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The rest of the story

YOU SAW THE PAGE (posted just below)…now read the story. Kristin Coker, who designed the Shroud of Turin page posted earlier this week, had heard that someone wanted to read the story. So she forwarded the page (the story has been blown up in the attached jpeg) and a link to the entire story. Here it is: If the link doesn’t work for you, please access the file by copying the address into your browser’s address field.

Read on!

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Better late…

THIS WEEK’S POST comes to you a couple of days later than usual. Chalk it up to a series of events, including a sojourn into computer hell on Monday and a day of travel and meetings today.

The computer debacle began late Sunday evening and grew into an all-day event yesterday when we were struck by a “perfect storm” on Julia’s Mac Mini. Her external backup drive had been giving us problems for about a month. After “fixing” that with a diagnostic and repair DVD, the DVD would not eject from the Mini—and the Mini would not start up. Now I had two disks that would not function and a possible loss of at least a dozen years of important company and family financial data. Only some of that was on my computer, but transactions for the past three weeks would have been lost.

Off to see Davis McCarn, my computer repair “guru.” But what’s a 50-mile round trip and nothing to eat all day—on top of only five hours sleep Sunday evening—when we’re dealing with impending data-loss disaster? Dave works his magic in his garage/office/shop, retrieving the data from the Mini. I could have kissed him! Well, that’s overstating it a bit but I was one v-e-r-y happy camper. Oh, and Dave also deduces the problem with the external backup disk: A faulty power supply. The man is a whiz!

So…to the Charlotte Apple Story to drop off the Mini for repair. They tell me 7-10 business days for the fix and…it’s still under AppleCare (there is a God!). Finally home—just in time to get ready for today’s flight to LGA and 1.5 hour drive out on Long Island.

So, no, the dog did not eat my homework and I have a legit reason for running late this week.

Not that you needed all this detail…but I needed the catharsis of telling the story. So…there!


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Another update: You’re gonna like this!

I’VE HEARD FROM some readers that they’d like to be able to see submitted pages in greater detail.
UPDATE LOGO FOR BLOGThe latest comment on this came a couple of weeks ago (I’ve been busy, OK???!!!) from Joel Martin, Webmaster and Special Sections Editor at the Columbia Basin Herald. Joel wrote: “Ed, here’s a thought. Can you upload pictures at a larger size and then scale them down for the blog post? Blogger does graphics that way, with a link in the picture so you can embiggen it. I’d be surprised if WordPress couldn’t do the same. That way we can get a closer look at the details.”

OK…you got it!

Future pages will have a link (all ya gotta do is click on the page) to a larger image so you can see all the good stuff in detail.

That is…unless I forget.

Try it out here, with this mockup of a page I recently created for a client.



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An update from Ed

UPDATE LOGO FOR BLOGAS ALWAYS, I need your help to keep this blog going. No pages…no comments…no blog.

To this point, we’ve been pretty lucky: just when it seems there won’t be any pages on a given week, someone offers a submission. So we’re making it happen, but just…

Thanksgiving is around the corner. Then Christmas. Then New Year’s Day. Then SuperBowl.

So here’s an idea: Send me your special section fronts (or spreads), your front pages, your holiday features fronts, your Sports pages for SuperBowl (and the day after!). If only a half-dozen of you send pages—and get your designers and editors to join in—we’ll have lots of submissions.

Scrambling for pages is something I just never thought I’d have to do. This is just taking longer to catch on than I thought. So gather up those pages soon and send them this way.

And please spread the word! This blog is for you and your colleagues. The more submissions, the more readers, the more comments…the better.

This blog can become an important tool for news designers and editors—but only if we have more designers and editors join in the fun.

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