A few days ago I noticed that RefTagger (from Logos) had been updated – it now gives the verse text in a tool-tip box. That’s a great feature – now you can read the intended text without leaving the site. For a demonstration, hover your mouse over any verse reference on this site: John 3.16. Very cool.
Ok, so I’m happy running Leopard on my MacBook – and I love Spaces! What fun it is to whip through several different desktops and avoid window-clutter! Not to mention the eye-candy coolness of watching your screen slide around! But I came across a dilemma the other day… I have a second monitor and I wanted to be able to use it with one software consistently, while I switched applications on my laptop screen – how can I manage that? Spaces pairs both monitors as a single space and switches them together. I, however, want to keep BibleWorks 7 visible (in VMWare Fusion) on my external display while I rotate through my word processor, blog editor, and web browser on my laptop. The solution? Easier than I thought…
Imagine, if you will, that the people who look at your site will want to read the Scripture texts to which you make reference. Yet, your time is so valuable that you just can’t write individual links by hand for each reference. And we’ll say nothing of all the pages you’ve already written that would have to be edited… But now, there is a 10 minute solution (or maybe even faster if you’re smart enough) that will automatically turn every Scripture reference into a hyperlink to the verses in the translation of your choice – for past, present and future pages and posts!
I first used a dual monitor set-up in a computer lab when I took a course in Visual Basic several years ago. Then I used two monitors while working for IT Training at BJU during grad school. I recently found a great deal on a LCD monitor and now I use two screens when I prepare sermons and Sunday School lessons. For a computer programmer or someone developing training materials, the second screen adds the benefit of seeing code & preview or application & training document at the same time. For Bible study, it lets you see your Bible software and your notes at the same time. I like to have Word open to type my notes on my laptop screen and BibleWorks or Logos open on my second monitor right next to that.
Simply because of the year of our birth, we are surrounded by technology. Phones, computers, multimedia players, networks, software, website – they surround us with lights and sounds and shiny buttons and voices and features and connections and … and … and … The list really could go on almost endlessly. With the advent of so much that is “new,” there comes a need to thoughtfully evaluate those things in the light of God’s Word and in application of His wisdom. As I have time, I’ll be posting articles on certain aspects of technology as they compare to God’s Word. The first few will come rapidly because I recently led a set of workshops on some of these topics for youth pastors’ retreat.