Archive for March, 2008

Minority Report-like interface gets demoed at CeBIT

Posted by admin on March 23rd, 2008

I would never admit that I saw the movie Minority Report, however, the whole control room bit was quite cool. It’s far from the first Minority Report-like interface to make the rounds, but that doesnt seem to have prevented the massive setup pictured above from drawing a crowd at CeBIT, which one attendee thankfully captured on video. As you can see for yourself after the break, the rig lets you do all the usual moving, flipping and resizing, without the need for pesky gloves or silly headgear.

Needless to say, theres no indication as to where this particular bit of technology is headed next, but it seems safe to assume that it’ll become a fixture of trade shows for years to come. There is still that user interface problem, I mean, I hate texting. Why am I the only one who hates texting? There needs to be some sort of voice recognition to make this work well.

Tampa Video Production

Posted by admin on March 20th, 2008

You always hear about video production companies talking about “We have the state-of-the-art equipment this or we have the most experience that,” it goes on and on but the bottom line is you have to have those things for your company to survive. The truth is it is about building relationships with people and your clients. You have to develop a relationship with your clients and you HAVE TO HAVE their best interests at heart. That’s the truth! No equipment and no amount of experience is going to take the place of those two things. At Big U Media we win because our client wins FIRST.

Bobby Fontaine CEO/Owner

How To Post To This Blog

Posted by admin on March 17th, 2008

I just wanted to post a video of how to post a comment on this blog. It is not difficult and the video goes into detail of how it can be done and how to do it effectively in order to get the best results from your post.

What is Soundog ?

Posted by admin on March 17th, 2008

Soundog is a wireless tabletop audio system
that lets customers hear any TV program
being broadcast in your establishment right
from the comfort of their own table. Customers can
“audio-surf” available programs with the press of a button.

How to improve your customers guests’ experience &
get better tips:
1. Promote the Soundog everyday. Wear the Soundog
buttons. Have the Soundog out in full view of your
customers, use the main table tops. Put up Soundog
posters, door stickers, TV signs or other wall art.
2. When you introduce yourself to your customers and explain the daily specials, remember
to walk the “dog” to the table and show your customers how to use it….it’s so simple! Just
turn the knob, press the buttons, and voila, sound for the TVs!
3. Clean the “dogs”. After each use clean and (disinfect) the dogs. Simply spray the Soundogs
on all sides and wipe with a clean cloth (do not immerse in water).
4. Feed the “dogs”! At closing time, send the “dogs” to the Doghouse ™ for a good night’s rest
(recharging). Let them sleep overnight and they will be ready to play in the morning!
5. Remember, if your customers are happy hearing the TV, it usually means they’ll stay longer
and spend more $$, resulting in better tips for you!

Film School in Florida

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

Florida, it seems, could never get over-saturated with life. With all those spring break vacationers, amusement parks over at Orlando, and film festivals; it isn’t out of place that the few finest film schools in the United States are found in Florida. After all, where should the best institution take root than in the star and wealth imbibed Florida.

Florida State Film School is undoubtedly the best film school in Florida. This film school in Florida is one of the very few institutions recognized and distinguished by the Directors Guild in America, for its contributions to the American culture through the science of motion pictures and television.

This film school in Florida, known formally as Florida State College of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts (but also known simply as The Film School) is a department of The Florida State University, a public research university sitting in the capital of Florida. The Film School is known to be very competitively selective; only 30 undergraduates are accepted from applicants of 1,500 for the BFA. 30 graduates are to be accepted for the MFA, 24 for the production program and 6 for the writing program.

This film school in Florida had enjoyed thorough success throughout the past years, with notable alumni examples of Jonathan King of I, Robot, Finding Forrester, and Dreamgirls, Ron Freidman of Brother Bear and Chicken Little and Greg Marcks of 11:14. That is because the faculty of this film school in Florida is equally star studded: Chip Chalmers of 7th Heaven, Miami Vice and Beverly Hills 90210, Academy Award visual effects winner Stuart Robertson, Academy Award sound mixer Richard Portman and Victor Nunez, noted for directing a number of successful indie films.

One of the best features of The Film School is the school’s taking care of all student’s production costs, making students more likely to produce quality films without budget constraints.

The Ringling School of Art and Design is another fine choice for film school in Florida, especially if you want more technology in arts. Better known for teaching the visual arts in computer animation and several other graphic and interactive communication, as well as Game Art & Design, the Ringling School of Art and Design becomes a superb first step to those heading towards animation and technical in the film making industry.

University of Central Florida is the largest university in the state, and one of the best all over United States. This film school in Florida is included in the Best 361 Colleges compiled by the Princeton Review. Their film program teaches well on techniques and creativity, making use of UCF’s broad range of film and studio equipment, instilling preparedness to their students.

How Your Decisions Impact Those Around You

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

The position you occupy – whether in a company, in a family, or in any other relationship – has a direct bearing on the decisions you make. If you work in your company’s marketing department, for example, you’re probably very excited about any legitimate method of getting your product and/or business in front of the people who are in a position to buy.

When you’re confronted with a choice that affects not only you but also other people, the process becomes more complicated. Before making any decision that involves more than one person, get input from all sides. One decision you should make right up front is to be open minded and empathetic to the other people’s needs and desires. That decision enables you to get along better with the other people, bring balance to the process, and maintain harmony, which is important for achieving maximum effectiveness.

When a decision impacts a number of people who are part of your team, remember that decisions are more likely to be implemented effectively and enthusiastically when everyone on the team feels like an important part of that team. When possible, include the others in the process. If involving them is either impossible or impractical, understand that their acceptance of your decision depends on your credibility. If you have a track record of using mature judgment and doing what’s right, your decision is more likely to be well received.

