Up and running again

Four weeks after the theft in our office, I now have the replacement MacBook set up to my liking. Almost.

The delay wasn’t due to any problems with insurance claims or police reports. Most of the time, I’ve simply been too busy to pull it out of the box and begin working on it. During the past three weeks, much of my efforts have been focused on interviewing and hiring two people to help us with our email migration project.

Together with a volunteer from Wycliffe Associates, they will make up a team to work on as many of the smaller accounts as they can handle in the next two months. We spent the last week walking through the process and covering the key terms and concepts within the world of email. I stop when I see that their eyes are glazed over. And I start doing what Jesus did — speaking in parables to help get my point across.

And the fallout from the theft? Well, all the other victims of the robbery are also working on new computers now, and I was able to use our backup system to restore their work quickly. There wasn’t much data that was lost, and I don’t think that anyone has seen evidence of identity theft attempts. I know that the police are still working the case, but there’s no information that I can pass along here.

There will certainly be changes that we make on the campus and on the computers that our members are using — particularly the laptops. Presently, I’m trying to make sure that I’m comfortable with our standard for data encryption, TrueCrypt, and applying it to the email on my computers. Keep those bad guys out!

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David Liddle

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Media, PA, and graduated from The Citadel in 1994. I joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1995 and went to Africa for the first time in 1997. Katherine and I were married in November 1998.