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FontList: Preview All Fonts Available in One Page

Published on January 31st, 2006
Category: Design and Publishing
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As a web designer, it is imperative for me to aware of all the fonts that are at my disposal on my computer system. Most of the time, today’s designs use a sans serif font variation. This class of fonts is a staple to designs that are modern, contemporary, or generic (not necessarily a bad thing). However, there are times when a different font is necessary such as in designs that need to convey antique, romantic, or humanistic connotations. Take for example, one my newest websites for a client, Be a Bree. Notice on the header, I used a script-type font. The rest of the content is either normal or italicized Times New Roman (or serif). This is because the design called for something more, feminine, homey, motherly, and elegant.

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Audacity: Audaciously Free Audio Editing

Published on January 28th, 2006
Category: Audio and Video
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When I was a computer “n00b,” I was fascinated with the Microsoft Sound Recorder. It was so cool that I could actually record things like BMI and EMI Records! But as I delved into the field of audio, I slowly realized that Sound Recorder had a couple of limitations. I could go on and on about these restrictions such no multiple tracks or track displays. But basically, every fault could summed up in one complaint: Sound Recorder is too beginner. I needed something more robust. Microsoft Sound Recorder is much like Microsoft Paint as compared to Adobe Photoshop or Ulead PhotoImpact.

Audacity raises the bar of power and difficulty up a couple of notches. Since I’ve never really been exposed to professional applications for audio mastering, it is hard for me to gauge how advanced Audacity really is. But, it gets the job done pretty well for me. I’ve even made pretty good radio and TV parody commercial audio from this program.

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IE Tab: Internet Explorer in Mozilla Firefox

Published on January 24th, 2006
Category: Internet
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They say that “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” The same thing should be applied to Microsoft Internet Explorer. Mozilla has been taking the browser market by a storm. As of January 2006, according to browser statistics, Mozilla Firefox owns about 28% of the browser market. While 28% may not sound like a lot, you have to consider two things.

  1. One billion people, which is about 1/6 of the world population, use the internet.
  2. Microsoft Internet Explorer dominance is being threatened despite their edge of being the default web browser for all Microsoft Windows computers.

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