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Font Hints: Do Not Use Arial

I don't know why I keep using Arial as a font but I do. Here's a warning: if you use Arial as a font and put the letter "W" into a button on a toolbar, the top left part of the "W" will go missing. It's terrible - it's awful. Chalk it up to simply bad font design.

Comments on VFP Awareness Editorial

MessageHere's a note from David Dee on my recent editorial in FPA about increasing VFP Awareness. Please add comments From: David W. Dee [mailto:dwdcatalyst@ij.net]
Subject: VFP Awareness

I just read your comments about perceptions of VFP as a development environment.  It's somethingthat concerns a lot of people who've spent (years) using it and developing skills. The direction that Catalyst Consulting has been taking is that VFP doesn't offer many advantageswhen it comes to WWW development.  However, in a enterprise environment using Citrix and somethinglike HP's new blade-servers, VFP is absolutely perfect.  Citrix provides connectivity at a distance, while the new blade-servers (and their competitors) essentially offer a WAN\LAN computing environment whereVFP excels. Besides it's overall excellence as an object-oriented development environment, the VFP database enginecan run on each client node - potentially decreasing the load on central …

9/11

My thoughts go out to all those who lost loved ones on that day - I know we all lost something inside. It is hard to imagine that it was just 2 years ago that I was preparing my session at DevCon 2001 in San Diego when I first heard about the attacks. I woke up Trish with the words "the world has gone crazy". Those moments and the days that followed are etched in my memory forever. I hope all have found some kind of peace inside.

Kids Playing...

What a great night yesterday...Trish and I actually saw children PLAYING by themselves, climbing trees, engaging in regular kid's play....This was the first time in the 5 years we've been here that kids have not been "organized" by adults. We get regular soccer matches and the kids are always under regular supervision. Last night, this group of about 8 kids climbed a tree right to the top, worrying about falling...(ok, some had bike helmets on...)  it was really nice to see kids be kids again, in this age where everyone is worried about everything...

I Want An Interface That Works...

Enough about Longhorn (looks like Inductive User Interface taken to the next level - note: I do LIKE IUI) Enough about a standard Linux GUI (one to make it look like Windows) - in fact, the more of these discussions I hear, the more I am apt to forego Linux entirely - it sounds too much like the Unix debacle...who wants an interface run by white coats, even when the white coats are really geeks spread out all over the world... Where is the real next generation interface? A few years ago, the guys and gals at PARC (the ones who originated the GUI) were experimenting with an interface idea called "Doors" (seriously!). Now what I saw of it wasn't that awe-inspiring but it still brings me to the main point... Skins and themes are all very nice but they are all simply different variations of the same Windows "theme". Some basic ideas that are still waiting around for something to click... Pen-based computing -> ok  so the tablet is here b…

University of Michigan Hides Its Racist Policies

Go figure...gotta love "individual rights" policies...

From: The Ayn Rand Institute [mailto:media@aynrand.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 1:27 PM
Subject: Letter to the Editor: University of Michigan Hides Its Racist Policies

Welcome to the brave new world of college admissions. The Supreme Court ruled in the Michigan case that raced-based policies are constitutional as long as universities are not too obvious about it. The University of Michigan has announced that it has changed its procedures accordingly and these will no doubt be used as a model by other universities. Now instead of using race explicitly by assigning a certain number of bonus points for applicants of the right race, Michigan will use race implicitly--which means they can do whatever they feel like doing provided they do not say they are doing it! Instead of being above board and in the open, racism will now be hidden under the table.

Consider the irony of this. For decades leftists and so-called…