As I mentioned before, I am rather taken with some ideas at CucumberSandwiches.org‘s Future Parish Office Project. I’m especially keen on the “installing wifi in the church yard” idea. The idea isn’t so far-fetched. Some cities have a community of free wifi hot spots (mine does) and churches could be a part of that landscape,… Continue reading WiFi at church
Friend and “fellow Demosthenian” James Baker (Mumpish) pointed out the newest nifty tool from the Google stable. I love it, but he’s right that Mapquest will curl up and die. Google Maps To show its power, I’ll pick on another friend, Derek Parker. Not bad, huh?
Adam asked what a wiki is. See my More on Wiki from last October. Note: a wiki needs a certain kind of editorial discipline. If the writing population is large and earnest enough, you can let everyone write and filter out out the spam and garbage. My UniversalistChurch.net wiki is going to draw on a… Continue reading What’s a wiki?
There isn’t much there at present, but I’m developing a UniversalistChurch.net wiki at http://www.universalistchurch.net/wiki/. [2009. Project didn’t go anywhere. I took it down.] I’ll be recruiting Universalist Christians to add content. If something really, really important gets added, I’ll post it here.
More than a geek, I’m an ENTJ. Big N. Big J. (We examined our MBTI types at The Day Job.) True to type, I like break my unbroke home computer, and fix it in a new way. (Remember the old versions of this blog?) Last night, I installed a new Linux operating system on my… Continue reading New OS . . . from the Mountain State
I love Firefox — surfing without popups, better security control, and the joy of browsing with tabs — You might have heard about the big Firefox release yesterday. Download a copy for yourself, using the link on the left. Unsure of what to get for your untechy relatives who have everything: consider installing Firefox for… Continue reading Firefox 1.0 released
As I say in the title, I want to pay some attention to automating as many of the mechanical functions of the church office using open-source software. It looks like all the pieces are out there, but that they need to be integrated. I’m want to help small churches first, since they’re the ones (usually)… Continue reading Thinking through automating the small church office
I’m exploring another content management system: phpWebsite. See www.uuchristian.net/phpwebsite/. Follow its progress.
Philocrites , when carrying on my reportage of the newish UU Wiki, noted “because I can’t quite get my head around the uses of this technology.” That deserves a reply. Consider the UUA’s Worship Web, which Philo knows very well. It says it is still being developed, but I rather doubt much happens to it… Continue reading More on Wiki
There’s an emerging Unitarian Universalist wiki (read: the now and next big thing for cooperative work on the internet; the biggest one is the ultra-helpful Wikipedia) So far, it mostly has information from a few UUA sponsored mailing lists, but it rests on the same software as Wikipedia, so it has the power to grow… Continue reading UU Wiki