28 Apr, 2010 | Posted by: photosource






Print Money Legally!


You can, in a manner of speaking. And this method works with laser or inkjet printers. It sure won't make you rich, but it might just save $20 - $80 each year, depending on your printing capacity. Here=s what you do. First, change the default font in the documents you print. Next, well, there's no next because that's all there is, unless you want to count the savings a little at a time.

Since different fonts require varying amounts of ink for each character, you can save a little ink or toner by using a different font. A serif font tends to have thinner lines than a corresponding safns-seri font, thus requiring less ink. Naturally, fonts with "bold" or "black" in their names would likely use more ink/toner than a similar font with "narrow" or "light" in its name. Testing by www.printer.com showed that Century Gothic and Times New Roman were most ink-friendly. For example, Century Gothic used about 30% less that Arial.
But hold on. There=s more. Some of these less-ink-using fonts are wider. So what you save in ink/toner may be lost to consuming an extra sheet of paper (of course, if your printer allows for it or you do it manually, you can print on both sides of the paper, saving costs and helping the environment).
You can also print in draft mode whenever appropriate. For the greatest benefits to your wallet and the globe, just don't print!
Here=s a direct link to the report:
http://blog.printer.com/2009/04/printingcostsdoesfont&
#64979;choicemakeadifference/


Clipped by Coupons

What's that saying, "What=s good for the goose is good for the gander"? Well, after decades of being taken advantage of, coupons are fighting back. When you use coupons from the Internet or from your cell phone (and in 2009 there were 50 million Internet coupons!), they come with a barcode. That barcode contains data that allows for, in many cases, very detailed tracking.
For example, you search the Internet looking for a Mother's Day present. You find something you want to purchase, and it comes with a discount coupon at a retailer you want to buy from. So you do. That coupon barcode can be used to discern the contents of your search (which keywords you used), where you bought the item, and how long it took you to make the purchase.
It could also tell your computer type, your IP address, even city and state, and then coupled with all that other data about you out there in the cloud or from that retailer you frequent, they've got a very good dossier started (or still building) on you.
Many of these online coupons are handled by RevTrax, and since they are the third party and don't interact directly with the consumer, they don't have a privacy policy on their website. And if you're on any social networking site, like Facebook, that info may also be part of the aggregated data. Privacy on the Internet? Forgetaboutit!


Bill Hopkins is the Webmaster of PhotoSourceFolio, where photographers
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