curtainOne of our readers, Dan, left a comment on our first DIY Video Screens post that I want to spotlight!

Dan found a youtube clip by “3DpastorDOTblogspot” sharing how to make a rear projection video screen for about $20… compare to this one on Amazon for more than $200!!

3DpastorDOTblogspot built these rear projection video screens with frosted shower curtains and black ductape.  Watch the video and read his detailed notes under the video on youtube here.

If you are looking to save a little time start at about the 3 minute mark. I LOVE DIY and CHEAP!

Enjoy!

Brandon

@uthguy9

eReading with SYM…

Brandon Early —  October 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

logosSYMMy go-to study tool is my Logos Bible Software.  I wrote about my Portable Study Library here and digital reading here, check these posts out if you are looking to invest in some digital study tools.

I am excited that Logos Bible Software is adding some great SYM books to their library! Great books from Kurt Johnston, Joshua Griffin, Doug Fields, and twenty other authors! The set is available for pre-order and on sale at a 30% discount.

If you are teaching on a regular basis, love studying from your Mac, PC, or iPad then Logos Bible Software is some to investigate. Call my friend David Kaplan at Logos and tell him Brandon Early sent you (800.875.6467).  October is pastor appreciation month… so go appreciate yourself!

- Brandon

@uthguy9



How to Fix Your Own Mac!

Brandon Early —  October 15, 2013 — 3 Comments

Apple-Broken

I have THE BEST MACBOOK PRO!!!  Be jealous all you hipster youth workers. I have the MacBook Pro (MBP) you wish you had…the Genius at the Apple Store called it…VINTAGE!

Alright, this kind of vintage is not good, I am just trying to make myself feel better. I took one of my MBPs to the Apple store this weekend. The fan was running loud and the MBP was getting HOT. Last time this happened, the Genius I spoke with took it in their secret room and worked his magic. He told me that the motherboard had a thick blanket of dust on it making the fan run hard and the machine run hot. A year later it is happening all over again, but this time I was shut down.  The Genius said my MBP had reached Vintage Status. This means he is not allowed to open the body to look under the hood… if he broke something, because of its age, he would not be able to fix it (it is about 6 years old).

Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 4.49.08 PMI was a little frustrated, but I understood. The MBP works find (he did run a diagnostic he just wouldn’t open it), the loud fan and heat are more of an inconvenience. Before I left, I asked if there’s anything I can do at home. He didn’t recommend it, but he gave me a web address. He said the site ifixit.com has some user-friendly repair and service manuals that will help me fix not just MBPs but all kinds of hardware. The punch line is… they are all FREE.

If you have a broken; soundboard, camera, iPod, computer, etc. check out ifixit.com and see if you can fix it yourself.

Have fun fixin’ stuff!

Brandon

@uthguy9

flip-it-Title

This week we played Flip It! This is a super simple game of heads or tails…but better.

Rules:

  • Ask the crowd to choose either heads or tails publically by either grabbing their head… or tail.
  • Then the game host flips a coin. If the coin is heads, all those who choose heads are still in… same with tails.

That is all you need.

Coin-Flip

Now…Here are a couple ways to make this a little more techie.

  1. The graphic above is free, click here and download the 720p version. Now you have a slide to introduce your game.
  2. Instead of a coin I used the app “FlipANickel.” It has a free version and a $.99 version.  I mirrored the app from my iPhone to our video screens using AirServer.  Everyone was able to see the coin flip and know if it was heads or tails on the big screen.

Using the app was great, it was visible and built good anticipation.  I looked at about 15 coin flipping apps, and this was the best (if you know if a better one please add it in the comments). The free version is good, but I am not a fan of ads in my apps… especially when I am screen mirroring to an audience so I dropped the 99 cents like a boss!

Keep up the good work,

Brandon

@uthguy9

 



50 Things Tech Took…

Brandon Early —  September 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

I read a post called “50 things killed by technology” several years ago. It was cool looking back on the many things we no longer need due to the advancement of technology.  This past week I ran across an infograph of this list that makes me glad I live in this day of tech but also make me feel old…very old.

I found one major thing they left off the list…Prank Phone Calls!!! I guess you can use #67, but for the most part the art of the prank call is gone.  What do you think is missing from this list?

 

Remind me…

Brandon Early —  September 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

I mostly use my phone’s calendar and reminder app to help me remember to be where I need to be and do things I need a nudge to do, but I recently came across an online email service that is pretty cool and may be a new tool in my rotation…”followupthen.”

Followupthen is…well, I can’t explain it better than they have.  Watch the video below, and try it out!

You can choose to use their system for free, but for a few bucks a month there is a premium service available.  If you are interested, check out all the features you could have here.



Favorite Note Taking App…

Brandon Early —  September 20, 2013 — 3 Comments

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 8.45.52 PMNoteshelf has been by favorite iPad note taking app for a while.  I shifted from Penultimate and Bamboo Paper for Notshelf’s versatility. Right now Noteshelf is discounted 80% as they are celebrating it’s newest release with PDF annotations! That makes the app only 99 cents!

Here are a few highlights:
- PDF Import & Annotations
- Loads of Pens
- Unlimited notebooks
- Create and Import Personalized Covers

I like hand writing in my iPad, what is your favorite writing app?

quickofficeI love using my iPad, iPhone and Android devices for productivity.  I am constantly looking for new and updated apps. If I can find an app that is similar to one I use and the new app is 5% or 10% better I will probably switch over.

That said, if you are looking to write on your mobile device you may want to check out Quickoffice. Yesterday Google announced that its Quickoffice mobile app is now free, the only hitch…you need a Google account (Does anyone not have a Google account?). With Quickoffice you can view and edit Microsoft Office files. This app was one of the more pricey apps in the app store, it was $14.99 for pro and $19.99 for pro HD.  But now it is FREE!

Google also says, “While we’re on the topic of free stuff, if you sign in to your Google Account from the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS by September 26, 2013, an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage will be added to your account for two years (look for it in the next few weeks.)”  For more info on the free release click here….if you just want to get your thumbs on the app click one of the links below.

Quickoffice (and Google Drive) Overview

Quickoffice Android

Quickoffice iOS

What is your favorite writing app?