3 Ways To Turn Negative Situations Into Positive Ones

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

1. When you talk, listen to yourself for the “buts,” “could ofs” and “gonnas” in your own conversations and those of people around you. Zap those negatively charged words and phrases from your own vocabulary.

2. Create scenarios in which you may have reacted negatively in the past and envision yourself responding in the future with a positive charge. For example: Your boss hands back a report saying it is unsatisfactory and telling you to redo it. In the past you might have made excuses and blamed co-workers or conditions. Now you respond by thanking the boss for the opportunity to improve it.

3. Consider a problem or difficult situation in your life. Is it something that you can change? Or is it something you have no control of? Positively charged people learn to attack those problems that they can change and to live with those that they cannot – thereby robbing the problem of its power over them. If you cannot change the problem, change the way you view it. Example: “My employer is going to lay me off for three weeks.” Positive response: “I can spend the time seriously looking for a better, more secure job.”

2 Tips For Easy File Management

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2008

1. Keep Your General-Reference Files at Hand’s Reach: Filing has to be instantaneous and easy. If you have to get up every time you have some piece of paper you want to file, you’ll tend to stack it instead of filing it, and you’re also likely to just resist the whole in-basket process (because you subconsciously know there’s stuff in there that might need filing). Many people I who have been coached have redesigned their office space so they have four general-reference file drawers literally in “swivel distance,” instead of across their room.

2. Have Lots of Fresh Folders: I keep a giant stack of fresh, new file folders instantly at hand and reachable from where I sit to process my in-basket. Nothing is worse than having something to file and not having an abundance of folders to grab from to make the process easy. At any given time I want to have an inventory of almost half a file drawer full of unused or reusable folders. Rule of thumb: reorder when the number drops below a hundred.

How To Get Your Blog Ranked Fast!

Posted by admin on March 5th, 2008

Blogs have been around long enough to become standard elements of the web landscape. They’re easy to construct and manage, they create fresh, user-generated content and, if done well, blogs draw crowds and the attention of search engines.

Whether starting out with a new domain name, or a domain that’s been around for a decade, you can rank your blog on Google if you just do what Google tells you to do. So here are some tips to get your blog ranked by the world’s biggest search engine.

 

1. Build a WordPress blog. WordPress is a blog platform that’s open source (free), robust, extensible and easy to use. Add Feedburner, which equips site owners to broadcast RSS feeds and develop user metrics. Next, synch up Google Analytics and a sitemap plug-in to simplify populating the blog and developing useful, actionable metrics. Also, make sure your blog is pinging www.technoratti.com and other social-ranking sites like www.digg.com.

2. Don’t worry about page rank. PR is highly over-rated as a yardstick of online success. It has less and less importance to ranking as the days go by. Connectivity within a web community and expansion through content syndication and guest blogging are more critical to building site credibility than page rank.


3. Make a difference, or at least have a clear purpose. Differentiate your content on every post. Cover lots of editorial ground. Unique meaningful content is crucial.

4. Use a conversational tone. Dry, boring academic writing is strictly for the textbooks. Write words that people “hear” instead of read. Personality is good.

5. Provide a “Tell Your Friends” link on your blog. Birds of a feather do, indeed, flock together. So, if one of your regulars shares an interest in philately, chances are s/he has other friends with an interest in stamp collecting.

6. Study the competition. They’re studying you. Check out spyfu.com to do a little undercover work on search analytics employed by competitor sites and their visitors. You can’t touch the content ,however, you can copy an idea, so pick up some new paths of thought from others in your site’s arena.

7. Remember SEO basics. Use provocative, keyword-rich title tags, meta keywords and descriptions, and only link to high-quality sites. Never over do it. Keep your posts relevant, natural, accurate and, above all, current.

8. Don’t stuff blog post titles with keywords. It’s a form of keyword stuffing and spiders hate keyword stuffing. The ratio in headlines should be 40% keywords, 60% non-keywords.

9. Submit your URL to blog directories. There are “best of the web,” and paid directories, like Yahoo, and free directories like the Open Directory project at www.dmoz.org. Every directory listing is another link to your site and another way visitors can find you. Just google them to find more.

10. Create blog categories that contain keywords, i.e., Ecommerce, SEO, Affiliates, etc. for use with a “site hosting” or “site design” blog.

11. Content quality counts. Research topics about which target readers want to learn. Write something new, useful and relevant. And don’t forget to regularly update older posts. Things change fast on the web so last year’s “next big thing” is this year’s hackneyed cliché.

12. Vary topics, content length, relevancy and posting times. However, be consistent, as well. Keep blogging. It can take time for a blog to catch the notice of a search engine spider.

If you apply these 12 steps to your blog it will help you get your blog noticed. Big U Media specializes in search engine ranking and getting your site in front of the people that need to see it. Big U Media specializes in optimized Web Design. Tampa, Florida based Big U Media will work with you to help you establish your site goals and targets. Once this has been accomplished your site or blog can be marketed to its fullest potential.

High Definition Video and Audio Conferencing

Posted by admin on March 4th, 2008

A New Generation of Collaboration Solutions
to Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Organization

Polycom’s broadest array of High Definition video, voice and content sharing are helping business and organizations to increase accessibility, boost productivity, minimize travel needs and enhance collaboration. And it has the added benefit of being an environmentally friendly green technology that enables disperse workgroups to meet and collaborate virtually anywhere, at any time.

We invite you to attend our upcoming event to learn more.

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