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The Scottish Business Exhibition.

We are exhibiting, and providing AV support, to the Scottish Business Exhibition at the SECC on the 15th and 16th of November. Come and say ‘hello’. ūüôā


We will be providing the AV to 3 seminar spaces, 2 workshops and an ‘Angels Den’, As well as our own exhibition stand and any others that book with us as the preferred AV supplier.

This is what they say…

“The Scottish Business exhibition is the event for ambitious Scottish Businesses.

The free show gives your business access to all the suppliers, support organisations and partners you need to increase your profitability and drive your company forward. The glittering line up of seminar speakers includes the best of Scottish Business. Be inspired as you learn from the country‚Äôs most successful business people and develop valuable skills to transform your business in our interactive workshops.”

Hope that every one has a good show and see you there!


Portable PA chimes at bells protest

Staff at AV Department can from time to time borrow equipment from the company’s inventory. Normally this a PA for a party or a projector over Christmas but a recent protest in Burntisland saw the MD¬†Mark Kisby make use of the unique¬†qualities of an Anchor Audio MegaVox portable PA. Mark tells the story…

I live in Burntisland, a small coastal town on the shores of the Firth of Forth just north of Edinburgh. Its town clock has chimed on the hour, and quarter hour, for the last 150 years. It rings to the throbbing heart of the community and living within close earshot of the bells it marks the passage of time in our home.  Then recently they suddenly stopped?

It transpired a complaint had been made that they where too loud so the Fife council silenced the bells after¬†one complaint in 150 years. Reaction from the townsfolk was initially incredulous but a petition was organised, to show the feeling of the residents, collecting 1100 signatures.¬†With the coming of the New Year and the fact the town clock would not be ringing in 2011 a protest was also organised proclaiming that ‘Hogmanay had been cancelled!’ Protesters were to bring a bell and chime their wish to have the clock bells re-instated.

Feeling strongly that the bells should return I¬†wanted to take part in the protest but found myself without a bell! Now a¬†person of my problem solving skills should be able to over come this little matter. A quick search of¬†the Apple app store revealed a bell application aptly named ‘bells’. This turned my ipod touch into a whole peel of different bells but an ipod is not¬†loud enough in a crowd so I borrowed an Anchor Audio¬†MegaVox portable PA from our hire stock. This battery powered PA is designed¬†for out side use in large crowds… and for a hand help system it is very¬†loud!

So the time came to show our displeasure at the silencing of the bells by ringing ours… as¬†I chimed it sounded like the bells had been miraculously re-instated! Fellow protesters turned round to see¬†who had managed to lug a church bell down the road… It gave the protest a bit of¬†volume which seemed to be appreciated by the 200 strong crowd.

Our little protest made national news the following day as a topical human interest story. Here is how the BBC web site covered the story.

The MegaVox has now been returned to the warehouse ready for use at the next protest…

When is a Laptop not a Laptop?

Why you should consider hiring a laptop for your presentation, conference or event. Mark Kisby goes through some of the pit falls in using an office based laptop for a presentation.

When is a laptop not a laptop? When the laptop you want is a ‘presentation laptop’ and the one you have is an ‘office laptop’… there is a difference in the settings if not in the physical machine. Usually a corporate laptop will have been configured to an IT policy which prevents you from adjusting such things as screen resolution, external monitors, and power saving settings. All these settings are required to be reset for your presentation but unless you have ‘administrative rights’ you may come a cropper.

You need to set your power settings to ‘Presentation’ which will set your Monitor, Hard Disks, System Hibernate and System Standby to ‘Never’. Failure to do so may result in you running back to the laptop to wiggle the mouse to prevent the screen going blank and the PC starting to hibernate… this might restore the image to the laptop screen but now the projector has dropped out and ¬†you need to find that function key again that toggles between screen set ups… and where was I… meanwhile the audience is now thinking… ‘Very slick, do we really want to buy from this person?’

Screen savers kicking in mid flow are to be avoided, presentations interrupted by star fields and family photos stick in the mind for all the wrong reasons. (Nice swim suit by the way…?)

Screen resolution is another potential pit fall. If using a small form factor PC like a netbook you may find that if you simply ‘mirror’ the screen, i.e. you have the same image on both laptop and projector, you may find the image on projector differs or distorts as the native resolution of the projector differs to the PC’s screen. To rectify this you need to¬† adjust the image size of the second screen. This again requires administrator rights to change.

Both these settings, for a Windows PC, are accessed by right clicking on the desk top and selecting ‘Properties‘:-

For power and screen saver settings.. select the ‘Screen Saver‘ tab. Set the Screen Saver to ‘None‘ then go on and press the ‘Power…‘ button. In ‘Power Schemes‘ select ‘Presentation‘ or set all to ‘Never‘, and then ‘Apply‘.

For resolution settings… select ‘Settings‘ tab. Click and select the ‘2nd‘ monitor, adjust the screen ‘resolution slider’ to match the projector’s native resolution. And ‘Apply‘ It will ask you if you wish to keep these settings. If not then wait 15 seconds and they will revert to as before.

We hope this helps, an easy alternative is to just hire a presentation laptop from us… job sorted. ūüôā

Film Night at Dysart Harbour

AVD were delighted to help out at the new Dysart Film Festival  with a projector and screen that allowed the local films to be projected outside onto the cliff wall across from the pier.