LDSTech Newsletter Archive
Twitter and LDS General Conference
You know the scenario: as General Conference begins, you gather pen and paper, tune in to KBYU or LDS.org, recline on your couch, and then try to stay alert for the next two days. October’s conference was a little different. About 150 people participated in an online conversation on Twitter, using the #ldsconf hashtag to share thoughts, comments, and other feedback throughout General Conference.
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LUWS, MLS, and Online Scriptures Feedback
The LDS Tech Wiki provides an additional channel for you to offer feedback and suggestions to Church developers. To participate in the LUWS, MLS, and Online Scriptures wiki pages, you must first fill out and agree to the Individual Contributors License Agreement.
Mikerowaved, a member of our technology community since December 2007, provides support and feedback to fellow forum members, moderators, and administrators. His involvement in the LDS Tech forums has been exemplary and deeply appreciated. This month, we asked Mikerowaved a few questions about his background and interests.
LDSTech: What is your technical background?
Mikerowaved: I was fascinated with programming and computers in high school, and was thrilled when I could finally partner with a buddy and buy a slightly used IMSAI 8080. I worked on an IBM mainframe while attending Jr. College, programming mostly in COBOL, Assembly, FORTRAN, and APL. After serving in the Utah, Salt Lake City mission, I was offered a job as a technician making RF/microwave power transistors. Little did I know that I would end up as a Sr. R&D Engineer for a large corporation. (I’m always amazed that sometimes the Lord has different plans for you than you expect.)
During that time, I never lost my love for computers or programming. In fact, it was a tremendous asset in my Engineering work.
LDSTech: How did you find LDSTech?
Mikerowaved: I was called as finance clerk in our ward and was searching LDS.org for information on my calling. Looking through the “Serving in the Church” section, I stumbled on this forum. Wow, I thought it was the best kept secret in the Church!
LDSTech: What do you enjoy most about LDSTech?
Mikerowaved: I love learning and doing a job right. This forum has been a tremendous help in doing both. I’m amazed at the knowledge and experience others have, and sincerely appreciate their willingness to share that knowledge with me and others in the forum. I love learning and doing a job right. This forum has been a tremendous help in doing both. I’m amazed at the knowledge and experience others have, and sincerely appreciate their willingness to share that knowledge with me and others in the forum.
LDSTech: What potential do you think LDSTech has? Do you have any ideas for the site?
Mikerowaved: I can see the forum expanding into more than just something for clerks and propeller heads. We are already expanding into genealogy. Why not a special place where Primary leaders, or Relief Society board members, even HT/VT’s could get together and share ideas? The magnification potential of one’s calling increases when you have a worldwide resource of great ideas to tap into.
Opportunities to Help
There are many ways you can volunteer your technical talents to build the Kingdom. Generally, we need Web designers to help design some of the projects we are working on.
We launched a new project on the LDS Tech Wiki called the Church Historical Timeline Application. It will present Church history, world history, and eventually personal events in a visual chronology. The application will enable users to scroll through time, clicking on individual events to get more information and learn more about historical events. This project is in the early design phases, and we need your input and help with the following tasks:
- Design a landing/dashboard page – Web Designer
- Design timeline/event creation pages – Web Designer
- Other screen comps – Web Designer
Please obtain an LDS Account and visit the wiki for other ways you can help.