Forgiveness for $1.99

Admit it! Admit you’ve coveted someone’s ox! $1.99 to have your sins forgiven, not a bad deal! That’s right folks, the Catholic Church has officially approved an iPhone app that guides worshipers through the process of confession. Ah yes, I remember my first confession. I think I lied and said I stole something just so i wouldn’t feel left out.

Described as “the perfect aid for every penitent”, it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. The app takes users through the sacrament – in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings – and allows them to keep track of their sins. It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status – but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely. Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.

Hey, whatever helps people lead more decent lives I’m all for. *ahem* I’m looking at you, lady who tried to park her grocery cart on my front bumper instead of taking it to the cart return LIKE JESUS WOULD’VE DONE.

Thanks to David, who managed to pirate the app for free. *facepalm*

lucrative business proposal of mutual interest

Apparently, my friend Mr. Peter Lee wrote to me:

Good Day To You My Friend.

It is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone who suits my proposed business relationship.

I am Mr. Peter. Lee a South Korean, happily married with children, and i am a Director of Hang Seng Bank Ltd, in charge of the International Remittance department. I have a confidential business suggestion for you. I will need you to assist me in executing a business project from Hong Kong to your country. It involves the transfer of a large sum of money. Everything concerning this transaction shall be legally done without hitch. Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue.

Once the funds have been successfully transferred into your account, we shall share in the ratio to be agreed by both of us. I will prefer you reach me on my private email address below ( leejppeterjp@yahoo.cn ) and finally after that I shall furnish you with more information’s about this operation. Should you be interested, please forward the following to me urgently:

1. Full names
2. Occupation
3. Private phone number
4. Current contact address

Please if you are not interested delete this email and do not hunt me because I am putting my career and the life of my family at stake with this venture. Although nothing ventured is nothing gained.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mr.Peter Lee
Hang Seng Bank Limited
Hong Kong.(Asia)
Email: – leejppeterjp@yahoo.cn

It’s like they are not even trying any more. The lesson we are always telling everyone. if it sounds too good, you know it is. and the chinese cant be trusted.
at least not mr lee.

Cartoons are taking over facebook

So you may have noticed your Facebook friends changing their profile pictures to cartoon characters from the 70s, 80s and 90s between posting ‘I drink’ statuses over the past couple of days, and it turns out that it’s another Facebook meme to “raise awareness” for an important issue. This time it’s violence against children.

People are changing their profile pictures to their favorite childhood cartoon character and then posting a status (there are several iterations of it floating around — some of which don’t even mention violence against children at all) telling everyone what the meme is about.

Apparently it has evolved from a series of statuses posted by Greek facebook users a few weeks ago, and the child abuse element was added after the meme had already gained some momentum and reached English-speaking countries. Now with a cause behind it, it’s going viral.

At least this one, unlike the ‘I drink,’ ‘I like it’ and bra color memes before it, is inclusive. The Breast Cancer memes are mind-boggling because they’re asking people to participate in the name of “raising awareness”, but the only people who are aware of what’s going on are the participants. There’s a logic failure there. So it’s a step in the right direction to see this meme explaining itself out in the open. What still doesn’t make sense to me is how “awareness raising” is better than actually volunteering time or making a donation to a worthy foundation.

I definitely understand people’s exceitement at the meme, because nostalgia! Shared memories! Fun conversation starters with randos in your social network! 70s cartoon characters were badass!

But I also understand the general sense of frustration that keeps cropping up at different ends of the internet. Because, come on, at the end of the day, what is this really doing for kids?

Something as simple as including a link in the statuses to organizations like St. Jude’s, who work to find cures for childhood caner, would make this meme infinitely more helpful to its cause.

So hey — if you’re gonna participate in this thing (and I know you are, you junkies), do it right. Take the couple of seconds to paste a link into your status and make a donation yourself.

Just say no to USB Drives

Earlier this week one of our friends lost her USB drive with her school work on it.  Needless to say she was quite upset.  Today I was working on a project away from my desk, had a call on my cell phone forwarded from my desk and I didn’t recognize the voice on the other end.  It was this is girl in a near panic.  She couldn’t get her drive to come up on any of her computers.  She was one of the new girls working for Extension so I went over to try and calm her down.  Sure enough, this was the only copy of her assignment and it was stuck on this usb drive. 

Plugged it into a few computers and sure enough, not even getting any power on the drive.  Opened the drive, no signs of water damage but the port did appear tilted.  As if the drive was plugged in at the same time it took a blow and bent the connectors. 

Talked to the girl and sure enough that’s what happened.  Going to try my skills at soldering to see if we can bring this back to life tomorrow.

Photo Oct 19, 10 05 34 PM

The moral of the story, don’t use USB drives for your important data and DON’T keep your important data in only once place.  A great alternative is Dropbox.  You can load this on any computer you use and it appears as a folder on your computer.  What ever you put in that folder automatically get’s replicated to all of the other computers you have the program on.  You can even load this on your android and iPhone.  It works on Mac’s and PCs.  If you want to share files with other drop box users you can.  Don’t have the ability to load the program?  you can still access your files with any web-browser. 

