Friday, April 18, 2014

New Article: Using Technology to Track Worship Attendance


While at a meeting of church business administrators of very large churches recently the topic of taking attendance came up. This common topic challenges most in church management. In this particular meeting, however, someone shared a technological solution they're using that is bringing good results! To see my article about it, click here!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Church IT Network & Apple

The Church IT Network, sponsor of the Church IT Roundtable (#CITRT), has apparently caught the attention of Apple! In a demonstration of the growing importance of this effective group of church IT people and the indirect impact they are having on people's lives, Apple has decided that all iOS upgrades will now launch ONLY when CITRT events are happening!

Welcome aboard, Apple! Microsoft? Google? We're waiting!

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Article on Surprising Email Facts

There is a surprising vulnerability in email most don’t know about that I’ve written a brief article on. I also included a brief section on how email and internet traffic is routed that may surprise you.

If you’d like to read it, it is freely available on our website… just click this link:

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Most Expensive Thing I Ever Bought

At our church small group last night we were asked what the most expensive thing was we ever bought. One guy said it was his wife's engagement ring. Another said his house, and another said his car. I said it was an ice cream cone!

The Rest of The Story
After my first date with Grace, my wife, I decided we needed to break up. So I went to her apartment the following day and told her. She lived on the third floor of her building, and by the time I was in the stairwell I knew I'd just made a big mistake.

When I got to the ground level I walked out to the parking lot below her open balcony window. I yelled up, "Yo! Grace!" She came out on the balcony to see what I wanted. I yelled up, "Want to go get an ice cream cone?"

Since then that ice cream cone has cost me engagement and wedding rings, our home, cars... and I'm STILL paying!

It was the largest and best purchase I ever made.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Article on What To Do If You Still Have WinXP Computers

Yup! They're still some XP computers out there! And because of Microsoft's announcement about XP's end of support date (April 8, 2014), some folks are panicking!

Here's a link to a brief article I wrote on what to do if you still have some XP computers... click here to read it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fun at the Datacenter!

This week we increased our hosting capacity by 25% and doubled our backup data storage capacity! It's so exciting to see how The Lord is using MBS as a private cloud host for Christian churches and ministries!

MBS is hosting more than ninety servers in our rack after just two years of offering this service to The Church, and we're barely scratching the surface of our capacity! Here are some of our stats; we have:
  • One rack in The Switch SuperNAP datacenter in southern Nevada (four legs of power, 29 internet trunk connections). The rack is about two-thirds full, which means we have plenty of room to add hardware as we continue to grow.
  • Two 1gb fiber internet connections plugged into two cross-connected DMZ switches for HA (high availability). Our peak data throughput volume, though we're capable of 1gb (1000mb-- and can scale to 10gb), is just below 20mb. Lots of room to grow there.
  • More than 500gb of RAM alone!
  • Our Barracuda SPAM Filter 600 processed more than 70,000,000 emails last year! (About 85% were SPAM of some sort and got rejected.)
It was fun going up there and expanding our capacities as we get ready to add more hosting services! We hope that by Valentines Day we'll be hosting data file storage and synchronization that works a lot like Dropbox-- very simple and easy for users, but more secure and private.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Article on Why Churches Change ChMS Solutions

Churches and ministries change database and accounting solutions at a surprisingly high rate. There are reasons why, and this new articles addresses them and how to improve the future.

Click here if you'd like to read it now for free on the MBS website!