A major breakdown in Southern California’s air traffic control system last week was partly due to a “design anomaly” in the way Microsoft Windows servers were integrated into the system, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Story at TechWorld.
This article by noted graphic artist Mark Simonson, who specializes in lettering, typography and identity design, explains why Arial font-face is everywhere and why that’s not a good thing. The history of the use of fonts in digital media is important study for all, not just designers. (We even get an early view into Microsoft’s character).
The few cases that I have heard of where a designer has intentionally used Arial were because the client insisted on it. Why? The client wanted to be able to produce materials in-house that matched their corporate look and they already had Arial, because it’s included with Windows. True to its heritage, Arial gets chosen because it’s cheap, not because it’s a great typeface.
As an aside (which is what these unheadlined smaller comments and links are called), PhotoMatt’s asides have been added and are working!
Leonard Cohen turns 70 Tuesday and Guardian has a fun list.
While pondering how to try and take over the world last night, I ran across the need for a better understanding on MD5 hashes and digests. This site was particularly helpful. As the page explains, MD5 digests (among many other valuable uses) can be a used to show when a file has been changed, reliably.