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Friday, October 31, 2014

Vahika! Six New Free Fonts

Download Vahika FontsHow many times have you heard someone say Eureka when they found a great solution? When I saw the name Vahika on today's six free fonts, the similarity in the words immediately came to mind. So shout it out loud and get some new fonts. Get your free copy!

Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed?
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Vahika

Vahika Character Chart

Vahika Italic

Vahika Italic Character Chart

Vahika Bold

Vahika Bold Character Chart

Vahika Bold Italic

Vahika Bold Italic Character Chart

Vahika Gaunt

Vahika Gaunt Character Chart

Vahika Ink

Vahika Ink Character Chart
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Make a Plan In Case Unexpected Events Hit

There are times you just assume everything will work. Then the unexpected happens and it doesn't work. I had one of those unexpected events about a week ago when I tried to go somewhere and my garage door wouldn't open. I tried with the electric opener and I tried it in manual mode. One of the springs had broken and so I was a prisoner in my house, at least if I wanted to drive anywhere.

A couple of days ago we needed to scan a document to PDF. The way that our office machine works is that it scans the PDF and then e-mails it to us. It just wouldn't work. Then the lightbulb came on and we realized that some of our e-mail settings had changed recently. Once those settings were updated in the scanner, everything worked great.

Both of these situations were unexpected. It took a few minutes to diagnose the scanner issue and a few more to update the settings. Thankfully I was able to "call a guy" to replace the garage door springs so I was only trapped for a few hours. Other scenarios would take longer to resolve, unless you plan ahead.

Every now and then you should look at whatever process is important to your business. Determine how to handle minor issues. Make a plan should some sort of disaster strike. While these events may still be painful when they happen, preparation can minimize the pain.

I hope you've all read about what happened to a loyal reader when CryptoLocker knocked out a computer. I also suggested a somewhat inexpensive "insurance policy" that would make it easier to deal with such a disaster. Having the data on your computer locked up is a really bad issue and you need to at least have a plan in case it happens to you.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Watch HDMI Source Video on Two Screens

OREI HDMI SplitterWe all have various video sources. It could be a computer's video card, a cable/satellite box or most anything else that provides video. But what happens if you have one source and you want the video to appear on two screens? Typically you are out of luck!

That's where an HDMI splitter can be helpful. The OREI HDMI Splitter shown here plugs into your video source and provides two separate HDMI signals. While there are less expensive options, they don't always follow the latest HDMI protocols. And this product sells for under $22 at Amazon so it isn't that expensive. This little box can be somewhat warm when in use so much sure there is at least some airflow around it.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two Things That Really Caught My Attention at the SGIA Expo

Brick WrapLast week I made a quick trip to Las Vegas to check out some of the latest and greatest in the world of graphics at the SGIA Show. Many of the vendors were showing new and improved machinery for outputting graphics in every way imaginable. Those things didn't get me particularly excited as they were evolutionary.

There were two things I saw that truly caught my attention. The first was in the 3M booth where they were showing how the same material used in vehicle wraps could be applied to a rough surface such as a brick wall (see photo at right). I was at the show with a friend who does vehicle wraps and he immediately wanted to apply a wrap to a rock wall on the outside of his shop. It isn't hard to let the imagination run wild with all kinds of ways this could be used.

After the show day, I was invited to a private function with Epson and it was there I saw something else that caught my attention. Part of their event included a beachwear fashion show. Both swimsuits and wraps worn by the models were printed using Epson's garment printers. Of course the models caught my attention, but I thought it was really neat how the same design was on both their suits and wraps. Many people think of garment printers only for t-shirts and they can do much more!

If you have graphics software knowledge, it is fairly easy to adapt that software knowledge to output on a wide variety of devices. The possibilities truly are endless!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Disconnect Backup Drives To Protect Data

WD My Passport Ultra 1 TBA couple of days ago I told you Cryptolocker Strikes, The Price Has Gone Up. The bad part about Cryptolocker and its variants is that they will encrypt every attached drive on your system. Therefore if you want a backup to be truly safe in case of disaster, the backup drive must be disconnected.

The safest method is to back up your data and immediately disconnect the drive. If you want to risk it a bit, you could wait to disconnect when you realize you've been infected. But if you don't do it soon enough, you'll lose the bet and your backup will get encrypted.

If you read the horror story I told about a loyal reader who got infected, you saw it cost over $1200 to get the data back. That doesn't count the time and stress involved. It also doesn't factor in that some of his data had errors when decrypted.

Therefore I'd suggest you buy an "insurance policy" in the form of a detachable drive. The WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB drive pictured here currently sells for under $70 at Amazon. I would also suggest you get a copy of the GoodSync utility as it makes scheduled backups really easy. The total cost of this insurance is under $100 and it is something all users should strongly consider as no one is immune from getting a nasty virus like Cryptolocker!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Seamless Textures Unleashed Provides a New Home For Your Favorite Fills

Seamless Textures UnleashedMost readers know that we've been providing a wide variety of seamless textures for many years now. The Graphics Unleashed site has thousands of pages and the seamless textures aren't as prominent as we would like.

We decided to build an entirely new Web site dedicated to only seamless textures. You'll find DVDs containing four resolutions of each seamless texture and downloads of the Lite products with the lower resolution textures. Plus there are bundles for those who want more textures for less money.

We will not be removing the seamless textures from the Graphics Unleashed site. Going forward, you'll be able to find these textures at Graphics Unleashed and at Textures Unleashed. It is your choice which site will best serve your seamless textures needs. Check out the new site, we hope you'll love it!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cryptolocker Strikes, The Price Has Gone Up

Cryptolocker MalwareAbout a year ago I wrote a warning Beware of Cryptolocker Malware. If you don't remember it well, I suggest you read it again. The cost for ignoring the warning is getting more and more expensive.

In short, Crytolocker (and variants) are malware that gets installed on your computer. As soon as it is installed, the files on your hard drive are encrypted and the only way to unencrypt them is to pay a ransom. Sure, you can uninstall the malware but that won't unencrypt your files.

When I wrote that first warning, I didn't know anyone who had been personally attacked by Cryptolocker. That all changed in the past few days and I want to share a little bit about what they had to do to get their computer working again.

According to their information, the name of the malware was Cryptowall 2.0. I originally wrote the ransom was around $300. It now costs 1.33 bitcoin which currently translates to around $750. Since the victim didn't have a Bitcoin account, they had to hire a service to help and the service had a 4 hour minimum. So add another $450 for that service. There was also tax involved.

If you think this won't affect you, don't be too confident. The person who shared their story with me is not someone I would guess would get infected. It could happen to anyone, myself included, and I try to be as cautious as possible so I don't get victimized. Once again, read Beware of Crytolocker Malware for details on how to stay as safe as possible. At the very least, you need to have good security software installed. I've long advocated ZoneAlarm Security Suite. It has a reasonable cost and it is a heck of a lot less than the $1200+ the victim I've described had to pay to get their data back.

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