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Tech Makeover - Steps off Broadway
Dave: Hi, I’m Dave Altavilla for a HotHardware.com.
Marco: And I’m Marco Chiappetta for HotHardware.com.
Dave: And we’re back with second installment of our Intel need a tech makeover contest.
Marco: If you missed our first installment, be sure to check it out at HotHardware.com or the need the tech makeover website.
Dave: Right now we have our second winner today. His name is Keith Mottola from a local theater group called Steps off Broadway
Marco: We made over keys to office with some hot Centrino 2 hardware. What to do you say if we go check it out.
Dave: Steps off Broadway. So we’re here in scenic Bellingham Massachusetts with Keith Mottola from Steps off Broadway, one of our Intel need a tech makeover lucky winners. Thanks for having us Keith.
Keith: I’m excited, thank you for having me here.
Dave: Yeah and so Keith tell us about the Steps of Broadway. I will start with a little bit about you. What’s your name right here and serial number here?
Keith: Name I can’t say, I grow up in Bellingham. I went to Bellingham high schools. A graduate of the school system of this town, in 1977 I moved to New York City just start a career in the forming arts. It was lucky enough to have a lucrative and long career before returning here at the Bellingham and opening those Steps up with --.
Dave: And so you have kids her, you have adults?
Keith: We have children, we have adult, we have a large special needs programs which caters to the developmental and special skills of the—even mentally challenge or handicapped students year is first for us our oldest students and our special needs program is actually 70 years old.
Dave: Oh wow, very cool.
Keith: Which is really good.
Dave: So computer and technology wise a little bit of a react these days.
Keith: Very out of react. We’ve have some severe financial problems with moving it into a new facility that put us behind the equal and we’ve been dealing with equipment that’s either out of use, out of date. It does not connect with each other.
The computers do not even what’s on one computer does not join on another computer so its difficult asking by that wants here and its all on my computer system. It’s not fun to them.
Dave: So, it’s time for our techno revamp and we’ll get you back in the 21st century and running your business again.
Keith: It would be great, my parents would appreciate it. My students would appreciate it; my clients will all appreciate it because I’m a product of the late 70. Well 70s, late 60 but I’m not a computer—guy. So anything I can do that’s going to make it easier for me to get on that and which reach my clients and reach my public and reach my students will make life for a lot easier.
Dave: Cool, can you show us around first?
Keith: Let’s go.
Dave: This place is neat. They are on the front office, copier machines, standard issues, vacuum cleaner, and the old gray box who knows what is. It looks like it’s a Pentium or maybe. It’s an antique 17-inch CRT, once a radiation port out of that and that’s about it. Second office here we are the, well the Dell work station here and I don’t know what that thing is but it actually we have an LCD here, although it’s maybe the size of a postage stamp and it needs a tech makeover into me but—
Dave: This is the Steps off Broadway costume like key things?
Keith: Yeah that is the updated costume lawn.
Keith: That is now the key track of our costumes.
Dave: You know because things like spreadsheets just don’t exist.
Keith: Don’t exist now.
Dave: Yeah in case my case anyway.
Keith: So every time we’re looking for something, you come in here and you try to like what boxes is in. What page is at on?
Dave: A standard CRT there, the old gray box and unbelievable but there’s the office share my lazy boy.
Marco: Here we are on the sound room.
Dave: The nerve center if you will, the Steps of Broadway. I think the nerves are a bit afraid.
Dave: The music is fitting. So here we are with makeover one. One of the office locations and we’ve got a little voice practice going on the background here but—and Lenovo Wifi530 Core 2 Duo Centrino note three system here in one of our offices and the second office we get the same notebook. Lenovo Wifi530, Centrino 2 system connected to the network, 2 Terabytes mass share and the wireless HP check here in front of the office.
Actually gets three of this notebook in total, one in each back office and one on the sound room upfront, a little voice practice there.
So here we are in the third makeover site. Another Lenovo idea pad Wifi 530 and we’re on the sound studio. Keeps it running for sounds?
Keith: We’re ready to go.
Dave: Oh nice.
Keith: One thing just set it.
Keith: Loving it.
Dave: And the stage over here and here we are in our fourth and final makeover site. The front office of Steps off Broadway, the nerve center if you will. Here we’ve got an HP Core 2 Duo work station. An HP all in one inject printer or fax skin machine, Samsung 21 inch widescreen LCD, LAC 2 Terabyte ness and a D link 80211 and wireless router. It’s tough.
These guys are hooked as they say and the icing on the cake, picking on the window of the sound room there’s a link is Wifi webcam and here we are in the front office and our work station, looking through the eye of the webcam, with the view of the stage, smoothness.