"Christians And The Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 4 No. 2:  August 22, 2002



The latest revision of this issue of "CATI" can be accessed
online at http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati79.htm.  The
Web page edition makes it especially easy to visit the links.

Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2002 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  See
the end of this issue for more information on "CATI."


Many subscribers are aware that this past year I have been
struggling with Parkinson's Disease and that as treatment for
that condition I had surgery on June 24, 2003.  That procedure
was for "DBS of the STN," i.e., "deep-brain stimulation of the
sub-thalamic nucleus."  That is, the procedure (which took
perhaps 12 hours) implanted clusters of electrodes near a part
of my brain that I'm told is about the size of a rice krispie.

It's supposed to be "the greatest advance in the treatment of
Parkinson's in the past forty years," and, in fact, it's so
new that the procedure was only officially approved by the FDA
in January 2002.  My implantation was (as most are) bilateral.
That is, the left side of your brain controls the right side
of the body and vice versa, so I have two clusters implanted.
Leads go under the skin for each cluster to a pacemaker in the
chest area (just below the shoulder).  So ignore the Bionic
Woman and Six Million Dollar Man on television:  they are
fakes; I'm the real thing (and my surgery cost only about
$120,000, a bargain).

Some immediately noticeable benefits:  (1) I've lost the
severely hunchbacked posture sometimes characteristic of
Parkinson's patients and can now once again look people in the
eye.  (Earlier it was physically painful to try to put my neck
in a fully upright position.)  (2) I can now button my right
sleeve with my right hand in seconds (earlier it took perhaps
ten or fifteen minutes).  (3) I can smile naturally again.
(One of the effects of Parkinson's is a "masking" of the face,
so the face seems expressionless).  (4) I'm now walking rather
than shuffling, and I am swinging my arms as I go.  (5) I'm
more of a "normal" person again.

The surgery went fine, and recovery has gone smoothly as well.
(I was released from the hospital two days after the surgery!)
I am greatly indebted to CATI subscribers and others for their
prayers on my behalf.  I was amazingly calm for the surgery,
and I attribute this to knowing (1) that I belong to God, who
writes His promises in the Bible (e.g., Romans 8) in indelible
ink and (2) that I had a lot of good Christian friends praying
for me.  At this point it's basically a matter of programming
the stimulators for optimal benefit (a process that sometimes
may take six months or so, since it's partly a trial-and-error
sort of thing).

So "CATI," a free e-mail newsletter has resumed publication,
and I'm happy also to announce that "CATI" now has its own
bulletin board.  You can get there by going to this address:


That page is different from the regular "CATI" home page,
which continues to be at this address:


If you want to look up a past article in the archives, use
the latter address, but the former address is where you want
to go for brand-new stuff (including some messages that you
will later see published as articles in the newsletter ...
and some you may not see in the newsletter).

Anyone can read what is posted on the "CATI" bulletin board,
but to post a message, you will need to register (which is a
relatively painless procedure you can accomplish through the
menu at the top of the page).  On the CATI bulletin board
you will find material that will not be published in the
newsletter (just as you will read material in the newsletter
that will not be posted on the bulletin board), so be sure
to take advantage of both!

Once again, here is an address that will get you to the "CATI"
bulletin board:


Check it out!


Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

According to Randy Stinson, Executive Director of CBMW, "An
organization like CBMW is needed because of the complexity of
the arguments about the gender issue, the enormity of the
scope and influence that surrounds it, and the severity of
the repercussions resulting from a failure of the Church and
culture to properly deal with it."

The main thrust of the site is, however, positive.  If you are
looking for material on Biblical manhood and womanhood, you've
come to the right place!  Not only can you download relevant
articles and essays, and reviews of books and articles, but
also you can obtain entire books for free!

