How to remove the entry tones from your freeconferencecall and freeconferencecallhd account

Have you ever been in a conference call and all that you can hear are the entry beeps. Beep, beep, beep, beep.  I was on a call and for the whole duration of the call it was constantly every 2 seconds a beep.

Freeconferencecall.com and freeconferencecallhd.com are great conferencing services. First they are free 🙂 . Second you can have up to 1000 callers on the line. Many people use the service but forget to remove one option. The Entry Tone.

Here is how to remove it.

  1. Login to your account at http://freeconferencecall.com or http://freeconferencecallhd.com
  2. Go to Preferences
  3. Switch Entry Tone to Off.

That’s it.

25 Websites to Get Free Images

If you want connect and communicate effectively a picture is worth 1000 words. Many times we try to look for images and the first thing people do is just to a search and then they copy the images. Even do that may be the easiest way to do it, it is not the correct way as you do not own those images. Across the years I have learn and found several

Pexels

Pexels  is one of my favorite websites. It provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

SplitShire

Photographers generosity is spreading like a wildfire. The website has a large collection of high-quality digital photographs and all for free.

Burst

Burst is a microsite created with a lots of quality product and lifestyle pictures all for free.

Epicantus

Photographer ,Daria, has put together a collection of photos that anyone can download and use in their projects. The images are great content backdrops.

Picjumbo

Picjumbo is full of royalty-free stock images that don’t require any type of attribution.

IM Free

IM Free is a curated collection of high-quality images broken down into different categories.

Morguefile

Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work. This same mission remains true today: we are a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.

FreeImages

Freeimages was launched in February 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography. The idea was to create a site where creative people could exchange their photos for inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and around 400,000 photos online.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a great website for looking for old style or vintage photos.

Picography

this website provides “Free high-resolution photos. Use them however you like.” However, if you’re after a bit of inspiration, it’s definitely worth a visit.

GetRefe

Good-looking free pics that you can use for pretty much anything.

Jay Mantri

A beautifully collection of photos of landscapes and abstract objects which are all the work of one designer.

Superfamous

Dutch Artist Folkert Gorter’s website is a great source of images. His collections of photos and paintings are great for any post or presentation. All you need to do is give him credit.

Public Domain Archive

Top quality images organized in to modern, vintage and weekly images. This are top quality images and the best thing is that they are high quality.

Gratisography

Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly!  All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.

StockSnap.io

StockSnap is the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos. Highest resolution pictures and add them to the database on a daily basis. This is not your typical crappy stock photo site. All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution. No more hassle trying to figure out whether you can use photos for commercial use and whether you need to provide attribution.

Negative Space

This is a nifty website to have in your toolbox. The photos on offer are colorful and ooze quality. They have a handy list of categories and a unique “copy space” filter. What’s that? Basically, you use the filter to specify in what position you want to add text to the photo (like an article headline) and it will return results that match your request. Pretty handy, right?

Pixabay

On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.

Freestocks

This website offers a mix of categories all stuffed full of good-looking photos. There’s no catch. Just find, download, and use as you wish. Simple.

Snapwire Snaps

The good folks at Snapwire, a platform for requesting custom photographs, offer 7 free pics every 7 days. The images are always high-quality, good-looking, and free for you to use as you like.

Tookapic

This website includes a great mix of high-quality photos and abstract photos.

MMT

Moment (MMT) provides free CC0 photography for personal and commercial use on websites, projects, themes, apps, and more.

Life of Pix

Life of Pix is a collection of high-res, photos. All pictures are absolutely no copyright restrictions. In addition to pics it also includes free video footage.

Kaboompics

Kaboompics is a collection of High Quality Photos offered for free to bloggers, website owners, small businesses, freelancers & social media ninjas.

Unsplash

Unsplash is a collection of beautiful “do whatever you want” photos. What does that mean? Exactly what it says on the box.

 

There you have it. I know you will use this sites to create amazing websites, posts and presentations. Share this post with your friends and family members.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk S3 Bucket and Access Denied

After working with AWS for a while , I decided to clean up some of my old deployments. After removing one of my Elastic Beanstalk application deployments it left a bucket in S3. So I tried to delete it and I got Access Denied.

 

After a little digging and some reading, I found the way to remove it.

Steps to remove left over Elastic Beanstalk S3

1. Login to your S3 console

2. Click the bucket that you need to delete

3. Click the bucket policy button

4. In the bucket policy editor. Look for the “Effect”: “Deny”, statement

5. Change the “Deny” statement to “Allow”. Press Save and then OK.

6. Now you should be able to right click your bucket and delete the bucket

7. Old Elastic Beanstalk S3 bucket removed

Configure Hyper-V vSAN

One of the best features in Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012/R2 is the ability to connect a VM directly to your Fiber Channel Storage Array. This feature is called Virtual HBA or vSAN. In order to get this feature working we need to follow a couple of simple steps to enable it on your servers.

Video to Configure Hyper-V vSAN

How to Configure Hyper-V vSAN

Watch this video on YouTube.

Steps to configure our Hitachi FC cards for Hyper-V 2012/R2 vSAN

1. Open an administrator command prompt

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2. Change to the HFCtools directory. cd c:program files (x86)HitachidrivershbaHFCtools

3. Enable NPIV function.  hfcmgr -p all npiv enable

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4. Reboot the server.

