Greetings from Snowy Balearic Islands!

This is certainly off-topic, but I thought I would mention it, given the unusual character of this phenomenon in our part of the world…

We were snowed in most of the day today here in Minorca (the eastmost island). What you see above is the beach, barely 100 meters away from our home. Yep, big snow at sea-level!

And here I am, just to prove I was there :-) I know, can’t really see much of me. It was freezing! Anyway, don’t worry, you’re not missing much :-)))

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Bible Software Survey 2005

I’m happy to announce that a “macro” Bible Software Survey is now available at the following address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=91866814127.

This is not a BSR survey, though it links to us at the end (thanks!). It is a general survey intended for all Bible software users, irrespective of the program(s) or platform(s) used. Participation is absolutely anonymous, and the results will “help Bible software companies and web sites build more useful tools and give the user a way to send feedback to the whole community at once”, says Bob Pritchett, one of the “masterminds” behind it. Quite a few companies are already announcing the availability of this survey, and
requesting their user base to take it. You just have to check a few boxes, for the most part, knowing that your opinion does count. I would encourage you all to give it a go.

In support of this interesting and valuable survey, I have not included a new Poll of the Week on the sidebar. Will do so later on. Right now, please concentrate on this general survey. I will have quite a few things to say about the results (available only to Bible software developers and specialized websites) when the survey is finished.

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Poll Results (II)

The second of our polls was meant to show the background of our visitors.

As expected, the majority of our users are trained in some area of Biblical Studies (52%). This figure would greatly increase if we add the students (14%). Overall, this is pretty much what I had in mind when we first started BSR. There are other sites that deal with Bible Software, but most are of a more popular level.

It is difficult to strike a balance between “technical” and “general” reviews. Perhaps we are getting close to it when scholars/ministers label them as “too simple”, and others think they are a bit “too technical.” We’ll do our best to improve. Thanks for your participation!

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Basic Guides by D. Clines

Contributed by guest blogger Ken Ristau

David Clines, avid Accordance user, editor of the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, and great scholar, has had three basic guides to using Accordance available online for some time and I was just reminded of them the other day while browsing through my bookmarks:

  • Accordance: A Basic Guide for Students of the English Bible [pdf format]
  • Accordance: A Basic Guide for Students of Greek [pdf format]
  • Accordance: A Basic Guide for Students of Hebrew [pdf format]
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