Brainstorms and Raves

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Archives by Month: July, 2001

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during July, 2001.

Tue

31

JUL

2001

Nano Sans: Another Great Pixel Font by Joe Gillespie

Joe Gillespie’s new Nano Sans pixel font has a techno style this time, and is another high quality font that has practical and fun uses. I spent a couple of hours playing with Joe’s new typeface in Photoshop 6. I was especially impressed with its beautiful kerning, clarity and wide range of possible uses. In addition to the techno quality, it’s also a great size and very clear and clean for navigation graphics. I also decided to get a bit more adventurous using Photoshop 6’s layer styles. Once again, I was impressed by its clarity and kerning. Joe’s pixel fonts also... (309 words, 5 links, 4 images)

04:59 pm, pdt31 July, 2001

31

JUL

2001

Reminder: Code Red Worm - Get Your Patch ASAP

Information about the Code Red Worm is plastered all over the Internet so I won’t bother detailing it all here; however, for those possibly impacted by this quickly replicating worm, it’s expected to hit big again. If you’re using Windows 2000, Windows NT AND the IIS web server software, remember to get the patch to block the virus. As of this morning only a small percentage of Windows 2000, NT and IIS users have actually installed the patch to catch the virus, according to news reports. From Microsoft TechNet: "Who Must Act? Every organization or person who has Windows... (247 words, 7 links)

10:54 am, pdt31 July, 2001

Mon

30

JUL

2001

Brainstorms and Raves Joining Forces with Tips and Tidbits

Coming in August, WebsiteTips.com’s Tips and Tidbits will be merging with Brainstorms and Raves to bring the best of everything to one convenient site. Both are written regularly by Shirley Kaiser, editor and owner of WebsiteTips.com and Brainstorms and Raves (currently part of SKDesigns). You’ll still find the same content at Brainstorms and Raves on design and development, the Web, typography, software, the latest tutorials, books, publications, and more. Added to this will be all the great tips and tidbits, more reviews of sites, software, hardware and accessories, and press releases that have made Tips and Tidbits. Both of... (159 words, 3 links)

03:07 pm, pdt30 July, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

Sat

28

JUL

2001

Blogathon: Blog For Charities Is On Today!

With a goal of raising $10,000 for favorite charities, the 24-hour Blogathon is a heart-warming and fabulous way to use web logging technology and the Internet. 101 participants are blogging at least once every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight for their favorite charities beginning at noon PST today. Looking through the list of charities, I suspect you’ll recognize most of them - Make A Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Society of Canada, Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Asthma Foundation, and many more. It’s not too late to become a... (302 words, 14 links, 1 image)

01:50 pm, pdt28 July, 2001

Categories: Weblogs

28

JUL

2001

Norton Anti-Virus, MIMEsweeper, McAfee ActiveShield Not 100% Effective with Catching the SirCam Virus

A colleague mentioned to me Friday that Norton Anti-Virus was failing to catch the SirCam virus and its email attachment as the email arrived in his Inbox. Searching for SirCam at Moreover quickly yielded articles about this. Agh! I also learned, however, that Norton DOES catch it if someone tries to click on the attachment. According to an article in The Register, Symantec fails to stop SirCam, “When SirCam spreads itself by email the messages generated have an invalid or mangled MIME-header, because of which Symantec’s products don’t recognise that an email has an attachment. “The same bug in... (584 words, 12 links)

12:13 am, pdt28 July, 2001

Categories: Internet, Software

Fri

27

JUL

2001

Special Review of the Latest Smash, TypeCon2001

Today’s Special Feature is a review of the recent TypeCon2001 in Rochester, New York written by Stephen Coles. Stephen was one of the fortunate attendees of this year’s TypeCon2001 held in Rochester, New York earlier this month. His review provides a glimpse into a bit of the character, warmth, knowledge gained and the overall fabulous experience of this year’s conference. Included with Stephen’s '14 Things I Learned at TypeCon2001' is a list of Top Quotes, the Top Three Presentations, and Web site links to names mentioned and more resources. (See also July 18th’s column here, Connecting With Typography at... (865 words, 35 links, 2 images)

