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Supreme Court Rules Against FCC, Net Neutrality Not a good day for net neutrality... A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal...

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The Fog Machine has Arrived My Chauvet Hurricane 1300 arrived today. First thing's first--immediately unpack it, add some fog juice, and play! [caption id="attachment_81" align="aligncenter" width="225"...

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Realestate Manager 2.0 Picture Preview Since Real Estate Manager 2.0 is now almost ready for release, I figured I would share the differences between the current version (1.1) and 2.0. To start things off, the...

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Automotive Manager Photo Update It's been less than 2 months since I started on Automotive Manager. In that time, I've taken the thing from next to nothing to an almost complete product. I'm not sure how...

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The New GreeneCountyIndiana.com Since about March I have been working (rather slowly) on a new content management system for GreeneCountyIndiana.com. Along with it comes a new layout and many new features. The...

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Chuck’s Blog Rss A scary bee!!!

Busy busy busy

Posted on : 12-10-2010 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia

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There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs done.

Despite this, things at our shop have been going rather smoothly. The workload is very sporadic. Some days we have very few people come in. Other days we may take in 5 machines in just a few hours.

This is one of the slower times. On the bright side it gives me more time to work on websites and cleaning our office. There are only 2 rooms most customers ever see, and when we’re extra busy those are the only two rooms we make sure to keep clean. Now that it’s slowed down for a little bit it’s time to catch up on cleaning!

One of these days we may get computer repair moved into its new, bigger room. One of these days.

Office Space

Posted on : 09-06-2010 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia

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Anyone who follows New Deal Multimedia on Facebook will have known about this for quite some time. Around the end of March, Kegan and I signed a lease on a downtown storefront and office space for our business. We spent the entire month of April remodeling and repainting the building. The first couple weeks of May involved moving in, and we finally held our Grand Opening ceremony on May 22.

It has certainly been quite the experience getting everything ready and finally opening the doors for the first time. Since opening, our business has increased and we have been able to meet many new people. It also helps being “stuck” here all day–there are less distractions than when you work at home. (The lack of satellite or cable tv probably helps some too!).

Those of you interested in remodeling pictures, check out our Facebook page.

Supreme Court Rules Against FCC, Net Neutrality

Posted on : 06-04-2010 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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Not a good day for net neutrality…

A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission and could even hamper the government’s plans to expand broadband access in the United States.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. That was a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company, which had challenged the FCC’s authority to impose such “network neutrality” obligations on broadband providers.

Supporters of network neutrality, including the FCC chairman, have argued that the policy is necessary to prevent broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against certain Web sites and online services, such as Internet phone programs or software that runs in a Web browser. Advocates contend there is precedent: Nondiscrimination rules have traditionally applied to so-called “common carrier” networks that serve the public, from roads and highways to electrical grids and telephone lines.

But broadband providers such as Comcast, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. argue that after spending billions of dollars on their networks, they should be able to sell premium services and manage their systems to prevent certain applications from hogging capacity.

Complete Article: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=10298403

If these providers get continue to get their way in the “net neutrality” battle we may very well see internet service with tiers that resemble satellite or cable tv service. Won’t be long until we start seeing flyers resembling this one:

Internet Service Tiers

Man doesn’t that breakdown just look so appealing? I can get money off of my internet bill by removing game sites from my internet service.. But what’s this? It costs extra to get search engine access and access to news sites? Blast!

Dear Comcast/AT&T/other providers: why don’t you spend the money to upgrade your infrastructure instead?

Backups, backups, backups!

Posted on : 04-03-2010 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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I can’t stress enough how important backups are.

Backups are your friend. External hard drives are not that expensive. If you care at all about any data on your computer, get an external hard drive and make backups.

Windows XP has a nice little utility that will backup your entire system so when your hard drive up and dies, all you have to do is install another copy of XP and restore the files and system state from the backup. You’ll have your machine back up and running like it was the day the backup was generated, in less than a few hours. Certainly much better than losing all of your data and having to start from scratch.

If you aren’t backing up your data on a set schedule (I recommend atleast once a week) then you really should start. Especially if your hard drive is making funny clicking noises and you notice your computer being generally slow and unstable.

