Patient's Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
FOR FREE BACKUP STRATEGIES -- Rod suggests that for free backup
strategies (to learn how to protect the files on your PC), go
Thanks Rod! From Brigada
BE SAFE, NOT SORRY -- COMPUTER CARE TIPS - One day your computer
will not work. Take some time to prepare for that day. One of
the first things you should do is to learn how to get into your
computer's 'setup' and make a copy of the system parameters...especially
the hard drive parameters. Get a virus scan program and use it
to check disks you get from friends. Backup your work and have
a plan to restore your programs. Zip drives (about $125) have
become very popular backup units. Run SCANDISK about once a month
and DEFRAG at least twice a year. If you have a DOS/Windows 3.11
computer, you should be able to do this from a DOS prompt by typing
SCANDISK or DEFRAG and pressing Enter. If you have Windows 95,
go to the START icon, then PROGRAMS, then ACCESSORIES, then SYSTEM
TOOLS, and then ScanDisk or Disk Defragmenter and follow the instructions
on the screen. Make a BOOT/STARTUP disk and make sure that it
works. If you have a DOS/Windows 3.11 computer, you should be
able to do this from a DOS prompt by typing FORMAT A:/S and pressing
Enter. If your floppy disk has already been formatted, you can
save a little time by typing SYS: A: and pressing Enter. If you
have Windows 95, go to My Computer, then Control Panel, and then
Add/Remove Programs. Select the Startup Disk option and follow
the instructions on the screen. Since the above instructions are
rather brief, you should make a 'test run' of everything so that
you can get help if it is needed. We had much rather help you
prevent problems than help you solve them!" (Missionary Computer,
March 1998) From CURRENT TRENDS
Mission Field Closer to Home: Strategies for using the Internet
C D - R O M M I S S I O N R E S O
U R C E - As some of you may have noticed from last week's
issue of "Brigada Today", our friends at Global Mapping International
have come up with a new CD-Rom missions resource. It comprises
the text of Patrick Johnstone's "Operation World" book, plus all
the colour map sets that GMI sells on overhead transparency, plus
GMI's full web site, plus the World Factbook. And all of this
for US$29.95. We will be getting some copies sent to Christchurch
for the benefit of "down under" mission enthusiasts (expressions
of interest in advance would be appreciated). The rest of you
can send your orders direct to:firstname.lastname@example.org. By the way, given
shipping costs and the low Kiwi dollar we are looking at a price
of around NZ$70.00 for the disk. From CMD Net?
COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE: BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE ON SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
SOFTWARE -- "AudioVision" is a complete teleconferencing, telephony,
video email package that is,
according to the author, "far superior to any thing out there."
This software allows you to use a digital, analog, or video camera.
Imagine a missionary able to report directly from the field to
his home church
on a Sunday morning. Or sending a 1-minute video prayer email
to supporters that is only 400k. One-way counseling could be done
from the home office. Parents and grandparent would feel a closer
bond with their families overseas. Churches and supporters could
actually see the progress of a project they are part of. It even
has a feature that allows you to record a video answering machine
message (20 mins is only takes up 10megs!) The software is designed
to even work on a 14.4 modem over older phone lines. It even comes
with a multi-license. Says author Howard Hertzberg, "I would like
to see this in as many hands as possible." It retails for $149.99
in stores, and $99.99 directly from the publisher (http://smithmicro.com).
However, Howard, the author, wrote, "But with the Brigada discount
I like to offer it to ALL readers for $29.99." That is 80% off
or less a $120. If you're interested, contact Howard directly
COMPUTERS FOR MISSIONARIES:
I'm HaeJin (Andy Park's friend). He was telling me that you may
know a missionary in China who needs a laptop computer? Some friends
and I in Chicago have recently launched an organization called
ERIC (Evangelism Resource Initiative for Christ under the umbrella
of International Relief) and our vision is to utilize resources
(human and material) in the corporate marketplace as a platform
to (1) introduce ERIC & network with different businesses to get
them involved (2) get lay workers with vocational skills
directly/indirectly involved in missions mobilization & (3) partner
with missionaries/agencies through prayer, supplying & continued
Division of Leo Burnett USA
35 West Wacker Drive 11th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
DISCOUNTED LAPTOPS FOR MISSIONARIES, etc.
Visit our current web site at:
Our Mission: CornerStone Portable Computers exists to provide
resources for the mobilization of Pastors, Missionaries, Christian
Organizations, Bible Translators, Christian Teachers, Administration,
Students and Lay Christians, World-Wide, to the end that the Gospel
of Jesus Christ may be spread globally.
COMPUTER HELP FOR YOU: WEB-WATCH -- Check out the International
Institute of Technology and Theology (IITT) . They reportedly
provide FREE helps service to missionaries and pastors world-wide
in Computer Hardware and Software, Medical, Church Administration,
Church Planting, Counseling, Systematic Theology, Old and New
Testament Studies, and Mission Strategy. The faculty of IITT are
said to all have extensive educational and practical experience
in their fields. From Brigada.
