Posted by: randydunning | July 1, 2008

An Amazing Call

I received a call from a strange number this evening at 6:40 p.m. The prefix indicated it was a Texas number. I thought, “Who do I know in Texas that would be calling me on a Tuesday evening?” But I reluctantly answered.

The caller turned out to be an Apple technician calling about the status of my computer repair (see previous posts). I noted that I’d been tracking the status and saw they were waiting on an ordered part. The tech informed me that the part was not just ordered, but backordered and that it would be another two weeks (July 14) before they could secure the part and repair my PowerBook. I assured him that was all right as I had procured a loaner from a friend. That is when he said, “Well, let me tell you your second option.”

Then he said these magic words: “We can send you a new MacBook Pro.” After I composed my self (probably only a second or two) I thanked him for not stopping me after I seemed satisfied with option #1 (waiting another two weeks for my 3-year old PowerBook) and gladly accepted option #2. Then he confirmed the specs of my new machine: 15″ MacBook Pro, 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB Ram and a 200 GB hard drive. Said he’d have it to me in 3-4 days.

Thanks, Lord, for your abundant provision! What a blessing!
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Posted by: randydunning | July 1, 2008

On the Road to Cincy

Today I’m traveling to Cincinnati for the North American Christian Convention (NACC). My traveling companion, Steve North, picked me up around 11 a.m. and we headed south down US-23.

We’ve now made it to Findlay and found a Micky D’s – I’m enjoying an Asian Chicken Salad (grilled) an iced tea (1/2 sweet) and a double cheese burger while checking email. No, I can’t unplug!

Lucky me! Steve has a new camera phone. He hadn’t learned to send pictures via email from it yet so we had to test it out. Here’s a self portrait taken while we were still on my road (sad–not even a mile away and I’m playing with a gadget).

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More from the Queen City tonight!

Posted by: randydunning | June 24, 2008

My Computer is Off for Some R & R

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I dropped my PowerBook off at the Briarwood Apple Store this morning (6/24) around 9:45 for a much-needed, under-warranty screen replacement (kind of like spending a week at a computer spa).

After verifying all my info and signing a service document, they wrapped it in some special, white, spongy wrapper (kind of like computer sunscreen) and sent it off to the Golden State for therapy sessions (and probably some relaxing by the pool).

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my loaner 12″ PowerBook (from Tim–Apple doesn’t do loaners) is up and running on my Kamino drive (see yesterday’s post). It’s just like working on my computer–only with a smaller screen! Very, very cool!

Posted by: randydunning | June 23, 2008

I’m Getting All Backed Up

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No, not like that! I mean my hard drive is getting backed up. Rather, it is being cloned.

Protecting My Life!
The situation is this: my Powerbook G4 has debris under the LCD screen–little black specks all over. I’m having it replaced while it is still covered under warranty. But this means being without my Mac for about a week. So in case of unforeseen data loss, I’m making an exact copy of my system hard drive on an external back-up drive (like the photo). I’ll also be able to boot and run from this copy on a similar Mac (generously loaned to me by a friend–thanks, Tim) and not be computer-less while mine is in sunny California getting some TLC. When my Mac returns, I’ll copy my cloned drive back onto it, with whatever changes I’ve made during the week, and be up to speed. Theoretically, I shouldn’t miss a beat or lose an hour of work.

I’ve backed up files before, but not like this. And because of how my work life depends on this laptop, it has been foolish not to do so. But now, if my system ever crashes, and I’ve been diligent to back up my data regularly (i.e., at least weekly) then I’ll still have everything in place. This battle station will remain fully operational!

Are You Backed Up?
If you don’t currently back up your computers at all, let me highly encourage you to do so. You may think, “Oh, I don’t have anything that important on my computer. What’s the big deal?” Right, and I’m sure you don’t have life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, home insurance…oh, you do? Well, this isn’t much different. In the event of a data emergency, the time and energy you would save by not having to re-download applications or find lost files elsewhere is huge. Not to mention there are some things you’d never get back. So get backed up! In the world of computers, it’s a good thing!

BTW, my clone drive is named Kamino. Get it?

