Understanding the Terms of Service

Terms of Service Screen

Have you ever read the Terms of Service? For most of us, it's that annoying box that pops-up and gets in the way of our app or online service—but it's actually a lot more. So much more, that when you really begin to look at it under a microscope, it's easy to grab your foil hat and delete all your online accounts. I'm not exaggerating. ... Continue Reading

Stuff Church Techies Say: I Need Tech Close By

- I Need Tech At My Hand Always

For the average American, a phone is probably no more than 50 yards away from themselves at all times. For a techie, an Internet-connected device is probably within arms reach. For the Church techie, you are probably the first and last line of defense for security, hardware failure, and software mess ups that you need to be at least aware of what is happening with your church tech. I have personally lived this out as well. While this has been something that to this point I can justify the tech ... Continue Reading

The Internet Cookie-Less Monster [Infographic]

Cookie-Less Monster Infographic

Whenever someone comes onto your church's website, I hope that you are collecting analtyics. But for those that do not know, so much of your user information is being collected with Internet cookies. But now with the new hype of electronic fingerprint access into everyday devices like your phone and laptop, instantly the issue of privacy becomes a problem. And let's be clear, Apple does not have to store your data for the NSA to get, they only need to look at the cookies that tie into your ... Continue Reading

Are You Your Brothers Keeper? [UPDATED!]

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[Editor's Note: This post was updated July 19th, 2013] Following the rules is important. Not only can breaking the rules get you into a lot of trouble, but it can make you look bad, too! That's why it's important to be the most well informed Church tech possible. At the same time, it is important to have the attitude of Proverbs 12:1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” You never want to be that guy. As much as all of us try to know the ... Continue Reading

Internet Safety Month [Infographic]

Internet Safety Month

UKnowKids.com is an Internet monitoring company designed to help parents keep their kids safe. Besides offering Internet and social media monitoring, UKnowKids also offers several cool resources for parents and student workers like ebooks, infographics, and videos. Just this week, they've released a new infographic for Internet Safety month: ... Continue Reading

Teaching Game Pirates a Lesson About Piracy (Argh!)

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No not the "shiver me timbers" Jack Sparrow sort. I mean the serious issue of games and music piracy online, Games piracy is a big issue for games developers, with hundreds of sites for sharing cracked games, thousands of people cracking games and Millions of people downloading the latest hits for free, it’s not surprising that sometimes the pirated game becomes more widespread that versions that are paid for. This happened to the recent release of Games develper tycoon. But the creater ... Continue Reading

You May Choose Two: Fast, Cheap and Great

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I’ve said this time and time again. There are three things a company or freelancer can do in providing a product or service. Do it cheap. Do it fast. Do it good. But, you can only choose two, never all three. Here’s a great infographic on that very concept: ... Continue Reading

Podcasting & the Patent Trolls And Why Pastors Should Take Notice

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There are few things more frustrating than having someone steal your idea, right? And yet, what if your idea is something so broad and obvious that it's almost insane for you to have even claimed to be the sole originator of the idea? These are, essentially, the two-sides of the coin in an ongoing patent battle between Personal Audio, Inc. and some of the larger names in podcasting (i.e. Adam Carolla and Marc Maron, among others). Essentially, Personal Audio is claiming to have "invented" ... Continue Reading