CROSS CONNECT - Connecting Christians Worldwide on the Information
DESIGING WEB PAGES AS A TENTMAKER: FREE WEB PAGE SPACE AND EASE
OF DEVELOPMENT FOR CHURCHES - Pastor Gordon Jones is tentmaking
by helping with web pages. He is reviving a struggling local church
ministry and supplements his needs through helping ministries
with web development. Pastor Jones wrote the following: "I doubt
that you are aware of a web site that is already yours and awaiting
input. The ABS has entered every church in the U.S. that can be
found in the Yellow Pages of a phone book." I took Pastor Jones
advice and within four hours developed a web presence without
any economic investment. If you will go to http://www.hows.net/49253MRBC
you can see the result of my afternoon of work. By going to
you can take an automated tour and see the potential for your
own page. For those wishing to solicit the help of Pastor Jones,
he can be reached at: GPJones@daystrom.nishna.net. From Brigada
ENCRYPTION to secure email: PGP 5.5.3i, the latest freeware for
international users (i.e. users outside of USA and Canada) is
now available for Macintosh, Windows95 and WindowsNT http://www.pgpi.com/download.
Users in the USA or Canada should download PGP 5.0 from http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html
or PGP 5.5.3 from
PGP 5.0 from M.I.T. can still use keys from older versions of
PGP and is therefore more compatible when communicating with those
who have not yet upgraded to PGP 5.x. In contrast, the freeware
version of PGP 5.5.3 (for USA users) does not support the older
key formats but PGP 5.5.3i does In general, you should use PGP
5.0/5.5 if you're in the US, and PGP 5.0i/5.5i if you're not.
Thanks Rod! From Brigada
ENCRYPTION: MIT runs encryption on the fly. If your country allows
encrypted message and you would benefit from this service, maybe
MIT is for you! E-mail to get the latest
instructions on how to set up an encrypted e-mail forwarding service.
Mail sent to the address is automatically encrypted with PGP and
forwarded to your REAL address where you can then decrypt it.
You can encrypt mail with A public key and send it to the encryption
server where it is then decrypted and forwarded on to the address
you supply in the first line of the message. Remember there are
at least a couple of concerns with this service. First, your country
might not appreciate or allow encryption. Secondly, it might raise,
rather than lower, your profile. Fourth, you never know who is
maintaining or administrating the server at MIT (could be someone
who happens to be from your host nation). So be careful out there.
Still... many are using this kind of service with good results
so if it works for you, by all means give it a try.
Bible Software to download!! -
E-MAIL LISTSERVICES -- Do you or your organization have the
need to keep in touch with home fellowships, missions supporters,
newsletters, weekly bulletins, or prayer letters? GRC is currently
serving as the hosting "listserver" to over 300 organizations
from local churches to large para-church organizations. You can
HTML content, or plain text messages. Prices start at $5.75 per
(plus bandwidth). Learn more at
WEB-WATCH -- FREE SOFTWARE FOR CHRISTIANS -- Check out http://www.seriousd.com/freeware.htm
It's like a directory of tons of free or at least low-priced software
for Bible students, church secretaries, missionaries, etc. Looks
like one that's destined to grow! Thanks Levi! From Brigada
FREE! BIBLE SOFTWARE
Download a free evaluation edition of this powerful Bible software
endorsed by Precept Ministries, Masters Seminary, GRAMCORD Institute,
and others. Bible Companion Software
- From CURRENT TRENDS
NEED A FREE FORMS PRINTER? -- You got it. If you can give a receipt
from a non-profit, then you can have a DataSouth Model XL-300DD
9-pin heavy-duty printer from Easley, SC, as a donation. It handles
up to 9-part forms. Serial of parallel connection. Draft speed
300 cps. Tractor feed. Shipping
wt. 35 lbs. Can print various kinds of barcodes. Was used by a
software distributor for invoice printing. For more info., contact
Roger W. Johnson - RogerJ@xc.org, (864)834-0272, of Mission Computer
Update. Thanks Roger! From Brigada
FREE UNZIPPING SOFTWARE: (Brigada Today, March 23, 1998) FREE
UNZIPPING SOFTWARE -- Maurice recommends the freeware, WiZ version
4.01 for unzipping .zip files on a Win95/NT (instead of the shareware
PKUnzip). The place to get it is
For MAC users, he recommends http://www.aladdinsys.com/expander/expander.html.
As Maurice writes, "We do have better uses for our money...right?"
:-) From Brigada.
OF THE INTERNET
GET THIS CASE STUDY OF A CD-ROM MISSIONS REPORT -- Looking for
a good way to keep your church body aware of your missions efforts?
With some 53 missionaries and 3,000 family units in their church,
one church had a hard time keeping track of everybody. So they
burned their own CD with a great deal of information from their
missions database, including photographs, testimonies of salvation
and calling to the field, addresses, e-mail links, prayer requests
from the last year, and information about the country they serve.
They even threw in 40 minutes of video on the CD. Some was "home
movie" quality - footage taken by folks on trips they have gone
on. Others were professional quality productions that they have
developed and used to keep their body aware of some of the partnerships
we've formed. They give copies of the CD to the missionaries they
support for use in promotion among other churches and individuals.
