All posts tagged: software

caffeine
For about a year, I was super frustrated with my MBP because I would watch movies or shows, or listen to music, and the thing would fall asleep. That is until someone told me about Caffeine:

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.

I love this program, and would almost say that (with the exeption of Photoshop), this is my favorite program running on my mac.

And by the way, if you’re trying to fix the horrible volume issues with your MBP, click here.

Blogmaster Los posted this last week and got me all excited about a new way to connect & follow each other around the blog world via Disqus. Great idea – so I installed it and quickly noticed a couple things:

  1. It killed my CommentLuv plugin, which is possibly my favorite plugin (for those who don’t know, it finds your latest blog post and puts a link to it under your comment – I click those a lot).
  2. It took over the WordPress control of my comments. This means that I don’t see the comments in my admin section any longer, and the ‘Recent Comments’ widget is not longer working.

To both of those I say “poo”. I’m not sure how much longer I will leave Disqus up on my blog. But I thought I’d see what you thought.

  1. Disqus? which hijacked my blog, but is an amazing tool to connect us more.
  2. Or CommentLuv? which doesn’t have nearly the depth of Disqus, but leaves my blog alone.

Thoughts? (does my graphic make the choice too obvious?)

I’ve been using iGoogle as my home page for at least a year, probably longer. I love it, even though it’s a little cluttery, it helps me stay on top of things. Google is pretty much the next best thing next to Jesus. My Google home page has these plugins:

  1. Gmail – the best email application ever invented
  2. CNN.com – up to date news
  3. Vitalist Gadget – my to do lists
  4. Google Reader – gotta get my blogs on
  5. Picasa Web Photos – shows my online collection of photos
  6. Google Calendar – I don’t use this enough, but I am learning
  7. Nasa Image of the Day – awesome space photos
  8. Better Bookmarks – this is for when I open my Google homepage on someone else’s computer
  9. Digg – I check it every once in a while
  10. Weather – or I could just go outside
  11. Clicky Quicky – keep tabs on my blog stats
  12. Countdown – right now it’s counting down to Jen’s birthday
  13. Date & Time – just in case I don’t want to look at the tool bar on my Macbook Pro
  14. Christian Today – this has interesting links every so often

What does your homepage look like?

icon.pngI posted a while ago on a countdown maker program that was pretty cool, the only problem was that it was only for PC. Well Sam commented on that post to let me know that his company has just released a MAC countdown maker. He graciously offered me a copy to test out, which I totally appreciate (I told my wife, “see my blog got me some more free stuff!).

As far as the program goes, it’s pretty simple and easy to use. Just add your graphic or video, pick your countdown time, place it where you want it, pick the font, the size, add some effects and whammie! You’ve got your own custom countdown video. Export it out, add it to your favorite worship presentation software (mine happens to be ProPresenter*), and it’s ready to show on the big screen(s).

I think this is a great little tool, especially if you create your own content, or do a series where you have graphics but now countdown. You can easily use any graphic or video content to make it work. And by the way, countdowns make great pre-service elements – it just gets the people interested in what is coming after it hits 0:00.

So what are you waiting for? Get your own copy here.

*on a side note, I just found out this weekend (after using it for a year) that ProPresenter has a countdown function as well – although it is not nearly as functional as Countdown Maker.

I think I found this via Lifehacker. Looks pretty incredible, it’s an online photoshop type webware. I love webware because if I am at someone’s house or office and don’t have my computer (which is rarely), I can jump on and do some image editing, or go to planning center, or check my email, or read my blog subscriptions, check on our server, etc.

So anyway, check it out: Splashup.