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2009 has found us focusing on real education reform. We have been fortunate enough to begun major IT overhauls and infrastructure expansions at both the Little Compton Wilbur & McMahon Schools and the Jewish Community Day School. SMARTBoards, intra and inter-school audio/visual communication networks, new and expanded computing and design labs, school website re-design, expansion and fortification of existing infrastructure, new educational software and professional development classes! Wow! Talk about a busy year with our educational clients! Not to mention the work we've done with our other clients!

With this rate of growth, ELD plans to double its staff by the end of 2009, expanding our services to include professional grant writing for our non-profit and educational clients as well as fielding additional IT technicians.

David Vernaglia
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Spring/Summer 2009
ELD begins work at the Jewish Community Day School

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Spring/Summer 2009
ELD launches Phase II of the Little Compton Schools Inter-Link Project

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Spring 2009
New Client: Fall River Country Club Welcome! We bring wireless to the links at the Fall River Country Club

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Spring 2009
ELD replaces the Little Compton Police Department's application and emergency services server.

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Spring 2009
ELD installs and distributes the RI State Pictometry Database for the Town of Little Compton.

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March 2009
Homefront Health Care expands its Providence offices!

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Spring/Summer 2009: Jewish Community Day School

This is an exciting one! The JCDS has asked us to design, install and maintain a zero-level educational IT concept that will define the school as a computing flagship unlike any other school in the region! We've tackled this with gusto and are planning a remarkable installation that centers around real-time A/V communication an a grand scale, linking the JCDS to other day schools throughout the US and in Israel. Students will interact with other schools, guest speakers, other classrooms and their families on a daily basis. These advances will help develop the greater community the school so strongly desires on a local, national and even global level! We believe that this is the future of educational IT, and with our help, JCDS is going to lead the way!

Spring/Summer 2009: Little Compton Wilbur & McMahon Schools

Phase II of the Little Compton Schools Interlink Project begins! ELD will be replacing and upgrading all remaining outdated or inadequate computing elements in the school. We've also helped the school re-design and take control of their existing website and will be starting regular professional development classes for the faculty and staff, insuring that the new technology does not go to waste and is used to its fullest potential. Wilbur and McMahon has come a long way over the past four years, and we're proud to have been such an integral part of the process. It's only a matter of time before the school evolves into an IT powerhouse, and with our help, the students and teachers will become leaders in defining new standards for educational computing.

March 2009: Homefront Healthcare

Homefront Healthcare has begun the expansion of their central Providence office. New conference rooms, greater access to existing computing resources, additional terminals, a new server room, secure wireless access, etc. are just a few of the changes they've made this year. We've also begun working to migrate Homefront off of the severely outdated and unsupported PRAGMA database (reaching back to the early 1990's) and have begun an aggressive three-year plan to upgrade their server infrastructure and satellite office interconnects. As with so many non-profit agencies, their budget is limited, but they're well on their way to a better IT future with our help. We believe in Homefront's mission, and are happy to help!

Spring 2009: Little Compton Police Department

We have had the pleasure of working with the Little Compton Police department for many years now, and have been itching to upgrade their data and application servers for some time now! Well, the time has come and the upgrades are commencing as I write this. We're upgrading their domain and server array as well and supplying them with some much needed extra data storage and services. Most importantly, our services will insure the emergency response system is running 24/7 and that the officers are never without reliable access to State and Federal computing systems. These changes will finally bring the department into the 21st century and will make them the envy of police departments throughout the state!

February/March 2009: Little Compton Town Hall

We have installed and distributed the RI Department of Transportation's Pictometry Database, which will provide invaluable information to local emergency services, field biologists, conservationists and others. This software provides highly detailed aerial and street-level views of the region, increasing local emergency response times, helping with property valuation processes, etc. Think of this as Google Earth like it was meant it be, at a level of detail that needs to be seen to be believed.

March/April 2009: Fall River Country Club

Welcome aboard! The Fall River Country Club is a new client that has asked ELD to expand the size and scope of their network and increase wireless availability/connectivity. Additional POS systems, workstations, etc. are all in preparation for a more substantial upgrade of their server systems. We are also planning to build a system that will allow for wireless access throughout the property, even on the links! Why not answer that important email while teeing off the eighth hole?