Get a copy as a case study . . . by writing to email@example.com
(remember not to send credit card info. over the open Internet).
(To off-set production and shipping and handling, they're asking
$10 for the CD.) From Brigada
GOOD PRICES on computer/software packages - to order free Gateway
2000 Product Guide, write Gateway 2000, 610 Gateway Dr., PO Box
2000, North Sioux City, SD, 57049-2000 ph. 605-232-2000 Fax: 605-232-2023
1-800-846-2000 (toll free in the States) - toll free in Canada
1-800-846-3609 Sale hours 7 am - 10 p.m. weekdays 9 am - 4 pm
Sat. (central time)
MORE ON "WHERE TO BUY" -- Are you =still= trying to find the best
prices (on =everything=)??? Check out Computer ESP, which gives
a comparative list of equipment with actual "Street" Prices See
Guide To Where To Buy over 100,000 Computer Products. ComputerESP
scans and compares over a million prices from major computer cyberstores
in Canada and US and updates over 100,000 prices a day on average.
Search by keyword or browse by category. Also, David suggests
that auctions can sometimes give great buys. For a major list
of auctions see: http://www.usaweb.com/auction.html.
Two common computer auctions are: Onsale at: http://www.onsale.com
and AuctionX at http://www.auctionx.com.
Prices are typically best on a public holiday, good on Tuesday
or Wednesday, and worst over the weekend. Thanks David! From Brigada
AFA ENDORSES POWERFUL INTERNET PORN FILTER "A new software filtering
system endorsed by American Family Association (AFA) will allow
families to navigate safely through the porn-infested waters of
the Internet. AFA is recommending X-STOP: The Pornography Filter.
The new software from the California-based company Log-on Data
is receiving high acclaim in the computer industry. X-STOP runs
on personal computers as well as school and library networks....
The X-STOP filter has real muscle in protecting our children and
employees in the working environment from pornography on the Internet.
For blocking internet pornography, X-STOP employs Direct Address
Blocking (DAB). DAB is a technology that uses an industry-leading
library of blocked Internet addresses instead of word-based filtering.
However, X-STOP works on more than just web browsers. The foul
word filter operates on word processors, e-mail systems, and any
application that allows the user to type text. Once installed,
X-STOP is automatically loaded each time the computer is turned
on. X-STOP monitors activity on the computer to guard against
offensive material. Call 1-888-733-2326 for more information."
(American Family Update, November 1997) From Brigada.
HOW TO ZAP YOUR LAPTOP ON YOUR NEXT FLIGHT --
Thanks to "KW" for this piece of [what could be] laptop-saving info.
Apparently, two air travelers recently got more than they bargained
for on a flight to Belgium on Sabena Airlines. They were laptopping
along on their tray tables, seated in the
bulkhead row where seats contain the tray tables in the armrests.
During the flight, both their PCs began to experience problems,
and eventually both laptops totally crashed. Apparently, the tray
tables were magnetized so they wouldn't make noises while stored
in the armrests. The magnetized trays
corrupted the hard drives of both laptops! Yikes! The aircraft was
a new Airbus 340. Apparently, other manufacturers are aware of the
potential nightmare and have elected not to use this "feature" in
their designs. If you know a higher-up at Airbus, you might want
to spread the word. Maybe that's what Hell will be like . . . rows
and rows of airline seating with magnetized tray tables that erase
your laptops. Arrrrghhhhhh! Get me outa' there! :-) From Brigada
INTERNET SERVICE WITH A KICK -- Now there's a new genre of Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) that are attempting to provide you with
a kickback if you're a mission org or ministry. Check out Integrity
Online, 888-771-3414 or 317-638-5575 in the Indianapolis, IN, area.
They reportedly give $10 to each non-profit for each new person
signed-up -- network marketing style. Or, with perhaps an even more
lucrative deal, write Frank Dickerson: firstname.lastname@example.org at
Intersafenet, who says he gives a $2/mo. "gift" (otherwise known
as a kickback) to the referring non-profit. What does this mean?
put it short, it could mean BUCKS to your mission work. If there
are 100 people who sign up for Internet access because they want
to keep in touch with you, then all of a sudden, you're churning
in $200/month! But -- (read the fine print) -- keep in mind that
if the service goes belly up or performs like a sloth (how do sloths
really perform?), you might catch some of the bad feeling because
you were the one
recommending them. My experience with these "network marketing"
schemes is that you should step VERY carefully indeed. [disclaimer,
disclaimer, disclaimer] That having been said, if you have folks
need Internet access, and these people do their jobs, . . . hey
-- you could pick up some extra support for just being the marketing
arm for Frank and "Intersafenet." :-) From Brigada
I N T E R N E T A N D T W O - T H I R D S W O R L D - Last week
I mentioned an ITU report on the Internet. Here's a snippet from
the latest MARC newsletter that is relevant: "The term two-thirds
world has evolved through cultural, political and demographic definitions.
Now its definition is becoming technological. It defines those who
lack access to information technology. Only one-third of the global
population have access to the Internet, an information medium on
which traffic has increased more than 400 percent in the past year.
