Shotgun Shell USB – Custom Logo USB drives

Shotgun Shell USB

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One of the most exciting drives that we’ve brought to market has to be the custom promotional shotgun shell USB.

12 guage usb driveTons of folks turn to DIY sites such as Etsy or Instructables for tips on building these.  We’ve removed the mess and increased the scalability with our custom molded USB shells. Utilizing injection molding to add your logo in raised lettering we give your brand more Bang!

Lead time on these drives is around 10 business days so it’s a good idea to get the process started early.  If you’d like a free digital proof or pricing on these neat little custom USB sticks please call us today.


Potluck Fun

Potluck Fun

On the twentieth of December in the year of two thousand and twelve we took time to celebrate the season with a wonderful potluck. While the requisite signup sheet was posted to reduce duplicate dishes, in our haste we had forgone proper planning and load balancing. Quickly our Crockpot electricity capacity was overcome and a bottleneck exposed.

Post haste our crack team of culinary engineers quickly commandeered a folding table and a power strip was added to the mix – slow cooked goodness  was back in business, baby!  Our logistical challenges overcome, mini weenies and meatballs stacked up like pins at the bowling alley, ready to be knocked down one by one with our trusty toothpicks.  Nary a bowl of chili was unturned nor a cheesy dip un-dipped.

Revelers of all ages indulged in the excess of slow cooked meats and soups- a good time was had by all.

One of our good competitors, Cycle Software is closing their doors this week.

Techware is here to help out any Cycle Software, Inc. customers with CD / DVD replication, printing, copying, packaging and USB stick duplication needs. We are located just a couple miles west of Cycle’s headquarters in Bloomington, MN

How we compare to what Cycle offers:

  • Print Services – YES
  • Packaging – YES
  • Media – YES, in bulk, authoring, mastering, etc.
  • Technology – YES, from our state-of-the-art equipment to web development and video authoring, we know the current trends
  • Assembly – YES
  • Supply Chain – YES

Techware is a trusted source in the CD and DVD printing and duplication industry. We have been in the Disc duplication business for over 17 years, and we are in good financial shape. We would like to be your new CD/DVD/Blu-ray/USB printing and replication vendor.

Take a look at our superior service and quality. Cycle, Inc. customers give us a shot – call 952-944-0083.

The wonders of nature

At Techware, as part of our wellness program to develop happy healthy employees, we encourage daily nature walks in the preserve behind our corporate office. During one such walk on a brisk January day one of our employees spotted a curious bird perched on a low hanging limb. After closer inspection it was determined to be an owl and the following video was captured.

Nature at its finest and close to home

Edina fans ask, ‘Who was that masked man?’

BY JOHN SHERMAN – SUN NEWSPAPERS – Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Remember the Lone Ranger comics and TV show from years past? The daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains dispatched old-west bad guys with his fast fists, and, if necessary, his quick pistol. There was always a moral to the story, too.

In the Edina Monday Night Rec Softball League playoffs last week, a new masked man emerged as a hero for the Techware Turbos.

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Homers boost Softball Team

Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 2:37 PM CDT

Pete “Sundance” Tourek, of the Techware Distribution Turbos softball team, hit three home runs July 25 to lift his team to a 14-13 victory over Mielke Building and Remodeling in the Edina Monday Doubleheader Rec Softball League. softball team member

Sam Tourek of the Techware Turbos men's slowpitch softball team digs for home in a 14-13 victory over Mielke Building and Remodeling July 25 at VanValkenburg Park. (Photo by John Sherman • Sun Newspapers)

The Techware slugger, whose efforts produced nine RBI, modestly assessed his performance after the game at VanValkenburg Park.

“It was a good night,” he said.

Techware Turbos and Mielke Builders are two perennial contenders in Monday Rec slowpitch, and some good-natured banter between them is part of the game.

“We always enjoy playing Mielke,” said Techwaredist player coach Steve Nelson. “They’re small, but they’re slow.”

“They may have beaten us tonight,” said player/manager David Mielke of the Mielke squad. “But I’m sure they haven’t forgotten the 24-4 whipping we put on them the last time.”

The Turbos have become accustomed to winning a high percentage of their games. Two years ago, they won the Monday Rec playoffs. And last year, they were runners-up.

“The team was formed in 1992,” said Nelson. “At that time, it was basically the 1991 Edina High School baseball team.”

Nelson, Kevin Gabrik and Matt Dahlien are the only original members still with the team.

The Turbos are known for their defense. Some say hitters dominate the Monday league, but if the old saying “defense wins championships” is true, it shows up in the Turbos’ record.

Third baseman Matt Svidron made a couple of impressive defensive plays to help save the win over Mielke.

