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Two Wake County Sheriffs practice tactical maneuvers at the Oak Grove Training Center out of the back of a Bear Cat.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 4:37pm

“Extraordinary Training Facilities, with excellent staff that will bend over backwards to create a realistic training environment for a multitude of situations.”

This is one of many sentiments expressed by members of the Wake County Sheriff's Department who took part in some training at the Oak Grove Training Center earlier this month. From Nov. 3 - 6 members of the Wake County Sheriff's Department practiced various simulated events utilizing the Oak Grove Training Center's shoot house, range (where they incorporated practice in a bear cat), and obstacle course. All of the training...

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 3:22pm

November 4, 2014  The Oak Grove Training Center's helicopter landing zone (HLZ) was recently surveyed and approved,  Here's a video of the very first Black Hawk to use the HLZ.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 5:09pm

“ . . . every business--not just those in the social media space--will need to take a mobile-first approach in the coming years.”

So posits Inc. in an article titled “Survey: How Mobile Will Change Business” (Sep 25, 2012). The author claims that “mobile has the power to reshape entire industries and these changes will be swift.” A new eLearning contract we won recently bears witness to this. It includes options to develop for myriad mobile devices.

Clinicians, equipment maintainers,...

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Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:40am

A popular chain of fast-food restaurants in South Africa is serving hamburgers with words in Braille baked right in!

Wimpy, a UK-based company with restaurants throughout Europe and Asia has taken a huge leap forward in courting visually impaired diners by serving hamburgers with words in Braille formed with sesame seeds! So far, this ingenious idea is limited to South Africa but I doubt it will be long before the idea catches on elsewhere.

The sesame seed Braille words spell out such messages as “100 per cent pure beef burger made for you.”Brilliant! Wimpy South Africa is...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 12:00am

What does the client really expect when they ask you to use their content “as is”?

The word edit is an umbrella for myriad tasks. When it’s applied to text, edit can range from simple proofreading to ensuring that the final assessment questions meet the objectives which, in turn, are supported by the content. It’s elementary to conclude that the resources for this spectrum differ greatly from one end to the other.

By default, you should always include a basic proofreading and grammar check, but it’s important to establish any other expectations at the onset of a project....

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 1:20pm

What's your mobile strategy? The recommended best practice for making a website mobile friendly is up for debate, depending who you are or who you ask.

The good thing is you have options.

Optimize the appearance of your current site content to be mobile friendly (i.e. viewable on a reduced scale) Create a mobile-optimized site with different content using a framework that detects whether the user is visiting from mobile device.

Both options have pros and cons. Option 1 allows you to have one site that is accessible to all users regardless of device. Option 2 allows you to...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:33pm

Your company has gone to the same conference for six years in a row.  What do you do this year to create “buzz” around your booth and showcase your latest capabilities?

I was faced with that question before the National Veteran Small Business Conference (NVSBC)  in New Orleans this year.  Oak Grove had been to the NVSBC several times.  We knew that the conference attendees were familiar with some aspects of our work, but we wanted to make sure that we could showcase capabilities—such as our multimedia work—that many attendees might not expect from us.  We wanted to do something...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 4:29pm

One of the biggest challenges today is being able to develop something that really engages the user. The way people interact with technology is constantly changing and the choices are multiplying every day. Everything is always just a click away...which means distractions are always everywhere (email, voicemail, text messages, podcasts, webinars, TV shows, websites, mobile apps - all it takes is just one click, and your audience has gone on to something else that they perceive in that moment to be more important or just more interesting).  In our interactive media, we focus on creating...

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 10:14am

Today, smart phones all compete to show you the same web that you now read on your desktop computer (HTML) but only in a smallish handheld form-factor.  Since the appearance of the Apple iPhone in 2007 (that isn’t really that long ago is it?) the same old web you’ve been experiencing for years took on a new presentation mode.  Hand held devices from a number of companies running Windows CE (in existence since before the year 2000) would show you the web (TTML, Wireless Markup Language or WML).  Here we are now in 2011 and while companies continue (for the foreseeable future) to promote...

Monday, March 7, 2011 - 4:18pm

Recently, I had a project which required me to prebake shadows onto the texture maps I exported out of 3D Max.  The original render before baking was applied can be seen in Image 1.

All models were attached to form one editable poly. Render texture was applied, creating a complete map. The new texture, “teapot checker.tga” was rendered. A new material was made with “teapot checker.tga” as the diffuse map. The material was applied to the scene and rendered. [Image 2]

So, where did the rainbow speckles come from? I have no idea. It seems that Max is baking random color...