While Internet traffic is creating a global meta-culture, two-thirds
of the global population are still waiting to make their first telephone
call." From CMD Net?
I T U I N T E R N E T R E P O R T - Last week the International
Telecommunication Unit released a "1998 World Telecommunications
Development Report" . The report was the subject
of an article in Computerworld New Zealand (April 6, 1998). The
tenor of the report can be gauged from the opening paragraph of
the article "With all the hype about how the Internet will change
the world, it is easy to forget that 97% of all Internet-connected
PCs are in developed countries and that only 34% of houses in the
world have a telephone". If you would like text copy of the Computerworld
article, send me message: BobHall@xc.org.
LISTING OF HOAX
LOOKING FOR A GREAT LAPTOP DEAL? -- As always, check out all the
ads in the latest edition of _PC Magazine_ or equivalent. And in
addition, here's an example of a guy wanting to sell directly to
missionaries: NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS! - Jetta Jetbook 7050 with 12.1"
ACTIVE MATRIX screen, AMD266 with MMX Processor, 48MB RAM, 3.1GB
HDD, 20X CD-ROM, Windows 95 preinstalled. Also includes carrying
case and one year warranty. All for only $1,817.00. For details
call Bright-Line at 1-800-330-8474 or visit our website at http://www.bright-line.com
-- remember to check international repair centers on whatever you
buy, to be sure you understand where it will have to be sent in
case it someday needs service.... and they essentially will all
need service someday. I just had to send my Dell Inspiron back for
service... and service is probably what separates the men from the
boys. So ASK! From Brigada
MISSIONS SOFTWARE REPORT – From Brigada From: "Les E. Tilka"
Was only able to try a few demo programs but researched a few more.
Here are Les’s findings.
Personal Ministry Manager 5.0 for Windows - Price: $75 plus shipping
- Contact: Bob Newman (email@example.com This is my choice.
This software is designed with the missionary in mind. Very powerful
and flexible. Easy to learn. Also priced with the missionary in
mind! Have communicated with Bob directly and he seems very open
to enhancements on his product. You deal directly with the author
of the program. Keeps mailing list, contributions, correspondence.
Full labeling and reporting functions. User defined fields for flexibility.
Perform searches. Exporting functions and a whole lot more!
Honor Roll - Managments for Non-Profits - Price: $495 for full program
Honor Roll 200 * - Price: $50 *for smaller ministries, limit of
200 records - may be upgraded. Contact: Gene McGlasson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or 1-800-554-9116 A steeper learning curve than PMM but not as steep
as some of the others. They are willing to customize their program
for your ministry needs. Contact BTN directly for details. This
program seemed to be more designed for the organization or mission
office rather than the missionary. Both Windows and MAC versions
Several mentioned writing their own programs. The choice for this
seemed to be MS Access. Others mentioned were FileMaker Pro
Some missionaries use one software for the finances (ie. Quickbooks)
and other software for Contact Management (ACT or Goldmine)
There were a couple that mentioned a program called Donation Manager
but I never could get a reply from anyone on how to receive this.
For contact management only: Maximizer This can be found at (www.maximizer.com)
DonorQuest - (www.IntrepidSystems.com) - The program is rather expensive
Very difficult to learn. This is definitely for the mission office.
Can handle fund raising campaigns, etc. Very powerful but at that
price-- it should be!
Donation Tracker - Contact: Steve at email@example.com I never
got a response to my email but others said that the "cost is exceptionally
reasonable and learning curve is easy.
Another response from:
Linda Pitts, Compu-Books Compubks@aol.com - The solution is in two
pieces. I use a entry level accounting program called MYOB and a
relational data base program called FileMaker Pro. I have custom
designed a database to work with the accounting, transferring the
donor and/or products purchased information between the two. The
software costs about $500 (single user), or $1100 for 3 users. You
can add users from there for $200 each for the database software,
and $99 each for the accounting software. The custom donor data
base template can be obtained through me for shareware fees, and
can be customized for each ministry for an hourly rate of $40/hr.
This solution runs on both Windows & Macintosh systems.
Inter*Act. Price: Unknown - Contact: Richard Patzke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Software is for missionaries who wish to more effectively track
and correspond with their donors
KMS Software Price: In the thousands Contact: 1-800-800-0293 Website:
(www.kmssoftware.com) - A sophisticated and powerful program marketed
by KMS software in Dallas Texas. Used by top Christian and Mission
organizations but is far to costly for individual use.
I AM SURE THERE ARE MANY OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE THAT WEREN'T DISCOVERED.
