Ever wonder if you have an unidentified proclivity for eschatological global domination?  Simply type your name(s) into the name box on this site and it will let you know if there is a way to make your name add up to 666.

I got bad news… my last name contains 666.  If you put 100 for A, 101 for B and so on, it will add up to a total of 666.  It’s good to know I’m not alone.  Other names with 666:

Bush
Rush
Moses
Paul
Kennedy

Check your name. Its a simple JavaScript hosted on Open JS.

I thought I’d start a new series on the blog, my top 3 of the week. I’m going to be sharing my top 3 tools of the week. Just little things that I’ve found helpful or useful. So here we go:

1. Omnifocus – I’ve been looking for something to get my projects and tasks in line. I’ve tried many programs, but nothing was giving me everything I needed. After looking at about 10 different programs this is where i landed. It syncs to the cloud, so my phone, ipad, and computer all have the same data, and I can add tasks via email. Hopefully I’ll feel the same way in 3 months because it wasn’t cheap, but if it can help me keep track of all the projects I have going, it’ll be worth it. Sorry PC friends, but it’s Mac only.

2. Magic Trackpad – It has a really bad name, but I love this input device. The multi-touch is awesome.

3. Zumocast – This is one of the best ways I’ve found to access files on my home computer with my iPhone or iPad. It was super easy to setup, and the best part is it’s free. It’s a great way to get that file you forgot, listen to your music collection or watch a movie on the go. And this one is PC or Mac. Jeremy also liked it and shared his thoughts HERE. Click Here to try it out.

Zumocast is focused on helping you play/display the media you have on your computer to your iOS device.  After installing the app on your computer and iOS device and registering with Zumocast, you are able to do some incredible things.

You can watch any video you have on your computer on your iOS device.  When I say any, I mean ANY;  it even transcodes formats that are not viewable into viewable formats/resolutions.  It works over 3G or WiFi (though beware of your caps).  If you are about to get on a plane, don’t worry, all you have to do is click a download button and the item begins downloading in that appropriate format! (subject to the 10MB 3G cap)

More of a music person than a movie person?  Music works much the same way though for some reason it will not download.

Then, of course, you can view photos.  But that is not where the viewing stops.  I tried Word, Pages, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, RTF and all opened perfectly for viewing.

As far as I can see there are only a couple of disappointments.  Why it doesn’t allow you to download the music is beyond me, but I understand having a healthy fear of the RIAA.  It is also irritating that the desktop utility installs with a default to prevent your computer from going to sleep.  While I am sure that is the best thing for ZumoCast to operate, I am glad I looked before I walked out the door tomorrow morning with a dead laptop.  It would also be incredible if you could make some simple changes to text documents.

The best part of this incredible app is that it’s FREE and cross-platform.  Zumocast supports windows, mac, and iOS.  They are working on an android version as well.

New Twitter Interface Revealed

Chris —  September 14, 2010 — Leave a comment

Twitter announced today some upcoming changes to it’s web interface.  They seem to be trying to bring a lot of the features that we all love about the various desktop clients we love to the web.  They plan on splitting the screen in two, allowing one half to be your update stream and the second to be your followers, any media embedded into the stream, trends, and more.  It’s a little reminiscent of the drawers they use in the new iPad app they released a few weeks ago.  I don’t know if it will be enough to sway me from using Tweetie, but we’ll see.

Check out this video they made to show it off:

And just in case you don’t already, you can follow all the geekiness of this site at @ymgeek.

Evolution of Blog: Slant33

Jeremy —  September 13, 2010 — Leave a comment

Youth ministry blogs are as common as youth ministers. Actually, they are probably more common since the people I follow contribute to multiple blogs.  They are also all incredibly similar:  one youth pastor sitting up late at night giving you a taste on just exactly what he thinks needs to happen in the church, or what her newest great game has been, or a great way to use technology in your ministry.  That’s the formula:  1Youth Minister + 1 topic + 1ironic illustration= Blog post of <500 words.  That is not Slant33.com

I think that the best way to describe Slant33 is an evolution (or maybe a next iteration) of a youth ministry blog.  Each week, three contributors respond to a single question with depth that is usually absent from this type of communication.

The depth of these articles flows from the depth of the contributors.  To call these individual veterans is an understatement.  You have seminary professors, youth ministry corporation CEOs, publishers, trainers and , of course, authors galore.

What I love about Slant33 is the ability to look at multiple, well-thought-out perspectives.  Being able to see overlap and distinction among contributors is not only helpful but quite engaging.  The best way to explain it is just to tell you to read this week’s Slant and experience it for yourself.

Youth ministries have a bad reputation for being underfunded and understaffed because they often are.  That probably translates into you needing to do everything from fix the hole in the wall that happened during a wild game of pin the pool stick on the Jr Higher last week to installing a new hard drive in the Pentium II youth machine.  If you don’t know how to do everything, you will at some point need to use MonkeySee.

MonkeySee is an online repository of free how-to videos that range from how to select home theatre system speakers to how to apply a french manicure tip.  So, next time you have to install a new dishwasher after trying to clean the uncleanable after a youth event, go to MonkeySee.com.

New: “Google Instant”

Chris —  September 8, 2010 — Leave a comment

What do you think?

This may make the live bloggers a little miffed, but apple announced they will live stream their event tomorrow. I love that they made this move.

From their site:
Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.

I’ll be sure to log in, how about you?

UPDATE: Here the link for the live stream: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1009qpeijrfn/event. Here are the system requirements: Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Safari on iOS 3 or later.  Sorry PC friends.

I often get asked what maintenance should be done for mac computers.  People coming from the PC world are used to defrags, virus scans, and other routine maintenance tasks on their computers, but once they move to the Mac they aren’t sure what’s best.

I saw this post over on TUAW today with an easy solution and it’s free, IceClean.  While you don’t need to do as much as on your PC, there are still some simple things you can do to keep your computer running it’s best.  It also includes some great utilities for making some little system tweaks.

If you have been looking for some help it’s definitely worth checking out.

TUAW LINK: IceClean does system maintenance and optimization for your Mac for free.

Could you survive a day without Facebook?  I just read an article over on YouthMinistry.com about pastors in Houston that are challenging their congregation and Christians everywhere to fast from the service for one day, August 25th.

Imagine one day if everyone would turn off their cell phones, iPads or laptops; refrain from texting, emailing, tweeting or even chatting on Facebook and intentionally get face-to-face in their relationships. That’s what thousands will be doing during the National Facebook Fast on Wednesday, August 25th. We’re not bashing technology; we’re just challenging you to take one day and set it aside and to be intentional about the relationships in your life. For one day we’re getting back to the basics and we’re inviting you to do the same.

In this age where electronic forms of communication bring people together more than ever before it’s important to remember sometime they get in the way of us connecting with the people in real life.

If you want more info about the fast jump over to Facebook Fast | youthministry.com.