Visually recently posted The Origins of Common UI Symbols infographic. Each symbol featured has a explanation of how it has come to be used everyday, as we operate our many different forms of technology.
If you are like me, you may not have ever wondered about these various icons, but it is actually really interesting to see the history behind each one.
Here are some of the icons included:
Imagine if a office building was transformed into a giant Rubick’s Cube for you to solve?
That’s what Javier Lloret imagined and then turned it into a reality using some really cool tech.
Called the Puzzle Facade, here’s how it works:
It’s a classic debate.
PC or Mac?
A few years ago I was a Windows user. There were several reasons why I refrained from jumping over, but then finally it happened.
Now I know what all those people meant when they would say they would never switch back. PC vs Mac, it’s a classic debate:
We survived Thanksgiving!
Last week we took a break from the Church tech snack pack, as most of you were probably waiting in line at Best Buy.
Now that we’re back into the swing of things, here’s another sweet bit of links:
Whenever new technology emerges, the reaction from the general populous, governments and the Church tend to be the same, respectively. While a Communist government’s reaction will differ from a Democracy, the reaction tends to be the same within each type.
The same can be said for the church. Denominations will vary, but within each denomination the reaction is fairly consistent. I even see this among church tech blogs, as some authors are ready to embrace new technology with no questions asked, while others survey the implications, implementations and cautiously proceed after it’s proven itself.
xkcd recetnly posted this dynamic in this tongue-in-cheek look at the simple answers to the questions that get asked about every new technology:
Recently, I was talking to a friend who works at a non-profit. She is passionate about what she does. She is talented and has experience that qualifies her to do her job. She gets along well with her co-workers and genuinely loves serving the people of her community. She is, in short, really good at what she is doing.
However, lately when we talk, I hear a note of tiredness and perhaps frustration in her voice. She is overworked and her organization is understaffed, and as a result important things sometimes fall through the cracks. Her work is never done, and often crowds into her weekends and even her rare vacations. Because of her amazing level of commitment and dedication she runs the risk of burning out, which would basically be a disaster for her organization.
Burnout looks a lot like being in the wrecker’s yard:
As any web developer will tell you, although most people are working inside of a web browser, the experience does differ—although only slightly.
The infographic below, breaks down the difference between Mac and PC users. I found it a little humorous to see how much these statistics reflect the generalized stereotypes of PC and Mac users. It makes me wonder why Microsoft tries so hard to buck that trend. If that’s your user base, then that’s your user base—embrace it!
Which do you use—Mac or Windows (sorry Linux users)?
As you may recall, WP Engine recently showed-off its awesomeness by handling the ChurchMag traffic spike with great ease.
Could your webhost handle this kind of a spike?
If you are looking for a webhost or have considered making a switch, there is hardly a better time than now! WP Engine has a great offer today, through Cyber Monday.
Here are some of the other killer features that WP Engine has to offer:
Have you ever looked at another church staff from the church across town and thought,
“Man, if only I had that technology, I would be able to do some amazing things.”
But then you start thinking about how you could get your church budget committee to approve these expenses and you start to back out. While I love the idea of doing that, I really do not think they will do it.
So the idea sits in the back of your brain. Maybe it becomes a mental splinter that will cause jealousy and frustration towards your own church. Or maybe this idea turns to not wanting to do anything extra for your church and you get stuck going through the motions.
This is that blog post to encourage you to do more than settle with mediocrity.
[This is part four of The Tech Battle for Your Teen's Heart series. Be sure read parts two and three!]
Even with the parental control tools available to protect your kids online, it can still seem like a battle to get those tools in place. If these are in place from the time your teens start using technology, then it is much easier. However, it is more likely the case that they are already online and will be opposed to you adding any new boundaries to their use of the internet. This is tough, but there are ways to do it. The key is to find and create teachable moments.