Realestate Manager 2.0 released

Posted on : 19-11-2009 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia, Programming

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Version 2.0 of New Deal Multimedia’s Realestate Manager software is now available. I’ve been working with one of our current clients to upgrade them from 1.1 to 2.0. They are also getting a new website template in the process, so it’s taking longer to upgrade.

The New Deal Multimedia website has not yet been updated to reflect the new version. That’s another project me and Kegan have been busy with. Expect to see some changes to the main New Deal Multimedia website in the coming weeks.

Now would probably be a good idea to write an installation script for Realestate Manager. So far all of the installs have been done by hand…

There are not enough hours in the day.

The Fog Machine has Arrived

Posted on : 30-09-2009 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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My Chauvet Hurricane 1300 arrived today. First thing’s first–immediately unpack it, add some fog juice, and play!

Hurricane 1300

Hurricane 1300

For more size reference, I put a cheap Toys R’ Us fog machine on top of it. This thing is a beast!

Hurricane 1300 vs. Lil Foggy

Hurricane 1300 vs. Lil Foggy

This fogger has a 5 minute pre-heat time. Understandable considering it’s size. After warm-up, I grabbed the remote and hit the manual fog button for about 5 seconds.

First burst of fog

First burst of fog

Now, I’m not going to want to stand outside on Halloween night hitting the manual fog button all the time. Thankfully the Hurricane 1300 comes standard with a Timer remote. I set the interval and duration and activated the timer. The result was nothing short of amazing. After 3 10 second bursts of fog output (spaced about 30-45 seconds apart) I could barely see across the room. I have a webcam sitting on a shelf in this room and it captured this wonderful shot

Webcam View of the Fog

Webcam View of the Fog

Since you can’t tell, normally you can see through two doorways, into the living room (on the left) and my room (on the right). Lights were on in each room, although you can’t tell.

Needless to say I’m happy with my new toy :)

…I’ve also had all the windows open for about 30 minutes and a fan in one blowing fog outside and it still hasn’t completely cleared out…

UPDATE: I set some lights up outside real quick to see how it looked. Not ad for a quick setup! A friend of mine said some of the fog was lingering around a block away.

Outdoor Night Test with Lights

Outdoor Night Test with Lights

Halloween Display

Posted on : 28-09-2009 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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I’ve been doing Christmas Light displays animated to music  for the past 4 years now. This year I decided to add a Halloween display to the mix.

This display runs a bit differently than a Christmas Light display. I’m not going all out with lights wrapped around everything and he lights aren’t going to be “dancing” to the music.  I’m going to have about 6-8 colored flood lights (maybe more–will decide after I get them set up) positioned around the yard and front porch.

Now, floodlights alone would be pretty boring wouldn’t they? They will all be hooked up to my light controllers and programmed to pulse on and off and flicker.

I have a 7 minute repeating thunder and lightning track. 2 150 watt halogen floodlights will be mounted up high in the big tree in my front yard.  They will be used to simulate lightning. Mounting them in the tree should give them the ability to cast shadows of the tree limbs on my yard and house for an added eerie effect.

Finally, I wanted to have fog. Lots and lots of fog. I have a small cheap Toys R’ Us fog machine, but its not even going to come close to working well. So, I bought this monsterThat is the Chauvet Hurricane 1300 fog machine. It puts out 20,000 cubic feet of fog per minute according to its spec sheet. The little Toys R’ Us fogger is lucky to put out 2000 cfm if that. This fogger uses 11 amps of power when running, so I’m going to have to find more ways to get power outside this year.

To spread the fog around my yard more, I’m going to get an irrigation hose and run the fog through it. This hose will have small holes drilled in it the entire length of the hose. If I run it around my porch in a circle, the fog should come out of the hose all the way around my porch.

The fog machine is supposed to arrive Wednesday. I’ll probably start putting lights and stuff out next week. Look for more posts as I start setting up outside. It’s going to look cool :)

Realestate Manager 2.0 Picture Preview

Posted on : 01-09-2009 | By : Chuck | In : CakePHP, New Deal Multimedia, Programming

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Since Real Estate Manager 2.0 is now almost ready for release, I figured I would share the differences between the current version (1.1) and 2.0.

