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I thought I knew what typography was about before. I mean, I never claimed to understand the need to appear obsessed over it. But in general, yeah sure, some types are easier to read than others. Some have a character of their own. Don’t choose comic sans. And a few other heuristics that steered you in a generally correct direction.

However as someone who takes a pretty guerilla approach to the matter I’ve never been exposed to anything approaching the Zeitgeist of typographic design.

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and yes, I know it’s just Budweiser.

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Often wondered how the iphone safari browser renders pages and found out sometimes the zoom settings means visitors can miss important pieces of information around page edges.

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PDF won’t open in browser (Firefox/IE/Chrome) after updating to latest Adobe Reader 9? You just need to accept the End User Licence Agreement in the standalone version of Reader first.

Open up Adobe Reader 9 and click Accept. That’s it – you can close it and get back to using it in your browser from now on…

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Wall St: Money Never Sleeps

Money never sleeps. A somewhat dramatic title but kudos for attempting to convey images of horror in a finance movie. The sequel to the 1987 outing that immediately turned into a cult hit with the very people it sought to ridicule has made a comeback to presumably add further quotes to the repertoire of trading desks around the world.

I watch relatively little film but occasionally find a reason to catch one that strikes a cord – the Hollywood interpretation of who needs scapegoating over the past four years seemed as good as any.

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Google App Engine is a fast way to get into the fundamentals of cloud computing. But as well as having it’s share of important technical restrictions there are also some structural kinks like no support for naked domains and a limit of 10 apps per user account. Fortunately there are hacks around both:

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Afghan Child
Image courtesy PAPYRARRI

Time Magazine this week has a disturbing image of a girl with her nose chopped off by Taleban justice (her long hair disguises the fact she no longer has any ears either). In the UK The Spectator is running with the headling ‘How we lost the war’.

In this post-Wikileaks environment, which while not releasing very much we didn’t already know, sets in stone a 360° view of Taleban resurgence. Perception is a powerful lens and it’s the sheer volume of data released that highlights the depth of the problem we face. The enemy is spreading it’s influence to parts of the country that for long periods faced little or no Taleban threat, granted while still under the benign rule of local warlords.

To exacerbate matters a politically-motivated date for retreat has been set for UK forces at least – giving the Taleban a timetable for takeover. So how do we get out of this mess?

Look across the border to Pakistan.

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Google Borg
image courtesy Tantek

Techcrunch lead on a $100m investment by Google in Zynga the social network gaming company. It’s the latest in a long line of Google failures in a vital area of capturing web traffic – or, “organising the world’s information” as Google diplomatically puts it.

Canny move or desperation?

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Old Chair
Old ‘Chair’

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Interesting analysis on the viability of newspapers online from local political commentator Owen Polley over at 3k Versts.

Correctly Polley points out this is in a way make or break for print media,

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