Monthly Archives: October 2009

Tech Talk Thursday #2

The Weeks App

Last week we looked at our first app that went for $10. This week we are gonna look at a free app for your iPhone/iPod Touch: Audioboo.

With this app you can post an audio to the web and then it will tweet it and also post to your Facebook page. You can also listen to what other people are talking about in their audioboos right in the app. You don’t have to set up and account with Audioboo but it makes keeping up with you boos alot easier.

If you choose to get an account then you can link the app and it will upload the audio to your account. Before uploading your audioboo you can name it and also add a picture and tags. I haven’t reached a time limit yet but I’ve heard that it was three minutes but I’ve also heard audioboos there were up to five minutes.

Apple Lawsuits

I know recently that Apple has been sued by everybody and their brother but I think it’s about time that the lawsuits stop. Last week Nokia sued Apple for patent infringement for something that has been in the iPhone since the very first one. Where has Nokia been? Why did Nokia wait two and half years to sue?

Blastoff

I know alot of people shop online like I do and I also know that they like to save money. Well, here is a deal for everybody. I’d like to invite you to visit this site and when you sign up (for FREE) and shop at your mall you get money back. Also, when you invite someone to sign up and they shop they get money back and you get a commission for introducing them to Blastoff. It is completely FREE and I have already shopped there and earned money back. This pays to ten levels down so it’s a good deal for everyone. The only thing you have to lose by checking it out is just a few minutes of time. Here’s the link again.

That’s going to do me for this weeks Triple T. I’ll be back again next week with another edition.

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Two Thumbs Up for Pro Concert Music

A couple of months ago I started taking guitar lessons. I’d had my guitar for about five years and finally found somebody that was willing to teach me on an unusual schedule. I scheduled my first lesson and when I opened the case a part of the guitar was broken. I didn’t know where to take it so I took it to a place in Corinth. I told them that I had to have it back by the following Saturday, which gave them seven days to fix it.

After talking with the folks in this business, I had settled with fixing my guitar, setting it up, and putting me a new set of string on it. I thought I was getting a good price.

I called on Tuesday and they told me I could pick it up on Thursday. Thursday came and I dropped by. It wasn’t fixed. Told me that they were gonna have to order the part to fix it. I wasn’t satisfied with doing that, so they agreed to put a used part on it to have it fixed by Friday.

Friday came around and they called and told me I could pick it up around 3pm. I said, “Great!” I dropped by again and it was fixed. Little did I know that the strings were too high and I left.

I continued to play my guitar for a little while and it turned out that they hadn’t set it up. I decided right then and there that I wouldn’t be doing business with them anymore.

I asked a few friends about where to get my guitar set up at and one of them told me about Pro Concert Music in Tupelo, MS. I called them last Monday morning and was told they could do the work in 10 minutes. Was told how much and I told them I would be by that day.

After finding Pro Concert, I took my instrument in and I showed them what was wrong and they agreed that it needed set up and the strings lowered. He started to work on it and I told him that I was just going to leave it and would be back in 45 minutes to an hour. He said, “I’ll have it ready for you.”

Tish, Lillie and I went down to a pizza place and ate and then returned to Pro Concert. Sure enough, he had it ready for me. I strummed it a little and was satisfied.

I took a lesson Sunday afternoon and my teacher wanted to play my guitar after I got it tuned. He said that it sounded great. It really does when it’s in the hands of someone who can play. I’m not at that level yet but will be soon.

My guitar is a Peavey acoustic and while at Pro Concert, Matt told me that Peavey doesn’t make an acoustic anymore. I’ve tried in the past to sell it but for now I’m going to hang on to it. I’d really like to have an electric guitar but I’m gonna wait for a while until I’m ready for it.

If you even need your guitar repaired, I highly recommend Pro Concert. Depending on what you need done, I’m sure your mileage will differ. I’m am positive that you’ll get great service. They also have a selection of guitars and drums and other things. All things pertaining to music.

Here are their details:
Pro Concert Music
1487 N Coley Rd
Tupelo, MS 38801
(662) 842-0300

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Tech Talk Thursday #1


iPhone/iPod Touch App Pick

I’m still stuck in the stone age I guess. I’m still using the old “mighty mouse” that came with my iMac that I got over two years ago. I still have an old PowerBook G4 that I’ve had even longer and it has even been run over with a car (I’ll tell you about that some other time). But I do have an iPhone. Not the new 3GS but the 3G. That is new enough for me since I’m only a year into my contract.

