Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac

•June 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Outlook 2011My first encounter with Office for Mac 2011 after my boss saw I was using Open Office at work to edit a document. During the next few weeks after that I was exploring everything about Office 2011 for mac.

Once installed, I was trying out all the different features and documents. The standout application I really enjoyed discovering how to use was Outlook 2011. Previously there was Entourage 2008. Entourage was a clunky mail client which many Mac fans did not enjoy using. So it was a great relief to see that MS finally dumped the Entourage label and ported the Outlook feel over to Mac application. The Outlook has a fresh look, IMAP support, and Contacts sync directly to Apple Address Book to name a few things I enjoyed.

However after assisting a client of ours at work, to sync their mail, contacts and calendars up, I soon became frustrated with using Outlook for Mac. After a furious hour of trawling through every window and button, web surfing to see if syncing Google calendars or even CalDAV, support was even possible. I finally found a reputable source that put me out of my misery.

Does Outlook support CalDAV?

Can Outlook sync with iCal?
No. (See “Will Outlook import directly from Apple Mail, iCal, and Address Book?” above.)

Can Outlook sync with Gmail and Google Calendar?
Outlook 2011 will work with Gmail accounts and contacts, but not with Google Calendar.

Game over. Google Calender Service cannot sync to Outlook 2011. Overall, MS Outlook 2011 takes a giant step ahead for a MS Mac mail client, however by leaving out CalDAV support just makes me cringe, and probably a lot of others.

The full FAQ can be found here: Office 2011: Outlook FAQ Everything you wanted to know about Microsoft’s Entourage-replacement. (picture above taken from the MacWorld article)


KCC Engage 2010 Song List

•November 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well about 2 months ago on 27th – 29th of August 2010. A group of 12 from our church journeyed up to the Blue Mountains for KCC Engage Conference (2nd weekend). The Conference is aimed at young workers in a age bracket of 20s – 30s but not limited to.

The topic of the Weekend was on Work for Good. What the bible said about the topic of Work. The speakers were  Tim Blencowe from (Macquarie Baptist Sydney) and Steve Timmis from(Crowded House, UK).
With the teaching this year was good I particularly loved the singing and how the words really resonated with each talk. So on that Sunday Night (after KCC) I started writing down a comprehensive list of all the songs we sang and looked up the corresponding copyright info of the particular version I think we sung. As some songs are public domain or cover versions, I tried to find the particular artist music of which we sung from and reference them.

After a comprehensive web search engine work, and putting off the blog post for sometime, here is the unofficial list.
Engage 2010: Working for Good
Song List

Lead Me to the Rock, Higher Than I
Lyrics go (Higher, Stronger, Deeper, more beautiful than I)
-> New Song {Lyrics and Music} ?

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
© 2008 Sovereign Grace Music – Bob Kauflin
Words: 1757 Robert Robinson
Public Domain

I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)
© 2006 songs | sixsteps Music | Alletrop Music
Charles Hutchison Gabriel | Chris Tomlin

Here is Love (Vast as the ocean)
© 2004 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Crossroad Distributors Pty. Ltd.)
Matt Redman | Robert S. Lowry | William Rees

It is well with my soul
Lyrics (When peace like a river)
H Spafford, P Bliss
Source: It is well with my soul – Hymn book
Music: Sovereign Grace Music – Bob Kauflin

Blessed Be Your Name
© 2002 Thankyou Music
Beth Redman | Matt Redman

My Song Is Love Unknown
Original Lyrics: 1664 Samuel Crossman
Public Domain
-> New Music

Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone
© 2006 songs | sixsteps Music | Vamos Publishing
Chris Tomlin | John Newton | Louie Giglio

He is Holy (Strong and Mighty)
© 2007 Garage Hymnal
Lyrics and Music: © 2007 Peter Hodsdon

Never Alone
© 2006 EMU Music
Lyrics: © 2006 Simone Richardson
Music: © 2006 Philip Percival

God Of Wonders
© 2000 New Spring | Storm Boy Music | Meaux Mercy
Marc Byrd | Steve Hindalong

How Great Thou Art
Stuart Wesley Keene Hine
© 1953 Stuart Hine. All rights by EMI CMG | Crossroad Distributors Pty. Ltd.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
Stuart Townend
Thankyou Music
Source: New Songs for Praise & Worship 96/97 songbook
“In His Name” “O for a thousand tongues to sing” “It’s God’s only plan”

How Great Is Our God
© 2004 songs | sixsteps Music | Alletrop Music
Chris Tomlin | Ed Cash | Jesse Reeves

Let Your Kingdom Come
Bob Kauflin
Sovereign Grace Music
Source: Songs for the Cross Centred Life CD

In His Name
Lyrics (O for a thousand tongues to Sing, My great redeemers Praises)
-> New Song

If there are any songs I have missed or the incorrect information is shown, just post a comment.

Don’t be too quick to form opinions, but gather more information to come to a decision.

•September 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Rewind to May 31st 2010.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has condemned the use of violence during a deadly raid by Israeli commandos, and called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted.
At least nine people died on Monday when Israeli forces attacked a humanitarian flotilla on its way to the Palestinian territory.
‘‘The Australian government condemns any use of violence under the sorts of circumstances that we have seen,’’ Mr Rudd told reporters in Canberra today.
‘‘Furthermore, we are deeply concerned about the loss of life which has occurred.’’
Snapshot of footage from the MV Mavi Marmara showing an Israeli soldier being beaten with an iron pipe during the Gaza flotilla raid.

Taken as a direct quote from SHM article. Picture taken from Wikipedia

The Response.

The raid prompted widespread international reactions, including condemnation from national authorities, supranational bodies and NGOs, as well as demonstrations around the world. The United Nations Security Council condemned “those acts resulting in civilian deaths,” demanded an impartial investigation of the raid, and called for the immediate release of civilians held by Israel. Israel released all passengers of the flotilla by June 6, 2010.

