Review of the Epson EB-530

Let’s Turn Our Focus to the Epson EB-530.

This is definitely one of our bestsellers here in Highline Office Technology: the Epson EB-530. It’s the ultra-bright short-throw projector known for its reliable performance.

Ultra-bright and easy to use, the PowerLite 530 short-throw projector offers incredible performance for inspiring classroom lessons. Delivering three times the colour brightness when compared to competitive models, the Epson® 3LCD projectors ensure vivid images. Featuring 3200 lumens of colour brightness and 3200 lumens of white brightness, the 530 shines – even in sunny rooms.

The classy little projector will project images up to 108″ from 4′ away with minimal shadows or glare. The Epson EB-530 utilises low-cost, long-lasting lamps, thus ensuring a low total cost of ownership. It also features a flexible installation. Moderator device management software allows instructors to wirelessly share students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously – including computers, iOS® and Android™ devices.

3x Brighter Colours with Epson*

Brilliant image quality requires high colour brightness. Epson 3LCD projectors have 3x Brighter Colours than leading competitive projectors*. Delivering 3200 lumens of colour brightness and 3200 lumens of white brightness, the PowerLite 530 uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with true-to-life colour and boasts a native resolution of 1024 x 768 XGA.

If you are seeking a new projector for your school or office, and you’re not sure what projector is right for you, then why not read our blog on Long Throw v Short Throw Projectors.

Display Sizes for Classroom Projectors

Projectors and interactive projectors come in different sizes and ranges, so it’s so important to get the right size.  Display size matters! It impacts on the engagement, visibility from the back of the room and collaborative results amongst the students.  Epson has developed a nifty guide to help work out what is the right size projector or display for the area that you propose for installation.  Check out Display Size Matters for more details.

Book a Consultation Today

If your office, school or training centre is upgrading, refurbing or expanding, book a consultation with the Highline Office Technology team to work on the best strategy and solution to fit your projector requirements.  Our team will do a full assessment in conjunction with you.  If you are looking to install four or more devices, we can arrange for an on-site demo in your school.

Light Me Up is accredited Epson projector and interactive projector installer.

Sale and lease options are available for all new projectors.

Contact us today at [email protected] or call us on +353 892564479.  www.lightmeup.ie

Valentine’s Day Movie’s

Valentine’s Day Movie’s

I’m not one for the cheesy love stories with a dull script that’s only goal is to make you cry and cuddle into your significant other.. I like the not-so-typical love stories, one’s that are a genuinely great movie that just so happen to have a greater love story.. Here are a few recommendations you may not have considered to watch this Valentine’s Day.

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Thing’s you’ll miss when you leave Ireland.

Thing’s you’ll miss when you leave Ireland.

Living abroad has its perks, and also its drawbacks, ie no Irish chocolate and no beloved Tayto sandwiches. The first few months I moved away there was not much other than family that I missed, but as the months flew by, I noticed myself craving more and more Irish things..

 

Cheese Toasties

Where do I start with the cheese toastie fiasco..

For one, not one person in North America knows what a cheese toastie actually is. They refer to them as grilled cheese and nothing else. If you accidentally ask for a cheese toastie, you just get blank stares and confused faces.

Why not just make your own toastie you ask.. Well that’s all well and good until you discover that a block of mediocre cheese retails at $8. That being low end cheese that tastes like literal plastic and doesn’t even melt the same as in Ireland. So making a cheese toastie proves seriously difficult and costs more than eating brunch at a nice restaurant! And even if you take the painful leap and purchase the most expensive cheese ever, your sandwich will still taste awful due to the bread having heaps of sugar and tasting like a cake and not bread.

 

Tax

You go shopping, you find a nice shirt for $40, you get to the register, money in hand, and it’s actually $44.89. Heartbreaking stuff. You would think I would have gotten used to this by now, but every time I seem to forget until the cashier breaks the news I owe more than I budgeted..

This is the same in restaurants, they charge you guest service charge (gst) and then expect you to tip 20%+ on top. Then get super snappy if they get anything less. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for tipping, but the fact that there is a formula and a particular way they expect you to tip is annoying to say the least. You’ll never know how much you miss paying what’s on the price tag until you leave Ireland.

