Mar 19 2014

Hacking Attacks On Church Computers

Category: UncategorizedNancy Whitman @ 12:28 am

Recently the church computers were attacked by a virus or worm, and email replies were not sent out.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

v9redirectvirusIt appears that the V9 redirect virus was the culprit, and wreaked havoc on the browsers.

We want to stress to our congregation the importance of protecting your computer from viruses and malware, especially if you use the computer quite a bit and do a lot of transactions and banking online.

We suggest Norton 360.  It appears that for some reason Norton 360 was deactivated for those computers that got infected, and sadly the attack could not be stopped by the software.  The computers where Norton 360 was still active were not infected.

The PC Dojo is one of our favorite blogs where we get our most up to date tech news and other stuff.  It’s a great source of information about utility software as well.  For example, we were wondering if SpeedyPC Pro was safe, and the site had an entire rundown of the software, what it does, and that it was safe and recommended.

Anyway, ensure that you keep your personal information safe and secure.  We strongly suggest that you look into getting antivirus software if you don’t have it yet.

Jan 09 2013

Learning Languages – Tips And Tricks

Category: UncategorizedNancy Whitman @ 12:19 am

Going on missions to other countries sometimes requires the use and practice of another language.  To make staying abroad easier, and to better connect with locals, we strongly suggest becoming familiar with the native language where you will be staying.  Whether it is Spanish, Russian, or Arabic, we believe that even rudimentary knowledge of the language goes a long way in making the people feel as though you are trying to be part of their culture.

We have looked at many of the different language learning software programs out there and have determined that Rocket Languages is probably your best bang for your buck.  The thing is that the learning styles of both programs are quite different from each other.  You should definitely take a look into the Rocket Languages vs Rosetta Stone article in order to see just what the differences are.

Basically Rosetta Stone employs a “learn as a baby would” mentality that attempts to give the user the experience of full immersion.  Some users might really like this, while others might become frustrated.  I personally did not like the approach to learning that they took.

The Rocket Languages series is much more traditional in terms of learning a new language.  There are English explanations throughout and they guide you through various cultural specifics such as formal vs informal greetings, etc.

The thing that you have to remember is that you don’t have to be a grammar Nazi to communicate with people in their native tongue.  As long as you can understand and be understood, most people will be extremely excited that you are speaking their language.