2009 Dec 13, 1:27
I was reading Makers, Cory Doctorow's latest novel, as it was serialized on Tor's website but with no ability to save my place within a page I set out to find a book reading app for my
G1 Android phone. I stopped looking once I found Aldiko. Its got bookmarks within chapters, configurable fonts, you can look-up words in a
dictionary, and has an easy method to download public domain and creative common books. I was able to take advantage of Aldiko's in-app book download system to get Makers onto my phone so I didn't
have to bother with any conversion programs etc, and I didn't have to worry about spacing or layout, the book had the correct cover art, and chapter delimiters. I'm very happy with this app and
finished reading Makers on it.
Makers is set in the near future and features teams of inventors, networked 3d printers, IP contention, body modifications, and Disney -- just the sort of thing you'd expect from a Cory
Doctorow novel. The tale seems to be an allegory for the Internet including displacing existing businesses and the conflict between the existing big entertainment IP owners and the plethora of fans
and minor content producers. The story is engaging and the characters filled out and believable. I recommend Makers and as always its Creative Commons so go take a look right now.
2009 Nov 23, 1:21
"Je vous propose aujourd’hui de découvrir le travail de StarType, un ex typographe qui a connu le temps du plomb et travaillé dans de nombreuses imprimeries pour évoluer et devenir graphiste par la
2009 Oct 5, 9:51
"What if the logos we’re used to seeing in Helvetica were redone in Arial? Would you even notice if the next time you saw the American Airlines logo it was redone in Arial?" Quiz of 20 logos
presented in their original Helvetica along side Arial and you must determine which is which. I got them correct but only due to the Arial and Helvetica overlay poster from last week.
2009 Sep 27, 2:28
Poster demonstrating example differences between Arial and Helvetica. Love the end line: "my buddies [said] ... “a documentary about a font is as interesting as it sounds.” i could not agree more."
2009 Sep 10, 6:26
Typekit's protections for their hosted fonts include referer header checking, and various obfuscations: "Our intent is only to discourage casual misuse and to make it clear that taking fonts
from Typekit is an explicit and intentional act."
2009 Jul 31, 6:09
An interactive touchable table to help you browse and select fonts.
2009 Jul 23, 3:23
Web fonts plus appropriate style sheets for embedding.
2009 Apr 1, 9:32
'To help stem the downward spiral of the United States economy Congress has proposed a new dollar symbol. "Updating fonts on the world's computers and devices would be a huge economic stimulus" said
one representative after a late night session of the newly formed House Subcommittee - Font Economic Stimulus Technology Relief (FESTR). "The dollar is a shadow of its former self and the new design
2009 Feb 11, 10:05
"With the iPhone version of WhatTheFont you can use the phone's built-in camera to photograph the text in question (or choose an existing image from your photo albums)... After confirming which
characters are used in the image, the app provides a list of possible matching fonts."
2008 Nov 22, 6:01
"There is a commonly held belief that Helvetica is the signage typeface of the New York City subway system, a belief reinforced by Helvetica, Gary Hustwit's popular 2007 documentary about the
typeface. But it is not true - or rather, it is only somewhat true"
2008 Oct 28, 11:23
If you view a plain text document in Internet Explorer 8, for instance the plain text version of Cory Doctorow's book
Little Brother and press F12 to bring up the developer toolbar, you can see that IE simply takes the plain text, sticks it inside a
tag, and renders it. This means that word wrapping isn't supplied and the only line breaks that appear are those in the document. However, since the text document is converted to HTML it means I can implement word wrap myself using a bookmarklet:
After adding a favorite and setting the favorite's URL to the previous, I can view plain text documents, and select my Word Wrap favorite to apply word wrap and non-fixed width font.
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"Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with
different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The image
2008 May 9, 9:32
"The CSS2 specification adopted Microsoft's @font-face rule as the standard method for embedding fonts. However, Safari is the only browser other than Internet Explorer that supports @font-face, and
it supports TrueType fonts instead of EOT fonts."
2008 May 9, 9:31
"In 1997, we released the preview version of Microsoft Web Embedding Fonts Tool (WEFT), which allows you to create font objects that can be linked to your Web pages."
2008 May 9, 9:25
Create fonts online, download the resulting font as a TrueType font, embed the font in a webpage. Requires created fonts to be released under creative commons. The embedding method is lame - via
2008 Apr 15, 2:51
How to use Consolas in cmd.exe among other places: "Consolas is one of a set of new ClearType fonts that shipped as part of Windows Vista and Office 2007... I love to code in it... In this post, I'll
go through all the places I use monospaced fonts."
2007 Nov 13, 8:47