Archives for September 2004
iTerm – Replacement for the native OS X terminal program.
New nickel unveiled – “On the new coins, Jefferson gets a makeover, the buffalo returns, and the ocean comes into view.”
Dave Shea comes through for the Web development community yet again! One of the most frustrating cross-platform problems that I run into with new designs is the poor implementation of the CSS property min-height. For those not familiar with this property (and its siblings max-height, min-width and min-height), it/they provide the ability to set minimum/maximum values for the height and width of a container. So, you may want to have a box that is at least 50 pixels wide, even if the contents of that box aren’t that wide. You could also ensure the box won’t stretch wider than 150 pixels using max-width. Sadly, the ability to set, these most basic of design goals is hampered due to the variations of browser implementation.
Enter Mr. Shea and his min-height: fix, which appears to work, though it does require a bit of CSS hacking. Personally, I think the results should more than justify the use of hacks for most sites.
Photo from Artworks Korea
Another great clock: Motion Flip Alram Clock
Scroll to the bottom of that page to read some interesting use of the English language (perhaps it is auto-translated..?):
> With advertisement, secret process and the product the contents which is not relationship, other site and price it compares, crosses each other in other communication manners, or, with gist of the site which it sees
> The writing which does not hit advance notice without elimination and it could be amended. The operator the answer writing month possibility understanding wishes a nil in all writings.
One issue I have every time I upgrade Firefox is the loss of some of my favorite extensions due to incompatibility with the new version of the browser. Preview Release 1 is no different. Luckily I stumbled upon a link to theExtensions Mirror which is much more up to date than the standard Mozilla extension site. Many of the extensions that are unavailable on on update.mozilla.org, are already available on this site. And they work perfectly well.
Note: There are a couple of areas on the site where you might find the Firefox extensions you are looking for:
The same holds true for Thunderbird:
Designers vs. The Real World: Favourite colour results – “The objective? To see whether designers are really any different from man walking down a street. The prize? Indisputable bragging rights over whose eye really beholds the beauty.”
Threaded Comments – For WordPress
Yet another reason to drop Internet Explorer and Outlook as your browser and e-mail clients: Microsoft has announced a serious vulnerability in the way it handles the most popular digital picture format. As stated in the previously linked, story from The Register, the hole “potentially allows an attacker to craft a special JPEG file that would take control of a victim’s machine when the user views it through Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, and other programs. The poisoned picture could be displayed on a website, sent in email, or circulated on a P2P network.”
As a follow up to the preview release of Firefox, and my recommendation that you keep track of every installed extension in case the install goes awry (as it did for Pamela), I am posting a link to a new extension: ListZilla
which “Outputs either a plain text, vB code, or HTML file that lists all installed themes or extensions.” That sounds much easier than doing it by hand!
One note, the description says that it is only for current releases of Firefox, so I am not sure if it will work 0.8/0.9, or just the preview release.
I have been listening to online radio stations for the last few days, as I had to wipe all of my MP3s as part of the move from the Linux file server to the Mac file server. The great thing about Internet radio is the wide array of stations and formats available. I have been working to the tunes of Radio Paradise this morning, and am in a great mood because of it. Of course, there is always SomaFM as a backup, should I be in the mood for a change of soundtracks.
Live Bookmarks – Integration of RSS feeds in the bookmark folder. Not sure if I’ll use this one, as I really like Sharpreader, my new aggregator, but I could see it being very useful for people who don’t have/want a separate news aggregator.
Improved Find – “The Find toolbar (which shows at the bottom of the browser window) automatically highlights text in the page as you type and has a useful highlight feature.”
Improved Security & Block of Popups – ‘Nuff said
Bookmark Improvements – This has been one of the few weak areas of the program (well until you grab some handy extensions), so I look forward to seeing the changes.
Stronger Security for Password Manager – While I don’t use this feature, it is good to see they are adding more protection for those who do.
