The Real Personal Computer

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The Real Personal Computer

SHARE NOWThe year was 1981 and IBM just launched the 5150 Personal Computer. The 5150 started the personal computer revolution, but it took time to spread from the early adopters. It started with small businesses and built momentum when the Apple Macintosh was introduced in 1984. It wasn’t until the mid-1990’s, when the internet was made public, that made the personal computer popular to the average consumer. While this was all happening, we witnessed the revolution of the cellular phone. The cellular phone started as a large briefcase bag that you had to carry around with you or leave inside your car. They morphed into large cordless ‘bricks’ which look really funny these days. Which brings us to today. These devices, that we cannot get away from, are tethered to our bodies and have become indispensable to our daily lives. Our cell phones are not telephones, they are our new personal computer. Smart phones are powerful computers that allow us to make phone calls through the internet using a technology called voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP). They not only allow us to communicate via voice, but also allow access to text messaging (SMS), email, video calling, social media apps, photos and browsing the internet. People claim that if they leave their home without their wallet they will continue driving, while they will return home to grab their cell phone. As social media, games and apps build even more momentum, people will be even more attached to their phones. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is now being built into new smart phones. NFC will allow us to start our cars, make purchases and allow for customized content. Near field communication is a sensor/chip inside a phone that uses a customized short-range frequency that is dedicated exclusively to your device. We have been using this technology for many years with devices such as keyless office entry or ‘speed-pass’ payment methods. This technology is now being built into smart phones for your convenience. Think about this: wallet, keys, phone; two of them are going away – pick one. One note to keep your eye on, cell phone service providers are now charging data usage by your usage in kilobytes. For those of you that are not aware, or have unlimited data plans, each time you visit a website on your smart phone, you are downloading the html code/data of that site through your phone’s internet browser. This data that you download is being tracked by your service provider and you will be charged based on the amount of data that you are downloading. I don’t like this trend and we need to support service providers that allow unlimited data plans. If all the service providers switch away from unlimited data plans, we, the consumer, will pay significantly with higher cell phone bills. Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of internet browsing with the old ‘dial-up’ connections?...

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Number One Reason for Delays in Print Turnaround Time

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SHARE NOWThe number one reason your print order can be delayed is do to errors in producing print-ready files. All commercial printers are searching for the holy grail of PDF files; PDF X-3 , PDF X-4. A PDF X file is ready to RIP (raster image processing). The RIP is the computer/software that reads, interprets and renders your images onto printing plates. If there are issues with submitted files, the RIP will error out and the print job will be stopped. That’s when you receive the “phone call”. HiDefColor.com will be installing an AutoRIP feature online shortly. This will be a FREE, simple way to preflight your files before placing an order with us. Any errors will be noted so they can be repaired before you incur any charges for sending new files. SHARE...

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Number One Reason for Reprinting a Print Order

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SHARE NOWAccording to a recent survey from GATF (Graphics Arts Technical Foundation), the number one reason for printers’ reprints was due to unacceptable color in print. There has been a general lack of communication, and knowledge, in the print industry that’s been the main cause. Surprisingly, there are many printers that do not have color profiles for their printing conditions. These printers should be avoided due to the lack of being able to produce consistent color off their press. SHARE...

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Round Corners Sustain Business Card Life

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SHARE NOWWho likes to handout a tattered business card? For a few dollars, simply add round corners to your next business card order. Round corners will increase the life of your cards, unless you carry your cards in a 24kt gold case. Round corner business cards will prevent the corners from getting bent up and are found under the “finishing” pull-down menu. Round corners are available in 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ radius. One quarter inch is most common. SHARE...

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