July 2006, V5#7: Production Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Hard Copy Manuscript

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind during the preparation process of a hard copy manuscript is “what you see, is what you get”. For the best results use a smooth white paper.  Expensive “top of the line” computer paper is not necessary, a good “typing” copy machine or all purpose paper is fine.  Avoid colored (cream, gray, etc.), aged colored and textured (pebbled, linen finish, etc.) as well as ultra thin (onionskin, etc.) papers. Make sure that the print is clear, consistent and as dark as possible throughout. In the end, you will be much happier if the typewriter or (non-Laser or DeskJet) printer used contains a carbon film ribbon, is in good mechanical working order and has clean unbroken strikers. More and more people are acquiring Laser or Bubble Jet/DeskJet printers and these make a very nice camera ready manuscript. In good faith, we can not recommend manual typewriters, fabric ribbons, dot matrix printers or low quality  DeskJet/Bubble Jet printers  for a good finished product. Electric typewriters, daisy wheel or ball printers and laser or Bubble Jet/DeskJet printers (on high quality settings) can be borrowed or rented in most areas.

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This section is drawn from http://www.gregathcompany.com/udo.html  

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April 2005, V4#4: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

What time is it!?!

Don’t forget to double check your computer clock around daylight savings time.  Many things about a computer system may cause you problems if your clock setting is very far off – say an hour.  If you’ve moved your computer, or had a massive electrical outage, you will need to manually adjust your clock as well.  Most newer systems automatically adjust for daylight savings time, but if your computer doesn’t, here’s how to fix it:

From the desktop, select (click or double click – depending on your set up) “my computer”, select “control panel”, select “date and time” – this should bring up the date/time window.  Click in the time box and change the time (you can also drag the clock hands).  While you have the window open, you may want to look around in the box (and tabs).  If your computer didn’t adjust at daylight savings time, there may be a simple check box you can click so it will adjust in the future.  Likewise, if you are in an area that doesn’t observe DST and your computer is switching on you, you can click the box to deselect this option.