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Various issues with usability are summarised by John Gruber. He uses the occasion to once more point out the hiding filename extensions is even worse than having them in the first place. He also mentions that 'you can command-tab into another application while dragging something'-hint that currently makes its rounds. I never had much use for that – probably because I tend to work with small windows that are spaced out over the desktop – but I'm sure it will be a welcome addition. Personally, I think, having some kind of 'auto raise' feature for background windows, just as the Finder has, would be handy. But then again, it might be confusing to some people.

John also links to 401OK, a subproject of iCommune that will give you back worldwide iTunes library sharing capabilities by doing some tunneling magic. [Gee, I hate downloading from Sourceforge: Downloads from there constantly fail if they don't happen to exist on the mirror you selected the previous time, and the pages will flip by so quickly that it's really hard to select another mirror.]

To round off today's tirades, make sure you visit the Ban Comic Sans website that Dan pointed me to recently. [While talking about fonts: I saw a TV ad with this font in it. Which one is it? It looks really familiar to me but I didn't manage to establish it's name, neither online nor offline.]

June 5, 2003, 14:49

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Comment by dave: User icon

The main typeface is Rotis Sans, I think. Right?

June 5, 2003, 17:05

Comment by d.w.: User icon

I can confirm — I have Rotis Sans installed and that is definitely it (or a direct copy.)

June 5, 2003, 19:35

Comment by ssp: User icon

Looks like it. Thanks guys.

I quite like the shape of the ‘c’.

And I like the way they seem to have made a Semi-Serif and Serif version as well. Very interesting. Having this extra ‘degree’ of freedom reminds me of the Computer Modern fonts.

Now I wonder, why Rotis looked so familiar to me. I can’t remember having ever used it. Was it used for some popular ads/magazines/sites at some stage?

June 6, 2003, 2:15

Comment by brian: User icon

Rotis was used extensively in David Siegel’s books, there’s the Sans, