USA Catholic Mobile App

Source USCCB Website
Source USCCB Website

The USCCB (United States Council of Catholic Bishops) have released an app for Catholics. The USCCB touts the application by saying, ” For the first time, the Catholic Church app from USCCB brings together parishes and (arch)dioceses across the United States—as well as the Vatican—into one, single mobile solution.”

They continue to say on the website that, ”

The App Features All This and More:

  • Church finder by location, city, zip code
  • Individual parish and diocesan pages
  • Daily Scripture readings
  • USCCB content integration
  • English/Spanish capability
  • News alerts, calls-to-action, events calendar”

The site goes to explain how it will have coverage of Pope Francis and how it is a trusted source for Catholic information. There is a presentation you can watch and another you can download regarding the app. A link is posted telling you how to can sign up and post information. However, what is lacking is information on how to get the application.

I found the application in the Google Play store, but it was not easy. I searched for the “Catholic Church Mobile App” and was given a large choice of apps that were developed by other parties. Finally after some scrolling, I did find an app called “USA Catholic Church” that was developed by the “US Conference of Catholic Bishops.” Further research revealed this was indeed the touted application.

Currently, a lot of the features listed above are still in development. Your options in the Android version are “Pope Francis” (news, videos, photos), “News”,   “Events”,  “Daily Mass Readings”,”Resources,” “Playlist,” and “Settings.” In reading the reviews and the responses, it is quite clear that this application is a work in progress. In my mind, the application was pushed out to help people who where interested in following the Pope while he visits the US to get access to information and to view his addresses and masses.

Despite the early release, the features are easy to use and do work. Also the developer is quick to respond to concerns about the application and promise more features over time.  As time allows I may provide a more in-depth review.

You can find the application on Google Play. I understand you can also get the application from Itunes, but I have been unable to find it. {Update 9/23/15 – A friend of mine says she did find it on Itunes}

 

 

New Cure for BSOD?

According to “The Smoking Gun” a Colorado man executed his computer by firing 8 shots into it from a 9mm pistol. The reason for the murder was that he was  “fed up”  constantly dealing with the Blue Screen of Death on the computer and “effectively disabled it,” according to the report. The pistol used had been recently purchased off Craigslist.

The Colorado Springs police, responding to a shots fired call, found the dead computer on the ground behind the owner’s residence. The computer’s owner admitted to the premeditated killing. The police cited Lucas Hinch with discharging a firearm within city limits and confiscated his gun. However, they left the dead computer at the scene of the crime.

Photo from PCWorldin

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hinch described the shooting. “It was glorious,” and “angels sung on high.”

ComputerTechnoGeek.com does not recommend this method for curing your computer problems. However, we understand many of us have been driven to the point where we seriously might consider such action.

This action cost him a gun and will also cost him time in court as well as a fine. Since he effectively destroyed his computer, he will have to do without or buy a new one.  He could have saved money and time have a qualified technician fix the computer, or he could have simply bought a new one.

For more on this story visit The Smoking Gun and PCWorld

Should I Purchase .porn domain?

CNN Money Website
CNN Money Website

Big in the news today is people like Taylor Swift purchasing .porn, .suck  and .adult domain names. (Source CNN Money) The reason being the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  has decided to expand the top-level domain (example .net, .com, .gov) which will include the .porn and .adult.

While this makes it easier for the adult and porn industries to help people to find their products, it also puts businesses and celebrities in a bit of a bind. For example, you may want to look for some information on Microsoft Office. Normally you would get various websites such ending in .com or .net either selling the product or having other information about Microsoft Office.

However, come June 1, you could also get websites ending in .adult or .porn. The information you would find would be not so much related to Microsoft Office, but in the realm of adult or pornographic entertainment.

In an effort to prevent this, companies such as Microsoft and celebrities are buying these domains so such incidents to not occur. Hence, Taylor Swift now owns the domain TaylorSwift.porn.

So does this mean I should run out and buy the domains for CatholicTechnoGeek.porn and CatholicTechnoGeek.adult? On the damage control side, it would seem to make sense. Why risk having someone create a site that could be potentially damaging to my site?

At the time of this posting, I could not buy these domains, but I could buy 207 other domains.  The prices ranged from $6.99 to $69.99 per domain per year. Anyone one of these domains could be used to damage my this website. So I could pay somewhere between $1,389.00 and $13,998 for damage prevention for any of these 207 domains.  If I try to protect myself from just the two (.porn and .adult) domains, I most likely would $140 (or more) per year. Since my income from this site is, $0.00, I have to pay for these domains out-of-pocket. So, financially it isn’t the most prudent decision.

If I was a celebrity or a business where image affected my bottom line, I definitely would do it. If I had a huge volume of web traffic, I would consider doing it because I could be a target for someone making a duplicate site. However, a small website like mine, it is unlikely someone is going to try making a CatholicTechnoGeek.porn site.