Mielke was down 14-8 going into the seventh inning and gave the Turbos a scare before the game ended. Scott Bantz hit a three-run homer to cut the Turbos’ lead to 14-11, and then Rob Presthus smashed a two-run homer to make it 14-13 before a flyout ended the game.

In their other game on the 25th, the Turbos defended well all over the field and beat Mayhem 17-7. The Turbos are 15-5 this summer and took third place in regular-season play.

Champps emerged as the regular-season champion, but with the playoffs coming up, the Techwaredist Turbos are optimistic.

“We beat Champps once and lost to them once,” said Nelson. “Anything could happen if we play them again.”

Monday Rec playoffs were underway as this edition went to press. The playoffs will continue Monday, Aug. 8, at VanValkenburg Park.

Blu-ray Disc Regional Codes Explained

DVD and Blu-ray disc media make it very easy to play, store, and transport movies. Unfortunately, this convenience also makes optical discs a popular format for movie piracy. In an attempt to prevent Hollywood movies from being illegally distributed, region codes, were built into the DVD and Blu-ray disc formats.

The region code system requires the cooperation of hardware manufacturers worldwide as well as the cooperation of movie studios and disc production facilities. The original system for DVD replicated discs divided the world into 6 geographically-oriented groups of countries. Discs produced in one region would not work on hardware in a different region, and players would not be able to read discs from more than one region.

The reasons behind the region code system are primarily economic. Movie studios needed to be able to control the release of films at different times in different markets throughout the world. A movie might be released to video in North America at a time when it is not even in theaters in another country elsewhere in the world. Region coded-DVDs help keep movies from being shipped to another country and sold at a discount rate – or at a vastly inflated price.

Blu-ray discs also have a system of region codes, although it is much simpler than the system used for DVDs. All Blu-ray Replication discs contain a code for Region 1, 2, or 3 that determines which hardware it is compatible with. The corresponding hardware such as a Blu-ray player, computer disc drive, or video game console, will identify the disc as invalid or valid for its correct region.

One interesting thing about region codes is that they only apply to manufactured discs – those which are stamped or pressed in a disc replication factory. Duplicated Blu-ray and DVD discs that are duplicated are free of regional coding, which means they are able to be played on any machine worldwide.

This is good news for home users who transfer their own home movies to DVD and Blu-ray discs for safe keeping. Their DVD-R and Blu-ray media will play back on set-top players, computers, and video game systems in virtually every country.

Unfortunately, region codes also have some drawbacks as well. Frequent travelers, students trying to learn a new language, people who enjoy movies from their native country, and foreign film fans must all live with or work around region coded movies. Thankfully, the new system in place for Blu-ray discs is much more forgiving.

Please contact us with any Blu-ray duplication, replication or printing questions that you may have.

Professional CD Printing Pro Tip #1 Video

As spring begins to bloom, the temperatures in the upper midwest finally begin to climb.  Unfortunately here in Minnesota with those welcomed higher temps come unwanted humidity and it’s associated moisture.

This humidity can make CD and DVD packed on spindles or stacked in carousels stick together.  We call this “Sticky Media”.  Sticky Media can wreak havoc on your production runs by sticking together in your printers carousel.   When the autoloader or picking mechanism attempts to grab just one disc to load onto the printer tray a tagalong or “sticker” comes along for the ride jamming up your printer and potentially ruining your printhead.

At Techware Dist we’ve found one little step that can cut down on the frustrations that sticky media can create.

So feel free to watch the video and keep your eyes peeled for future Pro Tips to speed up your duplication and printing and decrease the frustration factor.

Sony Corporation’s Magneto Optical Disk and Optical Media stock

Due to recent disruptions to our global supply chain, product availability on certain segments may be adversely affected.  Please be advised that Sony Corporation’s Magneto Optical Disk and Optical Media stock may be diminished resulting in delays and pricing variability.

We are in communication with our suppliers and friends in Japan and will continue to apprise our customers as details become available. Please contact techware dist for up to date information regarding shipping time tables, product pricing and availability on all time critical purchases and shipments.

If you would like to help click on the Red Cross logo to visit their site.

American Red Cross

Taking The First Step

We’ve recently introduced a wellness plan at Techware Dist.  It’s called the “10,000 Step Challenge”.

No rocket science involved in this one – the goal is to increase your walking/running/skipping till you reach 10,000 steps in a 24 hour period.   We’ve even got nifty little pedometers to track our progress.

So the next time you stop into Techware Distribution we’d love it if you picked up the challenge with us.  Just grab a free pedometer at the front desk, clip it on and update us via the comments here with your progress.

Here’s to happy healthy employees and customers!