Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tested: Apple's Airport Extreme

We have many clients whose team members bringing "solutions" into the office in an attempt to extend the WiFi network. Many times, those are Apple Airport Extremes. So we decided to try replacing our office wireless access point with one; here's a quick summary of our findings.
  • The setup was quick and easy.
    • We were surprised that the 5ghz broadcast radio does not come enabled by default!
    • You have to find it in the app's Wireless Options and turn it on.
  • The signals were good and strong, enabling good WiFi connections to every device we connected.
  • We use multiple SSIDs that segregate WiFi traffic into different VLANs, just like most of our clients do.
    • There is not a way for the Airport Extreme to recognize VLANs in its configuration.
    • Thus, all access is the same, with the exception of setting up a guest network in the device configuration; but the guest network does not accomplish what we need and accomplish via VLANs.
The bottom line is that it's an elegant wireless access point, but is only suitable for consumer-grade applications (like at home) vs enterprise applications (like at work).

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Article: Microsoft O365 - What You Need to Know


I just sent an article to the publisher on issues related to migrating to Microsoft's O365. It includes some good news, details some of O365's limitations, and concludes with a creative way to save money!

Interested? Click here to read a free copy!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The 2016 ChMS Article is Now Available!



Over the years The Lord has helped me develop a tool that has become the most referenced set of data on church management software. It is completely objective (does not try to persuade you to contact a sponsoring ChMS provider), is simple and easy to use, and it is free!

If you'd like to see this year's article, click here!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

IRS Announces 2016 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS announced today the Standard Mileage Rates for 2016. They are:
  • Business Mileage:  $ .54/mile
    • down from 2015’s $ .575
  • Medical & Moving Mileage:  $ .19/mile
    • down from 2015’s $ .23
  • Charitable Mileage:  $ .14/mile
    • unchanged for more than a decade
Of the three categories, only the charitable mileage rate requires an act of the US Congress to change!

Happy motoring!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Microsoft Resolves O365 Charity Licensing Issue for Churches!


I just released an article to the publisher announcing that Microsoft has resolved the non-discrimination language in its O365 charity licensing agreement. The Lord used MBS in that process, and we are excited to announce it!

Click here if you’d like to read a free pre-release of the article via the MBS website!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Article: The Challenge of Today’s Family Structures in ChMSes

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I just released an article on this to the publisher...

There’s no doubt that family structures have changed dramatically in the last forty years. ChMS databases are struggling to cope with those changes, and that makes ministry more challenging because most ChMSes impose traditional family structures on today’s family structures. A change must be made! Here are some thoughts that may help.

To read a free advance copy, click here

New Article: Negotiating as Serpents & Doves

 
Jesus made an interesting statement in Matthew 10:16b, "...be as shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves" (NASB). I believe these words of His are good guidelines for Christians to apply in every aspect of doing business. We are to be shrewd, yet innocent.

What does all of this have to do with computers? Click here to read the article!