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Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 25 May 2012

Please join us for the next LDSTech Broadcast on Friday, June 1, from 1:30 - 2:30pm MDT. Product manager Brian Fromm will be presenting on the topic of clerk computers. Stake technology specialists, stake clerks, ward clerks, and anyone else interested in clerk computers will benefit from attending this broadcast.

In the broadcast, Brian will cover the following:

  • The clerk computer lifecycle (acquisition, setup, maintenance, and disposal)
  • MLS download site
    • New computer management software
    • New computer setup instructions
    • Disposal policy
    • Recommended applications
  • Software compliance
  • Remote access
  • Direct e-mail communication with stake and district technology specialists
  • Clerk content migration from the LDSTech wiki to LDS.org

How to attend

You can attend the broadcast by clicking the Watch Now button below or on the LDSTech Broadcast page during the time of the broadcast. If you live or work near Riverton, Utah, you can also come to the Riverton Office Building (ground floor, Zion room) to watch the broadcast in person.

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss the broadcast, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you arrive late to the broadcast, you can rewind it and play it from the beginning (due to the “live cache” of the video player).

Asking Questions

During the broadcast, if you want to ask a question online, you can do so through Twitter. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

Upcoming LDSTech Broadcasts

Topics for upcoming broadcasts include the following:

  • July 6: LDSTech Swarm (mass test case testing) by Kevin Fitzpatrick
  • August 3: Personal Video Conferencing and Webcasting by Kurt Olsen
  • September 7: Meetinghouse Internet Upgrade by Paul Scherbel

For a list of previous LDSTech broadcasts, see https://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_broadcasts.

 

Comments  

 
# Arthur Thomas Nickel 2012-05-29 18:58
Please remember that there is a growing group of people who use Apple computers these days because they are faster and more secure than anything Microsoft runs on. There are also a growing group of Linux users. These groups include many computer professionals who utilize virtual machine applications to run MS stuff; its a bit expensive for us retired folks.
When you create/improve on services available please be sure that you include us in the applications and services. Also please remember the unwillingness of Adobe to share with Apple when choosing upload utilities.
Thank you.
 
 
# Andrew M. Hall 2012-05-30 07:21
Ditto growing Apple users. 20 years of Macs and never a virus. Please ensure apps run on Apple. Thank you for pushing forward with technology!
Quoting Arthur Thomas Nickel:
Please remember that there is a growing group of people who use Apple computers these days because they are faster and more secure than anything Microsoft runs on. There are also a growing group of Linux users. These groups include many computer professionals who utilize virtual machine applications to run MS stuff; its a bit expensive for us retired folks.
When you create/improve on services available please be sure that you include us in the applications and services. Also please remember the unwillingness of Adobe to share with Apple when choosing upload utilities.
Thank you.
 
 
# NathanG 2012-05-30 09:12
Quoting Andrew M. Hall:
Ditto growing Apple users. 20 years of Macs and never a virus. Please ensure apps run on Apple. Thank you for pushing forward with technology!


I think this is focused on the Church owned computers in the clerks office... so I'm pretty sure that since the Church purchases those machines they'll focus on making MLS be compatible with Windows (although the Church tech dept is making more and more web based "apps"... be sure to point out issues you find on the forum: tech.lds.org/forum ).

Thanks~!
 
 
# Arthur Nickel 2012-06-01 12:29
Quoting NathanG:
Quoting Andrew M. Hall:
Ditto growing Apple users. 20 years of Macs and never a virus. Please ensure apps run on Apple. Thank you for pushing forward with technology!


I think this is focused on the Church owned computers in the clerks office... so I'm pretty sure that since the Church purchases those machines they'll focus on making MLS be compatible with Windows (although the Church tech dept is making more and more web based "apps"... be sure to point out issues you find on the forum: tech.lds.org/forum ).

Thanks~!


I'm mostly interested is seeing the remote access become operable for Mac products. This will make performing many tasks much easier for all concerned.
The biggest problem with Clerk's computers is having to allot time for group Presidents to enter various information, such as attendance and Home Teaching data. Hopefully we will get spreadsheet connectivity for these tasks.
 
