know where that came from.

 

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The Most Important Computer tip…EVER!

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Simple Tip, Troubleshooting | No Comments »

Had to have a good title, to get people to read me !

Ok, actually, if there was only one tip that I could tell people, this probably would be it. But before I tell you, just a quick note about this blog. Click on any of the Who, What, or Why links to find out more about this blog, but the short and quick is this:

I want to provide a place to give out simple tips that you can use today. Most posts will be just a simple concept or tip and how it practically affects your life.

NO COMPUTER EXPERIENCE OR EXPERTISE REQUIRED! I’m serious. Just sign up to follow the blog via one of the right sidebar links and I hope you’ll be pleased with the content.

Enough of that. The Tip you have been waiting so patiently for. (Brace yourself, its revolutionary)

When you have computer problems (or any technology problems for that matter), before you call support, start yelling and physically abusing your computer, or just give up in frustration, RESTART! Thats it!

Its so simple but just restarting (or just shutting down and turning back on) your computer, phone, or other gadget will solve many, many problems, you would be shocked.If its just one program, restart that program and you will many times see your problems resolved. Now, I’m not saying this will fix everything, but next time your having an issue, try to restart the program or device and you will be amazed at how much this little tip will help. I can’t recall how many times people ask me for help, and its just something as simple as restarting their computer.

Let me know if this tip helps or if you have any questions about why in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

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