Barracuda Networks Affiliate Partner

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We’re proud to announce that starting today TechVudu is now a Barracuda Affiliate Partner.

Barracuda Networks and TechVudu offers industry-leading solutions designed to solve mainstream IT problems – efficiently and cost effectively – while maintaining a level of customer support and satisfaction second to none. Our products span three distinct markets, including: 1) content security, 2) networking and application delivery, as well as 3) data storage, protection and disaster recovery.

While we maintain a strong heritage in email and web security appliances, our award-winning portfolio includes more than a dozen purpose-built solutions that support literally every aspect of the network – providing organizations of all sizes with true end-to-end protection that can be deployed in hardware, virtual, cloud and mixed form factors.

Sarcastic Jefferson Mascot Design for Website

We haven’t posted updates in a while so we’d like to share with you what we’ve been up to recently. We were asked by the owner of www.sarcasticjefferson.com to create a mascot for his website. We’re very proud of what we came up with and would like to share the final set of deliverables with you and what you could expect to receive if you’re ever in need of a mascot design.

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Custom Wallpaper for PC’s and Tablets – Vu

We’re pleased to announce that we have some new free Wallpapers of Vu for your PC or Tablet. If you’d like a custom wallpaper for your business or hobby give us a call or drop us a message. We have a world class group of graphics designers ready to assist you with your corporate imaging or custom graphics needs.

2wash Custom Mascot Design

We were asked by a customer in Kuwait to create a friendly mascot for his car wash company. This is our first customer in Kuwait and we’re very glad they chose TechVudu for their design.

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FamilyTimeCam is here!

Todd McCall founder of FamilyTimeCam.com came to WebsiteVudu with a request to create his website. FamilyTimeCam is a service that allows parents to view their children via webcam while at daycare centers. This is an emerging business and we wish Todd the best of luck and thank the entire FamilyTimeCam family for choosing WebsiteVudu to do their website. You can visit they’re new site at www.familytimcam.com

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Custom Online Avatars

We recently finished up some work for a client we’ll call Sandi. She’s a blogger and asked us to make her a social avatar for her blogging site. “Social Sandi” will be showing up very soon on her new website. We’ll make sure to come back and show you her design in use once her website is complete.

World Mafia Logo / Mascot / Login Interface Splashpage

Richard Stokes from RedEyeStudio contracted us to develop some 2 custom mafia mascots, a World Mafia Logo, and the design of the login and interface splash pages.

World Mafia is an online game based around a virtual, worldwide criminal environment. Players will take on various roles of the mafia family from the head of the family, The Godfather to the hitmen and thieves. Players create their own story line and game play by interacting with other players. The game is limited only by the players own imagination and determination. There will be no level or stat ceiling and players will be able to go as far as they wish within this dark and seedy world of mafia!

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Will installing an SSD Improve PC Performance?

The quick answer to this is yes. Traditional Hard Disk Drives (HHD’s) use spinning disks to access data while SSD (Solid State Drives) do not. SSD’s are similar to traditional flash based USB drives but with much faster memory called NAND. SSD’s access data much faster than traditional HDD’s because they have no moving parts and can access the data directly.

You might ask yourself, “How much will it improve performance”. This depends on a lot of factors such as age of computer, RAM, processor but boot times should be recorded in seconds rather than minutes and opening up large applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop should open much faster as well. Installing an SSD can greatly improve the overall speed of an aging laptop or desktop. Some of our “Gurus” recently opened up a brand new Dell Latitude E5520 laptop with a 5400 RPM HDD. With no applications installed it took 51 seconds from pressing the power button to the point of logging in. With the hard drive perfectly imaged over to the SSD this same process took 13 seconds. That’s about a 70% time savings.

We don’t guarantee that your PC will run 70% better with an SSD drive installed but it will improve boot time, application launch time and also shutdown time. Overall you will see an improvement in your PC’s performance. If you’re using Windows XP this performance boost will not be as visible as someone running Windows 7. Windows 7 is optimized for SSD usage and has additional setting for SSD based drives. Regardless if you own a windows PC or a MAC an SSD will improve the performance.

Another benefit of using SSD’s is the lower power consumption which basically means longer battery life for you laptop. The reason for this is simple, no motor on an SSD to drive the disks thus less power to access the data.