 
# Aaron Rounds 2012-05-31 05:26
I work in IT in a university and this summer we have had a rash of very nasty viruses aimed specifically at Mac users. As the market share grows, Macs are becoming an increasing target for viruses. They are nasty and next to impossible to clean. We have had to rebuild every machine that has been infected. It is no longer safe to assume that because you are a mac user you are afe. Please be careful.
 
 
# Jory Dalling 2012-06-02 09:02
That is why we don't use apple. programs are less available.
 
 
# Eduardo.m 2012-05-29 19:37
That broadcast will have in portugueses as well.?
 
 
# A. Eidler 2012-05-31 07:26
Provavelmente não, mas creio que as explicações não sejam difíceis de entender já que falam devagar.
 
 
# NathanG 2012-05-30 09:13
I'm curious about the "Remote Access" bullet point above.

Can we get a sneak preview of what is going to be discussed regarding remote access?

:-)
 
 
# Tejay 2012-05-30 22:24
I'm thinking the same thing. Can I access my ward computer from home!!! That would be great.
 
 
# Daniel M 2012-06-01 09:11
Seria genial si las capacitaciones tambien las dieran en otros idiomas o con subtitulos.
 
 
# John Shaw 2012-06-02 12:29
I just finished viewing the broadcast, I wonder why there is a need to justify remote access to the clerk computer, I believe that Remote access to a clerk computer speaks for itself, there is no real value from the online Leader.lds.org resources beyond changing phone and address. Real records work, the kind that takes the large effort could be done remotely. Custom Reports is the largest resource I use and wouldn't have access online.

STS or clerks helping other clerks is another very large reason to be able to log in and 'view' what the other person is seeing. Remote Access is critical to the STS role.

Additionally, hearing that 'they' are working on the Leader.lds.org to expand functionality, in reality, there has been very little changed in a little less than 2 years. Based on that history, I just don't see much changing in the near or long-term future. I'd love to be proven wrong, but it seems resources are being used elswhere.
 
 
# James Carroll 2012-06-03 05:13
Quoting John Shaw:
Additionally, hearing that 'they' are working on the Leader.lds.org to expand functionality, in reality, there has been very little changed in a little less than 2 years. Based on that history, I just don't see much changing in the near or long-term future. I'd love to be proven wrong, but it seems resources are being used elswhere.

Brother Shaw,

For recent improvements to Clear and Leader Resources, or leader.lds.org, see the following Release Notes from 22 May 2012.

https://tech.lds.org/ldshelp/index.php5/Leader_and_Clerk_Resources:_Release_Notes/eng

I've been a clerk for less than two years, and the improvements in my time have been most welcome.

Firm in the Faith,
Brother Carroll
Wheaton Ward
 
 
# John Shaw 2012-06-03 19:14
By referencing the release notes you've confirmed my point, which was NOT that there is little value to the online content, but WAS that using the argument (as they did in the webcast) that because the tools are being developed online that a strong case would need to be made for remote access.

The initial release of the leader and clerk resources (In Oct 2011) was revolutionary, a game changer for clerks and Bishoprics, Stake and Branch Presidencies. However, since the initial release, relatively little has changed. (yes we can update addresses and phone numbers, and enter the quarterly report).

The original point, and I think it is still good, is that Remote Access to Clerk computers is needed and provides value and should be part of any new thinking regarding clerk computer!
 
 
# Virgil Lacy 2012-06-06 16:17
I was not able to view the lasyt broadcast live but wanted to do that today. When I went through the steps, just a blank screen comes up, no video. Windows Media Player is installed and up to date. Appreciate thoughts.
 
 
# Leslie Ward Powrie 2012-07-16 13:09
I must say that I have seen a gradual increase in features available on LDS.org. Well done to the team.

I have used remote access to the ward MLS computer, but found that I could usually not see the content of the MLS window. I could work on the other apps, but not MLS. I am sure I'll get there yet!
 

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