Tech

  • Excel Spreadsheet to iCal Script

    Every semester, I get an electronic syllabus for each class.  A Word table contains all the assignments for the course.  A few years ago, I could just copy that into Excel and import the spreadsheet into Outlook’s to-do list.

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  • Bible Reading Plans for the New Year

    The ESV Bible website has an amazing resource for 2009 Bible reading plans!  The page offers ten different schedules, each available in several wonderfully convenient formats.  You can get to the daily reading online, via RSS or email, in an iCal format, with a mobile phone browser or with a good old-fashioned printable copy.

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  • What if you could see all the Bible’s cross-references in a picture?

    You can.  Right here.  Pretty amazing, if you ask me.  Even more amazing when you think about the fact that the 1189 chapters of the people were written over a spread of 1500 years by 40 different people, most of whom never met each other.  It seems to me that there’s something humanly impossible about unity like the Bible’s coming out of such diversity!

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  • Exploiting the Desktop for Usefulness

    As more than just an expensive picture frame, that is.  And that’s all most people do with their desktop image – find a pretty picture (landscape, loved one or just some fancy design) and use it to fill the background.  I decided to do something more functional than that, however…

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  • I hardly recognize my own inbox!

    I opened an email account with Gmail in January of 2007.  In the past 19 months, not counting spam, I accumulated over 3200 emails (let’s see, that would be over 170 emails a month, 6-7 a day).  I know, I know, that’s a very modest number.  I know some people who deal with as many emails in a day as I see in a month.

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  • Using Bible Software without Abusing It

    I’ve recently read a number of posts and blogs decrying Google (as a symbol of the internet) for how this new information medium is affecting us.  In one of those, Mark Ward asked about the relationship between that concern and Bible software.  Here is an [extremely] expanded version of a comment I posted on his site.  In fact, it’s mostly a new article.  I’ll put my initial comment into a blockquote later on…

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  • Open Bookmarks in New Tabs – Firefox 3.0

    I like Firefox 3.0, particularly for its speed and Awesome Bar.  However, I do not like the fact that all the bookmarks in my Bookmarks Toolbar open up in the current tab.  I want them to open in a new tab.  I used the Tab Mix Plus extension to accomplish this in Firefox 2.x, but that extension isn’t compatible with 3.0.  Today Google helped me find a (mildly involved, but not too terribly difficult) fix for that problem.

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