Best (low cost) digital signage solution w/remote centralized management

Hardware Configurations and Software Features/Levels (color coded)

Recently I was tasked with recommending a digital signage solution for a client. Specifically, they needed centralized maintenance and control of approximately 20-30 signs covering 10-12 locations. Another paramount goal was cost effectiveness via no recurring/subscriptions costs. Here is my digital signage recommendation: Specific unit recommendation: Mvix Xhibit Myrko   Mvix Xhibit Myrko   http://direct.mvixusa.com/product/xhibit-mykro-digital-signage $259 single time cost to purchase device No additional license cost, no subscription fees Remote management Single HDMI output My recommendation is for one of the

Drawbacks of Mvix Amazon Fire TV app

Pricing for Digital Signage via Amazon Fire TV

As best I can tell, for digital signage there are two main drawbacks to the Mvix Amazon Fire TV app solution:   #1 Monthly fee They charge a $30 per month fee per account. However, that does cover all the devices/displays that are in use (it is NOT a per unit fee). For more details: http://signagecreator.com/pricing (click the “Amazon Fire TV” button for that pricing, or see my attached screenshot) #2 Performance or content limitations I am  also worried about the

Sony RX1 Sample Photos

Jack and J.D., Camera: Sony RX1, Photographer: Samantha

Today my RX1 arrived in the mail. Very excited to test it out! Here is one of my favorite photos of the day, thank you to my wife for taking it! This was inside a restaurant with fairly low lighting and the RX1 did a splendid job IMHO. Focus appears to have actually been more on the hat brim than faces. Still, the photo is very pleasing to my eye. More samples to follow in the days to come

How to set time on Amcrest IP camera [SOLVED]

The Date & Time Configuration Screen

Amcrest makes a variety of IP based security cameras. Overall the camera do a good job at a reasonable price. However, occasionally after setting up a new camera there can be issues with an incorrect timestamp date/time. The issue is easily resolved via the following configuration screen: Therefore, if your Amcrest wifi/Ethernet camera is showing an incorrect date/time, here are the steps to manually update the date and time: Open the camera’s local IP address in a web browser: #1

Fastest Web Hosting

Wow, finding a quality post on “fastest web hosting” is exponentially harder today than a few years ago. In the past you could generally find a rather lengthy blog entry showcasing a nice comparison between top hosts. Today you find pages of search results tailored to sell you hosting and generate affiliate revenue for the site owner. Thankfully, there are some rather in-depth comparisons and tests available out there. After perusing a good number of resources, I eventually settled on InMotion

InMotion Hosting: East vs. West Hosting

During the InMotion Hosting signup process, they ask if you want to be East or West coast. Specifically, which coast you want to optimize for by locating your site(s) on servers proximal to one coast or the other. Even though I am in relatively central US (MO), they recommended West and that is what I went with. Will keep you posted if I find any more specific info from them on server locations and responsiveness.

WEN 56200i Inverter Generator Review (real world, off the grid)

WEN 56200i running LED light and battery charger

My family has lived off the grid for the past 25 years. No power lines, no phone lines and no utility bills. Over those many years, we have primarily used solar panels for our electricity needs. They do a stellar job, however, occasionally in rare multi-week cloudy periods we still need a good backup generator. We have used a variety of generators over the years, with our traditional favorite being Honda. However, four years ago I bought my first WEN generator.

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