Managing The Impact Of Technology On Our Lives And Families

If you and I intend to have wholesome, satisfying family relationships, we’ll have to manage the impact of the technological explosion on our lives. Failure to limit these influences on our lives accounts for a part of the discouraging family statistics of our day.

We live in an unprecedented period of world history; technology is burgeoning like bacteria. This exponential expansion of technology has stretched the potential for good and for evil in equal proportion.

Most human inventions are neither good nor bad in themselves. Consider the printing press. Gutenberg invented his press with the vision of mass-producing the Bible. To be sure, printing technology has wonderfully aided the spread of all kinds of truth in our world. This same technology, however, has been used for far less noble, even ignoble, purposes.

All of this new technology makes possible many new options, and wisdom draws us to make good decisions about them. As our human technology expands, so grows our moral responsibility for its use. All morality springs from this self-evident truth: the mere fact that a given thing can be done does not mean it should be done. In other words, ability and advisability are not necessarily one and the same. Scripture assures us that, even though permissible, an act many not be beneficial. (1 Corinthians 10:23)

Technology enables us to do many things that are not wise to do. It offers us 24-7 entertainment and communication options. Embracing these options without limits, however, is most unwise. At best, we would find ourselves wasting valuable time that could have been better invested elsewhere. At worst, we can subject ourselves to foul mental influences that adversely affect our thought processes.

We have a choice. To appropriately exercise that choice is the moral imperative of the day. We must master the technology and not let it distract or destroy us. Our task is much greater than merely avoiding the blatantly bad stuff. To live in a reasonably wholesome balance in the 21st Century, we’ll have to make some hard decisions to keep even that which is good from displacing the best.

Sir, if you want a quality relationship with God, your spouse, parents, children, siblings, and friends, you cannot afford to watch all the sports available on the networks. Dear lady, neither can you watch all the interesting documentaries, latest movies, popular sit-coms, music specials, and even Christian programs, if you intend to build and maintain quality relationships.

I have discovered that to have a good life with my wife, I have to spend more time with her than I do with Facebook friends. If I want to know what my kids think, I have to spend more time listening to them than I do with Rush, Oprah and Dr. Phil.

The creators of our technology actually provide us help – if we will use it. The cell phone can be turned off or silenced. The answering machine can be turned on. Computers and televisions have on/off switches, so we can appropriately put them in the “off” position.

Still, we have to exercise the wisdom to do the right turning. How much time we spend on the phone, on the computer, watching T.V., and playing video games, is a critical ethical choice. We can’t make unwise decisions here and get the desired outcome for ourselves and our families.

Financial experts have long advised a budget. That is to decide in advance how we will spend our money rather than look back and try to figure out where it went. A financial budget places boundaries on spending our limited income. To create a wholesome financial plan (a budget) and discipline ourselves to live according to it can produce freedom. Perhaps this is a new thought to you: Maybe it is time to realize our need to budget our very limited time, to place reasonable boundaries on how much of our precious time we will spend here and there. Have you ever actually decided how much time you would watch T.V., be online, on your cell phone, or play video games? Have you ever budgeted time for God, your spouse, your children, or other important people in your life? Isn’t it time that you better manage your time? Remember, making the plan is the easy part; working the plan is the difficult part. Never forget that working a good plan beats any other option.

Finally, please read with an open heart the following prayer by the Apostle Paul: “[I pray] that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ… ” (Philippians 1:9,10 emphasis mine). Now, would you pray that meaty prayer for yourself – regularly?

CD Mastering – The Technological Breakthrough Regarded As Art

Sound production techniques are a part of the complex process of achieving audio high quality. Among these techniques, the CD mastering method represents one of the most important, in that it constitutes the final step to be taken before the replication of a certain CD. This step is in fact the one that provides the proper refinement of the sound which permits a quality write transfer from the audio source onto the master, which is a data storing device.

CD mastering is one of the most popular methods of transferring audio data from specific sources into compact disc devices that can be included in the category of electromagnetic storing devices. These devices are among the most popular used ones nowadays for satisfying all kinds of audio mastering procedures and techniques.

The activity of CD mastering is even considered as a real form of art, as a result of the incredibly great importance that this domain enjoys since the time of the audio technological boom.

Before a CD gets to be replicated it must pass through a number of necessary steps that permit the proper transfer of audio data. Mastering is the final and decisive step that needs to be made and which enables the proper transfer of masters from the actual server onto the final medium device. It is the job of the CD mastering engineers to make sure that the mastering process offers the high quality results that clients opt for.

In fact, the mastering of a certain CD is usually fulfilled in function of the options and preferences that the clients state once they place a mastering order. The great variety of write mastering studios available offer accurate solutions for all the preferences and budgets.

CD Mastering is only one of the numerous options offered by the procedures of audio mastering and it follows about the same procedures. However, the tools used in CD mastering are special ones that enable the proper write recording onto the media storing device represented by an audio CD.

Why may CD Mastering be considered as an Art?

Why art? Because art means creation and CD mastering is indeed a reliable and notable process of creation. Also, the audio field fusions with the domain of music most of the times and for this reason we may also consider the really strong interrelation between these two artful elements. So this is one of the reasons for which I write about CD mastering as art. This way, the audio art is hence created by the activities of CD mastering professionals who may even be regarded as real artists in this particular domain.

CD mastering means much more than a simple recording, as the skills and the relevant knowledge that experts in this domain must have is the basic feature that makes CD mastering as one of the most reliable methods used by the audio industry.

The artistic perspective was provided to this method by the experts working in this field and also by the ones who got convinced by the complexity and by the accuracy of this recording method.