 

Weather

Irish complain about the weather on a daily basis, yes, but can we at least be thankful that the weather is actually predictable and fairly tame? Living in North America is like living on another planet. There is constant fear of hurricanes, volcanoes erupting and the never ending scare of ‘The Big One’ finally hitting… If you are unfamiliar with ‘The Big One’, there is enough information on Google to scare someone into never leaving Ireland. To sum up, It’s essentially a death assuring earthquake expected from the San Andreas Fault in the coming months. It’s rarely talked about, but the subtle hints left around the City are a constant reminder.. Even in my apartment building there are strict instructions on how to act during earthquakes, which I have studied religiously.

 

Mi Wadi

Yes. You read that correctly. Cordial/ diluted drinks are barely a thing. I don’t have much to say other than one word. Devastating.

 

A Decent Chinese

Finding a good Chinese takeaway posed difficult, after trying 20+ places we finally found one that has a nice chilli chicken alternative. As soon as I get home I plan to buy out a Chinese takeaway for a week to cater to any spice bag needs I may have.

 

 

Talking about all of these thing’s are enough to make me book a flight home… Which I will do next year if ‘The Big One’ doesn’t get to me first.

Moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Most people don’t consider Canada when choosing to move abroad, it certainly wasn’t on my list, but now here I am. I am now moving into my 8th month of living in Vancouver and I’m a little bit obsessed, even though my first few days in Canada tested me beyond belief with a series of tragic events (read on to find out just how tragic..), and I seriously contemplated hopping on the next flight out of here…

My first day arriving in Vancouver was so unreal that when I told people they laughed and then presume I exaggerated.. But oh how that is not the case.. 
It all started with a crappy 10 hour flight with no tv’s, wifi or free meals.. Not even one lousy bag of pretzels! I was so hungry on the flight I actually spend $16 dollars for some dry crackers and ‘laughing cow’ cheese.
Needless to say, we were delighted to have landed safe and sound. We were out of air and finally set foot in our new homeland for the next 2 years. We unloaded off the plane from hell, and entered into a new kind hell… immigration.
The immigration room was filled with at least 40, with only two immigration officers working. Neither of which could not stop talking to one another about their weekend shenanigans.
The more the officers chit chat, the slower the line moved and the more agitated we all became.. But alas,3 hours later, we had our working visas and all was well, or so we believed
We were so excited to get to our hotel, get showered, get food and sleep off the long and stressful day. But little did we know that the airport was actually going to be best part of the day.
Hopping into a cab outside Vancouver airport in the torrential rain was fine, we can handle the rain, we’re Irish. But hopping into a cab outside Vancouver airport in torrential rain to a cab with a driver who doesn’t speak english, unfortunately, I can not handle.
Having never been to this country before, it would be presumed I don’t have any idea where I am going. But, to be a cab driver whose actual job it is to drive people around and bring them to their destination, you would think would know where he was going.
We drove from the airport into some fairly dodgy side streets and rundown villages. We saw no buildings of interest. No mountains, snow or wildlife. Basically it seemed like we were driving through a rough part of Dublin with heavier rain and bigger trees.
We got to our hotel, which looked pretty average on booking.com, but in reality was the biggest dump in Vancouvre. It looked like a worse version of Bates Motel, stained carpet and all.
From the creepy receptionist guy who whispered instead of spoke. To the $250 security deposit we weren’t told about until we checked in, and the blood stained shower curtain, the place wasn’t that bad. It had a decent sized bed (with dirty sheets). A tv (that didn’t turn on). A lovely bathroom (that didn’t have a functioning door). Oh and wifi was $15 a day per device, great!
To stop myself from having an actual breakdown, we dropped our bags and went to get food, thinking our over reaction was down to hunger. A typical Irish excuse…
So we pop next door into a cute little Chinese restaurant, ordered two waters and opened the menu. The FIRST thing on this menu.. I kid you not.. Was chicken knees. Chicken. Knees.
Do chickens even have knees? Apparently, because they’re a Chinese starter. I don’t need to tell you that we got out of there as fast as we could. We went back into the lashing rain and into another restaurant which cost $30 for a plate of crappy pasta. But it was so much better than I imagine chicken knees would taste…
After we ate, we went back to the hotel. Contemplated what the hell had happened. Then slept it off, and we stayed in that hell hole for 3 nights until we finally found ourselves somewhere to live.
Fast forward 3 months, and we now live in a fancy little high rise in the middle of downtown Vancouver, with more bars and restaurants you could imagine. We could not be happier.
There are some days we drive past that hotel and we smile. We think of how we probably shared a bed with thousands of bed bugs. How we showered with a dozen other people’s hair caught in the drain. How we used a towel that was probably used to clean up a crime scene. And how we looked out a window into a back alley where homeless people spent their days fighting one another.
Moral of the story… no matter how awful the situation you find yourself in, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. And if ever you’re feeling down and out about something, just remember that I spent the night in a room where a man was actually shot! (we found out after we checked out).
Movies to See This September