Note: I recommend that you make a note, of every extension you have installed for Firefox, as “all of your extensions will be disabled when you move to PR. If you were using 0.9, when you first run PR, Firefox will try and connect to update.mozilla.org to look for newer, compatible versions of your Extensions, and if they are available it will download and install them. If you were using 0.8, you will have to find newer compatible versions yourself.”
Global Inbox – Combine all of your POP e-mail accounts into a single inbox.
Easier to Switch to Thunderbird – They have improved the migration of e-mail, addresses and preferences from the major e-mail clients.
RSS Integration – Deja vu… Well, it could be interesting to see how they have implemented it within Thunderbird. It seems like every program created these days wants to act as a news aggregator in addition to its main role.
Improved Privacy/Security – Always a good thing to see.
Note: If you are upgrading Thunderbird, pay attention to their install warning.
Howstuffworks: How Fuel Cells Work – “A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device that converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, producing electricity and heat in the process.”
Cooking For Engineers is an interesting shift from the standard recipe site, providing photos to illustrate each major step, and tables to provide a compact format of the recipe (for those who wish to skip the verbose descriptions). Some recipes, like the Lasagna, include additional information like a layer diagram.
Much like Alton Brown, a healthy dose of science and the ‘why’ behind cooking is included within each entry. For example, one post includes a helpful table that breaks down the smoke point of various fats, another explains the USDA beef grading system (Prime, Choice, Select).
It would be nice if his site were categorized, like Red Velvet Cafe, and other sites are, but the search engine helps to make up for it.
Sarah and I have spent a bit of time of late talking about, and looking at fonts for use in her resume. In addition, I have been doing a good bit of design work for personal sites, so I have been in search of several fonts that are ‘perfect’ for the design at hand. So, I have decided to compile a compendium (that is a fun word to say – try it) of font sites that meet the following criteria:
- Provide quality fonts
- Are not hosted on a free server (Geocities and the like) as those sites tend to disappear
- Are not providing illegal font downloads – as best as I can tell at least
While there are a ton of font sites out there, most of them overlap. As it is rather pointless to list sites with the same content, I try to choose the sites that are stable and easy to use. If you notice that any of these links are broken, use pop up ads (which my browser blocks) or have suggestions for additional sites, please drop me a line or leave a comment!
Of Special Note
- WhatTheFont – If you are trying to identify a font used in an image, give this immensely helpful and easy to use tool a shot.
Professional Font Foundries & Sellers
- 2 Rebels – Edgy fonts for the most part
- Astigmatic One Eye Typographic Institute – Beautiful site, unique fonts, and great prices.
- Blambot Comic Fonts and Lettering – Professional and free fonts
- Blue Vinyl Fonts – Professional and free fonts available
- Chank – Creative, yet readable
- Comic Book Fonts – Professional fonts for comic books – far beyond Comic Sans
- The Font Bureau – A large selection of beautiful, readable fonts
- Font Diner
- Fonthead Design – Also have some free font
- Fonts.com – ” [T]he Internet’s best selection of fonts for preview, purchase and immediate download. Fonts.com is also the place to find the latest typographic news, tips, and typeface releases.”
- House of Lime – $5 per font for commercial use. Personal use only requires a link back
- ITC Fonts – Has “a library of more than 1,500 classic typefaces and innovative new designs”
- Letterhead Fonts
- Linotype – Over 5,000 professional typefaces.
- My Fonts – “[O]nline source for finding, trying, and buying fonts. With over 36,000 fonts…”
- Nick’s Fonts – A “growing collection of tantalizing and tasty typefaces, based primarily on authentic historical sources”
- P22 Type Foundry – “[T]ypefaces inspired by Art, History, and sometimes Science.”
- Pizza Dude – Some great for purchase and free fonts
- Typodermic– Fonts created by the man behind the free font site Larabie Fonts (see below)
Font Collection Sites & Free Fonts
- Luc Devroye
- Microsoft Typography Links – A solid resource for type designers, and those interested in the field
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