The costs are coming down for SSD’s. Currently 128GB and 256GB SSD drives will run you about $1 per Gigabit or lower depending on the size and manufacturer.

TechVudu Recommends SSD’s from Crucial or Kingston. Our favorite SSD drive is the 256GB M4 from Crucial.com. Instead of installing more RAM into an aging PC give it a boost with an SSD drive instead. You’ll be glad you did and also get a little more juice out of your batteries as well.

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Red Critter Mascot / Logo Design

We’ve just completed the new Mascot for Red Critter Corp based in Dallas, TX. Red Critter came to us looking for a unique Mascot that they could use that would easily identify and differentiate them from their competition in the world of gamification.

A little about Red Critter: RedCritter™ cloud computing platform supports software-as-a-service with a particular purpose…delivering “information at-a-glance.”

RedCritter Apps can pull information from around the Web or even across a company Intranet. They are context and preferences aware. They support rich media, interactivity and even animation. RedCritter Apps intelligently retrieve “smart bits” of information that the user cares about at a time when it is most useful to them, based on their work habits. With RedCritter, companies can operate more efficiently by enhancing their sales, support and strategic operations.

Any 3rd party developer can build entertainment or productivity RedCritter Apps for the cloud. RedCritter is the only option for half a million Silverlight developers that want to create desktop-based Apps for Microsoft Outlook™ users. Microsoft’s Outlook install base represents a user community of over 500 million professionals and knowledge workers.

We’re very glad that Red Critter chose GraphicVudu for their logo and we’re currently working with them on additional projects.

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SmartPhone Application Mascots – Poker / Card Theme

Some of our most recent work. This guy will be used in a game application. The client required a high level of detail and was very specific about the mascots clothing and style. Check us out if you or someone you might know has a need for a mascot / logo / business need. We’re here to help.

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TechVudu creates website for BSA Pack 760

We’re proud that TechVudu and WebsiteVudu could help our local Boy Scout Troop 760 with their website. We were able to integrate Facebook status updates, Twitter updates as well as Google Calendar into their new website. This will allow all the parents of the scouts to get up to date information from the scout masters on all the weekly and monthly activities instantly. The graphics were created by our GraphicVudu team exclusively for their site. We feel the look and feel of the site give a fresh updated look to many of the existing scouting mascots. Visit www.bsapack760.org to check out their site.

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TechVudu creates website for 104Trade.com Offices

The executive suites at 104 Trade provide a great atmosphere to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs in a professional office environment, while making sensible use of your company’s money by paying for only what you need when you need it. We’re very glad we could help 104Trade with their website and we feel it closely reflects the historic location and cozy atmosphere of their actual offices. Visit www.104trade.com to check out their site.

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WebsiteVudu Team Creates Site for Upstate Broadband

We’d like to welcome Upstate Broadband to the TechVudu family. Upstate Broadband is a leader in Surplus, Excess with New and Used Broadband Equipment and Electronics. They purchase all line equipment 550MHz to 1GHz, new and used, including head-end equipment, cable modems and set top converter boxes. Please visit their new website at www.upstatebroadband.com

New Office Signs for TechVudu made by GraphicVudu

We decided to eat our own dog food and create some new signs for the front of our offices. The first sign measures 4′ x 5′ and is directly printed on a foam board called Gatorboard. The sign is very rigid and very light. We’d like to thank Ryan @ ARC Reprographics services in Greenville, SC for printing up the large Gatorboard sign. We really think it will bring a great deal of attention to our office and also display the talents of our GraphicVudu Team. The second smaller sign will eventually be placed inside our office and hang from one of our offices. It is a fabric canvas print and is an small example of what we can do to help you with your logo or mascot. We’d hope you stop by and see them up close and stop in to see our Magic.

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New 104 Trade Logo for Braasch Building Group

Braasch Building Group (BBG) Selects GraphicVudu to design 104 Trade Street Logo for Multi-tenant office.

We’re happy to have been selected by BBG to design their 104 Trade Logo. This logo will be used for all their web and office marketing. You can view the 104 Trade Website and it’s use of the new logo at http://www.104trade.com.

Below are the sample designs that we created for BBG. Their requests were simple. They wanted an elegant, professional and simple logo that matched the classic and historic location for their new offices. We’re very glad to have helped them with their logo.

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