Movies to See This September

Movies to see in September

The Magnificent Seven

I think I speak for everyone when i say I am super excited for this film. Chris Pratt in a western? What more could you ask for! Check out the trailer for The Magnificent Seven Below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deSRpSn8Pyk


Sully

This is a movie I am really looking forward to, it follows the story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) with the landing of a plane in the Hudson river, and the controversy that followed afterwards.

This movie looks intense and thrilling and I am hopeful that this will be a successful movie, after all, Tom Hanks can do no wrong.


Sausage Party

I don’t really know what to say about this movie. I’ve seen it, I’ve processed it, and I still don’t understand what actually happened for the 2 hours I spend staring at the screen.

The Trailer looked hilarious, but I think I laughed about 3 times during the entire movie.

The movie follows supermarket food in their lives in the store, and the horrors that occur when they are taken home and eaten.

The idea is funny, the cast are great, but yet for some reason the movie just did not work for me, or for anyone I know that has seen it.

I would give Sausage Party a 5/10, and the only reason for that is for the great cast.


Bad Moms

This movie was a pleasant surprise, the cast is great and the concept is much more interesting that the trailer would lead you believe.

This is an uplifting and highly enjoyable watch and would be ideal for a girls night, or even as a date night for couples. Bad Moms gets a 7/8 for me.


War Dogs

This is a tough one for me, I really enjoyed the idea, music and cast, but the movie seemed to drag for hours. The storyline follows two 20 something year old business men as they sell weapons to the US Military. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are a great tag team, Jonah once again shows how great of an actor he is, taking on this sleazy, sharp businessman with dark side, much different to his usual comedic rolls.

To sum up, War Dogs is a great watch, but what would make it better would be if it were 30 minutes shorter.

 

Rear View Projection

Rear View Projection

Rear View Projection.

Rear projection is a special effect technique that is used in film productions. It is the effect of combining the foreground with an existing background that could be filmed beforehand or painted or computer generated images (CGI). It is commonly used in the film industry, mainly in driving scenes or to show some form of background motions. This effect is to create an illusion that the characters are in a place they are not in, very similar to a blue/green screen effect.

The actors would have to stand in front of a giant screen while a projector is positioned behind it to show an image for the necessary background. The background usually would appear much fainter than the foreground, and it could be a still image or a moving image, but they are both called the “plate” and one might also hear “Roll plate” in a film set where rear projection is used to instruct the crew to begin the projection.

In order for rear projection to work and not showing any faults in the plate, the sound stage camera has to be in perfect synchronization with the projector. Both the camera and the projector have to be operating at 24fps, so that there will be no fringes or any halos appearing in the screen.

 

The rear projection was mainly used to film actors in driving or any moving vehicle scenes, which is in fact a vehicle prop that is set up in front of the plate. In such cases, the actor would seem very odd compared to the projected background, because the projected background was not shot steadily and the bumping movement of the background was not recreated by the actors.

The more you know!

 

 

References:

https://cinewiki.wikispaces.com/Rear+Projection

Fun ideas for projectors

Fun ideas for projectors

Check out these cool uses for projectors

Light Up A Child’s Bedroom

Transform your children’s bedroom into an underwater world or outer space with a themed projector! These projectors can be used as a nightlight and can be lots of fun for kids!

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Home Cinema

Impress your friends and family with showing the big game on a high quality projector, everyone will be dying to get an invite.

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Date Night

Instead of spending all that money on a cinema trip, why not create your own cinema at home? Project the movie onto a flat surface and voila! You have a home theatre!

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Slide Shows

Want to share embarrassing pictures at a birthday party or anniversary? Well go big or go home! Use a projector to stream a slide-show of pictures big enough for everyone to see!

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The possibilities are endless! Just use your imagination!

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