Bulletin publishing machine tech health almost back to normal

By John Toth / Editor and Publisher

I wrote a couple of weeks ago how The Bulletin publishing machine caved in on a Monday morning. Well, the good news is that everything is almost back to normal. The bad news is that it’s “almost” back to normal.

After years of being used to the same system and adding to it as needed, all of the sudden, it’s a brand new world, with many pieces missing.

So, for the last two weeks, I have been filling in the blanks, looking for programs that have been lying in some drawer somewhere.

I located one of the last puzzle pieces just the other day in a drawer where I could have sworn I never put a program CD – ever. But there it was, in plain sight – after I pulled the drawer open.

Since I am a stickler to backing up everything, I needed a new back-up publishing machine, because the old Bulletin 1 sort of got fried. Bulletin 2 is now the lead machine.

It’s like driving across country without a spare tire. That would not be a good idea. So, I set out to search for Bulletin 3, the new back-up printing machine thingy, and found one pretty quickly.

See, my two desktop publishing computers have to be the same kind to make the conversion fast and – easier. Anyway, I was looking forward for the replacement computer to arrive. It did in a few days – with a cracked screen.

The packaging was flimsy to begin with, and the post office perhaps decided to use it as a football. One of the right corners of the box was smashed in.

This is where it pays to use the same kind of publishing computer. Bulletin 1 that decided to break still had a good screen. It’s just the hard drive and perhaps the mother board that went south.

I got on Google and streamed a video on how to replace the screen, and within an hour, the new back-up had a working screen. BTW, the seller gave me a nice refund.

I swear that sometimes this publishing business is more tech work than using gooder grammar. It is a joke. Don’t send it to the “Tonight Show.”

Wait a minute. There is no functioning camera on the cracked screen. That means that there is no software loaded into the back-up machine to run the camera on the transplanted screen.

I have to have a camera on the production machine. How am I going to waste time on Skype without a camera?

Luckily, the back-up program discs that came with one of the computers had a camera program included. Problem solved.

This is an exciting business. but I’ve had enough of it for a while. I want to revert to just worrying about newspaper stuff. I think we’re finally back in the saddle.

Wait, where is the video poker program? That’s a must for every publishing machine. I put that disc somewhere a few years ago.

I think someone stole it.