Month: May 2010

Managing Fonts in OS X with FontBook

Since the introduction of Leopard (OS X 10.4) there’s no need to buy 3rd party font management software. Apple’s FontBook now works well with most applications , including QuarkXPress. Start with a good collection of common fonts installed into the User library in Fontbook. Export this collection, In FontBook, highlight the User library and go to >File >Export Fonts… and save for future use. This makes it easy to return to the default User collection by deleting all the User fonts and dragging the saved collection back in or for distrubution to give all your Macs the same library. For activating fonts temporarly – Create a New Font Library in the FontBook list (called TEMP) and change the Font Library Preferences to use this folder as the default install location. IMPORTANT NOTE: When Adding Fonts to FontBook do not drag in individual Font Files – dragging the Folder containing the Fonts works much better (drop them onto the TEMP library). FontBook will search down through all the folder hierarchy and add any fonts it...

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Microsoft Documentation

A recent questionnaire from Microsoft asked me what I thought of their documentation but in trying to think of an answer, I realised I avoided it like the plague. Microsoft, your problem is that you’re so square you always feel the need to produce the ultimate reference manual and never publish a simple, easy to read guide. I can only suppose that a succinct plain English version would freak-out your corporate lawyers, desperately worried about misinterpretation if everything isn’t spelled out to the nth degree. I always find myself avoiding Microsoft’s help pages when I research a Windows problem in Google. Sure, I know their advice will be very clinical and accurate but it’s never very helpful. I can understand that MS need to present things from the point of view of a computer scientist but this alienates the average IT Pro who really doesn’t have time to wade through reams of documentation which is always too thorough for practical purposes. I never have the time to read the reference manual, all I usually want is a quick and simple how-to which hopefully includes a warning about the pitfalls and pratfalls waiting to trip me up when I try it. And.. thankfully, there’s thousands of generous bloggers and posters out there that can do what MS refuses to do, enabling me to get practical advice from someone who’s already...

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Hello world!

Does anyone know how John Hunter (the father of modern surgery) and Charles Darwin may be related? I want to trace the descendants and ancestors of Eliza Hunter and George R Wedgewood who married in 1902.

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