Thu 29 May 2003
The Ever Resilient Me@ner
Category : Commentary/resilient.txt
Found TUBMac linked to from this page at MacSingapore. Scroll down to the Singapore section. I suppose "the ever resilient ME@NER" means me. Thanks, guys, for the mention.
Category : Commentary/soundingblue.txt
Kristian@soundingblue.com has posted some very nice pictures. Great talent. Wish I could do shots like these. Go look.
The Creative Economy
Category : Commentary/creativeeconomy.txt
I'm half-way through "The Creative Economy - How People Make Money from Ideas" by John Howkins. It's a wonderful book, so far, and so full of gems. It's been a long time since I've had so much pleasure from a "serious" book.
There's this quote fom Terence Conran, the designer: "Creatvity is hard to define. It's mostly straightforward but there's also something magical, almost spiritual, about the process... You need to know the history of things and to be able to see a gap in the market."
"You need to know the history of things". Quite akin to what Steve Jobs said about needing to have a wide range of experience so that you will have enough dots to connect.
Which brings me to something written about in yesterday's STREATS - "Former oil man refines hair salon idea" - about someone hoping to copy the success of the QB (for Quick Beauty) chain of hair shop, by bringing a Balinese element into the mix. A phrase in the report stands out: "That he had no experience in the beauty business did not daunt him".
I believe that the basic idea of a quick, no-frills hair cut is incompatible with the languid, sensory experience you would associate with a Balinese spa resort. To create that ambience, you would need lots of wood, which takes up space - a reported 600 sq feet when compared with the 200 sq feet needed by the spartan Japanese-style QB Shops. It's that gestalt thing again. There's an expression the architects like to use: "the design must have integrity". The design, as a whole, must resonate - through the expression of each part keeping faith with the objectives of the whole.
This guy (or more likely, his investors) could lose his shirt. I'm not saying he won't succeed; it's great that people are willing to try new businesses. But I believe that he'll be making changes to his trajectory, if he were to eventually succeed.
A Digression - About the Epson C1900 Aculaser
Category : Technology/digressEpson.txt
Google is hitting this weblog in search of answers to "colour laser printing" and "Epson C1900 Colour Laser" - probably because these were mentioned in previous posts. My log file shows that they're coming from Mac users.
In case they're looking for the answer to : "how do you get the Epson C1900 Colour Laser Printer to support Postscript printing from OS X machines", the answer is :
The Epson sales reps and local tech support people may say that the Epson Aculaser series does not yet support OS X for Postscript printing. But they ought to know better. If you buy the Epson C1900 with the Postscript option, and if you're a Mac user, you'll get an OS 9-based CD. Open up this CD from an OS 9-based Mac, and look for the PPD file that is associated with this printer. It's called "EPSON AL-C1900 PS3". Copy this out and put it in the OS X machine. I place mine simply under "/Library".
Then, when you're asked to give a PPD file when you're setting up the printer in OS X's Print Centre utility, navigate into "/Library" and select the PPD file you placed there. And that's it. You get great Postscript printing from the Aculaser.
Actually, because of OS X's Quartz technology, you can get close to 90% of the quality of a Postscript printout, even without using the Postscript option. But, with the Postscript option, fonts look great even at very small point sizes, and they look more refined. Hope this helps. (And this method should work with all the other printers in the Aculaser series).