Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Free Desktop Posted At Jaya Teas


Jaya Teas has posted the January 2006 desktop calendar on their website. Check out here for more details on downloading the desktop. Its a nice desktop with some tea tasting cups with tea on it. Nice desktop for some one who is looking for a soothing appearance of their computer!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Pet Peeve No 2: Out of Office Emails

Yes, its true...I have a second Pet Peeve: The misuse of the "out of office" reply functionality built into the email system. Now granted most of US is on vacation around Christmas, and I should not expect folks to reply to my emails. But come on! Do you need to rub it in? Every email I send out seems to elicit a "out of office" reply back from my friends! And my mail box is filling up with these out of office replies!

Hmmm, may be they are trying to send me a message...stop sending these email messages or we will fill your mail box with junk! Ok Ok I get it now. No more emails to any friends this holiday season. I will create drafts and just wait for 4th or 5th of January, and hit the send button all at once!

:-)

Don't kill me, I'm only kidding! Jeez!

Pet Peeve - Portraititis in Electronic Documents

Yes, I admit to it, "Portraititis" is my pet peeve. The electronic document formatting that the whole world follows is wrong, and I want to change that. What I mean is this...why do people who put out electronic magazines - you know the ones that come in pdf form - in portrait form? The whole purpose of electronic distribution is so that we would be able to read it on our computers. And the last time I checked, the computer screen was laid out in Landscape format, NOT PORTRAIT Format!!

ESC magazine, one of my favorite magazines has this Portratitis. And today I came across a electronic magazine put out by a - of all people - DESIGN INSTITUTE which has the same disease. National Institute of Design puts out a magazine called CUT HERE. Now, Isn't National Institute of Design supposed to be thinking about design related issues? So how come they put out a publication that cannot be properly viewed on the computer screen?

I'll tell you why. Its because of lazyness. Yes, Lazyness plain and simple. What people are doing is that they take this publication that has been formatted for print, print it to a pdf writer, and make it available to the people on their website. I call it laziness because it does not take much time or effort to repurpose a publication for web delivery and computer reading.

So, get on with the times people. If you want people to read your publicaitons on the computer, make it easy for them to read them on the computer!