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Things I Do

My all-time favorite thing to do on the Internet is to find, get, receive, take, and/or steal ideas from others. Whether it be finding hacks for my mobile device, new ways to balance my bank accounts online, reading reviews on books I’ve not read, or just finding new ways to do old things; the Internet has opened the doors to feed my daily improvement habit.

In the spirit of this sharing here are a few of the things I use, both online and offline:

  • I love photographs. I love digitally altered photographs even more. I know not how to take photographs, nor do I know how to digitally alter them. Therefore, InterfaceLIFT is my drug for all things photographically wonderful. It is a daily occurrence to add the newest submissions to my desktop wallpaper collection. Of which I use Caledos Wallpaper Changer to keep the desktop rotating fresh.
  • Windows Live Sync is actually one of the freshest, coolest, most intelligent programs that Microsoft may have ever developed. For years I’ve kept an external Hard Drive in my office at work, that I use to backup both home files (the most important) and some work files. I don’t like to keep it at the house, because if the house were to be destroyed, God forbid, I’d want my backup to be out of the house. Live Sync allows me to sync folders across the Internet without really ever thinking about it. But wait for it…wait for it…the big deal is that it’s totally stinking FREE and it’s really, really, really easy to setup.
  • Tokbox. If you are apt to do video calls with your PC, this little online program (or downloaded program) will make it all better.
  • For years I’ve been an iTunes junkie. I’ve hated it that my music is DRM-locked, but have been reluctant to use services like Amazon for digital music downloads. But that changed two months ago when I discovered Amazon’s MP3 downloader program that automatically places their DRM-free music right into iTunes for me. But trust me, it’s not just so I can get DRM-free music (which iTunes now offers), it’s because it’s cheaper. Way cheaper!
  • My sister-in-law bought this for me at Christmas this year. It may possibly be the smallest gift I got for Christmas , but it’s also one of my favorites. The Aerobie AeroPress meets my major coffee needs. There is a quote on the box that says, “It makes the absolute best cup of coffee I’ve tasted in my entire life!” After using it for the past 2 weeks, I can confirm the accuracy of this bold statement. It is a wonderful world to live in, if I have access to my AeroPress. And yes I am a coffee snob…
  • For my atheist readers, please disregard the next recommendation. I wouldn’t say I’m a voracious reader of the Bible, but it’s a pretty big part of my daily life. And YouVersion.com has helped to make it that way. I referenced it months ago, and I still stand by those claims. In my little opinion, there is no greater biblical resource on the Internet than YouVersion.
  • A listing of things I use, wouldn’t be complete without a reference to great site like lifehacker.com. If you’re unfamiliar with the greatness of LifeHacker, then please familiarize yourself.

So that’s all I got in my bag for you this time around. I’d love to hear some of the things in and around your life that are worth sharing. (And don’t send me pictures of your kids, geesh!)

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

2 Comments

  1. Keny · January 9, 2009

    Don’t be too quick to praise Microsoft. They didn’t create Live Sync… they bought it. I think it was called Byte Taxi. But kudos to them for seeing it, buying it and integrating it. I’ve been using for over a year now and I love it!

  2. Matthews · January 11, 2009

    You are a techie geek! All over my head but I’m going to explore…also, what are your thoughts on Mosaic Church?Emerging/emergent church? I’m getting 2 differing opinions and thought I’d check out yours.