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January 31, 2001

MacHTTP lives!

Somewhere around four years ago, before I moved this site onto the Quadra 950 that’s running the show right now, I used MacHTTP on a cute little IIcx with an infinitesimal 8MB of memory. MacHTTP was the original web server software for the Mac and after a six year hiatus, it seems to have resurfaced … Read the rest of this item

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January 31, 2001

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Nummy. The delicious Test Pilot Collective font poster I politely requested arrived in the mailbox today. A pale blue, double-sided sheet of chewy font goodness.

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January 31, 2001

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Thanks to Joe Clark for pointing out a slightly confusing passage in my previous post. Arial is not at all humanistic in the typographic sense of the word, as I had apparently implied. What I had meant to say was that it was reasonably friendly towards humans, so I have adjusted the text accordingly.

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January 31, 2001

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Which Fonts Do Children Prefer to Read Online? A small, but interesting study of on-screen legibility. It’s no surprise that the softer, humanistic friendlier typefaces such as Comic Sans and Arial were preferred by children, as my daughter has told me that she doesn’t like reading web pages set in small serif typefaces. I’m a bit … Read the rest of this item

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January 31, 2001

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From Mac to PC: Apple Ideas in the PC’s Future?Well, color me graphite. A self-proclaimed PC “enthusiast” site actually admits that Apple has been the source of innovation, industry standardization, and hardware æsthetics, obviously influencing the Windows-centric software and hardware world. “When Apple blazes a trail today, you can bet that others are paying attention … Read the rest of this item

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January 29, 2001

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MailMole is a quick and dirty little chunk of JavaScript which lets you easily disguise email addresses on your web pages by passing the canonical, second level domain, and the subject as arguments to a function. I’m not convinced that this will stop robots from dredging address from pages, but it might slow them down … Read the rest of this item

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January 29, 2001

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Once again, international fame awaits in the referrer logs. Háztelo tú mismo is an article from the Spanish online magazine en.red.ando that makes mention of my spiral logo critique along with just about every other online tribute to stupid logo design there is. If Bablefish didn’t fracture the native language into tiny, ill-defined shards of … Read the rest of this item

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January 27, 2001

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“Send Over 30 Million Spam Free Emails per Month!” That’s what the subject line said as I glanced through the contents of my inbox. How could you possibly go wrong using a company that sends you unsolicited messages offering this promising, and obviously legitimate claim? The ethics and standards behind a business of this calibre … Read the rest of this item

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January 27, 2001

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In the same emphemeral vein as the strangely enticing Who Would Buy That? blog, I just noticed that after his brief sojournal respite, good friend Mike has relaunched his canned eBay search page. And just to be clear about this, I mean “relaunched” in the true sense of the word.

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January 26, 2001

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Hey Howie! Thanks for finally adding permalinks to your blog. Now I have absolutely no problems linking to provocative, newsworthy items such as this.

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