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Latest on H&W. The newest issue, #136 is now complete. If you are newly subscribing to H&W and choose the E-Zine verson, as soon as you complete the subscription form, you will then be able to download the newest issue of H&W, # 136. If you are an existing H&W on-line E-zine subscriber, we will e-mail you the download link for the new issue # 136 later today 3 15 17 as well as a notification of your current subscription status. As before, I must remind you that we need your current e-mail address, so if you do not get your e-mail notification of the new issue by the end of today, send me an e-mail right away to eric@hornandwhistle.com with you current e-mail address so I can make sure you get the magazine. Please note, we're playing catch-up with paper subscriptions, we'll get them out ASAP but it may be at least several more weeks.


New Whistle Picture Book. Well, you'd think this would be simple, but I'm facing a copyright issue on a couple of pictures, thus the Whistle Picture Book is on hold at the moment. We could take our chances and go ahead and print it, but what if the holder of the copyright decided to contest our publishing? On the shoestring budget that H&W runs on, we absolutely can't afford any such problems, so I'm holding off publication until I obtain a clear decision on this. So patience, please, The Whistle Picture Book will be available probably shortly after the next issue of H&W, which is my main H&W project to accomplish at the moment.


When faced with a choice of either the on-line edition with full color throughout, or the paper edition with B&W printing for all but the magazine covers, the majority of subscribers still prefer the paper version, but a few have asked about the paper copies in color. I priced having the entire print run done in 4 colors a while back but it was, in the opinion of many subscribers, too expensive. However, there are some subscribers who would like it if we offered a paper edition in full color and they were willing to pay the extra cost. We have now found a source for extremely small print runs in color, so we are offering for the first time in H&W's history, a deluxe, printed edition with full color throughout the magazine. Let us know if this is something you'd be interested in.

The present price of these deluxe editions had been $21.72 per copy or $86.88 per year, but we have recently lowered the price to $75.00 per year as a few of you are getting these deluxe issues now. What I have been doing with the last couple of issues is sending out a few additional deluxe copies to randomly chosen subscribers, as actually seeing one of these copies is a far better way for you to make a decision about it rather than just going by what I say about it. These new deluxe issues feature four color printing throughout the entire issue, and comb binding rather than stapling. The print quality throughout is excellent inasmuch as they are printed on a commercial color digital press instead of by the photocopy process that is used for the standard issues. So, order more and the price will come down again if we can have more made each time.

There is an additional article in issue, #134. Unfortunately, we couldn't put that additional article in the paper copies because that would have made them more expensive, but it is in the on-line version of #134. This, BTW, is one significant advantage of getting H&W on-line. We're not limited if we want to go somewhat over our present 44 page limit. If we exceed the limit with paper copies, the printing cost goes up. And then the extra pages add more weight so the mailing cost goes up too. However, adding extra content to the on-line issue only takes a little more time, but does not add anything to the price of producing it or distributing it, which I think is one of the greatest advantages of on-line publishing for any information, not just Horn & Whistle.

Don't get me wrong. I like paper magazines and real books too as much as anyone else. But just from the practicality of production and distribution, on-line has it all over paper. No printing expense, no supplies, no postage, fast distribution, easy editorial changes, corrections, additions, occasional links to other relevant material, and occasional videos or sound clips. True, you must read it from your computer or tablet or smart phone, and you probably can't sit in your favorite chair and have it in your lap like you can with a paper copy, but look at all the other advantages! Plus, as I already mentioned, if you're an on-line subscriber, you'll get the quarterly issues several weeks at least before the paper copies are out. So give it some serious thought. Oh, and you'll save money as well. The on-line edition is much less expensive to produce and we pass the savings along. It's only $10.00 per year anywhere in the world. Paper copies were $25.00 per year (four issues) and $75.00 per year deluxe edition, and thanks to the PO and their never ending rate hikes, we're going to have to raise the price of a standard paper copy of H&W beginning with #136 to $27.50 for a USA or Canada subscription. If I were independently wealthy, I'd absorb the cost and just do H&W because I enjoy most of the tasks involved with producing H&W, Not the least of which is researching for some of the articles. But I am not wealthy at all and I can not afford to subsidize the publication out of pocket; H&W must meet all its production and distribution expenses by subscription revenue intake.

The only problem with the on-line version is that people change their e-mail addresses and don't let us at H&W know about it. Just now I have received 6 notices from "Mailer Daemon," which is an e-mail notification service for an unsuccessful e-mail delivery attempt. So I will now have to postal-mail notices to those six subscribers to request their new e-mail addresses. What is a little bothersome about this is that sometimes people will notify me, with not just a slight degree of annoyance, "where's my magazine, you thief?" when what actually happened is that they forgot to let me know that they switched e-mail accounts. I will always make every effort to see that all subscribers get what they paid for, but likewise, I need any subscriber who is missing a magazine to let me know about it. The same holds true for physical addresses for those who get the paper hardcopies. If you move but don't tell me, you will miss an issue. So please, whether you get paper copies or get the magazine on line; if you change any aspect of your address, either physical or e-mail, let me know. Here's the best e-mail to use for any e-mail correspondence regarding Horn & Whistle.

eric@hornandwhistle.com


Also, some of you have inquired about back issues. I have CDs with back issues beginning with #101. I am also soon going to have the previous twenty issues available; this probably by the time # 136, the next spring issue of H&W is ready. Really old issues will be available later on. As with some of the whistle pictures, some of these older back issues are copies of copies of copies, and some of them require nearly a full day just to fix up one page. Where text is barely legible, it all has to be retyped. Pictures also need to be fixed as well as possible. I wonder how the founders of Horn & Whistle managed in the early eighties before computers were in widespread usage. It seems hard to imagine producing a publication like this without resorting to a computer, and yet they did it. We all owe Jack Hardman, our first publisher, a real debt of gratitude for starting up this publication and getting it from being just somebody's vision to a real viable and now once again, growing publication.


