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Personal

Pumpkin Fest 2007 at the Chollar’s

Hey, this is off-topic, but completely seasonal. Every year for the past 15 years (which is before we had kids), we have hosted a fun-filled pumpkin carving party. The parties have gotten a bit bigger over the past years (now around 70 people), the pumpkin carving a lot more creative, and the food just remains great!

Here a few photos from this years event:

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal PowerPoint

Stayn’ Alive with PowerPoint

Thanks to PPTMVP for finding this humorous YouTube video. The first part is a very creative (and simple) PowerPoint presentation – last part I could have done without…

For some quick entertainment check it out here.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Spending Time w/ Microsoft’s PowerPoint Team

Last month I had the opportunity to spend some time with some of the Microsoft PowerPoint team. Always a fun time to had with this group!


Howie, Troy, John, April, Rick

– Troy @ TLC

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Software/Add-Ins

Fix Links Pro Fixes A Hidden Problem

Sometimes you don’t want to give away to much information. And when an Excel chart or movie is inserted you are giving away information about your network/file structure.

As example, right click on a movie that is inserted into PowerPoint and choose EDIT.

The movie information includes the path where it came from.

To eliminate this information I use the Fix Links Pro add-in (website is here).

(1) Open Fix Links Pro and choose REPAIR

(2) It generates a report about all multimedia and embedded files in the presentation. The key is where the report says “now path-free”.

(3) Now right click the movie, choose EDIT and see that the path information has been removed

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

One Last Look at DVI

Just as a final parting look at all the flavors of DVI, here is a diagram of each connectors pin configuration. The important thing is DVI-A and DVI-I have the four connectors around the slotted connection, while DVI-D does not.

Dual-Link, the simple explanation: for high-resolution displays (eg. 2560×1600).

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

What is “DisplayPort” ???

This is one to take note of – possibly more than all the previous posts on VGA, DVI, HDMI (and others not discussed such as SDI, etc.). DisplayPort is a NEW display standard that was approved by VESA in May of this year (2006).

DisplayPort is a one-stop connector solution that looks to be implemented across the board on LCD monitors, CRTs, Plasma TVs, projectors, etc. It looks similiar to the HDMI connector and it transmits both high-definition video and multichannel audio.

The reason it looks to be the next big thing is it already has the support of big companies like HP, Dell, ATI, Nvidia, Phillips, Samsung and many others. Remember, you heard it here.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

What is HDMI ???

HDMI stands for “High-Definition Multimedia Interface”. From out perspective it is like combining DVI (high-def video) and high-quality audio into one connector.

This connector is not an option on computer graphics cards. There are a number of DVI-to-HDMI adaptors available. And with its growing use in plasma televisions, home theater systems and even new game systems it may end up on many computers in place of the S-Video connector.

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

What is DVI-I ???

The DVI-I connector is the best of both worlds; digital and analog. But it is also the least common connector, most likely because it is more costly to produce and purchase.

The DVI-I connection is able to go digital-to-digital (like DVI-D) or analog-to-analog (like DVI-A). It has the same appearance as a DVI-A connector, making it difficult to know if it is DVI-A or DVI-I. Basically, if you are lucky enough to have a DVI-I connector on your computer – be happy!

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

The Real World and DVI-D

DVI-D is Digital Video Interface – Digital. Using DVI-D is the highest quality image because it is all digital all the way, and there are no exceptions. This is perfect for home theaters, or a big budget shows, where going all digital is ideal.

The real-world trouble with DVI-D is that it cannot be used to connect to an analog source, which is the majority of displays/projectors encountered today. (I should note that I did some research and there are a few DVI-D to VGA converters are out there, but they cost $200+). This limitation of only connecting to other DVI-D equipment is a major limitation for us with the wide range of euqipment we may be using.

Looking at the connector it is easy to see if it is DVI-A or DVI-D. DVI-D does not have the 4 additional connector pins around the slotted connection (on the right side of this image).

Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

The Real World and DVI-A

DVI-A is a high-def analog signal. DVI-A connectors have the four pin connections around the slotted connector (on the right half of this image).

The conversion from digital to analog occurs in the video card. Technically the overall image quality it is much higher quality than standard VGA. But the reality is, very little difference can be seen with standard definition displays/projectors (eg. 1024×768 or 1280×1024).

The real advantage of DVI-A is its flexibility with hardware connections. It can be connected to DVI devices, or easily converted to a VGA connection with a DVI-to-VGA adaptor (approx. $10).

– Troy @ TLC