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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance

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Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Update Everything Month~! Software Vulnerability Records

October 2010 has had record numbers of updates in core programs from Windows to OSX, in Adobe Products and in Java (now owned and managed by Oracle.) Firefox, Opera, RealPlayer, you name it, Security Vulnerabilities is the new black...now white.

Security Vulnerabilities was a code word, of course. It was a nice way of saying, "A bad guy could create an object in the code of a site that would tickle a hole in the software on your computer, and make it – your computer – do one or more things."

Just glancing through the update literature we see that Windows had started the trend with a record number of patches, then Adobe got into the competition with several programs getting the 'record number' treatment. Opera thought that was good publicity and topped the 50 fixes line, then Java gave everyone a good run at the records. All in all, there have been other "Update Everything" months, but nothing like this last two weeks of October 2010.

Set aside the time, and if required, the task force to make certain that every computer in your operation that could ever be connected to any of your digital cinema systems, whether by USB key (moving a security key), or by network, has every piece of software checked for updates. Start with the major ones, especially those listed in this article: Ongoing Security–It's "Update Everything Month"