It was just a matter of time. There is so much to talk about, so much to share. I know that I need to use as many social media outlets as possible in order to succeed on the Web today, especially if you own a small business. So, I convinced my colleagues at Worldlabel.com that a blog was necessary!
Labels are everywhere and we will talk about how and when to use them most effectively on the Worldlabel blog. The blog will also cover news and information about Open Source with a nod towards Openoffice.org, free tools, productivity, how-to articles, reviews and downloads. We will try make your life easier, especially in the office – no matter if that office is in a cubicle or at home. I hope you visit Worldlabel Blog and subscribe to the feed (you’ll find the subscription box for the feed in the right column).
The craziness all started one day when I took a color palette from Colourlovers.com and started designing geometric patterns only using the palette’s colors. This lead to some intricate designs and then to an idea to use these designs in label templates for an exhibition. We asked the folks on the ColourLovers forum if any one would be interested in creating designs as well. Several folks contributed and an exhibition with the collaboration from several folks began!
From the Colourlovers Blog: The folks over at Worldlabel.com had an idea to create an easy way for people to create their own cd and address labels using palettes geometric patterns and color palettes, and asked the members here at COLOURlovers to contribute designs for an exhibition. Here’s the exhibit at Worldlabel: Personalized labels exhibit
Switching Office Suites from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org How to set up OpenOffice.org to work how you want it with templates and clip art, configurations, shortcuts, and more. Solveig Haugland, February 2008 GetOpenOffice.org
It’s Time to Switch
You’ve been thinking about it for a while. You’ve seen the PDF converter and sighed longingly; you’ve blushed before the skeptical glances of your open-source and anti-Microsoft friends who say “You’re still using Microsoft Office?” you’re looking at your budget and wondering why you would pay to get Microsoft Office 2007. And you’ve received Word 2007 files and haven’t been able to open them, so you know there’s going to be some file format issues no matter what you do.
But you haven’t switched over to OpenOffice.org. Quite yet
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I’m headed to Label-Expo next week, where we will reveal Worldlabel Holding’s xTrack v5 RFID smart label converting machine to the USA. Its very exciting, as the machine is state of the art and has the most advanced features in the industry. It is quite innovative, and the bad tag rejection online is especially cool. Other machines cannot do it, as they embed bad tags into the labels and then mark that label with a ink pen as bad.
xTrack V5 is able to inspect and embed only Readable & Writable RFID tags during the RFID label conversion process. All rejected RFID tags are reeled back and will not be dispensed. The machine is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of label sizes and all types/brands of RFID inlays to be accurately embedded in the label and any where in the label you want. Xtrack v5 machine will produce a roll of RFID Smart labels 99.999% readable, whereas others produce only 80% readable. It can make almost any size smart label, and the turn-around time is quick. Even those RFID baggage tags you will be seeing at an international airport near you soon, can be made with xTrack V5.
Of course, as RFID becomes more relevant in our daily lives, some social issues and definitely serious privacy concerns will become real. We will have to address them. The privacy issues are complicated, but with passive, semi-passive and active tags, only certain types of these tags/chips could become an issue. So how does one address all the privacy concerns? What can you do to protect your privacy from a RFID invasion? Not much at the moment!
One thing you can do now, if you know there is a RFID tag/chip in the item you just purchased, is to ask the merchant to deactivate it.
One solution – one I hope the RFID system integrators and sensor manufacturers can work on, so that privacy fears will diminish – is to develop sensors which read the tag on exit once and then automatically delete/damage the tag.
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