Stefan Graf Lighting Design Consulting

Stefan Graf Lighting Design Consulting

Just recently a client of many years sold one of his Lighting Design companies and opened a new one Stefan Graf Lighting Design Consulting at . Stefan is well know in the industry with many awards to his credit. I have to admit that I did not design the site which is very well done. I do however help with updates and maintenance

Project Planning to optimize visual performance

If you are planning a project I don’t think you could find a better person to advise you.I would not endorse someone if I wasn’t sure thy deserved it.e Check out his website to see all the services he offers as well as some examples of his experience and projects he has been involved with.

Technologies and methods are evolving at a very fast pace. The recommended practices that are published by lighting societies are often many years old by the time the publication is released. One of Stefan’s role’s is to bring to your team the latest and best ideas from international lighting conferences: International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) annual conference;  Professional Lighting Designers (PLDC) Conference in the EU; Illuminating Engineering Society (IES);  Lightfair International (LFI) and the LED’s Specifier Conference.

Consider having Stefan in during the initial concepts phase of your projects to help you get all of the best ideas out on the table.Stefan is proud to be recognized as one of the world’s lighting innovators introducing award winning solutions to many projects that he has worked on.

Illuminart, the company formed in 1986 has joined the team of PBA / Peter Basso Associates  in Troy MI as an independent division of this large, successful MEP engineering firm. SGLD Consulting is established so it may continue providing services as a subcontractor on special projects with PBA and with other, select clients.

10 Most Common Security Attacks

10 Most Common Security Attacks That Will Kill Your WordPress Blog

It is paramount to know that blogging requires way more than just coming up with content. To maintain the accuracy and safety of its security aspects is also a great need for any blogger to focus their attention on. If you treat your blog like your own home, you surely do not want anyone to just get in and steal what is inside it. The same goes to owning your blog.

Fortunately, this infographic shows you the most typical attacks on security that any WordPress blog user may encounter – from versions that are not updated, sensitivities in plugins and themes, shaky passwords, malicious redirect links, and a lot more. No matter how amazing your blog looks and how interesting the content, once its security is put at risk, you can consider yourself in big trouble.

It is not surprising for any WordPress blog to suffer from such due to its rising popularity as an open source software. However, you can be assured that they have a reliable team behind who works hard on the constant discovery of any glitch, bugs, and risks that may put people’s blogs at risk.

Another important thing to note that as the online world grows, the rate of cyber crimes is also on the rise. In fact, many criminals become more active online compared to the ones in the real world.

In the infographic below, you will be guided with 10 common security threats that you can avoid if you are a WordPress blog owner.

Replace Laptop Screen

A few days ago something fell on my laptop. When I turned it on there were some lines in it, I could see most of it but some areas I couldn’t make out. I could still use it but certain things I had to guess at. Now I don’t like doing repairs on laptops because everything is small so I was just going to buy a new one. I usually look on Amazon so I went there from my sons store at OverHome Marketplace , the cost is the same so I figured I’d let someone get a commission for it. A low end Laptop was about $350.00 and it was a smaller screen than mine so I did a search for a replacement screen for mine and it was only $69.87 so I took a chance and ordered it.

I figured I should read up on it or watch a video or something and found a site that gave pretty good directions on it at . Took me maybe an hour, the main problems I had were plugging the cables back in because I had trouble seeing them (they are small and the pins are even smaller). I did manage it and tested everything out and the camera and microphone works, display looks better than it did when the machine was new.

Problems with WD external hard drive

I ordered a 3TB WD external hard drive. When it came in I hooked it up and it did not work (tried it on two different computers). I called where I bought it (no names as I have generally had a good experience with them), this time all they would say was I had to call WD which I did. They never contacted me back.

I decided to just exchange it as there are times you get a bad one. The replacement came in and it didn’t work either so I called WD again. Rather than dealing with the problem they were focused on the fact they couldn’t find my address. Needless to say I had no more use for talking to them.

I started checking the drive and it appears they use a cable that must be the cheapest one they can buy, it seemed to be loose, a few times I would hear the sound when I plugged it in but it would lose connection, again appeared to be the cable. I called where I bought it and asked if they would send me a different cable. They said no so I simply said I wanted a refund and I sent the drive back.

Needless to say I won’t buy another WD external hard drive and under the circumstances I won’t buy any external hard drive from that reseller because they didn’t seem to care that it didn’t work and their main concern was to just get me off the phone. When I buy another manufacturers external hard drive it will be from a different reseller.

