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Permalink to Testing the Streaming waters: why torrents still rule, Hulu sucks, Amazon Instant Video needs improvement and Netflix is getting old.

Testing the Streaming waters: why torrents still rule, Hulu sucks, Amazon Instant Video needs improvement and Netflix is getting old.

Let’s be honest, when Netflix announced that it would be changing pricing for the hybrid users like I am who like to stream their movies and use Blu-Ray player once in a great while, I was furious. I felt betrayed by the company who I’ve been with since almost the beginning. The 60% bump in a subscription plan was a ridiculous and ambitious slap in my face, which I didn’t take lightly. The arrogant letter from the CEO informed me that though Netflix understands the potential cancellations of the service from the existing customer base they are very cheery about meeting their goal of stuffing their pockets with a $1 billion in quarterly revenue. No special offers to current customers and no reduced package deals seemed cold like a boyfriend walking out on you on a Valentine’s Day.

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Winter goodies you wish you had earlier.

Brain Hat

It gets cold in Chicago. Not as cold as in Siberia but pretty damn freezing. So if you live in Midwest or in Siberia you probably heard from your parents that wearing a hat will prevent you from getting meningitis and will keep you warm all around. Now you have a chance to emphasize your huge awesome brain you’ve been carefully preserving all these years without hiding it during cold winters. Get your Brain Hat knitting pattern created by starving medical student Alana Noritake and prove ’em all that you are not as dumb after all.

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Permalink to The origins of the brand. How famous company names were formed.

The origins of the brand. How famous company names were formed.

The marketing and branding are so strong nowadays that we don’t even think twice about the company name when we see a swoosh or a yellow arc that resembles letter M.

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How much does a website cost?

I get this question a lot. It’s a simple question that requires an elaborate answer. Websites are not shoes, they don’t have price tags attached to them like the loafers in DSW do. If you consider this analogy you might ask a question or two that relate to your custom kicks. Who these shoes will be worn by – Mike WhatsHisName or Chuck Norris? Will these shoes be made for walking or for alligator hunting in wild Amazonian jungles? Will the shoes be made of leather or glass suitable only for Cinderella feet?

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Permalink to 500+ Free Icon Collection: Social Media and Badge Designs

500+ Free Icon Collection: Social Media and Badge Designs

Social media icons Sharp Pencil Studio

Every time I create an artwork for social media profiles I create unique but recognizable icons systems to go along with my clientele’s styling. Due to the various resources on the web submitted by amateur and professional designers all over the world we have a nice combination of various styles from clean and corporate to dark and grungy. Over some time I’ve been collecting my favorite resources for free downloadable icon sets which I present below in case if you are looking for inspiration or free downloadable content.

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