Church IT Australia TV


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It’s coming soon(ish) CITA-TV!
The idea is not just to communicate church related IT&C things, but also show you how easy and low-tech creating video can be. You don’t need to have that nice new shiny Mac Pro and Blackmagic camera (as great as they are). You can do it with things that you (probably) already have.

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What is church IT? – Part 1


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What is church IT A question not asked often enough in churches, be they big or small, is “What is church IT?” At first run, you may think that the answer is self evident. Most of us, though various work experiences, have a good handle on how IT looks in most corporate organisations, so we reasonably view it in the same context, just with the organisation being the church. While partly correct, we do ourselves, our church, and the ministry to which Jesus calls all of us, an injustice by limiting it to that context alone. In this series I will share my thoughts and experiences as to what church IT is. In sharing these thoughts I need to say that I don’t have all the answers myself .Hopefully these posts will spark discussion and you will find the best answer that suites your ministry and your church.

The series will be broken up as…

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Changing the world… with a T-shirt


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F1 T-Shirt

The T-shirt above came to me via my Senior Pastor. He received it from a Church Management System (ChMS) vendor whos system we had recently rolled-out church-wide. He passed it on to me for obvious reasons (that being my key role in the roll-out). For those who cannot make out what it says, it reads: Changing the world by changing the church world. The other day while getting the washing off the clothes-line I saw it and pondered what that meant, and thus inspiration struck (and thanks to my ever-present smartphone the picture was taken).

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2013 in review


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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The Christmas Prep IT Top 3


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Christmas is a busy time of year, and sometimes it can be doubly so for churches. Then, like many organisation, January is often the quietest time with many smaller church offices being completely closed. This provides both challenges and opportunities for you as the IT/Tech guy/girl/team, here’s my top 3 to-dos…

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Quick review: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix


WP_000492If you think the MacBook Air is the pinnacle of ultrabook design and that the iPad is likewise for tablets, then my friend, you surely have been sucked into the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field.

At the end of April I wrote a brief review of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which is a good Windows 8 based tablet, and something any buyer should look at before buying any other tablet they intend for serious work purposes. Now I get to take a look at the ThinkPad Helix.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: First Impressions (updated 3-May)


WP_000472Although it had been rumoured for some time beforehand, the first real details about the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 came last August when detailed specs were leaked. Having the device in hand, I can say that for what it is, it doesn’t disappoint (on the whole). That said, there are some minor disappointments with the unit that I’ve been supplied. Firstly let me say that the unit has been supplied to me as a loan from a supplier for evaluation within a corporate environment, not a review unit directly from Lenovo. Although I requested all the extras, the unit I’ve been loaned is the base model: no stylus/digitiser, no docking station, no Bluetooth keyboard.

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