MY PURPOSE WAS LOOKING FOR SOFTWARE FOR MY NEEDS WHICH IS AS A MISSIONARY,
ON THE FIELD, RAISING SUPPORT. THE ONE THAT MET MY NEEDS BEST WAS
PMM 5.0. – Les
PC ADVICE – from Brigada - From: hub@XC.Org - Subject: Majordomo
'brigada' file 'pcexpert' Reply-To: hub@XC.Org [The following is
taken from Nov. 18, '97, _PC Magazine_, p. 93-94; may not be re-sold]
PC expert, was it? At least you're in good company. Because turning
into a de facto technical-support person once you become knowledgeable
about PCs is something that happens to us all. We wind up as the
Designated Technical Support Providers for our husbands, wives,
coworkers, neighbors, uncles, sisters, bowling team, beach volleyball
partners, and more. (But not your kids, of course; they can run
circles around you when it comes to explaining arcane corners of
the Windows UI. They're your DTSPs.) A confession: I love it. I
love the schizy moving from a three-day corporate retreat, where
we battled 12 hours a day over a three-year, $100-million-technology
strategic plan, to helping my brother-in-law escape from Drive-Space
gone berserk or helping my wife get that new tape backup drive installed.
And whether you're ready to admit it or not, I'll bet you do, too.
The satisfaction of helping those close to you with a task they
find baffling far outweighs the frustration of showing them how
to create a folder for the tenth time. And if your work has to do
with computers and software, this informal need-your-support network
that has grown up around you is a huge advantage, because it reminds
you what it's like not to know how to do these things.
Over the years, I've come up with a short list of the most important
tips that I give friends who turn to me for help. Many of these
are perfectly obvious to the cognoscenti, but precisely because
they are so obvious to us, we fail to pass them on to those for
whom PCs are still mysteries. I think you'll find these Big Ten
Tips handy for your friends, too - and maybe even for yourself.
1. Separate programs and data on your hard disk. Never mix program
files together with your documents, worksheets, drawings, databases,
and so forth, on your PC's hard disk. Instead, create one of more
directories - say, by project, topic, or year - and save all your
data there. That makes it much easier to find your files, as well
as quicker to back up data files, since you're not making copies
of all those programs as well. They're unnecessary, since (in case
of a crash) you could easily reinstall them from their original
CDs and floppy disks.
2. Use lots of directories to organize your data files. I've spent
literally weeks of my life sitting at the elbows of friends, relatives,
and clients, searching their hard disks for files they "just know
are here somewhere!" Far too many users dump everything in Windows'
infamous My Documents folder, just as a few years ago far too many
users dumped everything in their C:\ directories. And use subfolders
under your primary folders, too. For that program you agreed to
design for the ballet, don't create just a folder titled Ballet
Program, but under it create Artwork, Text, and Ads for storing
all of the related files. Keeping your work sorted into logical
clumps makes it easier to find a month or a year later.
2. Use Windows 95's Long Filenames feature. For years we complained
about having to use the eight-dot-three filename scheme of DOS and
the inscrutable filenames that resulted: FENZXDRK.DOC, NUETBUDG.XLS,
DGRNGSL7.DBF. So Windows 95 comes along with filenames up to 255
characters that Windows allows, but why not something you'll be
able to decipher next week, such as Fenwall Zero Budget Draft-Ken.doc,
New Employee Transfers Budget.xls, or Deutsche Grammophon Recordings
3. Lose Windows' File Find. Forget about Windows' built-in file
finder. When you need to excavate a file you know is buried somewhere
- and all you can remember is some key words in that file, not its
filename - you need something better. Use a program like PowerHunter,
which you can download from www.zdnet.com. PowerHunter indexes your
data files, automatically updates the indexes, and then helps you
to find files in that indexed universe fast.
4. Check for new video drivers. It's so easy to check vendors' Web
sites for new drivers that there's just no excuse for putting up
with poor display performance, which in my experience is caused
by driver problems at least 75 percent of the time. Video problems
are among the nastiest ones to solve; you can avoid having to walk
down that dark road simply by installing an up-to-date driver for
your video card.
5. Check for new printer drivers. Ditto.
6. Get old, unused programs and fonts off your hard disk. They waste
space, clutter the registry file, and reduce performance. But don't
just start erasing .EXE files willy-nilly; use an uninstall package
like Quarterdeck's CleanSweep, my favorite among several good products
in this category. These programs work best when they're uninstalling
programs added to the PC after the uninstall was put on the disk,
so go buy and set up the uninstall package now.
7. Run Scan and Defrag routines frequently. As Windows stores files
on your hard disk, it spreads them all over the place. Soon, opening
a file sends the disk's read/write heads racing back and forth across
the disk, slowing performance. The slow, feeble Scan and Defrag
routines that come with Windows 95 are better than nothing, though
it's worth the money to pick up a serious disk-maintenance package
such as Norton Utilities or Nuts & Bolts. But neither helps unless
you use it; run a Scan every week and a Defrag every month and you'll
avoid a lot of problems - maybe even catastrophic data loss.
9. Check the Web frequently for product upgrades and add-ons. Now
that access to the Web is essentially universal, most software and
hardware makers have gotten pretty good about posting frequent bug
fixes, minor updates, and new add-ons to their Web sites. It's crazy
not to take advantage of these free improvements in the products
you already own. You absolutely want to keep your PC's BIOS at the
latest level, both to add features (support for big EIDE drivers
or better power management, for example) and to clean up bugs. Similarly,
patches and upgrades from software vendors can help you to avoid
problems - and often to get much of the functionality that's coming
someday in the next major release.
