timeforcake: Q&A, reminders & 5 links of the week
Question: Hi Erin. I enjoy your weekly tips article in the Summit Daily, and last week’s section on the “fancy font” made me think of a question about fonts I’ve had for a long time: I have thousands of fonts on my computer. If I send a Word document or e-mail message using a font that the receiving person does not have, can they still “read” my message/font? Thanks. – MikeAnswer: That’s a really great question, Mike. The first half of the answer is yes, your recipient will indeed be able to read that message you typed out using your beautiful font. The second half of the answer is no, he won’t see your message the same way you did when you wrote it.Because the font you used is not installed on your recipient’s machine, his computer will substitute another (likely less beautiful) font in its place.
Have you been lazy? Perhaps it just slipped your mind. Regardless, here are some reminders that might give you the nudge you need to take action.1. Everyone: Be honest. When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard? Have you at least taken it outside, held it upside down, and given it a good shake lately? (Eeewww.)2. Website owners: When was the last time you ran a spellcheck on your website? What about a check for broken links?3. Everyone: When was the last time you backed up your data? If you’re not backing up on a regular basis, have you recently asked yourself if you’re willing to lose everything on your computer?4. PC users: Have you defragmented your computer lately?5. Mac Users: Have you cleaned out your cache within the last month? (Visit http://tinyurl.com/495nsn4 if you answered no.)6. Everyone: Have you recently run a program (like Spybot S & D) to check for spyware and other undesirables that sneak into computers over time?7. Website owners: Have you given your site’s statistics a good hard look within the last few months? Do you know how people are using your site, if visitors are running into any major problems when using your site, or … if your site actually has any visitors?
1. http://tinyurl.com/2wcwpdj – IBM’s prognosticating that our phones will project 3-D images of callers and that our laptops will be powered by kinetic energy. Within 4 years. 2. http://noteandpoint.com – Bored to tears by generic PowerPoint presentations? Looking to make your next presentation a bit livelier? NoteAndPoint.com is a glorious gallery of inspiring PowerPoint presentations proving that PowerPoint does not necessarily mean dull and generic.3. http://tinyurl.com/27mevvc – Yes, somebody actually quit his job in order to make a living suing spammers.4. http://tinyurl.com/4p8fh9z – A short, awesome, two paragraph eye-opener that just might change the way your company thinks about handling product returns.5. http://tinyurl.com/6tzny3 – “Big project, Small Budget: Where to Begin your SEO Campaign.” (Is this an area of confusion for you? You’re not alone. Millions of businesses are looking for the same answers. This article is a great start.)erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
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