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Christmas comes early: New business cards!

by Sam Korthof on Nov 4, 2014

Our new business cards came in the mail, and they look great! Mokey, our furry senior designer, approves.

Anyone familiar with Moo, a popular printing company, will recognize that these are Luxe business cards. They’re about 3 times thicker than your standard card, and it’s noticeable. There’s also a very subtle blue stripe all around the edge of the card. It’s all about the details, folks.

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Tags: Business, Design, General News, Recent Work

1,000 Times Good Night at the Milwaukee Film Festival

by Sam Korthof on Sep 16, 2014

1,000 Times Good Night

Byte has been a regular supporter of the Milwaukee Film Festival, and this year we're proud to co-present 1,000 Times Good Night.

The film is about Rebecca Thomas (Juliette Binoche), a woman torn between two passions: the love she feels for her husband ("Game of Thrones" Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and two daughters at home in Dublin and the social responsibility she feels as a war photographer sent to conflict zones to capture the devastation experienced within them. When one assignment leaves her wounded, she is made to choose once and for all between her family and career. Director Erik Poppe captures both sides of this equation with humane generosity, composing stunning images of far-flung locales while allowing luminous performances from Binoche and Coster-Waldau to encapsulate the inner struggle that this ultimatum generates.

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Tags: General News, Business

What We Aren’t Talking About With’s “Debacle”

by Michael Diedrick on Oct 29, 2013

To us as web developers, it’s fun when a website makes news.  More so when the President of the United States has a press conference about a bad website launch.  Even more so when a website plays a part in a great national debate.  But it’s downright fascinating to see how website part the debate itself is just plain wrong.  Read more past the break.

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Tags: Business, Leading Indicators

Google and the World Brain at Milwaukee Film Festival

by Michael Diedrick on Sep 23, 2013

Byte is co-presenting a film at the Milwaukee Film Festival 2013, Google and the World Brain. The film seems to be positing that there’s evil lurking below Google’s “don’t be evil” unofficial motto.  The trailer ends with a quote, “google could basically hold the whole world hostage,” pushing the idea that their seeming monopoly could limit access to the world’s knowledge.  Really? Follow on in and let's discuss.

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Tags: Business, General News

New site completion tool

by Michael Diedrick on Jun 19, 2012

In the business of being a client, you get the advantage of working with professionals, so all the really hard things are done for you.  Except one: Content.  Even we sometimes forget how hard it is to get the content right.  Any time we forget how hard it is, we always remember when we upgrade our own website.  It's like a powered microphone on a well-lit stage.  

But the biggest, most painful part of this process is simply now knowing how far you are, how much of the content is done and how much has yet to be written.  This last time we updated our site, we created a tool that we're offering to our new clients: a simple progress tracker that shows how close we were from completion, and what had to be done yet.

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Tags: Business

Easy Answers for Email Providers

by Michael Diedrick on May 15, 2012

Who do you recommend to host email?  Here’s an easy answer: Google. Now 10gb of space, excellent spam control, a tool designed for productivity, support for accessing your email via smartphones, mail clients and, of course, Google’s web interface.  All this adds up to the most professional system we’ve seen, the system that any competitor will have to beat.  Learn more after the break.

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Tags: Business, Email, Security