We’re in the middle of an annual series on money and material possessions at church, and again it is convicting. We’re asking tough questions and dealing with matters that hit close to home for a lot of folks, primarily because we cherish our stuff (right?). A few weeks ago we talked about decisions, and how we always choose according to what we value most, with no exceptions. Now we’re talking about money, a God-given substance to measure value within a society. Money represents value for us, though in different proportions. A millionare and a homeless man will value a one-dollar bill differently, though it has no more or less intrinsic value for either. As believers, how should we value what we own, whether little or much? In Acts, one man sold a field to provide for a brother who had nothing. Crazy? Stupid? Investment? Should a believer try to get rich? John Wesley said “make as much money as you can, and give away as much as you can”. Agree?
I’ve got way too many email addresses, there’s no question about that. I think it’s funny, though, that the address I created way back in the mid 90s is still the one I use (among others) on a daily basis. The problem is SPAM. You see, I haven’t always been keen on when, where and who to give my email to. This has resulted in massive amounts of spam over the years. Sleep pills and mortgage and porn, oh my!
In the past two years, I have seen great progress from MSN in filtering SPAM and junk emails. To their credit, I never see porn in my inbox anymore, and I seldom see other blantantly spammy emails. These emails go directly to junk mail where I let them fester and die. Nevertheless, my inbox is gorged with random offers, old newsletters and other ads.
Do I still get good emails from friends and other legitimate emails? Yes…which leads me to my point. I realize that Microsoft is probably not going away anytime soon, and Hotmail isn’t either. With more email accounts than anyone else, and rivals Google and Yahoo pumping money into their mail protocols, Hotmail is destined to improve. In fact, a beta code-named Kahuna is already rolling out. So instead of forgetting about my account, I want to improve it. Earlier this year I decided to try and take back control of my account. I’ve already unsubscribed from countless newsletters (that I never subscibed for in the first place).
The goal: No more spam in the inbox by 2006. Is it possible? I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s worth a shot.
Sarah and I attended Fusion Conference today at IBC, and we got to see Caedmon’s Call for the first time in about 4 years. It was bittersweet in many ways for me. I forgot how much I enjoy their music, and they are still producing great stuff. However, seeing them without Derek Webb was really tough for me. They have since replaced Derek with another guitarist / vocalist / song writer, but he really doesn’t compare. Give credit to Caedmon’s for continuing on after such a great loss, though. They were also great in the breakout sessions speaking about the injustices in India concerning the Dalits.
Exciting news from The Web Standards Project site! Apple’s Safari browser has just become the first browser to pass the Acid2 browser test. Apparently, Opera 9 is not far behind. Firefox is close, but no cigar. IE…uh…yeah. For the record, IE7 will not pass the Acid2 test either. From the looks of it though, IE7 should have some nice features (the Quick Tab View looks very compelling).