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  1. Chuck

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    The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  2. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  3. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  4. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  5. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  6. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas h
  7. Back in "the old days" we had a little used "spellcheck" button in the editor bar when creating PlanetChristmas posts. The button is missing right now but there are some very easy fixes. Using Internet Explorer and wish it had a spell checker so your PlanetChristmas posts could be error-free (at least with spelling)? There are a couple of options. ieSpell: www.iespell.com Speckie: www.speckie.com You have to click a button for ieSpell to work and it does a good job. Speckie checks your work in real-time and quickly adds the little squiggly line under the suspect words. It
  8. In anticipation of another busy Christmas season, the PlanetChristmas forums are going through one last major upgrade... and we're right in the middle of it. In this case, the main engine (by Invision Power) has been updated and it's a bit like swapping out the dashboard in your car while driving down the road... every piece of information is there... but some things have moved and there's all kinds of new buttons to push. I'll admit to being a bit overwhelmed. Please hang in there as I slowly make tweaks, get things kinda like they were while also allowing for new features. Some of
  9. The staff is starting to piece together the next PlanetChristmas magazine and we're looking for Christmas Expo attendees willing to write articles about their experiences at the event. Tell us what you learned / experienced / did in Gatlinburg and feel free to share some of your high resolution pictures. Never written an article for a magazine? It's easy. Don't worry about the number of words but focus on the content. Tell your story in a way you're proud of. If needed, our editors will clean up spelling and grammar issues to make sure you look great. Please submit your article to c
  10. No shirts this time for three reasons. 1. I always get stuck with the odd sizes no one wants (think super small or XXXXXXXXL) so they end up as really expensive rags around the house. 2. The more vendors give to sponsor shirts the less discount they can give when selling their wares. 3. My wife has banned me from bringing home anymore shirts from tradeshows Bottom line: happy wife = happy life
  11. The Cat5 couplers work great. Been using them for years to connect light controllers where the data cable isn't quite long enough. Use a bit of common sense and keep couplers out of damp areas. p.s. Stay away from the really cheap couplers, though. You get what you pay for holds true.and the last thing anyone needs is an intermittent coupler during your big reveal.
  12. Feel like a little bit of real time chatting? We've just added it. Not exactly the most high tech addition in the world... in fact it brings back memories of telephone party lines from the old days (when several homes shared the same telephone line and anyone could pick up to listen in on the conversation.) Look for "Chat" in the menu bar above just below the PlanetChristmas logo. Talk to you soon!
  13. Chuck

    Go Go Dancers

    Nice! Is the dog part of the wireframes
  14. The PlanetChristmas forum upgrade happened late last night and everything went smoothly. For awhile there were two identical forums running. The old forum was taken off line and the new brought on-line... then the trouble started. We had a heck of a time getting some internet DNS issues worked out but things are coming back to life. The first thing you should notice is, well, nothing. The forum is identical to yesterday but behind the scenes it's running on a newer/bigger/faster server somewhere in the Internet cloud. Please send me an email if you see any oddities. [email protected]
  15. We've been experiencing some delays in the PlanetChristmas forums the last few months. We are hosted on a computer in a well air conditioned datacenter somewhere in Texas but there are times when we need more horsepower than is available. Irritating. I've explored alternatives, including shifting our forums to a "facebook like" format and letting some of you play with a test version. The public reaction was positive. The private emails to me were... well... not-so-positive. Facebook has its place but the consensus is the PlanetChristmas forums don't fit the facebook format. Alrighty.
  16. Three rules: we're positive, family friendly and Christmas Centric. There are plenty of other places on the internet to handle non-Christmas items.
  17. We're looking for a computer geek that will be in charge of the back-office at Christmas Expo. What in the world does that mean? We need someone that can get to the convention center early in the mornings (7:30am EDT), fire up the computers/printers for registration and make sure registration runs smoothly. It will be busy most mornings but calm down a few hours later so you can enjoy Christmas Expo. It would be advantages to be a computer geek because computers tend to act up at the worst possible times. What's this job pay? You'll receive a really nice PlanetChristmas cap and a fre
  18. Sharp eyes... kinda. We're having to do some major juggling to accommodate the larger-than-anticipated crowds. The advanced sessions in classroom 1 will be intense. In classroom 2, the sessions are easier. To keep things interesting we're going to have a random session open to the public... meaning anyone can attend that session without cost. See ya at the end of the month!
  19. You know that irritating channel thehotel TV defaults to when you first turn it on? Seems in Gatlinburg it’sa “special” channel most of the hotels subscribe to and guess who’s on it formuch of June? Christmas Expo! Checkout the commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsrlpSMkCGU Recognize the voice? ThinkDemented Elf.
  20. I remember trying out for the chorus in 6th grade. I also remember the teacher saying in the nicest way I should pursue the tambourine. I can take a hint so I don't sing... not even in the shower and it's for the good of mankind. But... There appears to be plenty of people rather gifted at singing so we're setting up a stage at Christmas Expo we cleverly call "Christmas Karaoke" where anyone can get up in front of a crowd and let us know how Jingle Bells is supposed to sound. This will be fun! Here's the challenge. I have no idea how Karaoke works. I just assumed I could load som
  21. We have managed to get too many teachers wanting to teach too much in too little time so the schedule is being juggled daily to fit as much in as possible. Keep an eye on the website and it will eventually catch up with the absolute latest.
  22. It worked! The odd times got your attention. It's an old trick. Start a meeting at 9:00 and people will drift in late because the time is so "forgetable.". Start the meeting at 9:02 and they remember.
  23. At past events we were able to set the final education schedule months in advance. Not so in 2011. Right when we say we're done making changes another great instructor pops up and wants to teach. We're not good at saying no, so the schedule stays in flux. Watch for an update near the end of this month.
  24. Find vendor info at http://www.christmasexpo.com/Vendors.htm#Interested_ near the bottom of the page.
  25. Hmmmmm. Rest assured accounts are not deleted at random. But... I do get emails asking for help and in almost every case the user has simply forgotten their account name or changed email address.... then there's that 'Caps Lock' key issue
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