I know that Tony Dye has expressed some interest in being able to go back after an in-person event and remember who’s who. I think rather than trying to build our own solution, we can use something like fd’s Flickr Toys Badge Maker. This is just an example. We can pick a standardized format and color scheme and decide what info to put where. Then, just upload the photos and tag them “citrtbadge”. What does everyone think? (Please ignore this terrible photo!)
So the first official day of the Fall 2007 Church IT Round Table has come to a close and I’m getting ready to call it a night. The worship tonight was wonderful and the meal and fellowship was fantastic. I think the highlight for me personally was sharing communion with my “Brothers in IT” – and even more so that the communion was served by our peers – the COR IT Staff.
I really have met some great guys, some from my breakout group and others just at informal times. I actually met a guy today who isn’t too far from Shelby – what a small world! Jesse is from Grace Covenant in Cornelius and we got to share some info and pray for one another tonight – great to meet you Jesse. Dinner tonight was with Jesse, Trace Pupke from Seacoast, Matt Bradshaw of the COR staff, and two others who’s names escape me now (we really do need that online directory Tony).
I just added some photos to my Flickr account, so go check out the new Round Table photoset. I also took it upon myself to create a CIT RT group on Flickr. If you have a Flickr account, go join the group and add your RoundTable photos to the group pool, and if not, go create a Flickr account and then join the group!
I almost forgot – the whole original intent of this post was to promote the planet church it feed that I believe Matt Bradshaw setup. It’s aggregating a bunch of guys blogs, so go check it out if you’re interested.
Day One of the Fall 2007 Church IT Round Table in Kansas City has been an absolute blast. I’m extremely glad that I decided to make the trip at the last minute. I’ve met a ton of smart, interesting folks and we’ve all had the opprotunity to talk about things we’re passionate about: 1) Our Lord and Savior and 2) Information Technology.
It’s been wonderful to put some faces with names and even better to fellowship with this group of guys. I was a little nervous at first that an IT Volunteer from a small church in a mostly rural part of North Carolina would have little to offer with all these guys from mega-churches that have 5,000 – 7,000 attend on any given weekend, but once the Round Table discussions started this morning, I was immediately at ease and felt totally comfortable offering input.
It’s a lot information to process, but I’m really in awe at what an awesome job that the COR team has done in preparing for this. Everything is so well done, that we’re even going to be very forgiving when we get ready to prepare the “bandwidth quality” section of their report card.
In other, mostly unrelated news, Verizon announced their “iPhone killer” today, the LG VX10000 Voyager. It looks amazing, but let’s hope the software and the openness of the platform can out-do the iPhone (no, I’m not holding my breath).
Finally, the KDE team announced the release date/launch party for KDE 4.0 – January 17-19 at Google HQ in California. Hopefully, this means we’ll start seeing KDE4 stuff in Kubuntu builds soon after the Gutsy release in a few weeks. Personally, I can’t wait!
I made it to Kansas City without too much trouble. The weather in the Minneapolis area as well as Kansas City made the skies pretty rough, but I’m here and I’m alive.
The pre-conference day yesterday was really enjoyable. Jeffrey Thompson, Tony Dye, and myself made it to Church of the Resurrection just as Clif Guy was starting the intro to their IT environment. We then split up in to four groups and took a tour of their facilities. Afterwards we gathered back as a large group to wrap things up and for some informal chatting time. It was around this time that I met Matt Bradshaw, a resident Software Developer for COR – quite the nice guy. He runs Fedora + Gnome as his primary OS, so I’m trying not to hold that against him.
We finally left COR around 7:00 last night and went over to the Sunset Grill where one of the vendors paid for dinner for all 40 or so of us. It was a great time to just sit around and talk with folks and get to know each other.
I’m about to head out to the lobby to meet up with Tony and Jason Powell. Today should be a lot of fun as we get in to the actual unconference.
So, it looks like I’ll be attending the Fall 2007 Church IT Roundtable in Kansas City. This is an unconference for church IT folks with a roundtable discusison format. I really waited til the last minute and had no intentions on going. However, I’ve been talking quite a bit lately with Jeffrey Thompson and Bryson Medlock and I’ve let them talk me into it.
I just booked a flight this morning and leave on Tuesday morning, October 2nd and come home next Friday, October 5th. The flight was surprisingly pretty cheap still but I was having some trouble with hotel accomodations.
I finally decided to hop on to priceline.com and give it another whirl. The last I went to Louisville, I used Priceline to book my flight and it put me on a 6:00AM flight from an airport 2.5 hours away from home, so I’ve vowed to never use them again for air travel, but they just scored me an awesome deal on a room at the Radisson in Lenexa. Current going rate on the Radisson website for that room is $109 a night, and with Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price,” I got it for $50/night! Sweet!
Seen in #citrt on Freenode:
jthompsonic: !forecast atlanta
itbot: Today: Hi 86 Lo 69, Chance Rain Showers. Precip: AM 31% PM 48%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 81 Lo 67, Rain Showers Likely. Precip: AM 70% PM 50%
ianb: !forecast hell
itbot: Today: Hi 72 Lo 53, Mostly Sunny. Precip: AM 0% PM 15%
itbot: Tomorrow: Hi 68 Lo 43, Rain Showers. Precip: AM 40% PM 21%
Funny, that’s not what the NIV says…
Bonnie and myself, along with eight others from Crestview leave early tomorrow morning for a seven day mission trip to Madison, Wisconsin. Our team from Crestview is a part of a larger team from our association that is going to work with a struggling baptist association in order to help them increase their membership and allow them to reach more people in their area. Some of the things we’ll be doing are demolition, construction, landscaping, sponsoring block parties, and hosting a VBS just to name a few.
I’m planning to try and post some photos each day, more than likely to my personal Flickr account (which I never use) but maybe also to the Crestview Photo Gallery (they’ll be under the “Missions” group).
We’ll be home late next Friday, or in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Please remember to pray for us and our entire team as we attempt to reach out to the people of southern Wisconsin.
Tony Dye,a church IT blogger whom I’ve discovered in recent weeks, continues to crank out content that is both interesting and relevant to both my day job and as a volunteer IT Manager/Tech Arts/Webmaster at Crestview.
Over the weekend, Tony posted about a Make It Right Fund at Microsoft which is a very intriguing idea from the customer service perspective. The MIRF caps out at around $40 million a year and “would give salespeople unlimited resources to solve customer problems.”
I would love to see some other big box companies, and even some online retailers implement something like this. Knowing upfront that your supplier/vendor has the resources available to make you happy, no matter what, would certainly be a reassuring factor and more than enough to encourage me to possibly spend my dollars with them instead of a company without such a guarantee. For example, USLEC, the telco I just signed a three-year term agreement with for T1/PRI service at work has an amazing customer service gurantee: “If, at any time, you are not satisified that the quality of USLEC’s network, service, or support is at least as good as your previous carrier(s)… you may terminate this agreement without penalty…”
It layman’s terms, it’s called “Putting your money where your mouth is” and it’s very reassuring to me as one-man IT department for a multi-million dollar company and as the “Chief Tech Guru” for my church.