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… we didn’t even knew we had: Today, just a day or two after registering on their web site, I received my card to use those new fangled Packstation thingies by DHL. The idea behind them is rather good. Instead of having parcels delivered to your home, you can have them delivered to a ‘Packstation’ where you can pick them up at any time by swiping a card and entering a PIN. No more need to be at home when the parcel guy makes his rounds or having to go to the post office during their opening times. (Admittedly, with parcel guy having started to come shortly past eight recently, missing him is quite unlikely currently). You can also post parcels at these stations. Which I consider to be quite useful as well.

And, horray, the Packstation means that I have finally been reduced to a number - my address anyway. So Sven-S. Porst, 24303232, Packstation 101, 37073 Göttingen should do the trick. I am tempted to bet that you could leave out the name as well, which brings things dangerously close to 37073-101-24303232 or so. The card they sent looks a bit pimpy, though. Golden!

Packstation Card

And I don’t approve of the old-fashioned credit card style text on it. It’s completely unnecessary as there is no need to take mechanical prints of the letters. And it makes the card much thicker which in turn makes it harder to fit into my card case. These people should really spend a millisecond thinking about usability of their stuff. (EC cards are much better in that respect).

In other good news, thanks to Steffen and Michael I could solve yesterday’s Cocoa problems without too much trouble.

P.S. Caribou’s andorra CD isn’t that interesting but does a bit of Helvetica worshipping on its cover art. The album’s title is written in a different typeface though, which I don’t recognise. Any takers?

Text on the Caribou andorra album cover

August 24, 2007, 9:06

Tagged as dhl, helvetica, packstation.


Comment by Sebastian: User icon

What’s even better about the Packstation is that you can get your parcels even without the card. It’s not that hard to memorize your number and personal number, and then you don’t have go home empty-handed if you forgot the card.

Or if it stopped working, as mine did, and you don’t want to go through the hassle of getting a new one and loosing the cool personal number that came with the old one :-)

August 26, 2007, 17:08

Comment by montyfood: User icon

The text “andorra” is set in Bell MT Bold.

If in doubt use What The Font.

August 31, 2007, 2:02

Comment by ssp: User icon


Actually I’ve had whatthefont bookmarked for ages, but I usually use identifont only because I don’t have a scanned image of the text handy. And identifont failed me on this one :(

August 31, 2007, 2:15

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