November 28, 2006

Mac Greek Resources from Greece

In the land of the mother tongue for us New Testament folks, when Paul wandered throughout Athens, he may have found many temples to many gods, but he apparently didn't find any Apple stores.

Apple has long had a larger than European average market share in Greece, but a Greece Mac User group is rising up with an informational campaign and free resources for Greek localization of Mac OS X in the absence of such goodies from Cupertino. The page offers localization, fonts, and more for working in Greek, all GNU and free. This plea is a favorite of mine:
Athens, the ancient capital of the western culture. 6.000.000* people deserve at least one real Apple Store!

Steve, Apple, please make it happen.

Update:It seems the attention is getting out there. Now, will Apple listen?

November 13, 2006

Run Your (SBL) Presentation Off of an iPod

Mark Goodacre has posted his now annual helpful advice on using technology for presentations. His main point is worth reiterating--be prepared. Outside presenters show up at our church for various events sometimes with fantastical expectations regarding media use. One thing is for sure, have a backup of your presentations/handouts and alternatives for "plugging in". I always email the text of current-project documents to myself when I leave town so I can access them anywhere, including my smart phone or any internet cafe. However, I would add alternative presentation method 4.5 to Mark's list... Put your presentation on your iPod and run the show from it. In fact, how superior is this to toting around a laptop if all you have it for is driving a slide show? While I've never owned an iPod myself, this looks like just the justification you may have been looking for for spending $$$ from your professional expense account on an iPod! You can learn more about the capabilities with this article at Presentation Zen. For what it's worth, I would commend the Presentation Zen Blog to anyone who ever prepares a project presentation for a group. It is superb.

November 07, 2006

SBL's impact on the State of the Blogosphere?

The creator of Technorati has a post assessing what he calls "State of the Blogosphere". I find it quite interesing. The number of blogs out there is doubling about every 236 days. I find truly fascinating this graphic showing blog post activity and how it tracks world events: I wonder if there'll be a visible spike during SBL. :)