From CNET’s coverage, the Consumer Electronics Show press day sounds uninspired. The PC world is getting into ultrabooks (think of a MacBook Air running Windows), there are new TVs that don’t look all that different from old TVs, smartphone manufacturers are trying out large-screen models that won’t fit in a pocket, 3-D printers are still kind of expensive, and cameras will increasingly have Wi-Fi. Oh, and Microsoft will no longer exhibit at CES. follow link
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Ever have to recreate a document from an Acrobat PDF? You can find out most everything about the text by using the Object Inspector, except the leading. Well, here's a cheesy way to figure it out. Open the PDF in Illustrator (you just need one page). Release any and all clipping masks. Draw a guide at the baseline of the first line of text, and one on the line below. Now, Option-drag the first line to make a copy, and position it exactly next to the original first line at baseline. Then put a return anywhere in the copied line. Now adjust leading of the copied lines, so that the second line of copy rests on the baseline of the second line of the original. Now you know your leading.
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CES Press Day Shows You’re Not Missing Much
1. Exhaustion. CES is huge and really a bombardment of the senses. At one point at the end of my second day, my legs could almost literally no longer keep me upright, and I had to sit down against a wall to recover. I should have brought a pedometer, because I'm sure I walked miles and miles.
2. Repetition: All the big, exciting products get reported on at first, and then it's a hunt to find something interesting. And in so many cases, much of the rest of the show is either also-ran products (oh look, more TVs) or junk.
It's also important to remember that the people attending aren't consumers. Most of them are resellers getting hands-on experience with products to see what they plan to stock and sell in the coming year. It's a media event because people are interested in what's coming down the pike, but that's it.
I'm sure there's a lot of drinking and gambling and burning of expense accounts, but I didn't experience any of that. I blew some cash in a Star Wars slot machine one night. Whoop! Whoop!