Sometimes the best price is not the best deal. It may be that all of them use the cheapest cables they can buy and if that turns out to be the case I will simply buy an external case and put the hard drive in it since I have been able to do that in the past.

Let me know of any problems you have had with these things.

Fake Tech Support and Phone Scams

A friend called me today after falling for a scam. She would not have even realized there was a problem if her computer had not started acting strange.

She told me she got a call apparently from India. They told her that her windows was expiring and her computer was at risk and claimed they were from Microsoft. WINDOWS DOES NOT EXPIRE, unless of course you don’t have a legal copy to start with. We will assume you are legal for this.

She admitted she followed their instructions and let them access her machine remotely and paid the $29.00. Since I had no idea what they had done and she said she couldn’t boot the machine I walked her through restarting in safe mode which worked. I then had her run a system restore from a command prompt “rstrui.exe” and restore it to a couple of days prior. Had I been looking at it myself I might have tried to figure out what they did but since I didn’t have the machine I figured the safest thing to do was restore it.

First piece of advice: Microsoft will not call you that way. If someone does it is most likely a scam, HANG THE PHONE UP. If you do talk to them ask questions, get their information and write it down then report it to the local authorities. Second thing: Never give anyone remote access to your computer, unless you know them and trust them, you initiated the call for support to a legitimate support (ie Dell, HP, Microsoft etc.).

If you want to read more you can check Windows Security Blog , ZdNet , the guardian. That is only three but if you search you can find many more.

I had not seen this myself. A friend contacted me and said he had been infected with it. I started doing a little research.

Seems to be adware more than anything. I personally despise adware, viruses and malware. When I see it on my computer I get rid of it and anything associated with it.

The first thing you could try if it hasn’t been on your computer long is to restore your machine to a previous date (before you were infected). Even if you do that I would suggest scanning the machine to make sure.

Rather than duplicate everything that is already out there about it you can check this page for detailed information. They have a lot of details about it and links to all the tools to scan and remove.

Hope it helps.


Machine won’t boot

Windows XP Pro

Worked on a machine that wouldn’t boot up. The message it gave was “A problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. Error Code:0x80040017”

My first thought was a virus or malware but since I couldn’t log into the machine I managed to log into safe mode and did a system restore to about 10 days earlier, that didn’t work so I tried a different restore point and that didn’t work either so I started searching the internet and trying all the different things I found. None of that worked.

I had read some posts by people who ran chkdsk /r and it solved their problem so I tried that, found problems and corrected them still had same problem. Ran defrag and chkdsk again. Booted into windows normally and thought I had it till it gave me the blue sceen we all hate to see, tried booting into safe mode and it just froze and wouldn’t do anything. Turned it off and back on and it ran chkdsk on it’s own and found some more problems (some of which were in the restore folder) after which it still gave me the original error. Went back into safe mode and picked a different restore point again and it worked this time.

Scanned for Malware and fixed problems then did a deep scan for malware and fixed those problems.

From this point it would be a matter of making sure there are no other malware items, viruses or spyware but the machine seems to be fine now.

Zango Spyware

Windows XP


Over the weekend Sept. 8 2008 while working on a machine I ran spybot. It found some adware called Zango. Spybot said it had to reboot to remove some of it and that is where the problem starts. When it reboots you will see

The parameter is incorrect.” Clicking it keeps reporting error message over and over. The system never really goes beyond that point.

Took a little research but here is how I corrected it

Log on to the system in safe mode. Start regedit. Navigate to the following registry key and see if there is an entry with “c:\windows\system32\ …” in the data portion of the entry:
It had several entries to run Spybot and remove things so I deleted those entries and restarted the machine. Ran Spybot again and undid the changes to that section and it seemed to work fine.

I didn’t do it because it wasn’t my machine but they say you can remove it instructions here.

What do you need from your website?

  • There are many reasons for needing a website and you should put some thought into what your goal is. Doing that one thing can save you many hours of frustration.
  • Do you need to market a product or brand?
  • A website is always available even when you aren’t. Never sleeps, never asks for a raise, doesn’t get sick or go home early so let your website sell your product 24/7
  • People tend to ask what your website is so they can check you out. Many times if you don’t have one they will opt for your competitor who does.
  • When you are looking for something where do you look? Probably most of us will say we “google it”. Without a website they will never find you!
  • You need to tell people a few things about yourself with your website.
    1. You are reputable.
    2. You understand their needs.
    3. You are big enough to do the job yet you still care.