Mysterious InDesign Okidata Issue

indesign cs3, okidata, booklet printing 

This is my first time making planner for my families and friends, just when I am comfortable enough to make one for sale, the 2nd half of my print out (using booklet printing) from Okidata color printer came out with crossed out rectangles instead of actual letters.

I tried making it into PDF, make a new InDesign (CS3) file, those didn’t work. Printing a few pages at the time is not really an option, since I need to print it out in booklet formate. It works when I print through a different but b/w printer.

I called Okidata, the patient and funny engineer (thank you, Dennis) determined that my file is somehow corrupted. So, I am back to square one. Glad I don’t have to buy a new printer though, this one has been working very well for me.

If that still doesn’t work, I might have to rearrange the pages myself for booklet format. Ah, being old school builds character.

Import RSS Feed to A Facebook Page, Part 3

import rss, facebook page 

UPDATE: FB Page no longer lets people import RSS feed. Please read “Import RSS Feed to A Facebook Page, The End” for their answer.

A visitor left a comment for Import RSS Feed to A Facebook Page, Part 2 (posted in 6/2009). It has been so long, I forgot to update on this topic.

Since using 3rd party apps often ask to share my info with more people, I now only uses FB apps. This is what I use now for importing RSS feed to my FB page.

Before I go on with the steps, I’ve found that FB doesn’t always update the feed on time (or even at all). But it’s free and it doesn’t matter to me that much so this solution might not work as well for your business.

Importing your RSS feed into “Notes” on your FB page:

  1. Login to FB and get to your FB page
  2. Click on the “Edit Page” gray button on the right, below the FB menu bar
  3. Click on “Apps” link in the left sidebar
  4. Under “Notes”, click on “Go to App”
  5. Click on “Edit import settings” in the left sidebar
  6. Copy and paste your feed into the box (I had problem using the “feed://…” option, so I used the “http://…./?feed=rss2” from my WordPress blog.) You may have to try a few things before it takes.
  7. Click on “Start Importing” button

Increase WP Upload Limit

wordpress, lunarpages 

A new client requested for a site where he will be uploading large number of photos and video but still want to use WordPress as the base of his site. But I’ve always seen the 2MB limit in the WP’s Media upload page and that will not work even with a short video.

I’m not sure how other hosts deal with this, but Lunarpages made it relatively easy.

It turned out to be a pretty easy fix:

1. In the root of your WP directory, find or create a php.ini file, then add this two lines: (? is the new limits you want to set)

upload_max_filesize = ?M
post_max_size = ?M

2. In your home directory (above your public web directories), find the .htaccess file, point the directory to where your php.ini file is in step 1:

suPHP_ConfigPath /home/yourUserName/public_html/yourWP_root

(remember to replace yourUserName and yourWP_root [might be blank if you installed it as the root])

Notes:

  • If you’re not hosted by Lunarpages, you should check with your own host for a solution.
  • Make sure you only use text editor to change the 2 files I mentioned here. For Mac: BBEdit/TextEdit. For PC: Notepad
  • Always save a copy before you change these files
  • If you don’t know how to see hidden file on your computer (like .htaccess), go here for Mac: via Terminal; via Finder Window, here for PC

Beware of Phantom Vendors

consumer protection 

Few weeks back, while I was visiting a local eatery, the owners told me they were meeting with a web design company so they can finally have a web site again. The last guy they hired took their money then disappeared.

Today, the owners told me that they where happy with the price that company quoted them but still ask them for a few days to think it over. That the company turned out to be a phantom vendor. They couldn’t get them on the phone and the address was fake. Good thing they didn’t get scammed again.

So, for all the business owners out there, before you hire anyone, check out if they are register to do business in your states. In Washington state, you can go to the Department of Licensing site to search for business licenses.

And as other situation in life, trust your instinct. I think that’s what saved my friend this time.

Moon Shine Clock Design

clock face design 

When the lovely Sarah Stiller from Neenah Paper told me about the Oxford & Esse clock design contest, I knew I would never meet the deadline (24 hours). Still, this fun promotion is something I had to do something with, so I ordered my paper anyway.

moon shine clock face designConfined at home by the icy world outside, I woke up determined to make my clock.

The image shows the time at 2:40+. For the clock face I used Esse, Pearlized Latte with hours and minutes punched out. The orange hour dot is Esse, Arancio. The background is Oxford, Black.

I called it Moon Shine because the design kind of remind me of moon moving in its phases.

Although my design is nothing like what people made, next time when I get a big break, I might just come up with something else!

Email Address Is Not for Harvesting

avoid spambots, email address protection 

A client had requested to put their email online. I worried that the email address will soon be spammed.

Using image and text representation (like john[at]aaa.com) don’t seem like a good solution since the customers might not understand that they actually have to type in the email address instead of clicking.

After searching online I found How to Avoid Spambots on Project Honey Pot.

They offered many method, I ended up using the Advance Munging (ASCII coded email address) and the No-Email-Collection Meta Tag. This way their customers can click on the email link or copy/paste the address as usual.

For a personal site, I would have also put the Member of Project Honey Pot logo on the page where the email address is displayed.

The Money Whisperer

logo, branding, business card, wordpress site 

The Money Whisperer logotypeAfter six months since the launch of Holistic Financial Counseling, my clients, Marielle Higler and I both came to the conclusion that she is more than just a financial counselor, or a writer, or a publisher. She IS “The Money Whisperer”!

The Money Whisperer blogSo, we set the rebranding in motion. I created a new logotype for The Money Whisperer while keeping the harmonic waves for the Holistic Financial Counseling. The font I chose for the new logo expresses Marielle’s creativities while depicting her clear thinking in sorting out people’s financial confusions.

We also separated The Money Whisperer blog from the Holistic Financial Counseling site. With this change, came many benefits.

  • Marielle feels more at ease on being The Money Whisperer when she goes out to meet with people and when she blogs.
  • It leaves space for expansion. Since The Money Whisperer is the umbrella that covers all she does, her counseling practice, writing, publishing and other endeavor she might undertake in the future.
  • Holistic Financial Counseling siteIt’s less confusing to the counseling site visitors. In the first version, the blog listing was crammed into a column on the Holistic Financial Counseling site, many of the visitors found it overwhelming to figure out where to go. With that column removed, the counseling site is now clean and easy to navigate.

Marielle, who used to hate computer and social media, with the certainty of being The Money Whisperer, now blogs often, got on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

The best reward for me as a designer is to hear about the enthusiastic reactions she gets when she give out her new business card as The Money Whisperer. And I hope people who connect with her through one of the items I designed will gain useful information and feel welcome to share their insights on her blog.

New Entrepreneurs Beware

scam, internet, domain name registration, whois 

After many months of watching and waiting, I had secured a .com domain name for my client at last. But it wasn’t easy to keep the scammers away from my client’s credit card.

My client had purchased all the other related extensions (.biz, .net, etc.) because the .com for this domain name wasn’t available. A few days before the .com went back to the public pool, my client got an email that they are SELLING the .com name. Mind you, at that time, NO ONE had the authority to the domain name.

They wanted $100 for 1 year of ownership. We got it for $10 and there was no question who really owned it since I registered it myself. The funniest thing is even after we got the domain name, the same type of emails were still coming to my client.

So to all the enthusiastic new business owners out there, never trust emails or snail mails that found you, always research before you act.

To check to see if the domain name of your desire is available to buy, use the WhoIs service from InterNIC (a public site):

http://www.internic.net/whois.html

If it’s ready for you to register, you’ll see “Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information.”

Being aware of this scam will not only protect yourself, you can take away the incentive for the scammers to keep scamming.