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Newsletter #10 - Christmas 2010 Previous Newsletters? Subscribe Unsubscribe Forward to a friend  


Well it’s been over 3 years, since our rebrand to Surrect but we have had some internal changes and REAL DESIGN is back…it was a great joint venture and we learnt a lot from it. REAL is back, with every intention to give you the most creative and cost effective solutions for your business and projects!

So take 5 minutes out, grab a coffee or tea and spoil yourself a bit with our latest e-newsletter...

Office Pest - Merry Christmas!

To kick it off, we would like to offer you - our lovely client - a new year offer just for you! A 10% off gift voucher* for any new project(s) started from the 03/01/2012 till the 03/02/2012…It's time to get festive!

Want an extra 5%?? Post or Tweet our offer (use the buttons below) and we will give you an extra 5% on the above offer…that’s a massive 15% off your next project! Press the buttons below!

Office Pest - Merry Christmas!

We wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Thank you for making 2011 a fantastic year and looking forward to working with you in 2012!

Best Wishes,

The studio is closed from the 23rd of December 2011 to the 2rd of January 2012.
We will have access to studio email ( and will try to deal with every enquiry as we can. If you need to speak with me, please feel free to contact me on my mobile 07941 264 293. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

*10% (or 15%) can be used against any new project(s) agreed in the dates above, this can not be redeemed against monthly maintenance, hosting plans, printed or third party costs.


Software/Online Application of the Month...
Dropbox Cloud backup and Automatic sync for free!

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.

App of the month
  • 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
  • Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
  • Dropbox works with - Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  • Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
  • Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
  • Manually set bandwidth limits -- Dropbox won't hog your connection.

Sign up NOW!

MacGyver Tip
Frosted glass is cool, but it seems to defeat the actual purpose of glass, which is seeing the things behind it. It turns out, you can make frosted glass truly transparent with just a bit of tape.

Frosted glass is essentially glass with many tiny imperfections. As a result, sticking some Scotch or other clear tape over it will fill in those imperfections, while keeping the outer surface of the tape flat—thus letting all the light shine through instead of refracting off all those imperfections.

Whether you're just annoyed that you can't see past the frosted glass by your desk or you have more nefarious intentions (spying?)....(Video Proof?)


MacGyver Tip

...more from MacGyver in our next newsletter!

Reduce your Carbon Footprint!
Some Simple Tips We All Can Do!

1. Turn Off your External Hard Drives at Night
People run backups at night because they don’t want to use computing resources when they’re actually on the computer. However, backup systems have matured considerably in the past few years, and often times a backup can go unnoticed. I run Time Machine backups on my Mac at hourly intervals and hardly ever notice any real resource consumption.

If you’re backing up your hard drives at consistent intervals during the day, you probably don’t need to run backups when you’re asleep as well.

2. Switch to LCD
If you’re still using that old, clunky CRT monitor, consider switching to a more environmentally-friendly LCD monitor. CRT monitors require more energy and create more heat than LCD. Besides, what web developer or designer needs an excuse to upgrade their monitor?

Carbon Footprint

3. Use an Eco-friendly Font
I had to blink a few times to believe it, but there is actually an eco-friendly font that saves on average 20% more ink than other fonts. The makers of Ecofont remove small parts of the letter in order save ink. The parts that are removed are hardly noticeable in print. Ingenious.

4. Add a Plant (or two)
Plants can make a huge difference in a home or office. Aside from the health benefits, plants can improve air quality considerably. A company in New Dehli did a study and added 3 different types of plants to their office building, and found that they could literally “grow their own air”. The plants reduced eye irritation, headaches, lung issues, and respiratory system incidents considerably over the course of 15 years. The company also saved energy costs by around 15% thanks to the plants.

5. Don’t use a Screensaver
Screensavers were initially created to add life to the monitor by keeping phosphors from burning images into an idle monitor. But modern computers don’t have these problems, and screensavers are now just a way to personalize your computer. Screensavers still use power, and can even keep your computer from going into a fully-saving power mode.

Hot Tips

Hot Tips (Industry Insider Tips)

Ctrl + F (Find within a Browser Window) - This will let you “find” a word or phrase on any browser page.

Ctrl + K (Duplicate Current Browser Tab) - This will duplicate the current tab (browser widow) you are looking at.

Ctrl + Shift + T (Restore Browser Tab) - This will allow you to Restore a previously closed tab.



Website of the Month
Tasteless e-cards...And just in time for Christmas!

This is a great website - you may have seen some of this knocking about online, friends Facebook pages, etc. and wondered where they are from! Well, just in the knick of time for Christmas we give you the low down and information you need. You can pick any of the hundreds existing e-cards that are in their database or if you are feeling witty and good with words, you can create your own!

Site of the Month

Users Christmas Cards | Make your own

If you'd like more information on what services we can provide for you and your company, please feel free to give us a shout on 01482 21 22 00 or 08451 662 901 or even via email

Office Pest - Merry Christmas!

Go on "follow" us and "like" us if you would be so kind!! Its all the rage and you can keep up to date with the lastest studio going ons! Thank you very much for your time, hope to hear from you soon.

Best Wishes,

Breon Snowdon

p.s. We are devoted to creating fantastic solutions to help you sell your product and company.
Whatever the project you may be thinking of doing, give us a ring and let us help you - our advice is completely free.

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