Taken as a direct quote from Wikipedia article.

Tonight a documentary aired on ABC’s Foreign Correspondent
“Collision Course”
Reporter: Jane Corbin (BBC Panorama)

Do watch the clip, its about 28 minutes, complete with eye-witness interviews, video footage of the boat on that night, interviews and dialogue from all parties involved.

The documentary made me realign my onions and re-affirm what I believe to be true. After all there is only 1 truth in this world. You might have an opinion, but opinions can be latter realised to be false.

  • Israel and Palestine conflict
  • Turkish and Iserael
  • IDF (Israel Defense Forces)
  • IHH (Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief)
  • Free Gaza Movement (Human rights organisations and activists)
  • Islam

Have you investigated the new evidence and repositioned your view of the truth for this incident?
How has that effected your judgment of the various parties involved?

Or maybe you were once like me, and should get off the fence and start analysing the problems of this world.

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
(see this verse in context)

Why Does the King James Bible Have Some Different Verses Than Modern Translations?

•September 3, 2010 • 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered why modern translations of the Bible don’t have certain verses found in the King James Bible? This can be a sensitive pastoral issue, especially in some regions of the United States.

I occasionally get requests for recommended resources on how to respond, and thought I’d pull together a few popular-level pieces in this post.

Here is New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace:
The Greek text which stands behind the King James Bible is demonstrably inferior in certain places. The man who edited the text was a Roman Catholic priest and humanist named Erasmus. He was under pressure to get it to the press as soon as possible since

(a) no edition of the Greek New Testament had yet been published, and
(b) he had heard that Cardinal Ximenes and his associates were just about to publish an edition of the Greek New Testament and he was in a race to beat them.

Consequently, his edition has been called the most poorly edited volume in all of literature! It is filled with hundreds of typographical errors which even Erasmus would acknowledge.

Continue and read the full article found at The Gospel Coalition.
This post has been inspired from Albert Garlando’s Google Buzz.

We can be Heroes?

•August 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One thing that has been made more apparent to me in recent days is just how dark and selfish we really are. Stick we me on this post, because I decided to type out this post, as a testament to how I feel about myself and the state of humanity now.

On all the major news bulletins tonight, mentioned that 5 years ago, today marks the day hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in the USA. That was on the 29th August 2005.

The destruction of Hurricane Katrina

Rhonda Braden walks through the destruction in her childhood neighborhood in Long Beach, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Let’s put that into perspective. I started my 2nd semester of university in 1st year. Now where were you at this point in time?

We know how Katrina was handled, the politics, crime the aid and unrest. The story is still being told for years to come as Katrina recovers. Just for this post, lets look past the government’s failure to act and respond. Because you can find that out from somewhere else.

We all want to help others however, we all have barriers that we put up that prevent us. Even if its so obvious that we can help and do our bit. I’m talking about giving towards aid, especially to humanitarian disasters. Man made or natural. We are all human and have the conscience to help one another when we see people in need.

So how much should I give? Who to? But the money goes towards administration costs as well? My money won’t go to where they say? She’ll be right (Its just another one of those things)? Our taxes already pay for the government aid, right?
Do I hear the word “barrier” echo through spaces and characters in my blog post?

There are endless reasons, questions, comments you can repeat and appease your involvement.

Trying to keep this post very contained and pointed, lets put the first idea in to perspective. So how much should I give?

I’m was a student in 2005. I didn’t have a part time job, however I did receive some equity payments and things. Not very wealthy hey.

2007. How about a student supporting themselves through an internship. Their day might go something like this.
Enjoy a large coffee in the morning, a decent lunch at the pub, a visit to the bar and dinner at the local Asian restaurant.

2009. Been through some part-time jobs (in the previous year) and have a good saving plan going. Looking for that big break to rake in a good flow of cash. I do go and purchase CDs and see the same movies 2 time or even 3 now and then)

2010. Still now in the work force in a full-time job. I really don’t have much cash to give. After all I already give my time and energy around church and some uni social clubs.

How blessed are you to see that we have a roof on our head, a water/sever system which works, transport options, computers, communication, community of friends or family, physical security! We over look the most simplest things in life and let them blur our opinions of helping others in desperate need.

You know, we can all be heroes and change history. The Katrina disaster went on for too long.
On August 11 2010, the worst floods in 80 years occurred, further straining the people of Pakistan. Millions of people are dead and displaced. Will you let this disaster just mold another dent in how we responds to ourselves in need?

So how much should I give? -> Is that question even relevant… ?

You know I’m looking for work, but currently I’m not working. So I don’t have money. If I give to everything, i’ll be broke. I’ll give to the next major disaster. I buy fair trade items already. I did my part in the last major disaster. I can afford to see a movie and enjoy myself, but giving to this. I’ll update my “Facebook” decision to Maybe ->

How about this: Give up your next 3 visits to the pub/movie/bowling/karaoke and sent that money towards Pakistan.

Enough reading. Now actually give towards a trusted aid organisation you know and put a dent into the history of Pakistan and your story. Don’t put it off and feel sorry and guilt afterwards. Life is too precious to dismiss opportunities like these.
Here’s a few aid organisations I can recommend.

Red Cross | Salvation Army | Oxfam | Tear | CBM

What the Duck: “Cell Mates” Comic

•August 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So what’s the Christian Vote?

•July 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I just read an interesting article on the Sydney Morning Herald, and would like to share it.
Also some of the comments on the article are particularly interesting to read.

I urge everyone, in addition to watching the TV and seeing political party press releases,  I would look carefully at what each party stands for outside of election time. Once the ‘election party settles’, these promises made need to be implemented not further discussed.