Work Surface Design Thoughts

I have been reviewing my home office and work office setups and trying to come up with what a nice workstation setup would look like.  As I move between home and work the setups differ but if I could create this setup at home I would work from home a lot more often.  Here is what I am thinking.

Desk: I currently have a very nice desk at home but don’t have a viable office chair there.  If I were going to change it all up anyways I might lean towards the UpDesk.


Compute: If this would be purely a home setup then I lean towards the Apple side of the world, and we are really getting close with the tools that I use to being completely platform agnostic.  So going that way, I would put in place a 13" MacBook Air.


To maximize the work space area, I am a fan of using the Elevator by Griffin Technology.  I have been using one of these for several years now, it is great for keeping the work surface open and raising up the laptop screen for better viewing.

Screen: We have a base of computing now but we need to move onto serious screen real estate.  With the amount of task being done concurrently or just the need to monitor and leave open and view able applications I like multiple monitors.  For this I would select the use of a VERSA mount like this option from Ergotron.  Mounted on there would be dual 27" monitors.In order to drive the displays the MacBook would need to be hooked up to something like this Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock.

Peripherals:  In order to drive the displays the MacBook would need to be hooked up to something like this Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock.


 In order to achieve flexibility with for input and helping to reduce the number of keyboards on the work surface, I would place a Kanex Multi-Sync Bluetooth Keyboard. This would enable the keyboard to be used for several different devices.


In keeping with not wanting to clutter up the work surface, I would have to choose a wireless mouse as well, something along the lines of the Arc.

All in all that would be a sweet office setup.  The flexibility of using the peripherals with various systems also make changing out the computing piece simpler.  Now to just start down the road of building out the work space…

More to come in the next post on the geek toolkit of apps and devices.

Hello, my name is…

Words can speak to you to tear you down, pull you under and try to destroy you… but who is speaking these words to you?  In the case of many along with myself it can be our own mind. 

It can be the whisper inside you of regret that won’t let you forget. It can be the deamonous words of defeat that try to pull you right back down again just when you think you can win. 

These are the whispers and lies that we tell ourselves and to often listen. 

But there is freedom. There is One that makes all things new and has call you His own. You are a child of the One True King. 

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 NIV)

These words are an interpretation on listening to the song by Matthew West, “Hello, My Name Is”.  I am thankful for the inspiring words that this talented song writer speaks to my heart everythme I listen. One of the greatest joys is sharing this song with my three little girls, letting them know the meaning of the song and then hearing them sing out loud in worship to our Great God.

One Year Into Forever

Copy of a post that my lovely wife posted on our family site:

It is absolutely amazing to think about the significance of the month of March for us over the past few years. In March 2010, God spoke clearly to us while we were on vacation that we were to embark on the journey of adoption. One year later almost to the day, we were meeting Julia for the first time. And now, here we are one year later – celebrating our Forever Family. In between, it has been a series of highs, lows, and frankly, the darkest moments of my life. Let’s break it down…

Opening our hearts to a precious child born physically outside our family – EASY. Flying halfway around the world, adjusting to the 12-hour time difference, and spending 2.5 weeks away from our other children – NOT HORRIBLE. Loving a little girl as she howls over the loss of everything she has ever known?…Teaching her the rules of the home while still giving her the extra care she needs to work through her grief?…Living nearly an entire year of your life in a sleep-deprived state, waking up every one to two hours and hoping that prolonged screaming won’t be involved?…well, you get the idea. Adoption is HARD.

But then, somewhere along the way the days become marked by more joy than sorrow. The grieving becomes an occasional occurrence rather than a daily event. Crawling gives way to first steps, followed by running. First smiles turn to tentative giggles, which evolve into quick smiles and belly laughs. And stress and tension give way to familiarity and love. But I think pictures speak louder than words…to me this picture of Julia is a perfect, adorable representation of how far she has come in the past year.

(Special thanks to Warner Photography for capturing the moment and allowing us to share it here!)

I could spend paragraphs telling you all the milestones that Julia has achieved already – and maybe I will at some point. But for now, I just want to say thank you. Thank you to all of you for your support over the last year while we adjusted to our new family. Thank you to Julia’s birth parents for bringing her into the world. And thank you to Our Heavenly Father, who led us to Julia and shows us all the ultimate model of adoption through His love for us.

And to our precious Julia – sweetheart, it has been a very long year in so many ways yet I also can’t believe it has already been a year since you were placed in our arms. I am constantly amazed by your resilience, amused by your antics, and in awe of the progress we have all made together in the past year. We love you forever.