08:14 am, pdt27 July, 2001

Categories: Reviews, Typography

Wed

25

JUL

2001

Latest Round of Computer Viruses - W32.Sircam.Worm@mm

It seems that nearly everyone I cross paths with on the Internet has been bombarded with email messages containing the latest virus attached, W32.Sircam.Worm@mm. I’ve personally received more than I can even count at this point. I strongly suggest that no one should open ANY attachments, even from people you know, until you’ve run the latest anti-virus software to make sure it’s not a virus disguised as a friendly attachment. While I have my anti-virus software set to automatically check for updates each day, right now I’m checking it more often while this siege is in full swing. Maybe... (408 words, 5 links)

07:14 am, pdt25 July, 2001

Categories: Internet, Software

Sun

22

JUL

2001

More on Weblogs*: Blog of the Day

A note popped into my Inbox with the subject "blog of the day." That was the beginning of a fun week-long adventure. The blog of the day site is one of those sites to meander through as you sit back with your favorite music and a good snack. Their current listings alone could keep you occupied with interesting explorations for days, and their archives go back to January. Since these are sites that the editors have personally reviewed and recommend, too, there’s a better chance of finding interesting and well done weblogs. Checking out my recognition as blog of... (443 words, 17 links)

12:25 pm, pdt22 July, 2001

Wed

18

JUL

2001

Connecting With Typography at TypeCon2001

Interested in typography? TypeCon 2001, the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA) just held their third annual conference. When you read about its tremendous success, you may want to watch for next year’s and be sure to attend! SoTA’s 3-day event, July 13-15 in Rochester, NY, held terrific workshops on FontLab, OpenType, type for handhelds, showcasing type on the Web, marketing a foundry, typographic trends, the Euro symbol, a panel and discussion on the history of type, time for Rochester’s Summer Music Festival, and much more. Naturally there was a vendor area to purchase books, fonts, software, and type-related items.... (604 words, 6 links)

09:06 pm, pdt18 July, 2001

Sun

15

JUL

2001

Community Collaboration, Experimenting with Creativity

The Mirror Project and The Barnstar Subterfuge have been intriguing online collaborative projects. They both ask the online community to contribute something within a certain parameter while encouraging creative brainstorming. The Mirror Project describes itself as "an adventure in reflective surfaces." This wonderfully creative, fun, and inspiring project quite unknowingly began in 1986 when Heather Champ took a photo with a friend of hers in front of a mirror. Over time Heather took many more photos in front of a mirror, and eventually digitized them and put them up on a Web site, Jezebel’s Mirror. She now has over... (422 words, 9 links, 2 images)

10:11 pm, pdt15 July, 2001

Wed

11

JUL

2001

WaSP Goes After Dreamweaver, GoLive, and FrontPage

The buzz abounds around the Internet regarding the latest news that WaSP, the web standards organization, is putting the pressure on the WYSIWYG authoring tools. Such popular tools as Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe GoLive, and Microsoft FrontPage have so far not been concerned about producing standards compliant code. However, WaSP has certainly gotten their attention, especially since their three years of work has finally begun to pay off with the major browser companies. CNet News reported in its article today, Standards group ignites common-code war, "'For our Web developers, the No. 1 issue we see in our research is cross-browser... (246 words, 10 links)

10:11 pm, pdt11 July, 2001

Mon

9

JUL

2001

Can People Find You? Maps To Your Location

Jakob Nielsen’s July 8th article is Helping Users Find Physical Locations. Do you have a map at your Web site for people to find you? If so, do you know if people can find the map easily and also find your location easily? (309 words, 5 links)

01:59 pm, pdt 9 July, 2001

Wed

4

JUL

2001

Journey To A Gifted Type Artist

Visiting the Alphabytes Web site is a delicious journey through viewing spectactular typefaces and designs by their creator, Rob Leuschke. Graceful, expressive, attention to the tiniest details, and finely crafted, his typefaces are exceptional. Checking out Rob’s lettering samples provides a glimpse into his "use of the written word to create visual impact." Rob primarily does custom work (and you’ll recognize many of the clients); however, he has made a couple of his typefaces available for sale and a free font, especially designed for use with IRC chat. ITC Arid is available through Agfa Monotype. Three of Rob’s fonts are... (157 words, 11 links, 1 image)

12:56 pm, pdt 4 July, 2001

Categories: Reviews, Typography

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