Thursday, April 08, 2010

Print less, save money

I just read an AP story that discusses a way to save money by changing fonts.

Smaller fonts equal less ink used equal money saved. Here's an interesting few lines from the story...

The standard advice for trimming printing expenses still applies: Print in "draft mode," if you can. Use both sides of a page and do a print preview to make sure you're not printing pages with useless text such as a copyright line. Using an ink-saving font is just one more technique to consider.

And the greenest way to save on ink is not to print at all.

Now, I'm all in favor of saving the earth, saving money and casual tree hugging, but copyright lines are not useless text. Here's what it says at the bottom of the story's web page...

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

Copyright © 2010 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.

My guess is that the writer, Dinesh Ramde, might want to have a small meeting with his editor. But, if the editor let this get through, perhaps they both might want to seek out their boss before the boss seeks them out.

And no, I did not get any prior written authority from The Associated Press to use the few lines that I did. Quick, call the copyright police. Oh, no. Wait. Those are just useless text. I guess I can do whatever I want to.

And that © image at the top? Courtesy of McDutchie who released the image into the public domain a little over three years ago. Interesting that a copyright symbol doesn't have a copyright. Well, I guess it technically does, but you know what I mean.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very good, sir. You beat me to this one, and had a much better take on it.