5. After the server is back online, Open your Hyper-V Manager

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6. Right Click your server and click Virtual SAN Manager

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7. You should be able to create a vSAN

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Errors:

If you see this error when you open your Virtual SAN manager you need to enable your Fiber Channel card NPIV features

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Microsoft Reference Articles

Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Overview

 

HP Hardware Documentation

This is a summary of documents needed to support HP servers.

Video Library of DL equipment:

http://h20464.www2.hp.com/default.htm

HP Power Advisor – plug in your server config and get resulting information related to power requirements:

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/solutions/power/advisor-online/HPPowerAdvisor.html

Fine Tuning ProLiant BIOS for Vmware vSphere environment:

Here is a document from Vmware that explains vSphere 4.0 best practices as it relates to performance.

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Perf_Best_Practices_vSphere4.0.pdf

This relates to our recommended BIOS configurations in the vSphere environment per the keys below:

a.      HP Power Regulator = HP Static High Performance Mode (default is HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode)

b.      Minimum Processor Idle State = No C-States (default is C6 State)

c.      Intel QPI Link Power Management = Disabled (default is enabled)

d.      HW Prefetcher = Disabled (default is enabled)

e.      Adjacent Sector Prefetch = Disabled (default is enabled)

f.      DCU Prefetcher = Disabled (default is enabled)

g.      Data Reuse = Disabled (default is enabled)

User Guides provide information on system components, setup, configuration utilities, and troubleshooting.  Great reference documents

DL360 G7 User Guide:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02065265/c02065265.pdf

DL380 G7 User Guide:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02159833/c02159833.pdf

DL580 G7 User Guide:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02267159/c02267159.pdf

iLO3 User Guide

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c02063196/c02063196.pdf

DL580 G7 Memory Configuration (Memory subsystem architecture is spelled out in the attached DL580 G7 quickspecs document).

http://www.itelon.ru/upload/iblock/fe1/QuickSpecs%20-%20HP%20ProLiant%20DL580%20G7%20l1,2%20MBy.pdf

HP Certified Professional Program for HP ProLiant

http://h10076.www1.hp.com/education/hpcp_prog.htm

Seven things you should be doing.

I found this article and it was very interesting. It talks about seven things leaders should do.

1. Learn Excel
2. Stay current with technology
3. Defend the value of your team.
4. Recognize a good idea and support it.
5. Don’t be affraid to challenge the status quo.
6. Keep your guard up when negotiating.
7. Lead by example.

http://www.bycios.com/posts/view/id/5832

Selecting the right projector for your church

In today’s changing world you have many choices. If you are hungry you can select from many different places to eat.  It is the same with your technology needs. Today I will discuss the differences in projectors and how to select the appropriate projector for your church.

What is a projector?

A projector is a big TV, so you can show movies, presentations or any other audio visual material. If you want the technical definition click here.

Why do we need a projector?

Humans understand things better if we can relate them visually. How do you know where are the restrooms in a restaurant? Simple you look for the sign with a man and a woman, but how does the sign look like?

There are more than 1000 projectors in the market, ranging from $500 to $500,000 dollars in price.  Which one is the correct one for my church? There are different things to consider.

Light (How much light you have in your church?)

The amount of light in your church is very important. If you want to setup the projector and there is a lot of light (day light, indoor light or any other kind of light),  the projector need to have a lot of lumen. Lumen are the amount of light that  projector will send out for the image, click here for information on lumen. After you check the amount of light you have, you have to count how many people you can see the screen.

Screen (Determine how many people can see the screen?)

There are many different screen sizes.  In order to select the correct screen size , lets count the amount of people in your church.  Amount of people x 1 inch = size of screen. Let’s say your church has 100 members your screen should be no less than 100 inches or 8 foot 3 inches long. If your church has 200 members your screen should be 150 to 200 inches or 12.5 to 16 feet long. click here for information on screen sizes.

Quality of projector

Last but not least you have to stop for a minute and think, why do we want to use a projector? Do we want to present Sunday’s service worship songs? or We want to bless the church with other audio visual material. There are many audiovisual devices that can bless the church. Movies, presentations (PowerPoint’s, Impress, others…). As I mention earlier projectors come in many different sizes and configurations that we need to know why we want to use a projector. Quality is not synonym to expensive. I own an inexpensive Infocus X1 and never had a problem.  Why I selected the Infocus X1? At the time that I purchased my projector the light bulbs for all the other projectors where $500 to $600 dollars and the Infocus X1 where $250.

Things to check when you want to buy a projector:

  1. Warranty (how many years and if they offer extended warranty).
  2. Price for the replacement bulbs (average 3000 hours).
  3. Celling mount or table top (are you going to mount the projector in the church celling or in a table).
  4. Compatibility with your computer equipment (if it support Windows 2000/XP/Vista , Mac or Linux).
  5. Support from the vendor (if the projector has a problem can they come to your church and help you).

Hope this posting will be helpful. God Bless you all.

Carlos Vargas

Technology resources for Christian Churches in US and Latin America

Encuentro Ministries and Cavarpe Consulting will be working together in a series of seminars in how to use technology to praised God. If you have any questions email us at cvargas@cavarpe.com or mcperalta@aol.com

El Ministerio Encuentro Latino y Cavarpe Consulting estan trabajando en una serie de seminarios para ayudar a las iglesias que desean utilizar technologia para adorar a Dios. Si desea mas information escribanos un email cvargas@cavarpe.com o mcperalta@aol.com