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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

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About jerrymac

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    More pixels More Power
  • Location
    South Georgia
  • Biography
    retired call center manager
  • Interests
    change often. so many things to do so little time
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    96 channel LOR 2, 10,000 + RGB chnanels
  1. thinking of getting LOR but nervous

    I would skip LOR and go straight to Xlights (free software) and RGB lights. Unless you are going to use Led Christmas lights then learn only one and skip the double learning curve. There are lots of videos to help.
  2. JUST tried the 64 bit and get a "file not found" error on the link ??
  3. How far away

    Depends on the controller and the size wire used for the power. 25 to 30 feet is on the high end of distances for data for most controllers. using a null pixel can extend this distance. Best case for power might be to relocate the power to very near the first pixel (use as if power injection) and only run data from the controller. 12 volt vs 5 volt also can make a big difference on power length. I do not run any power from my controllers to help reduce voltage drop. I power my controllers with the small wall warts. The falcon has a VERY long controller to pixel distance for power but you still have the power voltage drop issue.
  4. 2nd Year Pixel Strips - Grrrrrrrrrrr

    Strips are Fragile at best. Any Brand. Best solution is attach them to something flat and NEVER remove them or bend them. (bend 1000 times on problem or bend them ONCE and have a failure). I have strips from HC that are 4 years old and still work well (no failures). But I ONLY use them straight and am VERY delicate with them. Same issues with other 2811 strips and CCR's (have had 2 failures on CCR's due to solder joints). So it can happen to any brand of strips.
  5. mini lights question

    YES you can paint the bulbs successful. Use metalcast by dupi-color paint (it is that really shiny paint available at Lowes). Works great and does NOT burn off. It does scratch off so it does not work well if pushing through coroplast after painting but if left alone it works really well. Another vender used to have translucent caps for bulbs that work really well.
  6. RGB HELP!!!!!!

    run the strip with NO DMX input. This will use t he built in test sequences. from the menu you can select a number of different color and chase setups. confirm the colors are correct without LOR running or any DMX in. This will help narrow down if the problem is the strip, controller or LOR setup. Make sure the POWER connections are good, low power to the strip can cause flashing and colors to be out of wack. I use power direct from the power supply rather than from the controller, and only have Data coming from the controller (of course the controller needs power but I use a small wall wart for that.
  7. Paypal questions

    Pay Pal is GREAT. Only charged a small fee for products sold, never for money sent or products purchased. This way people can pay you by credit card without you having to set up a Visa/MC account. Money gets credited to your bank account pretty quickly (next day or so after you tell them to move the money from you pay pal account to your bank account). REALLY simple to use and if you are buying something or sending money to someone you do not have to give them your credit card number, Pay Pal handles the transaction.
  8. Has been in complete re-right for the last couple of years. Due out late this year and appears to be a completely different product than orginal and not comparable with previous versions. Minion has NOT been very forth cumming with information and very distant a as well as has abandoning its previous customers.
  9. RGB's

    If your controller has a clock line as well as data and power you have a smart controller. You can NOT run dumb pixels from a smart controller. Dumb pixels require a dumb controller.
  10. make sure the antenna and ramsey are not to close the the controller or director. RFI and cause static on the transmission.
  11. LOR competition

    based on the last two years I would NOT expect them to announce until about the time they announce the beginning of the 2016 contest.
  12. Still in Business or Gone Belly Up?

    email to J1sys (above email) failed to go through, contact info link on Seasonal Entertainment is broken, 2 emails direct to them and 3 phone messages. NO Response. Ausie Board does not have any updated info.
  13. Have been attempting to contact both Seasonal Entertainment and J1sys for a couple of weeks, left email and voice at Seasonal and can't even get a valid email any longer for J1Sys. Surprised at no response from Seasonal. have both gone belly up? Has anyone heard from either lately and if so how did you get to them?
  14. Will you have a DVD available for those of us who can not attend the 2 day Webinar?
  15. Wire Size (Controller to String )

    Look at the shielded speaker wire available from mono price. (www.monoprice.com) The have 2, 3 and 4 conductor wire in lengths from 10 ft to 250 from 10 gauge to 22 gauge and the price is surprisingly reasonable.
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