Posted by: randydunning | June 22, 2008

North Side Sweep!

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It is a good day to be a Cubs fan. Tonight they completed a three-game sweep of their cross-town rivals, the White Sox, with a 7-1 win behind Ryan Dempster’s eight strong innings. The win again puts them 20 games over .500 and, coupled with a loss earlier in the day by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Boston Red Sox, gets them a 4.5 game lead in the NL Central. Whenever you can beat the Sox and pull away from the Cardinals at the same time it is a good day.

And the Cub win was great for the Tigers too! With Verlander’s win today in San Diego, Detroit pulls within five games of the White Sox in the AL Central. Seems like just early last week that the Tigers were 11 games out. Oh, wait, they were!

I catch some flack for being a Cubs fan in the Detroit area. But wouldn’t a Cubs-Tigers World Series be too cool? Should have happened in ’84. Maybe in ’08.

Posted by: randydunning | June 19, 2008

Fifteen Years

Today I celebrate fifteen wonderful years with the wife of my youth. I love Andrea with all my heart. It is a privilege to be known as her husband and a joy to be her guy.

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He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the LORD.
Proverbs 18.22         

Posted by: randydunning | May 6, 2008

Nolan Turns Three!

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Nolan had a big, Fire Station birthday party on Saturday. His actual birthday was last Thursday, May 1st.

He wasn’t sure he wanted to go to the Fire Station until we turned the corner and the ladder on the ladder truck was fully extended–about 60 feet in the air! Then he was all about it and couldn’t wait.

He got to put on fire helmets and masks, climb around the cab of the main engine, and even operate the big hose.

To top it off, Nolan shared a fire truck cake with his siblings, cousins and friends and received a big ladder truck as a gift. Woo hoo!

Posted by: randydunning | April 24, 2008

A Marketer Speaks to the Church

SethGodinsBlog.jpg“Off The Agenda”, the blog of buildingchurchleaders.com excerpted an interview that streamingfaith.com did with Seth Godin whose blog and books on marketing are widely read. I thought it was quite insightful but, man oh man, do some people get fired up when you use “church” and “marketing” in the same sentence (as the comments on the Off the Agenda post suggest).

I’m interested in your take. You can read the entire interview here.

Posted by: randydunning | April 10, 2008

Quarantine

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Such has been the state of the Dunning home over the past thirty-six hours as we have been afflicted by the blowing-chunks-diarrhea flu. We are slowly beginning to rise.

S-l-o-w-l-y.

Posted by: randydunning | April 6, 2008

Back To Back Missions Weekends

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Eric & Ela Hammond of His House – EMU (left) and James & Laura Chapman of Pioneers

The last two weekends at Hope were really cool. And the funny thing is I initially thought I’d made a scheduling error.

We usually attempt to schedule missionary speakers on 5th Sundays when possible. We did that back on the 30th of March with Eric and Ela Hammond and the EMU branch of His House Christian Fellowship. It was a great day of worship and fellowship with the potluck that followed.

But when it came time to schedule James (Chappie) and Laura Chapman, appointees with Pioneers to Azerbaijan, I didn’t look that closely at the calender and we slotted them for April 6 (today). Because Chappie works at the Palace of Auburn Hills during Pistons games, I wanted to have them present before the playoffs started later in April and his work schedule became highly unpredictable.

So when I noticed that I had missionaries scheduled two weeks in a row, I became worried that neither would gain the proper mind share with the congregation and that one presentation might cannibalize the other in this regard.

I’m happy to say that the opposite occurred. In fact, I left the service today feeling kind of like we’d had a two-Sunday missions conference.

On one hand, we heard from a ministry seeking to bring Jesus to one of the most influential places in the world – the secular university campus – by seeing the lives of students transformed by the Gospel.

On the other hand we heard from a couple who are going to a people group unreached by the Gospel message but in a strategic geographic location to potentially impact the surrounding region with the life-changing message of Jesus.

Both Sundays the message was the same – expanding the Kingdom of God by bringing the Gospel to places of great influence.

So God had a plan for my scheduling error. It usually works that way (Romans 8:28).

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