Crash Status II

What won’t I reinstall?

That’s the first thought with my laptop;. I literally had, I don’t know, about 65 programs I loaded on. Of those, I used a dozen regularly.

I had a lot of programs because they had a nice feature, but… you know, if you almost never use it, you’re pretty much a slave to using it every now and then just because it’s sitting there. Productivity experts advise not getting into that situation.

What am I getting rid of permanently?

theWord – The messier version of E-Sword. I used it for the second year of my Bible College, until someone bought me Bible Explorer. I tried it again, and ended up downloading things for it I never used. I never opened the program except to install add-on modules. You know what? That’s silly. If I’m not using it, GET RID OF IT.

Accordance – very nice. I downloaded it to try, and featured it in my Bible Software reviews. I feel they took a step backwards from Accordance Demo to Accordance Lite, and so I’m not as thrilled with it now. I will say I stopped using it once I really learned how to use Logos, and so, I’m deleting it.

Microsoft Office XP – Don’t laugh. That’s how old mine is. But then again, you know, the COST of Office is prohibitive, and they’ve only got themselves to blame. Literally, it’s a $30 software suite for $160. I know I can rent it by subscription. I can also pay for Dropbox per month, Onedrive per month, Evernote per month, etc, etc. By the time you’re done paying $9.95 a month for everything, you’re spending 3 times your monthly income on monthly subscriptions to software and cloud storage! I’m just using LIbreoffice instead of Office.

E-Sword. I had a LOT of modules in E-sword. But again, I open it VERY rarely. So, I’m taking the plunge, and getting rid of it.

KJV Pure Word – this is a good, basic Bible program. For some people, this is exactly what you need. If I was going to use a lite Bible program like this, I’d stick with Bible Analyzer personally. I almost never open it, so it’s going.

Olive Tree. Yuck. I don’t know why so many people love this program so much. Really.

Programs I’m strongly thinking about getting rid of eventually: Wordsearch. No kidding. The inability to restore from backups has made it nearly useless in my opinion. I’ve added a LOT of free modules to it

Bottom line – if you almost never use it, ask yourself if you really need it?

Independence Day

Things are a LOT better now than last year in America. Most of my readers are Americans, so those of you in Europe, Asia and Africa, let me tell you – what you’re being told about America is not true. Under the current President, We the People are finally being allowed to say whatever we want, a right guaranteed by the constitution.

Under Obama and if we’d fallen under Clinton’s rule, both were determined to remove our rights to freedom of speech, and the freedom of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. These are GUARANTEES in America. The right to vote. The right to own land. The right to not be slaves. The right to practice our religion freely. These are constitutional rights.

And under the Democrats (America is a Republic, not a Democracy, but this distinction is unknown among many Americans), every constitutional right we take for granted was threatened. I could not say what I wanted. I risked arrest and imprisonment if I spoke out against certain issues.

This is illegal in America to do this, but under Obama, this was done routinely. Notice that I waited until he was out of office to say this in print!

Many people do not like Trump, but he’s granted me the freedoms guaranteed by law again. I know someone who tried to tell me that ammunition shortages, and skyrocketing gun prices were not caused by Obama, but suddenly stores are full of ammo again. The prices of guns have dropped.

That’s a huge thing for America. Literally one of the things that’s prevented many countries from the thought of armed invasion of the US is the knowledge that many Americans own two or more pistols and rifles. In the war of Independence two centuries ago, this tipped the scales of battle, and England was forced to withdraw when civilians walked onto the battlefield with privately owned rifles, and began fighting with the Colonial Army. Indeed, the first battle in our war of Independence was a group of people in Boston fighting professional British soldiers. The civilians had privately owned firearms, and the British simply shot at them because they were assembled without permit of the Crown.

That’s why the “right to assemble” is built into the Constitution. That’s why the “Right to own and bear arms” is in the Constitution. That’s why the right to “have a well-regulated militia” is in there too. The right to “Freedom of speech.” The right to Religion, and the free exercise thereof!

I am Christian. I am Jewish. I seek the right to practice my religion. My religion does not permit certain things. And it’s interesting that those who are trying to enforce their viewpoints, their particular sinful lifestyles, are determined to do media campaigns and harassing lawsuits only against Christians. Nobody is going after wedding cake bakers that are Hindu or M****m – only Christians.

Persecutions against Christians are still going on worldwide – they have not stopped in America. But under President Donald Trump – who I voted for – It has backed off tremendously.

Much has been made about Trump firing people from the past regime (not administration, but a tyrannical regime) – I will just say he has not fired enough. It’s common and customary to remove almost everyone out in office by a past President. Trump did not, because he wanted to keep the government running, instead of the usual three-month delay in getting things done.

And here’s how strongly America felt about it – despite MASSIVE voter fraud nation wide by Democrats, Donald Trump won a landslide victory. He won the popular vote as well, as independent voting organizations are now estimating that voter fraud accounted for 33% of the popular vote, and in CAlifornia, as high as 50% of it.

That’s why states are stonewalling the President – many elected officials face Federal Prison time amounting to YEARS in prison for aiding and abetting voter fraud.

The Parallels are amazing. Obama was very much like King George. He oppressed, taxed, and imprisoned Americans without redress, and stripped away the rights of the common American. While today is Independence day, so was a day in Early November, when I went to bed troubled and afraid, filled with the dread of America under Hillary Clinton – who I will not describe in any form whatsoever (think about that)…

I’m proud to say I voted for Donald Trump. And the reactions of Democrats who hear that is telling. I do not mock you, shout at you or insult you if you voted for a criminal. But Democrats feel no shame on belittling me for voting for a man who’s stated goal was, “Let’s make America Great again”. Something apparently Democrats are opposed to.