In spite of a recent face-lift, the site is still not entirely
easy to navigate (there are too many things to see!), but it
is well worth exploring, and to make it easy for you to find
the books, here are the addresses:

50 Crucial Questions by John Piper and Wayne Grudem (booklet)

The Feminist Gospel: The Movement to Unite Feminism with the
Church by Mary Kassian (PDF file)

The Gender Neutral Bible Controversy: Muting the Masculinity
of God's Words by Vern Poythress and Wayne Grudem

Headship, Submission, and the Bible by Jack Cottrell
(unpublished monograph) (PDF file)

Man and Woman in Christ by Stephen B. Clark

(Incidentally, as one who is a follower of the teaching of
Hezekiah 12:34, "He that bloweth not his own horn, by
whom then shall it be blown?," I hereby announce that I am
the one responsible for the improvement in the HTML files
for the Stephen B. Clark book so that now when you click on
a footnote number in the upper pane, that specific footnote
appears in the lower pane.  Even though Stephen Clark is a
Roman Catholic, his book is, in my opinion, probably the
best single-author book on the subject, so CBMW is doing a
public service in making the book publicly available again.)

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to
Evangelical Feminism edited by John Piper & Wayne Grudem

Women, Creation and the Fall by Mary Kassian (PDF file)

Caution:  Note that a number of these are in PDF format, so
you will need the Acrobat Reader (a free program) to access
them.  If you do not already have it, here is where you can
get it:


The CBMW also publishes a Journal, the current issue of which
is available in PDF format:


You'll also find audio messages on the CBMW site:

"Over 75 sermons [actually, 82!] and messages from CBMW
conferences are available for listening over the web. Each
message is in streaming media format so that you can begin
listening now with no download."

Here are the speakers represented, some of whom you may find
more helpful than others:   Daniel Akin, John Bates, Alistair
Begg, Wellington Boone, Bob Davies, Harold Davis, Nancy Leigh
DeMoss, Daniel Donani, Elisabeth Elliot, Steve Farrar, Wayne
Grudem, Barbara Hughes, R. Kent Hughes, Susan Hunt, Danny
Jones, Mary Kassian, Bob Lepine, Rolbert Lewis, Ed Litton,
Crawford Loritts, C.J. Mahaney, Paige Patterson, John Piper,
Dick Purnell, Dennis Rainey, Ken Sande, R.C. Sproul, Randy
Stinson, Bruce Ware, and Jodi Ware.

And here is the audio message Web page:

Some of the better-known speakers in the preceding list you
might enjoy are Elisabeth Elliot, Susan Hunt, John Piper,
and R.C. Sproul.

In addition to all the free stuff, there is a Store where you
can purchase materials related to the topic of Biblical
manhood and womanhood:


"Gender issues" doesn't sound particularly exciting as a
topic, but it becomes so when we realize that the subject is
really how God created us male and female and how He in the
Scriptures has told us just how that works.  This site is a
good place to learn more from a Biblical perspective.


Sometimes the best things in life are free.  "For the wages of
sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 6:23).  And sometimes freeware
programs are better than commercial versions of the same type
of program.

What is "freeware"?  It's software that is free, i.e., it
doesn't cost money.  My own opinion is that ad-supported
programs (as well as spyware) are NOT freeware.  There is a
cost involved in using them, perhaps not money but nonetheless
a cost that makes the software less than free.

Not all freeware is first-rate, but I'll be sharing with you
in the following weeks (D.V.) different examples of some of
my favorite freeware programs.

Avant Browser

Avant Browser is a freeware browser built on Internet Explorer
(which is itself freeware), but one that has many features
that are lacking in IE.  Here are some of Avant's features:

(1) "Just say no."  You can choose to block Flash files,
pictures, sounds, videos, ActiveX components, or pop-up
windows, or any combination of these.

(2) Rather than being restricted to a single window, you can
have multiple windows open simultaneously (without opening
up multiple browsers), and you have full control over these

(3) With a click of the middle mouse button or mouse wheel,
you can open a new window behind windows already open.  (And
here is an undocumented secret:  you can do the same thing if
you hold down Ctrl and Shift when you click on a link.)