To start things off, the Admin control panel home page has been completely revamped. The old one might as well have been a blank page. The new version provides links to the the most important tasks, and also includes software update notifications. (click for full-size images)

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

Up next, the Listings index page has been revamped. In version 1.1 all of the listings in each category was displayed under the category heading. This was problematic since listings could be in multiple categories, which led to the same listing being shown multiple times on the index page. In version 2.0 there is a dropdown menu so you can either select which category to view or view all of the listings.

admin_listings_index1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The next biggest improvement is in the area of photos. In version 2.0, the photo ordering (numbering) system has been improved, and we have removed the ‘default’ checkbox. The image with the lowest order will now be considered the ‘default’ image for a listing. You can also change the order of every photo for a single listing at the same time.

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The photo uploader has also been improved. You can now queue up over 25 separate images to upload for a listing at a time. Descriptions can be entered for each image. Once you have all the photos added to the queue, simply click on the “Upload Queue” button and watch as it uploads all of the photos.

2.0 Photo Uploader

2.0 Photo Uploader

The deleting of items (listings, categories, photos, etc) has also been improved. Deleting items now uses javascript-based dialog boxes to ask you to confirm if you want to delete an item. Upon confirmation the item will be removed from the page right before your very eyes.

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The last new feature I’m going to show today is the new static page manager. Now you can edit your static pages from directly inside of Real Estate Manager. A WYSIWYG editor allows you to create pages with controls that will be familiar to anyone who has used a word processor such as Microsoft Word.

Version 2.0 Page Editor

Version 2.0 Page Editor

Version 2.0 is now complete as far as new features go. The next few weeks will be spent testing the software and fixing bugs. After the testing process is complete we will try to get a live demo available and release the software.

If you are currently using version 1.1and would like to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the new version before your site is upgraded send an email to support@newdealmultimedia.com and we will get a test environment set up for you.

Global Warming == Cooler Temperatures

Posted on : 17-07-2009 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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My BetaBrite scrolling message sign alerted me that the Nation Weather Service has issued a “Special Weather Statement” for my area.

...UNSEASONABLY COOL WEATHER HEADED FOR CENTRAL INDIANA THIS WEEKEND...

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN COMBINATION WITH HIGH PRESSURE
ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS STATES WILL PUSH VERY COOL AIR ACROSS
CENTRAL INDIANA ON SATURDAY. PLENTY OF CLOUD COVER IS ALSO
EXPECTED WHICH WILL HELP TO PREVENT TEMPERATURES FROM RISING.

HIGH TEMPERATURES ON SATURDAY ACROSS CENTRAL INDIANA ARE EXPECTED
TO BE IN THE UPPER 60S TO AROUND 70...OVER 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.

THE COOL AIR AND CLOUDS WILL MOVE OFF TO THE EAST ON SUNDAY AND
HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER TO LOWER AND MIDDLE 70S.

THE NORMAL HIGH TEMPERATURE AT INDIANAPOLIS ON JULY 18 IS 86
DEGREES.

THE RECORD FOR COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURE AT INDIANAPOLIS ON JULY 18
IS 75...SET BACK IN 1883 AND 1871.

This summer has already been unseasonably cool, and now on July 18th we could be breaking records for the lowest high temperature in over 100 years. I thought global warming was supposed to make things hotter, not cooler.

In other Weather news, apparently El Nino has come back and plans to stay a while.

…El Niño Arrives; Expected to Persist through Winter 2009-10…
NOAA scientists today announced the arrival of El Niño, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather, ocean conditions and marine fisheries. NOAA expects this El Niño to continue developing during the next several months, with further strengthening possible. The event is expected to last through winter 2009-10 Details…

I’ll be at Cedar Point this weekend, so I get to miss the record breaking in Indiana. Maybe we’ll get to see some sweet weather in Ohio instead. I would love to see a lightning storm at night at the park. It would make for some amazing pictures.

Linton Freedom Festival

Posted on : 02-07-2009 | By : Chuck | In : Uncategorized

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The Linton Freedom Festival is one of the largest festivals in Indiana. It’s main attraction is the Freedom Festival Parade, the largest parade in Indiana. Those of you in the area should check it out. While you’re there be sure to check out our booth for GreeneCountyIndiana.com :)