Monthly Archives: June 2008

Oh redemption, sweet redemption!

I bought Matt Giles’ album earlier this week, and I have been listening to it a lot. This song is one of the reasons why, and you can listen to it on his MySpace page

Oh redemption, sweet redemption!
Satan has no hold on me!
Full indemnity, I have indemnity,
The debt is paid and I am free!
So impoverished and desperate,
In my sins, I would have died,
Yet my Kings eternal ransom,
Did my every need provide!

Oh the cross, my final plea!
Naught else to offer Thee,
But what Christ did for me.
A million sins implored my fall,
Christ died once, and crushed them all!

Power of death obliterated,
Serpent crushed beneath His feet.
From the grave He rose untainted,
And still He stands in victory.
In His death we stand united,
In His life we shall arise,
Earthly shadows now receding,
For heavens glory draws yet nigh!

Resurrected I shall be!
For His empty tomb
Will now ring true for me!
Blast of trumpet will resound,
We shall arise to claim our crowns!

He has raised a mighty army,
Where there once were only bones.
A people confident in His accomplishment;
That His perfect blood atones.
We will raise a royal banner,
With our heads held proudly high,
Boasting in the death of Jesus,
And His resurrection life!

Oh the cross, our final plea!
Jesus leads us on
To the victory!
Death and hell have been disarmed,
Christ is Lord! His kingdom come!

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The Great IM Battle

Like most people who frequent the internet I use instant messaging to chat with a lot of my friends. The majority of IM users will tend to stick to one medium, be it MSN or AIM or Yahoo! or perhaps something else. I however have accounts on a number of different IM services so that I am more easily contactable, and so that I can easily chat with friends who only use a specific IM service. Obviously it would be silly to run three or four different programs which all do the same thing, so I have a piece of software called Trillian which combines all of the major IM protocols into one piece of software.

The trouble is, trillian can be quite annoying sometimes. The current version isn’t really being developed any more, and the new version costs money. As a result, I have embarked upon a search for a new multi-protocol IM program to use. I hadn’t realised there were quite so many, and after a bit of browsing around (mostly on wikipedia) I have downloaded five which all fit the criteria I set. Those criteria are as follows:

  • Must support the big four (that is MSN, AIM, Yahoo! and ICQ).
  • Must be for windows (this might seem silly, but there are some really good alternatives which are for Linux or Mac only)
  • Must be free
  • Must not do too much other crazy stuff (one program included a remote PC access tool for some bizarre reason)

So by those criteria I have selected these 5 programs to try out:

  • Miranda IM – The most extensive of the five in terms of functionality, although it is still in version 0.7.7 (whatever that means)
  • Pidgin – A cross platform offering which I have used before on linux
  • Digsby – Includes tools to monitor social networking websites such as facebook and myspace
  • Instantbird – A very young open source development, lacking in features but has potential
  • Sim-IM – A very basic program, may be a little too spartan for my tastes

A review of each of the five will follow after I have taken the time to test them all out fully.

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