15 Jan 2003 mbp   » (Master)

thregister.co.uk

As Raph said a while ago, Google's response time is fairly competitive with that of DNS.

Mistyping or misremembering a domain name (or even using an old URL) is likely to take you to a very shonky javascript-infested porn or scam site: exhibit 1, 2. Google basically never makes this mistake, and indeed handles typos in a very friendly manner.

Partially reputation-based ranking seems in fact to be *more* democratic than ICANN.

On the other hand, a single source for essential services is undesirable.

see figure 1

jdub demonstrates that sarcastic elitism is always entertaining.

fonts

Linux font support is getting better. I probably have at least fifty fonts installed on my home machine now without really trying. Choosing fonts by picking a name from a list is really not a scalable solution.

I'd like to see GNOME acquire a "more like this" manipulation dialog as a standard widget, and use it for choosing fonts. I don't know if there's a proper name for them -- you see them sometimes in graphics programs where they demonstrate the effect of changing several possible variables, such brightness, saturation & contrast.

So the first page will be about broad styles of font: serif, cursive, sans-serif; or perhaps display or text. You can drill down towards e.g. different variations on roman serif fonts, or cursive fonts, or cartoony fonts.

I really need a mocked-up dialog to show what I mean. And I must remember not to smoke drugs while writing about GUIs.

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