Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Green Awards Program 2011 - Video Entry. Please vote....

The Green Awards™ program recognizes everyday people who are making a Giant difference in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. The Green Awards celebrate and reward individuals with smart green initiatives.

This year, we have submitted a video entry for these awards. It is titled "A Greener IT"  and is listed (approximately half-way down) under the Green Entrepreneur category. Please check out our entry through the link below. If you believe our entry is worth being a finalist choice, we would appreciate your vote.

Note: You must register free at in order to vote for any entry every day until March 27th at 11:59pm.

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to A Greener IT

Friday, August 6, 2010

New Website Launch:

This blogger has launch a new business website.

Website Description:

Eiffel19 EntreSoft provides information technology consulting and computer services to small businesses, organizations and individual/home users. In addition, we provide software development contracting services. Although we are located in the Boston area, most of our services are available to clients throughout the United States.

We are always available for a FREE consultation to discuss your computer issue or software project. Please visit our website for more detailed information.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A-VAP-to-Note: Photograph Restoration and Retouching...

This post is a short note on photo restoration and retouching, and it provides advice and considerations for having your photographs restored and retouched, and how to preserve them.

Today, many people wish that their deteriorated damaged photographs could look the way they did when they were new. Photo restoration can take these photographs and restore them either close to, or exactly how they were when they were new, and can even improve the photographs.

More to follow...


Wednesday, June 9, 2010




Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A-How-To: LP Records to (CDR) Digital Recordings...

It's important to protect your LPs, 45s and 78s. Remember, when you move to digital, your sound will be preserved essentially forever. There are a lot of good reasons to copy/digitize or convert your LPs to CDs while you still can. Records wear out, and there is no better way to preserve your music than to convert your vinyl collection to CD. Fortunately the process has become both easy and inexpensive.

Here's what you need to convert records to CDs and MP3s:

  • PC computer running Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
  • Sound card or USB audio device
  • Turntable with a built in preamp, a receiver, or an external phono preamp
  • Proper cables
  • Conversion software
  • CD burner (standard in most PCs and laptops)
  • iPod & iTunes on your computer or other MP3 player

More to follow...


Monday, September 14, 2009

Guideline: HowTo Setup Slingbox for TV streaming...

The Slingbox is a TV streaming device that enables users to remotely view their home's cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) programming from an Internet-enabled computer with a broadband Internet connection.

The Slingbox can redirect one of its inputs to a single computer located on a local network or remotely, when using a broadband Internet connection, anywhere in the world. To avoid copyright infringement, only one user can access the stream from a Slingbox at a time.

In this blog posting, I am going to generally discuss the setup of the slingbox hardware and the sling player application. It will also include my own experiences with setting up my slingbox.

NOTE: Information to follow shortly.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guideline: HowTo Connect Laptop/PC to LCD TV (Part 3/3)...

Laptop-TO-LCD TV Hands-on Example:

I am going to connect the following laptop and LCD TV:
1. Compaq Presario (Model: CQ50 115NR).
2. Samsung 40in LCD TV (Model: LN40A550).

Note: The example setup I am going to show would follow the same steps, as if I were connecting the LCD TV to a desktop computer.

The laptop uses a NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G graphics card and is running MS Windows Vista Home Edition (32-bit). Also, the laptop has only a VGA output port (no HDMI, DVI or S-Video ports). Since my cable connection options are limited, I am going to use a D-SUB cable to connect the Samsung LCD TV to the Compaq Presario laptop.

Image 1: Compaq Presario Laptop

Image 2: Samsung 40" LCD TV

First, I verified that my graphics card driver was up-to-date.

Image 3: LCD TV Rear Panel

I powered down my laptop and turned off the TV. I then physically connected the laptop and TV using the D-Sub cable.

Image 4: VGA Cable connected to LCD TV Rear Panel

Next, I used a 6 ft 3.5mm mini-stereo audio cable for the audio connection. I plugged one end into the audio jack on the TV and the other end into the headphones jack on the front of the laptop.

Image 5: VGA Cable connected to Laptop

I turned on the TV and using the TV Input button on my remote changed the source input to PC.

Image 6: TV Input Changed to PC option

Next, I powered up my laptop and the login screen immediately appeared on the LCD TV as well as the laptop. Surprisingly, the clarity of the Windows Desktop on the LCD TV was remarkably good, without any adjustments. Also, there was no over- or under-scanning.

After I logged on to the laptop, a popup window stated that the system had detected another display and it gave me options for configuring my displays. It allowed me to set the NVIDIA nView display mode to use:
1. Only use one display (Single).
2. The same on both displays (Clone).
3. Configured independently from each other (DualView).

I applied option three. My laptop display is set as primary and the Samsung display defaults as secondary. See Figure 1 below. [Click on image to enlarge].

Figure 1: Setup Multiple Displays

I brought up the NVIDIA Control Panel and verified that the Refresh Rate was set to 60 Hertz. Also, the laptop display resolution is set to the native (maximum) value of 1200x800 and the LCD TV display resolution of 1920x1080. See Figure 2 below. [Click on image to enlarge].

Figure 2: Resolution

As configured now, the dual display setup works well. I ran a few applications on both displays and it is great!

Below is a screenshot of the laptop desktop (left) and LCD TV display (right). The LCD TV displays the Windows Media Player application running in full screen mode. [Click on image to enlarge].

Image 7: Laptop and LCD TV Screen shots

I think that has to be one of the best system configurations to run smoothly for me, without any major troubleshooting.