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Send expensive software a-packin’ with Google Pack!

Your nuts – and worse, potentially a poor steward, IF your church is still spending money on security, anti-spam, word processing and other typical office-like applications. Then again, that’s better than being a pirate if you’re using such applications without paying for them – unless of course you’re taking advantage of Google Pack, a set of free applications that give you much if not all of the computing power you need to help operate an effective ministry in the 21st century.

In short, Google Pack is:

  • Software specifically selected by Google
  • Always free – no trial versions or spyware
  • Ready to use in just a few clicks
  • Provides all the client tools you need to work and play with Google Apps!

It includes:

Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Browse the web quickly and securely
  • Switch between pages quickly with tabbed browsing
  • Preferred weapon of choice when using docs.google.com and gmail.com
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
  • Search from any web page and autofill forms
  • Block annoying pop-ups
  • If you must use ‘Exploder’ then use this plugin
Norton Security Scan
  • Detects and eliminates viruses and internet worms
  • Free detection updates and scheduled scanning
  • Sleep better at night
Spyware Doctor Starter Edition
  • Detects and removes spyware, adware, trojans and keyloggers
  • Includes Smart Updates and scheduling to protect your PC
  • Sleep even better at night
Google Desktop
  • Find all your email, files, web history, and more
  • Get all your personalized info in one place with Sidebar
  • Never lose a document or email ever again
  • Find, edit, and share your photos in seconds
  • Easily remove red eye and fix photos
  • Enjoy sharing photos of your congregation’s fun events
Adobe Reader
  • View, print, and search PDF files via a redesigned interface
  • Secure your documents and collaborate via online, real-time meetings
  • Use this in conjunction with Google Docs and you’re set!
  • Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype
  • Call landlines and mobile phones at pretty low rates
  • Stay in touch with foreign missionaries, field workers and Mom!
Google Talk
  • Connect with your friends via IM or free voice calls
  • Send and receive files and voice messages easily and quickly
  • Stay in touch with foreign missionaries, field workers and Mom!
  • Play popular media formats, organize music and videos
  • Transfer music to iPod and other portable media players
  • Pump-up the volume of your sermons!
Google Earth
  • Zoom from space to street level — tour the world
  • Find maps, driving directions, hotels, restaurants, and more
  • Show seekers how they can find you, tell people in need you’ll be right there.

Using the above tools in combination Google Apps, or at least gMail and Google Docs – and you’re all set to operate your church and/or charity as if you have a highly paid and well staffed IT department.

Google Pack: simply put – you’re nuts if you ignore this online offering.

One Comment

  1. Good post Dean except I’m going to take you to task on one point and then not all of it :)

    You said “…. poor steward, IF your church is still spending money on security,”

    I agree that there are oodles of free or free to use software out there in terms of security but we need to be aware and possibly promote the fact that free for home use rarely equals free for Church office use.

    Finally, I have yet to find a decent free software firewall for windows server – I know a few were in development but on my last check they had still not materialised. If you know of one then do let me know!