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WordPress 2.5 Released Today

March 29th, 2008 at 1:51 pm » Comments (2)

The long wait and delays are finally over (not that they were that bad to begin with) and WordPress 2.5 has been released, as of today (the official blog post announcing it was made less than one hour ago), along with a new WordPress.org website design! There are numerous blog entries around the web with […]



Gold Star For You!

March 27th, 2008 at 10:30 am » Comments (2)

No, not really you, unless you work at Lakeview. Then, maybe. I recently added a custom field to our HelpSpot helpdesk application that’s very simple: it’s a checkbox. When I’m working on a request and a user solves their own problem, is extra helpful, or makes a brilliant observation (the details boil down to “I’ll […]



Secure Shell from Palm OS Treo Phone

March 26th, 2008 at 2:18 pm » Comments (0)

My Nokia N800 can run SSH (via the standard Linux OpenSSH software compiled for the N800) in client and server modes without a problem. But I like the keyboard on my Treo 650 and can type quite quickly on it. What if I want to use Subversion to update my blog while all I have […]



EasyWorship still good, even with Easter glitch; Shawn saves the day

March 24th, 2008 at 6:08 pm » Comments (0)

We’ve been using Softouch EasyWorship at Lakeview for so long I’m not sure exactly what the date was when we first started using it. At the time (probably around the turn of the millennium or thereabouts), we’d been using version 1.0 of Presentation Manager for years after I had started volunteering on the tech team […]



Microsoft and Adobe Non-Profit Charity Pricing: Get It!

March 12th, 2008 at 8:03 am » Comments (20)

I often get asked by other churches, often smaller ones, for recommendations on where to buy software or hardware (but primarily software). Usually they want to purchase some Microsoft software, sometimes Adobe products as well. Both companies sell popular software that costs, well, an arm and a leg at retail! The good thing is that they offer huge discounts to churches and non-profit organizations that can prove their status with a §501(c)(3) recognition letter from the IRS…



New TrueCrypt 5.1 Does Hibernation, Kind Of

March 11th, 2008 at 12:02 pm » Comments (0)

TrueCrypt just released version 5.1, adding support for hibernation (see prior post) to an encrypted system partition (thanks to Joel for letting me know). They’ve also increased AES encryption speed by 30-90% and a few other nice tweaks and fixes. I went ahead and upgraded last night and started encrypting my drive before I went […]



Postini does smaller non-profit online orders now! (Mostly)

March 7th, 2008 at 5:31 pm » Comments (2)

Thanks to Rob Shaw from Greenwood Christian Church for commenting on my last post about Postini and letting me know that Google has released Postini at non-profit pricing for their two lower-tier (Message Filtering, $3/year/user before 66% discount, and Message Security, $12/year/user before 66% discount) messaging solutions! Their highest tier, Message Discovery, adds message archiving […]



WordPress 2.5 Beta, Baby!

March 7th, 2008 at 9:35 am » Comments (3)

I couldn’t wait for the final release. I’ve been running the WordPress Trunk development version from the Subversion repository since late December, on my laptop. I’ll occasionally update to the latest trunk revision and take a quick look in Xampp to see how progress is coming, since WordPress 2.5 includes a complete redesign of the […]



Apple’s iPhone Getting Exchange ActiveSync! And Google does Outlook Sync, too

March 6th, 2008 at 1:55 pm » Comments (2)

All I can say is: it’s about time. The only reason I can see for Apple not including ActiveSync capabilities (push email, calendar, and more synchronized directly with an Exchange server, just like Windows Mobile devices and some Palm devices) when the iPhone was released was that they needed the money from iPhone sales to […]



And with that…I’m registered for MinistryTECH!

March 3rd, 2008 at 10:51 pm » Comments (0)

With one month left and heeding Tony’s warning that it’s down to the wire, I finally registered for MinistryTECH! I still have to book travel/hotel etc. but at least this takes care of the registration itself. I took care of the Roundtable registration the day it opened, so I’m at opposite ends of the spectrum! […]