Friday, January 19, 2007

Upgrading my organiser

Yesterday I got a belated Christmas present, which is my own dithering fault. But it is worth the wait. I have been using a Palm Zire [cheapest one available] for 3 years. It is very helpful being able to put my contacts, daily schedule, favourite quotes, information that I need and thoughts in one place.

And I like being able to store the information on my computer and retrieve it. So yesterday, I again bought the cheapest Palm Pilot available, which is called a Palm Z22 handheld.

The old one had 2 megs onboard, and there was no room for downloading any programs, but this one has 32 megs, and I have been able to install a Sudoku game and some great bible software from which includes the My Bible program and a Daily Reader program, which allows you to read e-books that are divided up for handy daily reading.

You can read more about the programs I put on my organiser at my What I'm Reading blog.

The new Zire has a colour screen and a light, making it much more easy to use, though I can't see the screen very well when I'm outside.

It has successfully caught all my stuff from my first one, but ...
it has not kept my categories, so I have about 300 memos I have to sort into financial, quotes, and student timetables, etc!

Fortunately the addresses are still in their groups.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Better Bibles Blog

I find the Better Bibles Blog challenging and interesting. Many people will find something to disagree with here. But it is well worth your time, and I hope you won't write the site off too quickly. Complementarians will find their hackles raising with regularity and those who favour so-called literal bibles will hear heresy bells ringing every time they pop in!

Some Christians will think the folk who post here are too conservative in their theology, while others will be thinking the posters are not nearly conservative enough.

I have found the current posts concerning .Mark Driscoll's comments on why his church uses the ESV translation well worth my time. If you are a card-carrying ESV translation enthusiast, you will find plenty to disturb you, but it is worth engaging with the arguments made, even if you still come away disagreeing.

The posts are usually written by bible translators, and you may find their views somewhat different from those of people you meet at church. Some of those who write are experts in the English language, while others are consultants who facilitate the translation of the bible by indigenous translators.

There is much to learn here, and much to go away and think about. At times I have to stay away and think a while before dipping my toe in the water again, but I always come back.

Help for Chronic Fatigue Sufferers

I enjoy reading John Armstrong's stuff, but was unaware that he suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He has written a very helpful, sensible article that provides useful information about living with this disease.