Friday, August 29, 2008

Cebuano Bible in MP3 - Free Download

The Cebuano Audio Drama New Testament is a unique presentation of the Audio Bible with approximately 180 different characters and a digitally recorded sound track with full sound effects. This language is spoken by more than 20 million people. For a list of other available languages go to our website at (N2CEBRPV)

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Real Learning Happens at Home
By: Derek Maul

Every Sunday evening, I meet with a small group of parents. There are about twelve of us, one of several such groups for parents of teens that gather every week at my church. We spend a little more than two hours together; listening, sharing stories, learning, and praying for one another. Recently I asked them where they had learned the most, growing up. The answers were varied, and included The Dining Room Table, The Kitchen, Wherever My Dad Was, The Front Stoop, and Sunday Afternoons. Nobody, interestingly, mentioned school.

Even with perfect attendance, the average Middle School student spends less that fifteen percent of a given year at school. The rest of the time, a whopping eighty-five percent of the year, is time elsewhere, under the supervision of their home.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Attack of the Big Phish
Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:52AM EDT
Gina Hughes: The Techie Diva

Are you familiar with phishing scams? I get several in my inbox every day, and I bet you do too.

Phishing is a one of the fastest-growing cybercrimes, according to the FBI, and one that costs consumers millions of dollars each year. These scams have one purpose: to get as much personal information from a user as possible. This includes login information, Social Security numbers, date of birth, and other identifiable information that can help scammers open up bogus accounts under your name or steal from your existing ones.

You can identify a phishing scam by its urgent tone asking you to immediately update your account. There are many other telltale signs, which I'll cover later, but the smartest thing you can do is to resist the temptation of opening this dangerous email and instead delete the bait immediately.

Read more at the Yahoo Tech Blog

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Use Of Images In Worship
Is It Biblical
by Ernesto Florendo


One of the issues that have divided Catholics and Protestants concerns the use of images in worship, termed in Catholic circles as the veneration of images. To Protestants, this is plain and simple idolatry which is condemned by God in Scripture, notably by the second item of the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, teaches that such veneration is part of a new economy of images that is now permitted by God in view of the truth of the Incarnation of Christ. According to Catholic theology, icons of Christ (as well as of Mary, the angels, and all the Saints) do not violate the intent of the first commandment.

A Question of Numbers

The reader might have noticed that Catholics and Protestants number the ten items of the Decalogue differently. To Catholics, Exodus 20:4-6 is part of the first commandment and is basically an expansion of its meaning. To complete the ten commandments, Exodus 20:17 is split into two: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house." [IX] and "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife." [X] In contrast, Protestants have traditionally understood Exodus 20: 4-6 as the second commandment and the prohibition of covetousness as the tenth commandment. There is no need to discuss the merits of either approach here, except to mention that in Catholic summaries of the Decalogue, Exodus 20:4-6 very often is missing.

In this article, I employ the traditional Protestant method of numbering the Ten Commandments. Having made this clarification, let us now look at the first two commandments.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

VirtualDub vs. Avidemux - Comparison and Review - Full Text
Posted on Tuesday, January 30 @ 13:45:55 MST by Kurt

Open Source In addition to writing open source software, I use a lot of it. Even just using the software is a form of contribution, which is why when I go looking for programs to fulfill a specific need, I will even take a hit on usability in order to be able to use open source. This is why I am going to start writing reviews for different open source software projects. For my debut, I am venturing into the realm of digital video processing.

This review will attempt to compare two excellent open source video editing products. Anyone who has transcoded a video in Windows has heard of, and probably used Avery Lee's ubiquitous Virtualdub. Less well known in the Windows circuit is the Avidemux project. This is because it comes to us as a port from Linux. It has recently come on my radar, and I've been giving it a go fot the last few weeks. Read on for my impressions of both products, and a comparison between them.


Being a fan of watching videos on my PC, I've have also had to become a fan of transcoding them. Whether it's an AVI video I want to play for the whole family on a DVD player, or it's something I want to trim down to play on my Pocket PC, I've always had a need to move videos between formats. And let's not forget the ever popular video you download where whomever encoded it got the aspect ratio completely wonky.

I will say at the outset, that I am not a power video editor. My need for this software is pretty much that of transcoding between formats, with perhaps some cropping, deinterlacing, and other filters thrown in for good measure. Thus, some of VirtualDub's and Avidemux's (perhaps best) features are not being covered here.