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|Building a Robust Windows OS Image for Kiosk and Digital Signage Deployments
Ever wonder what the differences are between a “professional” Windows desktop image and an embedded Windows image is that is intended for volume deployments in kiosks and digital signage applications? To see the highlights of such differences click on the PDF button to the left.
|Locking the COM Port Assignments on USB to Serial Port Adaptors
One of the most frequent problems encountered in kiosk and digital signage deployments alike (especially kiosks), are the use of USB to RS-232 serial converters. These converters seem to randomly lose or reassign their COM port address, particularly when there is more than one such converter in the system, which in turn results in the devices that are phyically attached to associated COM port(s) failing to communicate with the computer. There is a relatively simple fix to this USB to COM port shuffling that you can access using the PDF button to the left.
|Windows Optimizations for SSD Operation
SSDs, including 2.5″ drives, mSATA drives, and SATA module; hold the promise of high speed read access, extended temperature operation, and high immunity to shock and vibration. However most SSDs are plagued by failures due to sudden power loss and more still can be subject to significantly shortened life expectancies unless careful attention is given to the system design, application development, and OS tuning for SSD deployments. Click on the PDF button to the left to see some of the Windows optimizations that can be made to enhance the overall reliability of Windows-based SSD deployments.
|Linux Optimizations for SSD Operations
See comments above for Windows Optimizations for SSD operation. Click on the PDF button to the left to see some of the Linux optimizations that can be made to enhance the overall reliability of Linux-based SSD deployments.
|Creating a Video Wall with VLC
Video walls, consisting of 4 to 9 monitors placed in close proximity to each other, have become pracital solutions to displaying large format images as the price of large format monitors (preferably with narrow bezels) and media players to drive them have dimished. AMD has a particularly good way of grouping 4 to 6 monitors using a proprietary technology called Eyefinity: a technolgy Actineon takes full adavantage of in most of its four- and six-output media player. But what do you do if yo want to stay with an Intel/NVidia-based solution or drive more than six displays from a single player? One possible option is to configure the VLC media player to dispaly on multiple screens. You can download the VLC player and development tools at http://www.videolan.org/ and configure multi-screen video walls using the confguration example shown by clicking on the PDF button to the left.