Category Archives: Mistakes you can avoid

Getting the Typographic Tremors reading historic roadside signs

I just returned from a 2,018-mile journey up the coast of California, into Oregon, then back by a slightly different route. Along the way I visited and camped in National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, and private campgrounds. Along the … Continue reading

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Introducing Typographic Discipline

After taking several months off from blogging, I am back with a new special column called Typographic Discipline. In the coming months I will be writing and illustrating essays that describe how to create excellent typography. I feel that this … Continue reading

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Out with Barracuda and in with SpamExperts

I have my own e-mail server, hosted by an ISP in Michigan. I have been a customer of theirs for many years and they have treated me very professionally. A couple of years back I asked them for help with … Continue reading

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A method for mounting large prints on foam core

One of the things I learned while making my large photo exhibition was how to mount huge photo prints without getting wrinkles or bubbles. I am a user of permanent self-adhesive foam core board. I love this stuff. My favorite … Continue reading

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The 32,767-pixel limit: I should learn to read dialog boxes!

That didn’t work quite as planned. In my large scale printing project, I started late last night to print the first of 17 strips of my huge panoramic photo 44 inches by ten feet in length. My original photo is … Continue reading

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Multiple displays save many dollars in production

I work at a Macintosh computer with two 24-inch Apple Cinema Displays in front of me. It looks like the console of an air traffic controller. The two displays give me 39 inches (measured) of horizontal view, and just about … Continue reading

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A Big Sur solution to overprint errors

As I was winding south from Big Sur last Friday, where I had spent the day making a GigaPan image of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach, my phone rang (I had been in a No Service area for over … Continue reading

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Here’s a worthwhile job for the NSA

Missing from most of the journalistic free-for-all that has been aimed at the NSA recently is any discussion as to what spy organizations should be doing as compared to what they are doing while intercepting our electronic communications. Economic crime … Continue reading

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Crippling change in iPhoto causes consternation

This blog merits a Mr. Curmudgeon heading because I am angry at Apple for changing a function in iPhoto for the worse. I have the occasion to make slide shows from time to time using iPhoto. Why? It’s simply because … Continue reading

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I made it to M

You may be aware that in early December I built a Network Attached Storage server, loaded an operating system on it (FreeNAS), and began the process of copying my large collection of CDs and DVDs to the NAS server. In … Continue reading

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