The write stuff…

Fonts, it would appear, are all the rage again. Dave Shea is taking back Times New Roman, and I have to admit he does make that font look cool. But then again, he is a first-rate designer.

But after finding links to these very helpful pages: Windows font survey, Mac font survey, Unix/Linux font survey I though that maybe now is the time to break out of the age-old Times/Arial/Verdana/Courier limitations on the web.

The combined results are interesting too, for example the Impact font has over 85% occurrence rate on both Windows and Mac, yet I rarely see it on a page. Perhaps it’s just not suitable for most design.

Anyway, I’ve been toying with the idea of redesigning my website (if I ever get time), and typography may well form a large part of the design.

Spreading the word…

RSS is great, but you all now that already as I keep banging on about it at regular intervals. So sites that promote it are great as well, especially if they might result in more readers for my blog. So I’ve just signed up for Blogs4God, a directory of Christian bloggers.

Thanks to Dave’s marvellous instructions the signup procedure was painless. OK, that’s a lie. I had to rewrite the XML generation script a bit to make the RSS validate, and test it quite a bit. But finally, I think I’m there.

So welcome to anyone new that visits from Blogs4God.

Drink yer milk…

The A-Team was a staple part of my childhood, a regular fixture in our house. My brother and I loved it because of the fights, the machines, and the fact they always got away with it (Dukes of Hazzard was appealing for the same reasons). My parents liked it because even after a

The A-Team was a staple part of my childhood, a regular fixture in our house. My brother and I loved it because of the fights, the machines, and the fact they always got away with it (the Dukes of Hazzard was appealing for many of the same reasons). My parents liked it because even after a horrific car crash, the bad guys always crawled out with little more than a scratch. Carnage without bloodshed!

However, things aren’t always that family-friendly in software development. In fact, get the wrong mix of skills and personalities in a software team and your office (and products) could end up looking more like a scene from Apocalypse Now. But help is at hand, thanks to this great article by the Return of Design.

Now, just lock me in a shed with a laptop and internet connection, and I’ll have a website ready in minutes that we can use to break outta this dump.