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Darrel W. Creacy, a recently retired Coast Guard pilot who earned two United States Air Medals for heroic actions and was directly responsible for saving more than 50 lives during his search and rescue cases, began his computer building career when he met Carlito Vicencio, a newly assigned pilot to Air Station Houston.

As Darrel tells it, he had decided to buy an expensive, high-end computer that was going to set him back over three grand, but he decided against it after running the purchase past his pal, Carlito. Carlito told him to cancel the order immediately. Then he and Darrel went on to build his first computer, saving over $1,000 and building a much better PC in the process. As a result of this success, the two dudes joined forces and started Electric City Computers in December 2003.

Like peanut butter and jelly, Darrel's innate business savvy and marketing talent perfectly complemented Carlito's PC building skills. The two went on to found Dude Productions with the goal of helping the masses save money, gain usable knowledge, and break free from the Corporate Conglomerates.

Carlito R. Vicencio, a Coast Guard pilot and certified PC technician, was introduced to computers at the age of 12 when his father gave him his first Commodore 64. A hacker at heart, Carlito became fascinated with programming and went on to win several school competitions programming on the Apple IIe and the x286 computer platforms. While serving as a naval engineer in the Coast Guard—after graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in management—Carlito formed his own custom-built computer company.

Carlito met his current partner in crime when Darrel approached him about the purchase of a new PC. Not wanting to see his new friend waste money and be unsatisfied with his computer, Carlito went on to show Darrel the art of computer building, and the rest is history. With Dude Productions, Carlito and Darrel firmly believe they can start a revolution—one in which everyone can build their own computer and be free of the Big PC Vendors!

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