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Looking for a New Font?

I tend to be a little bit of a typography nerd… I might even get mad at the TV if I see a poorly-used font in a commercial. I’m not the only one who does that, right? Just like a commercial, the right font in the right place can do wonders for a parish website [...]

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How To Survive a Social Media Attack With Your Soul Intact

The past weekend our diocesan Facebook page came under attack after our bishop wrote about the spiritual implications of voting for intrinsic evil. Some of the posters engaged the substance of the arguments; some, while disrespectful, were at least not vulgar or obscene; and the rest made for the most soul-damaging work of my life. I [...]

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Its Like a 5th Sunday In Every Month!

When I recently asked a church how they liked their new Online Giving program, they responded with “its like getting a 5th Sunday in every month!”.  I’ll take that as a good indication they’re happy with their program.  By tradition, Catholics give to their church every week.  Actually, and unfortunately, Catholics tend to give to [...]

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Vimeo vs. YouTube

I am seeing more and more of a Catholic presence online through video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo.  Pastor’s are posting vlogs (video blogs), youth groups are recording fun events, and there are tons of resources available to help teach the faith.  There are many things to consider when publishing video online but I [...]

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Why Are Many Parishes Laggards When It Comes to Technology Adoption?

As someone who works full-time in support of helping parishes increase their ability to communicate and engage their parishioners, I am all too often confronted with the lack of familiarity and use of technology by parishes. It is infrequent, even at some of the larger and more financially blessed parishes, that I find a strong [...]

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Turn off the startup sound on a Mac

There’s nothing worse than firing up the Mac at a library and the startup sound is cranked up. Oops! Sorry! For some reason, there is no option to disable it in the operating system. Try downloading and installing this small app: http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/StartupSound/index.en.html It’ll add an option in your system prefs to change the level or [...]

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Screen captures on iPhone and iPad

Thought I’d have to get a screen capture app for this…but it’s built into the IOS. To take a screenshot of what’s on your iPhone… 1. Goto the screen you want to capture. 2. Press and hold the HOME button. 3. Simultaneously press the reset/standby button (top right). Your screen should flash and your capture [...]

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Reboot Your Qwerty BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s Java based OS is notoriously poor at reallocating memory. Because of this you will end up with memory leaks. What this means to the average user is that you might start the day with 108mb of ram, but by the end of the day you might only have 100mb. This can degrade your BlackBerry’s [...]

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Paste format free text

When working in a web editor, you need to be sure to copy and paste in data WITHOUT any hidden formatting from an application (e.g. MS Word). You even need to be careful when copying from your browser, since even HTML can get added to the clipboard. One (not so effective) method is to paste [...]

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Multi-lingual WordPress Sites

Does your parish website need to be available in more than one language? Our website needs to serve both the English speaking and Spanish speaking communities. If you use WordPress, there are a couple of ways to handle this issue. One is to use the WPML (WordPress Multilingual) to offer articles/pages in different languages on [...]

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Moving your blog? – Use a 301 Redirect

If you’re moving your blog or website from one domain to another, you you’ll want to retain your search result links and PageRank. Also, if people are using the old links, you want to redirect them to the new domain. Enter the 301 Redirect. Here’s a very simple redirect…just replace the contents of the .htaccess [...]

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Mac OSX screen shots

The Mac comes loaded with some powerful screenshot capabilities. Command+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and save as a file Command+Control+Shift+3 Capture entire screen and copy to the clipboard Command+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and save as a file Command+Control+Shift+4 Capture dragged area and copy to the clipboard Command+Shift+4 then Space bar Capture a window, menu, desktop icon, [...]

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Google Apps

Want email hosting, online document storage, a website, all tied in to mobile access at about $10/year for your parish? Definitely check out Google Apps!

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Get your Facebook social plugins here

If you run a website or blog, be sure to promote it on Facebook with one of these social plugins. http://developers.facebook.com/plugins

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Feed your blog to Twitter

If you’ve got a blog, and you find it difficult finding time tweeting out posts, try http://www.twitterfeed.com. After you register (for free), grab your blogs RSS feed* and submit it to Twitterfeed. You can adjust how often it pulls from your feed – down to every 30 minutes – and posts to your Twitter account. [...]

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FaceTime – iPhone to iPod Touch

My dad got an iPod Touch (4th Generation) today at Target. Didn’t realize until later that I can talk to him via FaceTime! Key points: – Only works on 4th generation – Both ends must be on Wifi – You’ll be connecting to them via their iTunes account e-mail address Open up your contacts address [...]

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Automatically send your blog posts to Facebook

If you’ve got a blog, getting your posts onto a Facebook page is a time-consuming task. Try Networked Blogs. Register (it’s free) your blog with them and then ‘syndicate’ your blog posts to your Facebook page. Registering your blog is the time consuming part. They give you a couple options to confirm that you’re the [...]

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Apple Mouse trackball sticking?

For those of you who have an Apple Mouse (used to be called ‘Mighty Mouse’), after a few months of use, you’ve probably had the trackball get stuck. I seem to recall that this tip was actually the ‘Apple Recommended’ fix for the problem. Hold the mouse upside down and roll the trackball around a [...]

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