Here's a handy form to fill out to expedite an address change: Change postal or e-mail address. Here's a special e-mail address which I check now on a daily basis.

eric@hornandwhistle.com

Just send me an e-mail with your new e-mail or postal address if you're still getting paper copies. Then you'll get the issue when I send it out.

Regarding returning pictures or articles that you have sent in; it is worth repeating yet again that if you send us pictures and/or articles and want them back, you need to include a note with your material stating that fact and also include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Without that, we will not save either pictures or articles once we have processed them for inclusion in the magazine unless the pictures are of exceptional quality. The amount of material that sometimes comes here can be quite formidable, and storage of pictures and papers is really neither practical or possible. I am sorry to say but if you send in material without either a request to save them or the postage-paid envelope and then later on change your mind, it will probably be too late, so please keep this information in mind when you send in items that you want returned to you.

Previous publishers have in many cases kept photos that were sent to us; indeed, that is how the Whistle Picture Book became possible. But eventually there came a time when there was just too much stuff and that was why the previous publisher instituted the present policy of no longer keeping material once it was either used in the magazine or deemed unusable. Thus the present policy regarding returned material. If you want it back, include a postage-paid suitable envelope and also a written notice that you do indeed want the materials returned.

More website info. Recently when checking this website, I noticed that some of the pages did not display correctly. I believe I have all of that fixed by now, I've checked them on both computers here as well as on my cellphone and they seem to be OK now. But if you are a visitor to this site and notice mistakes on pages, such as text overlapping, running off the page or other website errors, let me know. Web pages still display somewhat differently on some computers. We now have coding in place that redefines the pages depending on how big the browser window is that you are using. For example, a page that looks great on a big desktop monitor will generally be too small to read and the links nearly impossible to use on a cell phone, so the web page should automatically adjust accordingly. I check these pages on Google chrome, firefox, opera and IE.8, but there are many other browsers as well as different versions of each so it is very difficult for me to check the web pages on every possible device. If you see mistakes, send me an e-mail here:
eric@hornandwhistle.com

We're just about ready to give up coding for IE6. At one time, Internet Explorer 6 was the latest and greatest in browser technology. But IE6 by today's Internet and computer standards is ancient now. There are so many features that we take for granted when we go on line that do not function at all on IE6. Browser statistics show us that IE6 accounts now for less then one percent of all web browsers in most of the world. I still make special "style sheets" for IE6, but I'm going to stop that within the next few months. I still run IE6 on one computer, just so that I can see what pages look like on that browser and so that I can code accordingly, but considering how few people use IE6 today and how that number decreases on a monthly basis, it doesn't any longer seem necessary to expend time and effort to make special versions of our web pages to display well on IE6, especially since many things that we would put on our pages have to be eliminated or otherwise made insvisible on pages that are using a stylesheet that runs correctly on IE6. Even the more modern IE8 is getting old now, and it won't be much longer before we'll forget about that one as well as those that preceded it. For those of you who have very old computers, I would make the suggestion that upgrading to an [at least] slightly newer one would be a worthwhile effort which you will very quickly come to appreciate greatly when you see how much of Internet content you've previously been missing.

Regarding our on-line subscription methods, I've added a new option, that of automatic subscription renewal. Many times, I have had a subscriber renew after I sent a reminder, stating that he forgot to renew. It's easy to do as I well know from some of my own subscribing experiences. However, now we have the choice of automatic renewal. This is an optional feature; you can check a box on the forms if you do not want to take advantage of automatic renewal, but if you choose it, then you don't have to keep track of your subscription renewal date or wonder when your H&W subscription runs out. We'll simply send you an e-mail notice a few weeks ahead of time and then we'll automatically renew your subscription for another year and bill your credit card appropriately.

I should advise you that if you are still using IE6, you should dump it and get the newest version of Internet Explorer that will run on your machine, or any of the other modern web browsers. They're FREE! All you do is Google the browser you want, click it; you get right to the site and then just follow the download instructions. You'd be amazed at how much nicer stuff works and how many more great features you can use that IE6 has no way of delivering to you. And if you are still clinging to an old relic of a computer from the mid nineties, well, all bets are off as to what you can even access on the Internet or how jumbled and screwed up many modern web pages will look. Get a new computer! They're not that expensive and they work so much better and faster than the relics of the nineties. Also, a few areas in the USA still use old fashioned "dial-up" Internet connections. This technology, once widespread, is so relatively slow that many modern web pages will not function on a dial-up Internet connection. Dialup is going the way of the constant-current arc lighting system for streetlights, and municipal DC distribution by utility companies. You still find a few pockets here and there, but it's being phased out. If you are retaining dialup by choice, well, all I can say is call your ISP and tell them that you want to replace it. The improvement in web page performance when going from dialup to hi-speed DSL or fiber-optic is unbelievable. Pages that took a half an hour to download will be up and running in a few seconds.

And if you are still without a computer by choice, listen to this: everybody whom I know who held out for years on getting a computer and who finally did get one marvels at how much easier it makes many tasks and how useful it has become in a very short time. Also, please don't say that you “are too old to use a computer.” I have a friend who will be 101 years old on his next birthday. He's been using computers for the last 31 years, which means he was 70 when he started learning. “Too old to learn to use a computer?” That's just an excuse, and not a very good one either.

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