10. Make an emergency disk, then keep it handy and up to date. Disk
utility packages will produce a floppy boot disk, which can be absolutely
essential if - when - your PC goes down. But hardly anyone makes
such disks. Or if they do, they don't keep remaking the disks at
regular intervals to keep up to date. Or they make them and then
lose them. You can do a lot to calm the panic attack when your PC
crashes if you make that emergency disk today. >From Nov. 18, '97,
_PC Magazine_, p. 93-94
PGP (PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY PROGRAM) resources from Brigada:
Write to: hub@XC.Org and ask for Majordomo file: conference 'brigada'
a Site with Search Engines
Promoting Your Business Website (maybe an idea for tentmakers/church
planters re entry strategy?)
READ A BOOK VIA YOUR LAPTOP -- Taking your laptop on your next mission
cruise? Then why not catch up on your reading while you're at it
(makes those long plane rides seem shorter). Project Gutenberg is
constantly whacking out new books at < http://www.promo.net/pg
http://www.promo.net/pg. They're free... and the New Testament and
OT/NT is there too (in KJV). If you've got a new Windows/CE palmtop,
you could download the whole novel there and read a book in your
palm! From Brigada
RECYCLE COMPUTERS FOR CHRISTIAN MISSIONS
TECHTOOLS: TALKING EMAIL -- Tim the Tech-Toolman came through again
this week with "MyTalk" -- telephone-based e-mail! Browse http://www.mytalk.com
for more info. MyTalk gives you a free e-mail
address, User ID and password, along with a free web-based e-mail
account you can check from any web browser. Nothing new there. But,
the great part is... you can call a toll-free number (US and Canada)
and enter your ID and password and it will READ your e-mail to you!
Can you believe it? I think this has some really cool implications
for the disabled and those still developing their typing skills.
You can control it by talking to it. You can REPLY to e-mail, and
it will record the file as a .wav file (no special applet needed
to play it back, any Windows user who has sound capabilities can
play it by clicking on it). AND it can retrieve POP mail from your
regular e-mail account every few minutes and read *IT* to you too!
It even works for America Online. The collection process checks
every user's POP accounts
in turn, and then starts over again. According to Tim, it can sometimes
require *hours* to retrieve your email, but if you're the patient
type, this might be just for you! A caveat: if you pay your regular
ISP on a per-minute basis or a so-many-minutes-a-month basis, your
ISP may charge you a minute for each time MyTalk checks your mail,
so it may use up or charge for one minute out of every, say, fifteen.
If you pay a flat rate for unlimited usage, that doesn't apply.
Another caveat: You can't INITIATE e-mail, you can only reply to
it. So if there are people you frequently send e-mail to, keep a
them in your received mail folder so you have something to reply
to. Thanks for another Cool Tech-Tool, Tim! From Brigada
T A R G E T T H E N A T I O N S C D - R O M - Galcom International
has produced a new version of the "Go-Ye Network CD" called "Target
The Nations". The CD provides specific information about each of
the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world,
along with video teachings on prayer by Bill Bright, Ted Haggard,
George Otis Jr. and Peter Wagner. It also includes: The PIN (Peoples
Information Network) data base of unreached peoples groups; a file
on the main world religions; 25,000 screens of text, 150 pictures,
drawings and 50 voice files; as well as a directory of U.S. and
Canadian world mission agencies working among the unreached. All
in all, the CD contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM
compatible 486 or higher computers. The cost is US$19.00. To order,
contact: GalcomUSA@aol.com. From CMD Net or Joel News Int’l
USING COMPUTERS IN MISSIONS
Computer Resources and Information
USE YOUR COMPUTER AS A SHORTWAVE! -- Have you checked out http://www.broadcast.com?
They've got TONS of radio stations LIVE now . ..including the BBC
World Service. Rick pointed out that you can go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/index.htm
but you can also shop for just the right station from just the right
place at the broadcast.com site. Check it out! (Recommended: modem
speed of 14.4 or better; you'll also need some of their chosen utility
software, namely, Real Audio rvplayer.) So who needs an expensive
short-wave when you've already got your laptop! :-) From Brigada
WAITING TO CREATE YOUR OWN HOMEPAGE??? -- Wait no more. Brian also
came up with a great URL to speed along your start-up. Try
to get free software AND a free site (GeoCities) where you'll be
able to try your hand at your own webpage. Take a whirl for fun,
for family, for friends, for furlough planning, for whatever you
decide! (Thanks for the tip, Brian!) Fromm Brigada
WINDOWS STUDY BIBLE - BIBLESOFT has upgraded their entire line of
products for use in the Windows environment. As a missionary serving
overseas, you can purchase their products at a 50% discount. Their
most popular package is the Reference Library Edition which includes:
KJV, NIV, Nave's, Nelson's, Strong's, Englishman's andVine's. Discounted
price: $119.98 US. Registered users of previous versions can buy
an upgrade for $25.00 (regular price $39.995US). To order these
products, send your disk size, payment method, and mailing instructions
to Gary in the Firestone Canada office. (If ordering the upgraded,
please send your registration number.). For a brochure with information
about other editions and add-on products of BIBLESOFT, contact Gary.
