Posted tagged ‘Software’

Freebie Friday – Mozy

May 13, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources. To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday! Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Ever had your computer crash? If you’ve used computers for any length of time the answer, of course, is yes. I’ve discovered that when it comes to computer crashes Murphy’s Law rules – your crash will happen at the most inopportune time. Sometimes I’ve been able to recover from crashes pretty easily, other times the crash caused me to lose some very important files. I know the importance of making backups, but didn’t always take the time to do it. Now, however, I use Mozy. Mozy is a program that you install on your computer that automatically backs up your files for you. Documents, pictures, music, and videos are all backed up every night automatically. If something happens to your computer, all you need to do is log in to your Mozy account and you can either download the missing files from their website, or for a small fee you can have them send you your files on CD. The best thing about Mozy is that you get 2GB of backup absolutely free! If you need more than 2GB it’s only $5.99 per month for unlimited backup, which in my opinion is a no brainer. I’ve found Mozy to be easy to use and very reliable, although depending on how much data you have the initial backup can take a long time.

To try Mozy you can click here or go to http://mozy.com/home/free/

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review

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Freebie Friday – Dropbox

May 6, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources. To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday! Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Today’s resource is a must have for anyone who uses multiple computers. I have a laptop, an office computer, and a home computer that I regularly find myself using. At one time the only way I could share files from one computer to another was by using a USB flash drive, but that was before I discovered Dropbox. Dropbox is software that automatically synchronizes your files across multiple computers. This means that any file I save in the Dropbox folder on one computer automatically gets copied to all my other computers. Dropbox also synchronizes with a secure web server, which will allow you to access your Dropbox files from any Internet computer. Another great feature of Dropbox is that the secure website will keep a one-month history of your work, which allows you to retrieve deleted files or undo changes made to documents contained in the Dropbox folder. The best part of this is that the first 2GB of storage is totally free! That’s right, 2GB of Dropbox storage at absolutely no cost or obligation. If you need more than 2GB you can purchase additional storage of up to 100GB for very reasonable rates.

Dropbox is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices. For more information or to download click here

Disclosure: If you sign up for Dropbox by clicking on any of the above Dropbox links, Harry Colegrove will receive an additional 250MB of free Dropbox storage up to a maximum of 8GB. If you wish to install Dropbox without Harry Colegrove receiving the additional storage space click here.

Freebie Friday – Gimp

April 15, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has started Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

This week’s freebie is an open source image editor by the name of Gimp (Gnu Image Management Program).  Gimp is a free image editor that contains many of the same features and functions as image editing programs that cost hundreds of dollars.  Gimp will allow you to retouch, crop, re-size, edit, or recolor photographs along with doing image layering.  With Gimp you can save your images in multiple formats like .jpg .tiff .png and others.  Gimp is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux based computers.

Review: I’ve used Gimp for several years and have found that it’s done everything I need it to do.  Of course, I’m not an artistic person by nature, so for someone who is artistic Gimp may not fit the bill.  The interface is fairly easy to use, but I found it does take some getting used to.  The good news is that there are several Gimp tutorials available on YouTube that will show you how to do most anything (just do a YouTube search for “gimp tutorial”).  Gimp is not in the same category as Photoshop, but would certainly meet the needs of the average user.  For a free image editor you can’t beat it!

To download Gimp click here or go to http://www.gimp.org

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review

If you are aware of any free resources that may be of interest to the Rural Ministry community please let me know!