What's the value of that?  Well, if you've just done a Google
search, it makes it easy to load in a bunch of pages based on
that search at once and then later look at the pages one by
one (easy to do because the windows are tabbed).

(4) You can not only save an individual page as a "Favorite,"
but also save entire groups of pages that can be loaded in
simultaneously from the "Groups" menu.  For example, you might
like to create a group to be various Christian sites that you
visit on a regular basis.

(5) There is a built-in Google search engine that you can use
to search the Web.  (Earlier it could also be used to search
in particular the Web site you were currently visiting.  I'm
not sure why, but that feature is not included in the latest
version of Avant.)

(6)  If you're interrupted in the middle of a session where
you have many windows open, you can close down Avant in such
a way that when you restart it at some future time the same
windows (i.e., the same Web pages) load in automatically.

(7) By the press of a key, you can have full screen mode,
where all you see is the Web page, with no task bar or other
clutter.  By the press of another key, you can have full
desktop mode, which is the same thing except that your
Windows taskbar remains visible.  (Pressing the same key
again returns the screen to its normal display.)

(8) Even though Avant is freeware, there is an excellent forum
of users helping users where you can go for help if needed.
(Incidentally, the software used is YaBB, the same as is used
on the CATI bulletin board.)

(9) There is a section under "Tools" that allows you to clear
typed addresses, recent pages, auto-complete passwords,
cookies, history of visited sites, temporary Internet files,
or search keywords, or any combination of these.

Here is where you'll find the Web site for Avant:


Try it out!  It's easy to install, and once you've experienced
the "extras" of Avant, you won't want to go back to just plain
Internet Explorer again.  (Once more, Avant does everything
that Internet Explorer does plus a lot more!)


There are a number of good, free anti-spyware programs
available on the Web, including these two:

Ad-Aware Standard Edition

SpyBot Search & Destroy

Another widely-advertised free program is SpywareNuker.  Is
it also a good anti-spyware program?  Or is it spyware in
disguise?  Keep reading!

Before you download or use SpywareNuker, I recommend that you
take a look at this CamTech newsletter:


Note the following comments from that newsletter:

According the license agreement to which the user must
subscribe before using the program, the company behind
SpywareNuker "can install anything they want, anytime they
want without informing you 'including but not limited to
advertising or other value-added software and technology' on
your PC."  But that's not all.

In addition, "...the Domain ... spywarenuker.com is actually
owned by [Lions Pride Enterprises, Inc.], a company that ...
'specializes in integrated marketing, media branding and
online advertising technologies.'...  How about that?  A 
Spyware removal program owned by an advertising company that
specializes in installing Spyware/Adware on Computers.  What’s
wrong with this picture?"

What's more, SpywareNuker may mess up your computer:  "...I
use Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware regularly (still the best in my
opinion) and Spyware Nuker did find 6 more files it tagged as
Spyware/Adware.  The only problem is that they were wrong on
all 6 counts and removing some caused problems. These were
perfectly legitimate files and definitely not Spyware."

Want an example?  Here's one:  SpywareNuker "tagged a .dll in
Microsoft Money as Spyware and quarantined it.  After that
any time My Computer, My Documents or any other directory was
clicked on Windows asked for the MS Money disk.  Huh???"

If you need another reason to avoid SpywareNuker, here's one.
For free, it only identifies (often incorrectly) files that
it thinks represent spyware; to remove them, it costs money!
"Now here’s the kicker, this is Shareware that will show you
which files it thinks are Spyware but if you want to remove
them you’ll have to fork over $30 to do it."

Incidentally, that same newsletter warns against another
program from the same company:  "NoPop! which is even worse
than Spyware Nuker."

By the way, I recommend that you NOT even visit the
SpywareNuker Web site, because according to SpywareInfo.com,
if your security settings are not set high enough, "merely
loading the product's home page causes it to start
downloading Spyware Nuker..." (you'll find their warning at http://snurl.com/24fq ).


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Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2002 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.