Virus Writers Aren’t Antisocial

On BBC NEWS | Technology | A glimpse inside the virus writer, they write about how a research was done on virus writers, and they aren’t all teenage antisocial nitwits living in basements and hating the world.

There’s also another research done on antisocial psychopath murderers, like Ted Bundy, and apparently not all of them are antisocial mass murderers. They are happy people, who love everybody, donate to charities, and partake in community affairs. Just whatever you do, don’t look in their freezers and basements.

Mucky Foot Closes Up

According to a report by Computer And Video Games, a great UK game developer, Mucky Foot, has closed shop. They created the highly entertaining and unique space station simulator, Startopia. It is one of my favorite real-time strategy games out there. It’s a shame to see a good developer go down. While not as bad as Looking Glass dying, Mucky Foot had unique talents that ranged back from the Bulldog days. Hopefully the people that were laid off are hired by other reputable and good development studios so the PC game industry continues innovating and creating fun PC games. R.I.P. Mucky Foot.

Typography & Font Sizes

If there’s one thing that is confusing to a web designer is why is text on a webpage and on a myriad of setups, so difficult to implement consistently across every visitor’s screen? After all, you could use a default font size of 75% or 0.75em or 11px and it would display correctly in one browser, but would be too big in another. That’s like creating a painting with a yellow sky, and one viewer would see it as being red and wouldn’t know that it was supposed to be yellow.

On text sizing – up the garden path, one guy got fed up and took a ton of screenshots to see just what all the differences are on a collection of browsers. It’s a fascinating read, and one that’ll boggle you as to why these software developers keep making things difficult for us designers. We have web standards, but now we could use font standards.

Good Blimey! is using font-size: small for the body and regular text throughout the size. Text that needs to be larger or smaller uses medium and x-small respectively. I considered using em’s and % both, but settled to just keep things simple. For even more information on care with font sizes, check this page on W3C’s website.

What Is A Wiki?

I’ve heard of wikis, and always thought they were systems for developers to track bugs, but it looks like it’s much more than that. In fact, it’s pretty exciting. Sitepoint has an article online today that explains what a Wiki is, the history, the uses of it, and why it’s both simple, yet powerful at the same time. You’ll definitely want to read up if you’re not familiar with Wikis.

If you just want to jump right into the world of a wiki, then definitely check out Notebook. It’s pretty easy to use, and useful for many purposes. In fact, I’ve found many uses for it; a personal journal, a to-do list, an address book, note-taking, a grocery list, a database, writing a story/poem, or all of the above combined. Very nice! All of this in a single, small, 1.69MB file that doesn’t require you to install anything, set up any complex code, or anything. Just start it up, choose New Notebook, name it, and check out the interactive tour for information on how to use Notebook.