Archive | May, 2010

Memorial Day vs. Trinity Sunday

Today was a special day in many churches around the world. Some churches in the US anticipated Memorial Day and remembered those who have fought to defend our nation’s freedoms. Others celebrated Trinity Sunday and reflected on the Christian doctrine of the Trinity—God’s being both one and three. Some may have done both; others neither. I’m curious what your church did.

Take the poll.

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Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 for $55

Logitech Webcam Pro 9000Living thousands of miles away from where we grew up (Ohio and Minnesota), we’ve been incredibly thankful for modern technology that allows us to have face-to-face conversations with our families. We almost exclusively use Skype now instead of our mobile phones to communicate with our parents and siblings. A really cool new feature coming in Skype 5 (currently in beta) is the ability to have video conversations between three and five computers at the same time. It looks really cool, but unfortunately it sounds like it may not be free.1

Along with Skype, we use the Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 (formerly called the Quickcam Pro 9000) and love it. It’s an HD webcam that outputs video at 720p, so you get a really nice quality picture. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the extra money, I can assure you that it is if you plan on using it regularly. Your family will thank you, especially when you have a little one come along like we did six-and-a-half months ago.

The Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 usually runs somewhere between $75–100, but Amazon currently has it on sale for only $55 with free shipping. That’s a really good deal for this webcam. If you’re in the market for one or want to get one for someone in your family as a gift, I’d strongly encourage you to pick this one up while it’s on sale.

Footnotes

  1. The Skype 5 page says, “This beta version comes with a free trial of group video calling.”
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Save $60 a Year on Your Internet

Linksys Cable ModemIf your internet service provides a cable modem for you to use to get your internet from the wall to your computer, they’re probably also charging you $5 a month for the modem rental (like Comcast has been doing to us for the last two-and-a-half years). Save yourself the $60 a year by buying this Linksys Cable Modem. It’s on sale today only for $19.99 with free shipping. It’ll pay for itself in four months. I picked one up a month or two ago, and it’s worked perfectly. Getting Comcast to switch us over to the new modem took only 5–10 minutes. If you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks a month, I encourage you to take advantage of this offer.

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