Making Holiday Mailings More Efficient

by Chris Josephes

I'm sending out Christmas cards, filling in the envelopes by hand; and I ask myself how my own geekiness changes the simple process of writing on an envelope. That is, if I wasn't a geek, I wouldn't give any additional thoughts on the subject. But, since I am, I always want to find ways to make it better (or if not better, then cooler).

First of all, am I the only guy out there that goes the extra mile to find the zip+4 code for US addresses? Unless I'm sending the cards in bulk, I don't think there is an improvement in delivery time.

I'm also a little bit of a barcode geek, so I'm kind of bummed out that while OpenOffice 2.0 will let me print out an envelope with address fields, it doesn't have any built in tools to throw in a PostNet barcode. Those barcodes could probably speed up the delivery of my cards by 50%. Heck, the format is so simple, I could probably just draw the lines myself.

Of course, my non-geek friends will probably see through my arguments, and say something along the lines of, "Why did you wait until now to try and send out those cards?"