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  1. LOR still does not run on OSX. Im my experience If your just using the computer to sequence parallels seems to work just fine. However, if you actually want to control the lights you will need to run boot camp. I highly recommend buying a cheap old pc to control your show anyway as it keeps your system independent from everything else. If you just leave it on and disconnect it from the internet everything seems to run much smoother, plus you can use your primary computer to add or refine sequences throughout the year.

  2. My favorite hosting platform is http://www.hostgator.com.

    I have been using them for quite a while and love there tech support. They servers are also very fast for being shared hosting.

    I still prefer to host my domains with godaddy though. I pay about $8 a month for hosting plus the cost of my urls over at godaddy.


    I forgot to mention. If you go with the baby plan you can host mulitple sites on one account. I have 4 sites currently running on my account.

  3. Well U'r in luck the online sales are in full progress............Go for more!!!

    Online sales? Where?

    I need lots of lights for my second year also and have yet to find any at the local stores.

    Where can I get lights or spt online for cheap. I prefer incan's to led's. I really don't like the look of LED's

  4. Yes people really spend between $160 to $240 on controllers. But if you ask most of the people with 100+ channels they'll tell you, they didn't get there overnight. Most people started out with 16-32 channels and added a controller or two every year. I have talked to people that bought two, then the next year bought three more, then bought four the following year.

    It's all based on what you can afford. The cheapest way is to buy the kits during the sale. But ask anyone on here and they'll tell you

    "This is an expensive and addicting hobby."

    P.S. Nice job on your sequencing.

  5. According to Google Earth there is only 523 feet between the NE corner of your house and the NE corner of their yard. if you put an ELL out at the end of your driveway and the other on the NW corner of their yard, it is only 415 feet with line of sight. So long as you get them up high enough to clear traffic.... I would expect it to work fine.

    I wouldn't even attempt a light show on a dead end street like that... *shudder*

    Actually doing it in the cul-de-sac has worked out nicely. Seems to help with traffic flow (for now, this is my first year with animation)

    I did the same thing with google earth, but its not accounting for elevation change and it also is slightly off in distance. My house sits about 4' below the road, and its all up hill to their house.

    I measured from my roof just above my controller to there tree in the front yard and came up with 721' which is a pretty much level shot (this was done with a ranging scope so it could be off too).

    I would love to be able to do this, but I just don't know if the ELL's will be capable.

    Also, is this even going to look good with the houses being so far apart?

  6. So I have a neighbor who has asked if its possible to join my light show. I would like for them to be able to join, but I am running into two small problems.

    First is will it look right having the houses so far apart.

    But the big question is how can I do it. The houses are approximately 800ft apart, and have a few houses in-between.

    I think Easy Light Linkers are limited to 500' in perfect conditions. So does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work?

    I have included an outdated aerial photo of my neighborhood with my house and theirs labeled. There are a few new houses in the cul-de-sac which will likely cause interference with a wireless option.

    Any advice is appreciated.


  7. I'm not sure where this statement came from. However, run a shielded cable for your LINE-IN. Do NOT use a headphone jack for your audio source. These jacks are amplified and the impedance is all wrong for a LINE-IN set up.

    I got it from his initial post. See below.

    I drive it using a 50 foot long cable plugged into the headphone jack of my HP laptop which is running S2 on windows 7.

    The 50 foot cable is the best super shielded cable that I bought from momoprice.com.

    As for what KX6D posted. He is correct, using a line out would be better than the headphone jack for your application. Headphone jacks are meant to power headphones, not provide a clear un-amplified signal to an external device. If you do not have a line out jack on your sound card, you can buy a usb sound card with one, or use an Attenuator.

  8. Seems like you have the connections right. You may try and boost your single some, or get an antenna outside and run 50ohm cable back to the transmitter. Yours seems to have a bnc connector, so you will need to get an adapter, but they are cheap. Outdoor antenna's are really the best way to go. You should notice an immediate increase in both range and clarity.

    Also, don't worry to much about the FCC unless you are broadcasting well beyond the legal range (500' +). Also, ensure your not bleeding onto other stations, or desensitizing frequencies in the range and you will be fine.

  9. Did anyone catch the TV Sitcom tonight, How I Met Your Mother? It started out showing Holdman's lights and one of the characters aspired to do something similar. If you can find it on rerun, you'd enjoy it. Show Entitled: Symphony of Illumination. Catchy title. You might be able to catch it on Hulu in a couple days.

    CBS has the full episode online today. That was pretty cool.

    That was pretty sweet. I wonder if they had to get permission from Richard for that.

    I wonder if the had Richard program that for them at the end.

  10. Reduce the output on your laptop. Get a shorter line in cable, 50' will turn itself into an antenna, creating interference. Then buy the correct length antenna cable (radio shack is where I got mine) then build yourself a custom tuned 1/4 wave ground plane antenna. I used instructions I found online.

    By doing all of these you should be able to get a decent sound out of that transmitter. I some people I have talked to said that hlly's naturally induce distortion, so you may want to invest next year into a Ramsey, or EDM (I use EDM's and Love them) then keep your hlly as a backup.

    Hope this helps some

  11. I actually made my own 1/4 Wave ground plane antenna. Bought all the parts from radio shack for less than $25


    and you can use this site to calculate the length of wire http://www.csgnetwork.com/antennagpcalc.html

    Works great, just make sure you use the proper ohm wire to connect back to your transmitter. EDM recommends 50ohm coax so I think Ramsey would be the same

  12. I understand about the not creating multiple apps as I have messed around with app creation. However it would be nice to see access to the database via a web interface. You could use advertising to help offset the time invested in the creation of the app. Its just a bummer to see a great concept with such a large (up to date) user-base get stuck on a platform than only accounts for at most 15% of the mobile device market.

  13. Have you actually received your controller yet? You may be waiting for some time as LOR is still behind on shipping all the back orders.

    It may be best to start for 2012 rather than crunch for 2011. As for your questions.

    1. Check out Ultra Shows for some example sequences.

    2. You can start and stop your play back in the sequence editior using the space bar, or you can change the play range to just the windowed view or selected section.

    3. The best tips I can say are, take your time, learn and ask questions. Buy lots of extension cords, when you think you have bought enough, go buy some more. And finally, don't get frustrated.

    4. Leaping arches are a cool addition, but a channel eater. each arch averages 8 channels depending on size. Most people i know use a 10' pipe with 800 lights wrapped around, each 100ct is 1 channel.

    5. Slow down, don't speed up. The more you learn the faster programming will become. If you rush it will look like randomly blinking lights.

    6. Ask lost of Questions, Test often, and Back-Up twice as often. Welcome to PC, and the crazy obsession with over the top Christmas decorating.

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