To wake the day after election day to find that once again, I had freedom. That I had the right to say what I wanted. That I could tell people I was a Christian and not fear lawsuit, persecution or arrest.

That’s independence.

Crash Status

Well, some things to think about… I’m going to list some obvious things to do for you, that will help in knowing what to do in case of computer crash.

First, I’ll say that the so-called cloud backup from Wordsearch Bible Software is… not working. The most important parts of Wordsearch, the sermon illustrations, the listing of what sermon preached where, and the notecards (clippings) are lost. A few months ago I printed out on a lark my notecards as a pdf – I wasn’t sure why. Well, at least I’ve got those. But everything I was storing in Wordsearch is not working at all. Restoring from a disk backup creates an error and a crash. Restoring from the cloud sends me right back to the beginning. I have everything I got along the way, but most of my work in Wordsearch is gone. Only word processing documents and my verse lists. If it weren’t for those, I’d be deleting Wordsearch off my hard drive and just relying on Quickverse and Logos. My formerly high opinion of Wordsearch, which has been dropping steadily since January 2016, is about rock bottom now. The next Best Bible software review is going to feature me TRASHING this Bible software.

Recently I started using Evernote. Evernote was seamless. Reinstall, enter my name and password, and everything was there two minutes later. If you routinely save passwords, serial numbers for software, etc… one place to consider is saving it into EVernote.

Thunderbird Email. Um. All my emails going back to 2006 were gone. Wiped out. But I’m persistent, and I found that my computer now has a directory called So, poking around, I found the storage locations for my emails, cut and copied the directories to My Documents for easy import. Next, downloaded the Import/Export addon for Thunderbird. I’ll save you two days of stress – it’s the VERY LAST import option in the massive drop down menu! Choose that (import profile) and find the directory you saved everything to in Myy Documents. It looks like all my emails are back, but probably about 30% of them appear to be sales notices from Home Depot. I should probably go back and delete 11 years of sales emails.

Logos. Installed Logos. Typed in my name and password. Wow. Go eat dinner. Everything is now back. Wish that Wordsearch worked this good. 18 months of resarch still there.

Opera web browser. Since I’d found my old Thunderbird emails, I looked for my bookmarks for Opera, copied them and pasted them into the Opera browser directory. Ta-da. Except I appear to have doubles, and I’m going to need to go through those as well. By the way, deleting a bookmark in Opera does not mean it’s gone! They have a trash folder. That has to be emptied. So if you accidentally delete Bible Gateway’s bookmark, no panic. Just go to your trash bin in Opera and restore it.

Since Windows 8.1 wants me to use Dropbox so badly, I went ahead and signed up. Smart move. I used Onedrive before this in Vista, and that was okay, but Dropbox is a LOT better. It’s up there with Evernote in my recommends.

Installing Thingamablog was quick and easy. Nothing to log in, it just found my data files immediately upon starting it. Nice! All my blog posts were there. I thought about the WordPress program (it’s not an ‘app’!), but the WordPress software requires you to be online. So, I… write um… offline. I’m not connected to the internet when I wrte these. Until WordPress fixes this in their software, I won’t be using it.

Computer crashes are emotionally draining. I know so many people who say, “I don’t even turn my computer on!” But I’m not a cell phone guy. Cell phones do not have the power of a computer, and I have looked at the internet on my phone ZERO times. Seriously. I cannot think of any one piece of research so pressing it can’t wait until I get home.

Bottom lines… Evernote and Dropbox are two must have programs. consider upgrading to Logos Bible software – yes, it’s hugely expensive. Yes, it’s going to take you months of saving. But it’s so worth it to know you won’t lose your research!

Thinking About Last year

really, the enormity of it just hit me.

I wrote commentary on the Bible this year. And if all of you followed the instructions on how to set up your Bible software to take down commentary, you would have been able to copy and paste those sections you felt were an “aha!” moment.

Me. Grumpy ol’ Philip Dean.

You’re only as good as your Bible tools. So, there’s quite a few tools I place high priority on. It’s all a matter of finances, I guess.

I’ve taught, in the last 15 months, how to study the Bible, to preach, how to put together a Baptist church, how to pastor, how to research and study the Bible, and even how to start an apologetics blog.

If you’re interested in these topics, I urge you to go back into the archives anmd study them. I’m surprised that nobody has left a comment that “I’ve felt the call of God into the Ministry, and I found your blog… it’s been a help!”

Truly, over the last 4 years of this blog, I’ve written a lot of articles. There must be SOMETHING that will help you!

What’s Next 2017

Preparation. I’m going to work in two directions at once, writing down info on how to prepare your life for the Rapture, info for those who will be left behind what to do, and also, for Pastors, how to prepare your congregations.

I’ll still work on the Expository study of the Bible – it’s crucial, I think. But for the most part, I think this is an area that needs to be dealt with.

I’ve been crying out for Christianity to wake up for several years. Absolutely, I’ve prayed for it, and invited you all to do the same. And Christians world wide since November have made the same comment – “It’s as if we’ve been asleep, and suddenly woken up.”

“Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; Awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?” (Isaiah 51:9, KJV)

I have to believe it just happened.

So, now we’ve got to get busy!

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:12–14, KJV)