January 2009: Little Compton Town Hall

The ACS data system has been installed in the Town Hall! A separate, parallel network was wired in preparation for this event, and a number of new workstations and network printers are now available for public access in the Clerk's office. We had to replace a number of switches throughout the Town Hall to make this happen, and took the opportunity as a good time to upgrade the network to a gigabit LAN! Talk about a speed increase!

December 20088: Little Compton School System

This winter we worked with faculty and the administration to develop a new, self-maintained, community-oriented website. Michael Sahagian spear-headed this project and will be releasing the co-developed site early this Spring! Now the website will be controlled and developed by the teachers and IT department of the school, making them independent of outside web developers and able to share their skills with students and their peers. They will be able to easily alter their site, post new pages and design each page to meet the unique needs of their class.

This sort of training is essential for bridging the gap between teachers and the community at large. It allows direct communication with the parents so that they know what their children are studying in the classroom. These advance really help to pull a community together, and we're glad to be behind it!

September 2008: Little Compton

We expanded and upgraded the power protection equipment. With the rough weather Little Compton is known for it's a good thing that we did! Lightning, wind, old and limited power lines... These units take a beating but are essential for the survival of delicate computing equipment in a location such as this!

September 2008: Little Compton Wilbur & McMahon Schools

Phase I of the Interlink continues. We installed an array of educational software packages including Rosetta Stone, Lego Mindstorm Robotics, Kid Pics, etc... These applications will allow students to pursue a number of unique avenues including language exploration, robotics and programming, meeting state and federal learning standards explore languages, and many over fields that are often neglected by other schools. We did much more than simply install the software, however, instructing teachers in the use of the new packages so that they are used, not neglected. What good is software if you don't feel comfortable using it?

Summer/Fall 2008: Coleman Realtors, Providence

David Vernaglia of Everlasting Designs inc. began teaching weekly classes in:

  • basic computer skills
  • web development
  • advanced uses for email
  • digital photo editing
  • data management and preservation
  • computing concepts

These classes left participating realtors with a set of skills that increased their comfort level, competency and interest to a level never before experienced by the participants. Too many professionals lack the necessary training to extract the most from the technology they use every day. Bravo to Michael Young for supporting this series of classes and improving the computing lives of the realtors in his office! Coleman Realtors now has the computing skills required to succeed in what is otherwise now a difficult market.

Spring 2008: Little Compton Town Hall and Schools

In June, we guided the Town through a major MUNIS data systems upgrade. It was a difficult process that everyone was glad to make it through. Now the town has the most recent version of the program and which has a much improved user interface and more reliable back-end. We also replaced one of the two microwave wireless transmitters that connect the disparate buildings that utilize the system. I really hate working on roofs, though...

Spring/Summer 2008: WJAR WeatherNET

With the help and guidance of Mike Lill from WJAR, we installed and configured the stations WeatherNET service, which allows for the gathering and viewing of real-time weather data, as well as connects the town to the greater RI weather collection community. In addition to this, the software allows the access to live camera feeds from the roof of the school! Take a look!

Spring/Summer 2008L Little Compton Wilbur & McMahon Schools

We began Phase I of the Little Compton Schools Interlink and Overhaul. This two year plan will see the installation of numerous SMARTboards, computing labs, a complete audio/visual lab, digital projectors, informational kiosks, infrastructure upgrades, document readers, additional classroom workstations, and even a music studio for the music teacher! We intend to completely overhaul the school's IT environment, giving them a focus and an edge not found anywhere else in the state

April 2008 Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El had one of those terrifying moments every business dreads: one minute everything is working fine, and the next, a catastrophic hardware failure and an inadequate backup strategy that doesn't allow for a full recovery of the lost data! In a matter of seconds, they lost years of scheduling data, membership and financial information critical to the Temple's day-to-day operations, and numerous intra-office files. Within forty-eight hours, ELD was able to fully replace the failed hardware, institute a redundant and forward-thinking backup strategy, as well as perform a full data recovery. Now everything is running smoothly, their vital information is protected, and the Temple doesn't have to worry about having an experience like this ever again.

