Why You Should Care About Data Rot

When we back up our business or personal data files, we often think our job is done if our backup utility didn’t inform of us any problems. All is well with that part of our world, we think. But is it really?

Pumpkin - The only bunny of his kind

Data rot may not be a term you’re familiar with, but if most of your family photos are in digital format, you will want to become very familiar very quickly.

State of the Hosting Industry – 2014

Earlier this week, the hosting industry gathered in Miami for what is probably its most significant annual meeting of the minds. HostingCon is not an event that the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google attend, but it is the place where the rest of the industry meets to freely discuss the state of market opportunities and exchange ideas on strategies to address them.

This year there were three major takeaways that you can use in your calculus as either a consumer or provider of hosting services.


Release Notes #53

#53 No Major Hiccups

Joe and Charles share some excellent advice and tips on putting up a new release in the App Store without jeopardizing your customer base.  Recommended listen for all serious indies.

Of note:

  • Using email to advise customers of a new release
  • New app vs. yet another update of the existing version
  • Charging customers a “second” time
  • How to notify users in-app that you have a new release available without annoying them.


Starting this week I’m taking a new approach with Sunday Set Lists, which I post at The Worship Community. Previously I posted these at OST, but to keep my blogging life a bit simpler, I’m consolidating. These posts are set up as follows:  1)  A snapshot of the set list as it appeared in NextPage, and then the patch settings I used during our service at FBC. I also include a description of my keyboard rig. Good keyboarding tips and discussions are often hard to come by, so your comments or questions are welcome as always below.

Sunday Set List 5/18/2014

The B3 and EP patches below are from the Nord.  The synth patches are either from Omnisphere or an audio unit supplied with MainStage (MS). I have recently added Pete’s Patches to Omnisphere.  Any patch beginning with a ‘#’ comes from Pete’s awesome library.

  • Holy is The Lord:  B3 888000000
  • The Love of God: #Eternal Lapsteel
  • Your Great Name: #Widening Analog
  • Indescribable: #Big Ole’ Oberheim

My Rig

My rig consists of a Nord Stage 2 and a 13″ Macbook Pro (early 2013 refurb) running MainStage 2.2 (without Logic) and Spectrasonics Omnisphere as an audio unit plug-in. I also use Pete’s Patches for Omnisphere. The Nord is connected to MainStage over USB2. For audio output, I don’t use an external audio interface – I run the Mac audio output directly into a Behringer 16-channel sub mixer using a 1/8″ stereo to 1/4″ cable. And lest I forget, I use an iPad 3 running NextPage and an iKlip 2.


The Compound Effect (Vanguard Press, 2011)

It’s not always obvious that we aren’t standing still.  We are always moving in either a positive or negative direction with the thoughts we have and the actions we perform every day.  The Compound Effect will open your eyes to how and why this factor has a major impact on the success of your personal, career, or business development.

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Time to Change Your Passwords!

It’s probably fair to say that most New Year’s resolutions are not tech-related, but the incidents of hacker activity that seem to be hitting closer to home every day probably warrant a few, especially when it comes to passwords and PIN codes.

While you’re clearing the decks and getting reorganized for a new year, consider whether any of the following are true for you:

Practical Christmas Tech For Your Mobile Phone Friends

Most of us recognize the need for some sort of case for our mobile phones. It’s not a question of if we will drop our phones, but when, and onto or into what.

Often the choice ends up being a compromise between what we feel is enough protection vs. what won’t annoy us while we’re using the phone. This is especially true of the iPhone or any other touch-screen phone where finger gestures are involved.