A Pressman's Thoughts by Chris Jones http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/ en-us Newspaper Production http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/45508 I thought I would strive to give you a picture of how we produce the newspaper. I'll start by describing Prepress One of the tasks that a Production Department has, is to produce a printing plate for the Pressroom. This is called Prepress. The objective of the Prepress is to produce a image onto a printing plate. There are now several ways to do that. Primarily media that has been around a long time is film. The methods used to produce a image on film has changed in the past 11... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:19:17 -0600 Spectacular Animal Phenomena http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/44724 One of my favorite things to do, is to read about Nature. There are hundreds of stories about how creatures attest to the brilliance of the creator. Even a tiny bug can strengthen our faith. One of those stories, I'd been blessed to come across the other day. Now, I didn't film this amazing act of nature, but I certainly felt motivated to share it with others. This is one of the most spectacular animal phenomena known to man. It has to do with a flock of thousands of tiny birds flying and... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:04:17 -0600 The Social Networking Hype http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/42373 Now we live in a world of Outstanding tools to communicate. So with ways to communicate quite easily and fast, does it mean we communicate better? Not really. Have you ever communicated by using Facebook? It is quite interesting way to communicate with people around the world. But it can get quite addicting posting your thoughts on the 'wall' Facebook has done a good job of exposing who people are. Thats good and thats bad. At least in Facebook, your profile can be private. Not so with... Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:44:02 -0500 Tech tools anyone can use http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/41202 I've come across some good tools that will make life easier. so I'd like to share them with the readers. QuickForget.com Sometimes, you need to send sensitive information--say, a password--over the internet, but don't want to use email. Free service QuickForget lets you store messages temporarily, so you can send sensitive information and have it delete itself once it's been seen. The problem with using, say, email or IM to send sensitive messages is that they'll likely be stored forever... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:44:05 -0500 Cell Phone Etiquette http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/32886 One of the things that irritate me is the lack of Cell Phone Etiquette. You know what I'm talking about!.. So many things that we see and even caught ourselves doing that we wouldn't think of doing 10 years ago. Can you imagine 15 years ago, how you felt when a person is talking to you and then was disrupted because of a phone call? No big deal, right? its happens alot, we can't foresee or do not have physic powers to know when the phone rings. But I remember a time, when the phone rang... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:46:38 -0600 Chris's Favorite http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/28648 Something for Macs. and for PC Dropbox What I have been using for quite awhile is an excellent tool. Its been amazing one that I wholeheartedly endorse. Imagine an application that automatically syncs files to all your computers. How many of us work on several at a time.? One at work, two at home, an desktop and a laptop. What you will find is that there is a tremendous need to have the same files available anywhere you are, whether at work or hundreds or thousands of miles away. What a... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 22:23:51 -0500 Doctor Visit http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/26031 Well, here I am going to the Doctor. I have been dragging myself because of a bad cold. Now, I have been sick before, many times and it seems we get worse as we get older. I used to be one who never get sick, and certainly never goes to see the doctor. Well, I guess those times are over. Today, (this morning) I got the privilege of using my Insurance. I do believe this is the first time I used the insurance in the 10 years I have had it. I am thankful for it. It had a copay, which is... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:03:02 -0500 Banging My Head Again http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/24202 It seems history repeats itself! All you have to do is reread one of my blogs http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/13717/ and then know that I am experiencing similar headaches in the past few weeks. We are switching DSL Service and as usual, they didn't give me any information needed to get the service running. As an Computer IT person, and one who is to get the router working for our network, I have to know specifics, well, it took 6 different persons at the 'Big'... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 16:14:10 -0600 Conference http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/21068 Its been awhile since i blogged so I thought I will share some things that newspapers are doing nowadays. You see, I just got back from the 48th Annual Mid American Newspaper Conference, and as usual, it was located in beautiful Lake of the Ozark, MO. Here is the some of the topic that was covered there. As we all know prices increasing in every market and it is no different in Newspapers today. Thursday Sept 11 Morning Web Width Reduction Newspapers are reducing the width of their... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:30:58 -0500 It's different; yep it's different alright! http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/17213 Well, it's not a secret anymore; my hours of work have changed. There are many pros and yep, you guessed it, cons also. What I like is that it consolidates all the printing to one shift, which for a salary person, is a plus. It has been a challenge the past three years in getting everything done. As many are aware, and I know I am not alone, if you are a manager of some sorts, you have a lot of paperwork to be done. It is also a learning experience, joggling with the new hours and the... Fri, 07 Mar 2008 09:46:27 -0600 Exercise and Will Power http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/16160 I saw a commercial the other day that got me thinking. It had Valerie Bertinelli on it portraying her goal to lose weight. Yes, I know you all have seen it, but this one got my attention more than usual. She had a personal message for the T.V viewer. She said a statement that may at the surface seem truthful, and that is "If I can do it, anyone can do it!" I know that she has every intention to be truthful, but in reality that is not correct. This might hit a cord with a lot of... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 11:32:41 -0600 Vacationing and Car Shopping http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/15681 It is amazing what taking time off from work can do to a person. For one who is used to being at work too much, this is a new experience. As in the past, I was blessed by having one day off a week. Now taking 4 days off in a row is certainly a new feeling. My vacation started off being boring, but then I got involved in car shopping for my mom. This turned out to be time-consuming and somewhat tiring. But I tell myself, this just comes around once every ten years or so, so it will be... Thu, 27 Dec 2007 09:54:47 -0600 Stepping Up To The Plate http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/15359 One of my pet peeves is someone saying "that is not my job!" I certainly haven't been hearing that around the Nevada Daily Mail for a while now. I was amazed at how many within the organization have expended themselves over the last six months or so. It seems we have made big advancements. Case in point, most everyone that has set foot in the front office has noticed a more appealing look since remodeling has been done to the front office. But I assume most do not know that the... Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:59:54 -0600 Misfortune http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/14222 Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I am talking about! It seems the sky is falling and everything is going wrong. I know everyone has experienced this one time or another and for some it seems more often than not. It seems that I have been struggling with equipment breaking down. And sometimes you wonder, (I know you have said it) "what else can go wrong today?" Well, it happened! One lovely Friday morning, I had to go to an auction with a coworker. Just when I got... Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:05:27 -0500 The Consequences of Being 'Big' http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/13717 Sometimes you feel like banging your head against the wall. There is a Web site I have found that list 301 Useless Facts, and it explains fact #212 -- "Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour." Of course we are talking about this in a figurative sense. Sometimes it is dealing with bigger companies that cause this phenomenon, especially when one big company merges into another big one. So what happens when you have a problem with a product or service? Do you find... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 15:12:09 -0500 Rules, Rules, and Rules http://www.nevadadailymail.com/blogs/chrisjones/entry/13586 I certainly respect rules and regulations, but sometimes rules can get in the way. Before you start prejudging me, let me explain. Most towns have regulations regarding bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks. I certainly agree with the reason behind no skateboards on sidewalks. My youngest boy is a newspaper carrier and he has the territory that includes the square. He uses his bike, and while sometimes his drops are scattered, sometimes he gives the newspaper to several businesses in... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 09:29:50 -0500