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Easter 2019 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 23 April 2019

Happy Easter!

He is truly risen! May the grace and blessings of Easter be with you all and remain in you.

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Interview at Pray Tell

Posted by universalis on 25 March 2019

The Pray Tell blog describes itself as:

A blog that gives practical wisdom about prayer, sacraments, and the community of the faithful – in short, worship. Created especially for pastors, liturgists, musicians, and scholars, Pray Tell is informal, conversational, even humorous, but also – we hope – always well-informed and intellectually grounded.

It has just published a two-part interview by Father Neil Xavier O’Donoghue, which you may find interesting:

  1. An unlikely liturgist.
  2. An interview with Martin Kochanski, Founder of Universalis Publishing.

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Apple News news

Posted by universalis on 3 February 2016

The Apple News app is part of iOS 9. It can aggregate news feeds from many different publishers.

Universalis is now one of those publishers.

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How texts evolve

Posted by universalis on 14 December 2014

In normal times, the way a text survives is by someone copying it out before the manuscript falls to bits and is lost. Of course errors happen, and it is then the job of scholars to collate the existing texts and work out what the original was.

Rather a good example of this has just come up, so I thought I would post it here.

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“The dog ate my email”

Posted by universalis on 22 October 2014

Every week or so, a user of our daily email service contacts us to say that an email has not arrived.

Very occasionally this is because they have cancelled the service by replying to one of the emails (or sometimes their email system has done it for them, for instance because they are away on holiday). If this happens to you, you can easily restart the emails – using the web site if you used the web site to set them up, or, if you set them up using an app, by using the app.

Much more often, nothing has been cancelled, and the daily emails have been sent and accepted correctly. This is what this post is about.

The post, and dogs

When you take out a subscription to a magazine, the publisher may talk about delivering the magazine to you every week or month, but this is not true. They do not. They deliver the magazine to your letter-box.

Whether this results in you receiving the magazine depends on your dog. Some dogs will treat things coming through the letter-box as a threat, and chew them to shreds.

In which case the magazine has been delivered to your address, but not to you – and there is nothing the publisher can do. They can’t control your dog.

Your emails, and dogs

We talk about sending you emails, but of course we don’t really. We send emails to your email address. We send emails to the computer which (according to the Internet) is designated as the mail server for your email address. (For example, if you have an email address @gmail.com, the computer will have a romantic and memorable name such as gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com).

The computer to which we have sent the email confirms to our mail server that our email has been (a) received and (b) accepted for delivery to you. (In the case of @gmail.com, Google’s computer says “OK 1416625904 j9ti19004277wjf.10 - gsmtp“, with every received email getting a unique code number). The postal analogy would be the postman hearing the thud as the magazine hits your doormat.

But there is still the dog.

One of the things you pay your email service provider for is not to deliver certain emails to you, often because it decides that they are spam.

If your email service provider decides to chew up an email we send you instead of letting you have it, there is nothing we can do. It is entirely between your email service provider and you. You are the boss, and if they are chewing your incoming emails and losing them, you have to tell them to stop. No one else can.

If you ask us “what happened to my emails?” we’ll happily look up our logs and quote the acknowledgement code that your email service provider gave us. It may help them to discover what they did with an email you wanted, and learn to behave better in the future.

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Changing the colour of the rubrics in Word – II

Posted by universalis on 5 October 2012

The last post described how to change the colour of the rubrics in Word.

Here is a much less intellectual way of changing the colour of the rubrics. I find it rather more fiddly, because of Word’s awkward user interface for searching and replacing. All the same, it provides a general answer to the question “How do I change the colour of all text that is not black?”. The basic technique will also work in word processors other than Word.

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Changing the colour of the rubrics in Word – I

Posted by universalis on 5 October 2012

Many people print out pages from Universalis by pasting them into Microsoft Word. One user has asked me for a way to make the rubrics darker, because they come out pale gold on his printer. So here is a way of changing the colour of the rubrics. I’ve used Word 2002 for this, but I expect that other versions will be similar.

I’m assuming that you have the Universalis program for Windows and you have copied a page from it by pressing Ctrl+C and have pasted it into a Word document.

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New font sizes on the iPhone/iPad

Posted by universalis on 19 July 2012

The latest version of Universalis and Catholic Calendar for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch is now available on the iTunes App Store. It changes the way that large fonts are handled so as to make life easier for the people who need them.

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Send to Kindle

Posted by universalis on 30 April 2012

Some people want to use the Universalis downloads to create e-books for the Amazon Kindle but are daunted by the last step: transferring the e-book to the Kindle itself.

One of our users has alerted us to the new Send to Kindle program which Amazon have made available for Windows (and soon, they claim, for the Mac as well).

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Posted by universalis on 24 October 2011

We’re now providing a Twitter feed of the saint of the day. The user name is @CatholicFeasts and it posts once a day. Each day’s posts appear at 9.30pm the night before, which is early afternoon in the USA and the morning of the day itself in Australia and New Zealand. On days when different locations have different saints, there’ll be one post for each one.

Feel free to follow or recommend the feed, but please don’t reply to it, because it’s an automated feed and there is no-one around to read the replies.

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