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Low Band Tech for Missionaries


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So, there you are....far from home without an ounce of high speed internet in sight. You're in the middle of Africa, Asia or South America. There's no Starbucks on every corner from which you can suck up some hi-speed. You're a missionary, and you need to get your stories of inspiration and need back home...but you're simply armed with a dial-up connection or a mobile device. We're here to help.

On today's podcast, the Geeks focus on low-bandwidth technologies that can help spread the good news in an area of the world that is bandwidth-challenged. We talk about why blogs are so important for a missionary and how pictures can tell 1,000 words about your overseas experience. We chat about setting up a blogger.com and a flickr account before you go so you can keep folks at home inspired about your mission. We talk about how a podcast, vodcast or mailing list would be a great idea as well. It's all about keeping people involved in your mission the best you can.

But, before we get there, we wade thru your giant swamp of user feedback. We talk about why a Christian geek would care about the environment, the difference between wordpress.com and .org, and address lots of Mac vs. PC followup.

The geeks also ponder IEDay, limits on Gmail Filestore, and ponder how Sam got his Geek-Ministry started....

All this, and much more, on this weeks Geeks and God podcast.

IE Date is 29 April 07

The date has been added: 29 April 2007

This is the third year and it's usually a Sunday in late April. Apparently when you visited the date wasn't there.

There's more on the FAQ page.

BTW, the URL InternetEvangelismDay.com also works.

good to know

Thanks for the info. That's good to know.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host

maybe I'm just blind

(subject is a song reference)
Hey, you guys stated in the podcast that you were gonna post a bunch of links for things mentioned in the podcast. I can't seem to find where you are doing this. There are a couple in the above post but for stuff like "The Levelator" I don't see a link...
can you point me in the right direction, thanks.

Hey Utech... Ahhh, you've

Hey Utech...
Ahhh, you've found our very soft underbelly. This is a challenge we face each time, to remember what we said we'd link to. I added the levelator link to the shownotes.

Unlike alot of podcasts, we really do ours 'on the fly' with minimal notes, etc. So, this is a big weakness for us, trying to remember what to put in the writeup. We'll do our best to remedy this for future episodes, and take better notes and have the links we say we'll provide.

Any other stuff you noticed we missed?

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host

the other angle for missionaries

I always enjoy your podcasts. The 2 of you counterbalance each other well.

I remember being surprised when talking to some of my friends in college who had been missionary kids. Amazed at just how innovative missionaries had to be to share the gospel in areas with no written language, no transportation, and in many cases no reliable electricity - much less internet access. In may ways they were inventing bleeding-edge, international technology that the rest of the world has yet to catch up with.

I haven't kept up with it, but here are a few sites that can give you and idea of what kinds of technology they work on.