Thursday, December 13, 2007

I know, I has been a long time.

One of my students just pointed out that it has been awhile since I posted anything here. There is no doubt that he was right, but is has not been for lack of desire. Things have gotten a bit busy this year and it seems that the projects just keep piling up. It is my hope to start posting on a more regular basis. 

New machine...
One of my biggest changes lately has been in my equipment. My Toshiba laptop was starting to show signs that it may not be much longer for this world and the thought of moving to Vista was not pleasant. I have a number of friends using Vista and my limited experience with it told me that I wanted nothing to do with it. So I went back to what I know best and now enjoy a new Macbook. I must say that I love it! I have been a Mac user since the early 90's and moved to Windows only to run Logos Bible Software and a networked accounting package that I am responsible for. Well, now with Intel-based Macs I am doing both better and faster than I was with my Windows XP based PC. I plan to blog here about my change back to Mac and some of the differences that I am finding in the new OSX.

New Class...
I am currently teaching Ministry Technologies this quarter and I am enjoying sharing the benefits of Logos with a new group of students. They seem to be catching on and I hope they will learn how to leverage all of that power in their Bible studies. More on that soon...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Wow...It's amazing how fast time gets away

I cannot believe that I have not posted anything since January. I am going to commit to getting back in the groove right away. Preparing for my mission trip to Africa at the end of March kept me pretty busy as well as teaching classes...I hope to do better as there are so many things to talk about.

The Africa trip was awesome and was a quick reminder that technology is not everywhere yet. I visited an Internet Cafe (shown here) in Arusha, Tanzania only to find that their computers were running Windows 98 on dial-up connections. Not quite what we expect here in the States. Regardless of the technology hassles - the trip was a great blessing and I cannot wait to go back again.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Significant percentage of online teens use social networks....

An interesting statistic was just released regarding teen use of social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, etc...

More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet American Life Project.

The report goes on to say:

...older teens, particularly girls, are more
likely to use these sites. For girls, social networking sites are
primarily places to reinforce pre-existing friendships; for boys, the
networks also provide opportunities for flirting and making new friends.

Tens of millions of these teenagers are using these sites and a significant number of parents don't even know what these sites are or why they have such an attraction to our nation's young people. As parents we need to educate ourselves to what is going on on the Internet.

You can read more of this report here.

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