(Originally posted on March 7, 2012)

Whatever The Test

Today in worship I was singing along the lyrics and right after I joyfull sang the following I was struck and had to stop.

Lord use us (me) as You want, whatever the test

I was struck by the power and responsibility to that statement. As I was standing their silently reflecting on this I was convicted that I dont believe that I could sing that wih full truth. I have said yes to the Lord in many places and callings not knowing what would come of it… spreading the Gospel, world travel, unemployment, sleepless nights…

But am I ready to stand before the creator of the universe, my Savior, my God, my redemption, my Lord, my all and say; use me as You want, no matter the test!?!

What is your starting offset?

Here is far more than I could capture already written about disk alignment for both physical and virtual machines so I will not attempt to recount the reason, theories and proofs for having aligned drives. So you know that you need to have your drives aligned but you have 2000+ virtual machines and you find that your drive alignment is off… now what? You (and your team) continue to search for a solution that is the most effective use of technology to help bring the world into alignment. Enter finally one simple amazing tool from Nicholas Weaver, UBERalign.

UBERalign allows for fast and if setup to concurrent VM drive alignment correction. There are some caveats that are pointed that need to be taken into account so before testing please read the details through. Test it out and then get on UBERaligning your virtual world away.

What if a thousand sleepless nights…

As some of you as friends and family know, our youngest daughter is currently in a stage where she does not sleep well at night. This is a heavy weight on my wife and myself as we help comfort her for what seems like endless hours night after night. This morning in worship this song was spoken from God’s heart to mine as I sat there in tears trying to listen. So I sat there thinking: What if my healing comes through tears? What if a thousand sleepless nights? What if those are what it takes to know God is near? What if trials of this life are God’s mercies in disguise? What am I really praying for? What are you really praying for? The song is titled: Blessings, by Laura Story.

We pray for blessings We pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom Your voice to hear And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love As if every promise from Your Word is not enough All the while, You hear each desperate plea And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us When darkness seems to win We know that pain reminds this heart That this is not, this is not our home It’s not our home

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears And what if a thousand sleepless nights Are what it takes to know You’re near What if my greatest disappointments Or the aching of this life Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy And what if trials of this life The rain, the storms, the hardest nights Are Your mercies in disguise

Buffalo Chicken Dip

To add to the ongoing online recipe collection I bring to you Buffalo Chicken Dip. This recipe originally came to us from our friends the Hansen’s.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 4 bonless chicken breast
  • 12 oz hot sauce
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz blue cheese dressing
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup celery

Season and bake the chicken in a shallow backing at 350 degrees for 1 hour. I generally bake the chicken in advance a day or two. After the chicken i cool, shred the chicken and layer into a 9×13 pan. Cover with the hot sauce. Melt together the cream cheese and blue cheese dressing in a pot or a double boiler. Pour the melted cheese mixture over the chicken and hot sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and top with chopped celery. I serve it with corn tortilla chip scoops.

taking the Church to main street

After reading Pastor Thomas’ comments and thoughts on what Messiah and journeys coffeehouse are doing I was beyond compelled to reply.  Below is my reply to his post.

Pastor Thomas I would like to share my thoughts on your post and journeys coffeehouse on main street.

When journeys coffeehouse was formed over three years ago inside the of the walls of Messiah it was known that is was only a place to grow and cultivate the idea of using a third place to help share the Gospel to the world. As much as one will try the fact is that journeys coffeehouse in it’s current location is stuck within the confines of a traditional church building. Folks who don’t yet know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior don’t want to walk into the walls of a traditional church, most churches buildings freak them out. As I recall from what I read, Jesus did not do the majority of His ministry and outreach in the temple but out where the people are. journeys coffeehouse goal is to create a ministry venue in which the gospel can be shared and lived out. journeys coffeehouse is not intending to be “a church” on main street but instead and more powerful to be “the Church” on main street. We can continue to build traditional church buildings and asking the world to come to Him, or we can take Him to the world.

I would rather pour my life into someone while sharing the gospel instead of polishing the pretty bricks on a traditional church building. Jesus did not come to the world to have us make members in church clubs but instead to have His creation cross from death to life through believing in Him.

Be Blessed,
Dan Lacher

Update to the post.  I do understand and believe in the local church so please don’t misunderstand that through my strong statements above.  What I do have a problem with are the traditional church settings are so inwardly focused that they are not evangelizing to the world and tightening in on the “club” mentality if even unconsciously.

Christmas Promo

I was asked to tape a message to place on the website of Messiah as a thank you for all of those that had joined us for the Christmas season and events. The script was fairly straight forward… after two days of taping of which the first day I was feeling dreadfully ill we ended up with a good video “thank you” message as seen below.