One of the apps that I use on my iPhone is the Geocaching app by Groundspeak, Inc. If you aren’t familiar with geocaching it is simply a huge high-tech treasure hunt that is played worldwide. For more info about geocaching check out Groundspeak’s website on geocaching here

I use this app in my travels and find geocaches. .You just start the app this screen will appear:

Select “Find Nearby Caches” and it will list the 10 closest geocaches. Select one of them and you can read a description, view recent logs, get a hint, and even navigate to it. In addition to all of that, you can even post a note that you have found it and it will show up on the website (you have to have an account).

The price might seem a little pricey but at $9.99 it is well worth it. This is a really fun app to use alone or you can even have a day of finding geocaches with the family.

Here are my current stats:
Profile for Herm91

That’s gonna do me for this edition of Thursday Tech Talk. I’ll be back next with with more.

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My Triple T

I’m stealing the idea of Triple T from TupeloGeek (check out his blog here). Every Tuesday has post something that has to do with technology, so that is what I’m going to do too. With one exception: I’m gonna do mine of Thursday.

The real reason for me making an entry today is because I need to write something so I can setup some other things to put it on, what I like to call, autopilot.

I setup a Feedburner feed and then I have Twitterfeed to check that feed every hour or so and if there is a new entry then it will automatically post it to Twitter and Facebook.

I will let you in on some of the applications that I’m using on my iPhone mostly but will also comment about other things in tech as well. On other days of the week I may come up with some info about other stuff but I’m still just feeling the water about where I want to go with this blog.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time.

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Feeling the Potter’s Hands

How many times have we stood in a church service during the invitation and sung these words:

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Do we know what we are singing? Are they just words to a song? or Are we singing our true hearts desire? Do we really want God to have His way in our life?

A few months ago I was traveling alone on the big truck and could really feel the Hand of God on my life and I was excited about what God was doing in my life. (I still am.) I posted it on a social media network and got a reply from a guy in Nashville, TN, that didn’t even know me. He said, “It’s exciting to be clay when you feel the Potter’s hands.” I thought to myself, “Yes, it does.”

How long has it been since you’ve felt the Potter’s hands? Are you letting Jesus mold you into what He desires? Our prayer should be that we allow Jesus to take His hands and shape us and mold us into a mighty work for His glory. We shouldn’t be looking for glory. All to glory belongs to God and He is worthy to be praised!!!

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, the mighty hand of God can reach far deeper that any sin can carry you. He wants you just as you are. He just wants you to allow Him to use His hands to shape you as the potter does the clay.

Two passages:

Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)

But now, O LORD,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NKJV)

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

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Giving It All to Him

I guess in the past few weeks and especially now I’m having to learn on of those lessons where I’ve got to give it all to Him. I know sometimes that is hard and, to be honest, I’m having a hard time putting it down and leaving it there. So many times we go to the altar and lay out burdens down at the feet of our Lord and when we get up, we pick those burdens right back up and are still carrying them around.

I found this video of an old song that I used to sing and even though it’s old it still rings so true today. Jesus didn’t promise us that we wouldn’t go through difficult times and it would always be sunshine and never be any rain. Today, I’m laying all that is bothering me at His feet knowing that He cares for me.

“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).

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When It Seems to Be Bad All the Time

The last couple of days just haven’t been on my side. I arrive in Kingman, AZ kinda late on Sunday and get up to make my delivery on time in Henderson, NV, and before getting very far into NV I am told I must turn and go 250+ miles out of my way to get into the Las Vegas area. Well, that throws me off by a long shot. I tanker truck turned over and it was gonna be a while before I could get through.

After hitting I-40 my truck decides it isn’t gonna run. It quits. I finally get it started again and after about another 160 or so miles it does the same thing. After the third time I call SOS and after a while they decide I’m going to be towed to Las Vegas to the shop. Nope…they can’t find anybody to tow me until today. I knew that wasn’t going to work so I told them I would drive it on.

After arriving at the shop they determine what the problem is and fix it. All is well until I get on Hwy 247 in CA and the truck again quits. I’m a day behind schedule and my truck it acting up. What to do? I just finish my work for the day and pray that the truck will get me home.

A little over a month ago I had couple of weeks that I just wanted to throw my hands up and just quit. I got words of encouragement from friends on Facebook and decided it was one of three things:

(1) Satan was on my back
(2) God was testing me
(3) Both

I really think it was #3 because I had been up on that mountain for a while and I knew that it felt good up there. Then it was down in the valley. What came to mind was an old song that I had heard, “The God on the mountain is still God in the valley.” That is so true and when we get as low as we think we can go there is only one things we can do and that is Look Up.

God will never let you down and He is always waiting there in the mist waiting on you to turn to Him for help. I know He has never let me down. The poem “Footprints in the Sand” comes to mind because when we only see one set of footprints we know without a doubt that He is carrying us through whatever may be happening to us at the time.

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