April 2008: Little Compton Town Hall

We expanded the Town Hall LAN to include wireless access in the Town Council Chambers so council members and attending citizens alike will finally have access to the data they wish to reference without having to print it out for distribution. An LCD projector was also installed so that the information can be easily displayed to everyone attending town meetings, etc.

February 2008: Top Chief Video Application

After designing LA Chef Peter Gobin's personal website, we were asked to help him create a 4 minute video application for Bravo's Top Chef television series. We had a blast! David Vernaglia did the camera work, Bill Ambler directed and edited with the assistance of Michal Sahagain at MBK studios. We wrote, shot and edited the entire video in just under 48 hours! Wow! With the involvement of so many talented people, we were able to put together a unique and fast paced portrait of one of Providence's most promising young chiefs.

Watch the four-minute video here. We wish Pete the best of luck!

02-17-08 Everlasting Designs begins work on www.petergobin.com

Peter Gobin is one of those rare chefs who's passion for fine dining and haute cuisine are complimented by a fantastic personality and a grand imagination! His career has taken him from New Rivers in Providence, RI to cooking at Patina, Meson G and The Chamberlain in Los Angeles, CA, all well-respected and successful restaurants. Peter has been a close friend of mine for over a decade now, and we're trhilled to be designing new web site for him now that he's moved his career back to Rhode Island. Please take a look at the site (currently under construction) at www.petergobin.com.

The only thing I can say is that Peter's food is some of the best I've ever had, and I have had the privilege of tasting some of the finest food in the world in my travels in Europe, Southeast Asia and Central America...not to mention the United States! Little Rhody is certainly lucky to have this supremely talented chef back!

01-04-08 Welcome to the offices of John Palumbo, CPA

Welcome aboard John Palumbo, CPA! John came to us with a peer-to-peer network in need of file sharing and data organization. He also needed to re-wire his office with CAT6 cable so he could return to a wired LAN. His wireless LAN was not operating efficiently and his previous support company had made a mess of Palumbo's shared resource structure and permissions. Spyware, adware, malware and the like were also prevalent and the office's system protection package (Norton 360™) was causing countless problems. Their router was also mis-configured and in need of adjustment.

After straightening things out, upgrading a few monitors and everyone's RAM, the office computers are running far more smoothly and efficiently, just in time for tax season! We've begun planning a May server install and the creation of the Palumbo domain so as to centralize data storage, simplify network printing, and provide data protection and user management. No CPA in his right mind wants to take risks with his clients files! We're discussing power protection, remote access, and a reliable backup strategy as well. The future looks bright for the office of John Palumbo, CPA!

01-11-08 Everlasting Designs launches new website

And you're looking at it! It's been a long time since we updated our website, and we're proud to unveil this, our newest incarnation on the web. We've been lurking here since 1996, believe it or not! There's a lot of added functionality, such as this News Blog, the Trouble Ticket and Visit Scheduler forms, and the Client Login area. We hope that this site represents us well; we're professionals who take pride in our work and appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you think!

01-04-08 Welcome to the offices of John Palumbo, CPA

Welcome aboard John Palumbo, CPA! John came to us with a peer-to-peer network in need of file sharing and data organization. He also needed to re-wire his office with CAT6 cable so he could return to a wired LAN. His wireless LAN was not operating efficiently and his previous support company had made a mess of Palumbo's shared resource structure and permissions. Spyware, adware, malware and the like were also prevalent and the office's system protection package (Norton 360™) was causing countless problems. Their router was also mis-configured and in need of adjustment.

After straightening things out, upgrading a few monitors and everyone's RAM, the office computers are running far more smoothly and efficiently, just in time for tax season! We've begun planning a May server install and the creation of the Palumbo domain so as to centralize data storage, simplify network printing, and provide data protection and user management. No CPA in his right mind wants to take risks with his clients files! We're discussing power protection, remote access, and a reliable backup strategy as well. The future looks bright for the office of John Palumbo, CPA!

12-03-07 Temple Emanu-el undergoes major hardware upgrade.

