This presentation was about following licensing rules for using music in your media projects. The overall theme was 'follow the links'! Look for the word "License" on any site that you use to obtain music from and read the license info to make sure you are compliant with how the music may be used. Following these license rules is essential to keep from being disqualified for copyright infringements when entering your work into media contests.
Creating your own music solves all of your problems! Garage band on either a Mac or iPad is a great investment for media programs. Combine these with a music MIDI keyboard, and you'll have the
ultimate music creating setup.
Hello San Francisco JEA/NSPA convention attendees!
Thanks for waiting for me to get these uploaded. You can download the setup and layout diagrams here.
These diagrams are setup to print on a large format printer. Each poster is 3 feet by 2 feet.
The slides for the live production presentation can be viewed here.
I'm still in the process of updating the product spreadsheet. This document shows pricing and provides direct links to each item used in our setup. Once things are up-to-date, I'll post a link to it.
So you’ve thought about switching from Republic Wireless to Cricket Wireless, but when you type your phone number into the “Transfer My Number” box on the Cricket Wireless webpage, you get the error: “We are unable to transfer home phone numbers at this time.” And then you think, “What the heck? Home phone number? What’s going on?” You then might call Cricket customer support for assistance. That’s what I did. I was told that a ticket was completed for my problem and that someone would get back to me about what to do. No one ever got back to me. After doing some research, I found that a whole lot of people wanting to switch from Republic to Cricket were having the same problem, and they were having no success in getting help. Some said they had to port their number to another carrier first, and then from there to Cricket. This was the route that I decided to take. But which carrier is the cheapest and easiest to port to before porting to Cricket?
The answer is T-Mobile. I searched on Amazon.com for a “T-Mobile Complete SIM Starter Kit” and found one for just five dollars. You can activate the SIM through T-Mobile’s website, but not being sure that I would see an option to port an existing number, I opted to do the activation and port request over the phone.
The phone process was fully automated (I was expecting to eventually speak with a person). The system worked flawlessly, and the port from Republic Wireless worked right away! So, five dollars and a few minutes of going through some automated prompts, I was able to make the port to T-Mobile. I was then able to immediately port from T-Mobile to Cricket.
Now let’s be clear: Cricket not being able to port a Republic Wireless number to their system is inexcusable. They are in violation of FCC regulations by not providing this service for home phone, VOIP, or wireline service (as it’s called by the FCC), but if you’re in a hurry to switch, T-Mobile is the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to get your number away from Republic and over to Cricket.
The FCC web page below delineates the rules that providers are supposed to follow for number porting. If you’ve experienced this same problem yourself, you’ll see a link on the page to file a complaint electronically.
FCC Guide: Keeping Your Telephone Number When Changing Service Providers
In talking to a friend who uses prepaid phone service recently, it came up that his text messages get used up far too quickly, and then you're stuck without the ability to text until the prepaid term runs out. There are many free messaging services out there, but if you want to be able to receive and send unlimited text messages via phone number, you should check out Google Voice.
This service has many great features, one of which allows you to do free SMS messaging as long as you have a data connection. SMS means that you can send and receive picture and video messages as well as traditional text messages.
If you already have a G-mail address (an account with Google in other words), then you can easily setup a Google Voice phone number and have the benefit of free texting if you don't already pay for unlimited text messaging. You can get started by going to: https://www.google.com/voice. After setting up Google Voice, you'll need to go to the Play Store on your mobile device and install the Google Voice app.
Yes, you will have two phone numbers instead of one after you setup the service: the price to pay for free unlimited texting. When I say price to pay, it's a figure of speech: there is no cost to using Google Voice services. After setting up the service, you will be prompted to allow Google Hangouts to handle SMS messaging. You WILL want to do this if you want to be able to send and receive video and picture messages. Google Voice cannot do SMS, only simple text messages. Google Hangouts also lets you do video chatting, among other things.
Another great feature of Google Voice is that it can manage your voicemail instead of having your carrier take care of it. You don't have to opt into letting Google Voice manage voicemail for you, but I highly recommend it. It's far superior to what any of the carriers offer for voicemail features.
These are just some of the great capabilities of Google Voice. To learn more, visit the Google Voice YouTube Channel. I've been using Google Voice for a couple of years, and have enjoyed the unlimited text messaging feature a lot. In my case, my carrier charges $5/month for not enough messages, and then charges a ridiculous fee if you go over your allotment. Unlimited texting is offered for $20/month. I don't think so!
I'll soon be switching to Republic Wireless who offer unlimited talk and texting plans starting at $10/month +tax. I'm under contract with my current carrier until the Spring. I've been with them for over 10 years, but I'm thrilled to be switching to Republic soon. Consumer Reports recently rated them as the top prepaid wireless carrier.