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Turn Around Business Development Group, INC

So I got this call from this guy yesterday,
Voicemail from:”this guy” at 1:34 PM

Hi John, I’m leaving some very important information in your box is. And with the with the C D in it and it as a letter of explanation so. If you will look it over and read the letter and get back to me. I would appreciate it. Thank you.

So i’m kind of curious but ok.. I went by to pick up the envelope and in there was a note from Pastor, and what looked like a cd printed with some office depot cd printing software. Not a very professional first impression. A logo of “Turn Around Business Development Group, INC” and “BI.T.S”, Binary IT Solutions and a number, 702-233-2487

Also was a card entitled “Website Start-Up Info”
The card is basically a welcome letter “to bring increased exposure to your business”

So i pop the cd in my mac and besides the fact that there was just an autorun on it for pc, (not like i want some strange cd autoruning anyway) I saw what looked like a complete website site’s source files. The best i can piece together, this company came to that guy and said that they would make a new website for him. and this is it. I’m not quite sure how to describe it so i’ll just show you what they sent. Note, this was designed to be published as it. they seam to think this is a complete and accurate site ready for the world to see. In the application from the company they even asked for our current site’s ftp info. (perhaps they wanted to push this content themselves?)

No where in any of their documentation did they mention their own website or other sites they had created. So I googled them to see what i could find.
This one was one of my personal favorite results.

It just goes to show that before you enter into a business deal with anyone, be sure and do your homework. You don’t need a private investigator, just google.

How Does Your Tech Team Measure Success?

In most technology-savvy churches, a great deal of time and effort goes into creating the visual presentations that the congregation sees on Sunday.  The question is:  how do we know when all that effort has been worth it?  Is success based on receiving comments such as ‘I love that video you showed today’ or ‘those were cool graphics’ or ‘that background went well with that song’?

The short answer is ‘NO!’  Success is achieved when what we do has helped the church reach one or more of its corporate goals.  These are goals such as leading people into true worship of Father God, imparting spiritual (Biblical) truth in a way that it is received at the heart level, and seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

There are two components that factor into our success:  the positive elements we add to the service (meaning what we put on the screen) and the negative distractions that we are able to minimize.  Obviously, defining success this way has implications for what we choose to put on the screen. We focus not on what necessarily looks the best, but rather what is the most effective; not on what has the highest ‘phat’ factor, but what images help to move the congregation into a deeper worship and understanding of God.  This is not to say that we should not be concerned with the quality of what we are presenting (poor quality distracts), but rather that our concentration is on reaching our goals that gain ground for the kingdom of God.

We also want to minimize distractions that would take away from a person’s focused worship or detract from what God was wanting to communicate through His Word.  Distractions can take the form of unnecessary time delays, jarring appearances or disappearances of projected images, text that is hard to read, and motion of graphics that is beyond what is appropriate or helpful.  Many of these can be avoided by taking the time to rehearse the presentation prior to the service and make any necessary adjustments.

We are part of a body that has a defined mission, and the bottom line is that we keep a kingdom focus, not a self-centered (‘can’t I do cool stuff’) focus.  Comments like:

‘When that sunset came up behind the lyrics, I thought my heart was going to burst with worship’

and

‘The guy in that video – that was my story, and I knew God was speaking to me that it was time’

are the kind that mean we are having true success.  Be encouraged to pursue effectiveness in this important ministry to which God has called you.

over the river and on the wall…

http://www.facebook.com/profile/pic.php?uid=AAAAAQAQVN6kRM9mqox7tq25CgtE7AAAAAqpiRKkgQr4uj7WRadnB1M1

I got a facebook wall-to-wall from someone i’ve never gotten a face book message from before.  Being the overly suspicious person i am, i queried the domain name,

Domain name:
      BK9WH.TK
   Organisation:
      BV Dot TK
      Dot TK administrator
      P.O. Box 11774
      1001 GT  Amsterdam
      Netherlands
      Phone: +31 20 5315725
      Fax: +31 20 5315721
      E-mail: abuse: , copyright infringement:
   Domain Nameservers:
      NS01.DOT.TK
      NS02.DOT.TK
      NS03.DOT.TK
      NS04.DOT.TK

I then looked at her wall and saw that she posted similar messages to over 20 other people’s wall.. each with a similar message..

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with one of these three variants:
This seems like a good deal, what do you think? www.bk9wh.tk
Do you know anyone that has tried this? www.bk9wh.tk
Do you think this stuff works? www.bk9wh.tk

The link takes you to a redirect that then reinfects you with the same bug and on and on it goes. 

Common Sense:  Don’t click on links directly, and especially not suspicious ones from someone you know wouldn’t send you one otherwise. 

Facebook assuming you want to share your information

Under account, Privacy Settings, Applications and Websites you’ll find a new option:

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Facebooks states:

Allowing instant personalization will give you a richer experience as you browse the web. If you opt-out, you will have to manually activate these experiences. Please keep in mind that if you opt out, your friends may still share public Facebook information about you to personalize their experience on these partner sites unless you block the application. Learn more.

By default they have this option ON.  If you don’t want your information automatically shared with 3rd party sites uncheck this option.

206-455-6971

Another telemarketer:

Transcript via googlevoice (not a perfect translation but easier than actually having to listen to the message…)

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