This artistic approach, apart from being a mere metaphor suggests the actual purpose and function of CD mastering in general.

CD Mastering Tools

Getting an audio CD mastered is the final necessary step that the ones interested must take in order to enjoy the highest quality for their music to sound the best. The professional final sound is achieved through the basic mastering tools and that is why there are numerous mastering engineers available and read to deal with the even most pretentious demands.

There are numerous tools and devices created in order to ease and to perfect at the same time, the activity of CD mastering. This fact has lead to a continuously developing CD write industry and market and made possible the thorough popularisation of these elements in the audio recording world.

CDs are the revolutionary substitutes for audio tapes, which also played an important part in audio mastering some time ago. However, the breakthrough of the audio technology and the improvement of the audio recording procedures lead to an incredibly considerable popularisation of the CD devices in the drawback of the old and less reliable audio tapes.

CD mastering is a complex procedure, even if it consists of basic and commonly known procedures, like the replication or the pressing methods. When stating the complexity of this CD write method we actually mean that it is achievable through a complex set of processes that allow the proper creation of the source material.

The types of input media and the limits of the so called end medium need to be taken into account by the mastering engineers working on such an audio recording process.

This source write material is the finite “audio product”, in that it reflects the final form of the audio CD created through CD mastering.

The Process of CD Mastering

The process of CD mastering is about the same used in all the audio mastering activities so I will write about it as it is. The only difference is the audio support, the data storing device, which is the final source of the final mix composed. Overall, the CD mastering procedure may be classified into some basic steps that need to be taken into account by all the experts who work in this field:

o The actual transfer of the audio files or tracks into the central processing tool that is also called a Digital Audio Workstation. However, this process is optional, as specialists also have the option of transferring the tracks directly into the data storing device

o The creation and the calculation of the space left between the songs or the tracks into the CD, the same way as it will appear in the final audio product (the final track CD for example)

o The improvement and the work on the quality of the audio tracks. This is usually made by the use of digital synthesizers and tools. This step needs to be fulfilled so as to create the quality of the medium, which in this case is the audio CD.

o The final transfer into the audio CD, after making sure that the quality is high and the sound is irreproachable.

The purpose of CD Mastering

The industry of the audio and CD mastering equipment has also known a considerable improvement and development. The CD mastering equipments and technological tools have reached a climax in the respect that they are now very complex and very up-to-date comparing to the ones used just a few years ago.

So the audio field is in a continuous expanding and developing process, fact which favours the complex industry in this domain.

The procedures used by this recording method are getting better and more reliable with each day and so we may even consider the fast development and improvement of all the features of this audio recording method.

All in all, CD Mastering is among the most popular recording activities in the whole audio market and for this reason it is notable to take its entire complex and perfected features into account when analysing it.

The purpose of CD mastering is hence, not only pragmatic, but also an artistic one. This method has proven its necessity and reliability many times, and along with the development of the audio technology, with its improvement and breakthrough, the procedure of CD mastering finds itself in a continuous process of developing and perfecting its features gradually.

CD mastering prices are varied, and they are usually calculated per hour. However, there are mastering studios for all budgets. Besides the hourly rate of CD mastering processes there may also be additional charges applied for other optional packages, like the masters for duplications, the listening copies or the optional data backup copies. So if I were to write about CD mastering as a mere technological breakthrough and not as art my article would definitely be useless as scope.

Mastering your Technology Gap

Let’s say you drive to work every day following a certain route. It’s the route you take, because it’s the route everyone takes. Then one day, there’s a bad accident at a major intersection. Traffic’s stopped for blocks. What can you do?

Grumbling, you turn your car around, head back a few blocks, then pick your way through a few side streets and find a different way to work. And lo and behold: although it’s more mileage and uses all these back streets, your new route actually gets you to work faster!

The “detour” that turned out to be a new and better way of getting there had been available for months. You just never thought to try it, until an accident forced you to.

And that’s exactly the problem with most businesses in America today, both huge companies and individual entrepreneurs: we wait until the accident to go out and find the new and better way.Because people resist change, we allow the technology gap to widen and widen, without exploring it. We don’t change suppliers when things are working okay as they are. We don’t try new software, new tools, new technologies. We say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”– and we end up losing out to those who took the initiative to find new and better ways before the accident, those who are actively exploring their technology gap and who never wait for the accident to happen. The motto of the successful businessperson today is, “If it ain’t broken yet, good– now go find a better one!”And herein lies the key to success. Recall what the sixth and final law of economic alchemy tells us: your immediate economic potential is defined by your technology gap. Here’s what this means: how well you explore that area of “what you don’t know about yet,” and how regularly and rigorously you explore it, how much you discipline your mind to step out of its routines and look into new ways of doing things that you haven’t yet adopted, is what will determine your economic potential. Now, you know that there is no limit to resources, no limit to technology, no limit to demand, and no limit to wealth. Aren’t there any limits on anything?!

Yes. In fact, there is one thing that is limited, and this is perhaps your most precious resource, for it can never be replaced, no matter how wealthy, clever or powerful you are:

Your time.You cannot grow more hours in the day. However, you can make better use of those hours, just as American farmers learned to make better use of the same number of acres. And there is nothing more important in leveraging your time than the Internet– from scheduling and e-mail to video-conferencing and making presentations. Just as the computer is more than simply a glorified typewriter (which is exactly how most people used it at first), the Internet is far more than simply a glorified phone directory (which is how many are still using it today).

It is an instantaneous global communication system. Your ability to use it to leverage your time is the key to your success.