WORK THE WEB WITHOUT THE WEB -- MAFxc technology guru Bob Sutterfield
shared a tip with us this past week . . . somehow allowing you to
access the web without even having the web! If all you have is email
capability and you need a special page downloaded, this approach
could be "just what
the doctor ordered" for you! To learn more, send email to email@example.com
with only the words "get brigada access-via-email" in the text of
the message. Thanks Bob! So, if you need contact info for some of
our members, request from us, or download the contents of URL I
mentioned in the previous e-mail,
and see what is the link to the relative URL and download that page.
The Franklin Bible - the entire King James Version of the Bible,
O.T. and N.T., plus a complete concordance - electronic hand-held
edition. For more info contact Jack Van Impe Ministries (who advertised
it in Oct./94) - they may be able to get you the address for the
manufacturers. Approximately $100. Includes book, chapter and verse
search. Search only certain parts of the Bible if you wish. Single
or multiple word search. Search for synonyms. Leave up to 30 electronic
'bookmarks'. Corrects your spelling. 5 1/2 " wide; 1" deep; 6.8
oz., plus 4 AAA batteries (not included). Maximum speed with 1.5
megabytes of computer power...with none of the hassles of operating
a computer. Jack Van Impe Ministries - PO Box 7004, Troy, Michigan,
48007 Canada: Box 1717, Postal Station A, Windsor, ONT N9A 6Y1.
For immediate attn., call their "order dept." at 810-852-5225 or
International Conf. on Computing and Missions (ICCM): email: program
- Dan Dick firstname.lastname@example.org ICCM, Taylor Univ., 500 W. Reade
Ave., Upland, IN 46989-1001 Registration: Kim Johnson 317 998 5153
Fax: 317 998 4940 email: kmjohnsontayloru.edu ICCM is an annual
get-together of dedicated people who have a common interest and
involvement in computers and missions. They gather for a unique
experience of spiritual fellowship, information-sharing and vision
renewal. ICCM provides a forum for missions-related people to meet
personally and to share ideas, information and expertise in order
to perform their jobs more effectively.
20:21 Library (Electronic Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources)
-- good news for missionaries, mission professors and students,
mission administrators and supporters! A computer software package
for mission research has been produced and you do not have to be
a computer buff or a professionaal researcher to us it. The 20:21
Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources has something for everyone
interested in missions - the equivalent of more than 200 volumes
of printed material. For more information, write to: Global Mapping
Project, Global Mapping Ont'l, 7899 Lexington Dr., Suite 200A, Colorado
Springs, CO 80920 USA ph: 719-531-3599 Fax: 719-548-7459 Internet:
BE SAFE, NOT SORRY -- COMPUTER CARE TIPS
One day your computer will not work. Take some time to prepare for
that day. One of the first things you should do is to learn how
to get into your computer's 'setup' and make a copy of the system
parameters...especially the hard drive parameters. Get a virus scan
program and use it to check disks you get from friends. Backup your
work and have a plan to restore your programs. Zip drives (about
$125) have become very popular backup units.
Run SCANDISK about once a month and DEFRAG at least twice a year.
If you have a DOS/Windows 3.11 computer, you should be able to do
this from a DOS prompt by typing SCANDISK or DEFRAG and pressing
Enter. If you have Windows 95, go to the START icon, then PROGRAMS,
then ACCESSORIES, then SYSTEM TOOLS, and then ScanDisk or Disk Defragmenter
and follow the
instructions on the screen.
Make a BOOT/STARTUP disk and make sure that it works. If you have
a DOS/Windows 3.11 computer, you should be able to do this from
a DOS prompt by typing FORMAT A:/S and pressing Enter. If your floppy
disk has already been formatted, you can save a little time by typing
SYS: A: and pressing
Enter. If you have Windows 95, go to My Computer, then Control Panel,
and then Add/Remove Programs. Select the Startup Disk option and
follow the instructions on the screen.
Since the above instructions are rather brief, you should make a
'test run' of everything so that you can get help if it is needed.
We had much rather help you prevent problems than help you solve
them!" (Missionary Computer, March 1998) From CURRENT TRENDS
FOR THOSE MISSIONARIES AMONG US WITH MONEY TO COUNT -- The recent
compilation turned up a pretty strong review on Membership Plus
and Money Counts. I checked it out . . . downloaded a sampler help
file and indeed it looks like it might work for missionaries. Check
it out at
(The sampler can be found at http://www.parsonstech.com/infocentral.)
To get one user's opinion, write: NoelHyde@xc.org who says he's
VERY satisfied. Les' other items are listed in a special document
that you can retrieve by sending a note to: email@example.com that says,
"get brigada accountingsoftware" (without the quotes). Thanks Les!!!