Temple Emanu-el, one of our older clients, recently reached an obsolescence ceiling and decided to replace all their workstations. A two-phase replacement cycle began and the machines were replaced with state-of-the-art workstations, user data and applications were successfully migrated from the old machine to the new, and the domain restructured for XP Professional clients. We restored all network resources and were able to transition the Temple over to the new machines with minimal down time. Next step? Replace the aged Windows 2000 application server that runs the place, and relegate the older server to a secondary service role providing file & print sharing and storage functions as well. Everyone is enjoying the new machines, LCDs and smaller hardware footprints. We love upgrades; they make everyone so happy at work!

11-22-2007 Everlasting Designs and MBK Studios produce album Giant Leap of Faith

This was a first for ELD! We worked closely with Rhode Island musician and artist Spogga to produce his most recent album Giant Leap of Faith and after a wild, exciting ride, completed the project on time and on budget! In close conjunction with MBK Studios, digital production and mastering of the album began in early November. We assembled the team of Golden Anchor Studios and Demiartistic Studios to design and create the cover and liner art, and managed the printing and reproduction process from start to finish with the assistance of Diskmakers. In the end, we were thrilled to be part of the creation of such an amazing album! It sounds fantastic, looks terrific and was a totally professional (though high energy) production. Be sure to check it out on iTunes and at Spogga.com as it becomes available. You can hear some of the tracks on MySpace.

       

11-01-07 Wilbur and McMahon Schools adopt ELD three year Technology Plan

The State of Rhode Island requires public schools to file a 3 or 5 year Technology Plan to remain compliant and to qualify for state technology funding and assistance. After numerous meetings with administration, polling teachers, staff and students, Everlasting Designs undertook the task of developing and writing the Wilbur & McMahon Schools' 2008-2010 Technology Plan. The school has been our client for many years now, so we have a firm grasp on their situation, needs, and aspirations. Nonetheless, this was a serious task as we take education seriously and this plan will dictate the direction the school moves in technologically over the next three years. Take a read if you're interested; we worked hard on their Plan and are proud to show it!

Wilbur & McMahon Schools Technology Plan 2008-2010

09-01-07 Optic Sugar Partners with Everlasting Designs

We've partnered with OpticSugar of Providence, RI, one of New England's premier motion graphics and digital animation studios! Need help with broadcast design, television advertising, motion picture effects & titles, visual effects & compositing, CGI & 3D animation and the like? Look no further! We can help!

With the added muscle of this partnership, Everlasting Designs can now bring a full range of visual design talent to its client base! The people at OpticSugar are amazing! You have to check these guys out to believe me! A whole new world of possibilities for our clients, with some interesting projects to come!

08-19-07 Welcome to the Little Compton Community Center

A big welcome to the Little Compton Community Center! Wow! What a place! With a fantastic theater, kitchens, dining area, after-school program, and elderly resource center, this organization gives new meaning to the term community! I personally had my start in technical theater (lighting and set design), so it's very exciting to have these folks onboard! Their systems were in need of a complete overhaul, with their domain so underpowered that data was being lost regularly and crashes were frequent. This typical situation of poor systems management lead the LCCC to contact us so we could straighten things out!

A substantial server upgrade and migration to Windows Server 2003 made a world of difference! After defining routine backup schedules, remote access privileges, centralized data storage, printing and file management, we rebuilt the Center's application topography and secured the network against intrusion. We outsourced the task of e-mail server so as to reduce expense and overhead at the Center as well. Crashes are a thing of the past and once we work the bugs out with Remote Access, everyone should be happier than they have been in years!

8-15-07 Everlasting Designs produces DVD Fire on the Water

Check out a clip from the new DVD Fire on the Water we produced for Providence Waterfire's fire dancer Spogga! It's the second video in the selection (right arrow 1x)!

This project took a lot of effort as it was a low-budget production of 2,000 DVDs for artist and musician Spogga. We managed the project from start to finish and released it at Waterfire in mid-August! It's a beautiful thing to behold and a pleasure to have worked on! Go buy one at Spogga.com!

07-25-2007 ELD celebrates 12 Years in business!

Yep! I started Everlasting Designs, Inc. in 1995 and it's still going strong! Back then we built primitive web sites and produced a variety of print designs, though over the years, as our experience grew, we branched out to become what we are today! Here's to another 12 years! Thank you to those clients that have been with us since the beginning, most notably Atlantic Paper & Twine! Thank you David Spencer for believing in us!

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