You carried through! From Brigada
ARE YOU A TECHY OR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST FOR YOUR MISSION? --
might like to take in the Ninth Annual International Conference
on Computing and Mission, June 5-9, 1998, hosted this year by Abilene
Christian University. See the details on the web at
http://www.iccm.org. From Brigada
NEW REALPLAYER AND REALPLAYER PLUS G2 NOW AVAILABLE
I also wanted to tell you about the 'pre-beta' preview release of
RealPlayer and RealPlayer Plus G2. These new G2 players deliver
dramatic quality improvements, including entirely new features like
a 10-channel graphic equalizer and more. To download now, visit:
Links for Christians – Cross Search
NOW YOU CAN SET UP YOUR OWN WEB OFFICE FOR FREE! -- Just go to http://www.webex.com
. This is a great site! You can arrange an international presentation
where everyone shows up for a kind of "live and in person" meeting
with you. You can do PowerPoints or take people on a tour of the
web or . . . whatever! The first level is absolutely free (premier
services are also available). From Brigada
G2 – Download this program free
TIPS FOR INT'L EMAIL TRAVELERS - PART 1 -- Last week, a friend wrote
to share some of the challenges he'd faced on a recent trip out
of the country, trying to connect to the Internet. He asked that
we pass along any tips we can think of, over the coming months.
So... that's exactly what we'll do.
The first tip is a simple one... Do your homework in advance! Depending
on the length of your trip and how you'll be hosted in your destination
country, find someone there who will be able to give you some local
pointers to getting online there... and email them in advance. Be
sensitive to their time commitments. Keep your questions short and
to the point and, though it might seem funny to say so, I'd suggest
you avoid chitchat. These missionary-types are usually very relational
people! :-) Some of them only email as much as they have to ...
They don't want to spend their evenings away from family with their
face buried into a computer screen! We'll assume for this tip that
you're on a two-week journey... fairly short as int'l travel goes.
So ask simple things... a) Will our group be staying near anyone
with a computer that we might be able to use to send back an occasional
email message to our friends and family back home -- say once every
3 or 4 days? b) If so, we'll glad reimburse for the time online.
(Note: this will probably be a combination of the local "units"
[or number of minutes times the price per minute for a local call]
plus the cost per minute for the Internet connectivity; still, it's
probably less than the cost of you dialing Zurich or Penang or whatever.)
c) If not, would he or she know of any locations -- like a "teleboutique"
-- where we might be able to get a phone connection to call CompuServe
or AOL or any other int'l carrier?
If he or she writes back and says it'll be too much of a hassle,
*trust* the response and leave the laptop at home. Plan on using
a callback service (more on that later) or something similar. Sometimes
email just isn't worth the trouble. Make two or three phone calls
during your two-week trip... and that should be plenty to keep friends
and family informed. That having been said, I haven't personally
left the computer at home since 1991... :-) ... and our mission
is at work in over two dozen countries and we've traveled through
dozens of other lands without an email hitch... so more later on
how to get connected from those impossible locations! But for now...
trust your host!
TIPS FOR INT'L EMAIL TRAVELERS - PART 2 -- Last week we wrote about
doing your homework before traveling overseas. That homework might
point you to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) who has a point
of presence (POP) in your destination country. But what if none
are available there... at least none to which you can subscribe
in advance. Well one option is to set up a web-mail account before
you leave your home. Just about all the major "portals" are allowing
you to set up free web-based email services now. You can do it at
http://www.hotmail.com or http://www.netaddress.net and many others.
Roger wrote this past week to report that during his recent furlough
in the USA, he found it very convenient to get a free Yahoo e-mail
account. "We could access it anywhere we could get on the internet,"
he reported. "We had our xc.org address forwarded to the Yahoo address,
and could thus receive all that mail directly. With a Yahoo account,
you can also check external mail which has a POP account, so we
could actually take our mail off our server in Irian Jaya, Indonesia,
in that manner also."
However, many are traveling the other direction -- where web access
is either expensive or totally unavailable. If you've done your
homework and, in spite of it, you can't locate an ISP with POPs
in your destination area, ask once more if any locals there would
help you set up an account with a local ISP. Sometimes, all it takes
is a one-hour stop-in at their office in the capitol city. You might
be surprised to learn how "high tech" their local network is . .
. and they might have POPs throughout the country! Just be sensitive
-- remember that anything and everything you say is being stored
on local servers, maintained by friendly (or not-so-friendly) locals.
To connect, you'll often need special phone tip adaptors. Again,
it's better to find out about these in advance, where possible.
Maybe someone would be willing to pick you up an adaptor so you
can hit the ground running the moment you arrive. For example, those
from the USA will want a tip-converter for an RJ-11 type plug. I
find these in the most unlikely places. The Swiss-type connectors
are available at a little computer store in the basement of the
main downtown train station. I got the connection for Bosnia in
an appliance store in Split. Croatia. These tips are enough to drive
you crazy, so it's worth trying to set them up in advance. If you
can't find a local to help you, talk to PORT, a computer company
specializing in products for travelers, http://www.port.com or,
in the USA, 1-800-242-3133. They can usually help you figure out
what you need. Next week we'll talk about the minimum "secret agent
tool kit" to take along on your trip. You can almost hear the _Mission:
Impossible_ music in the background already, right? :-)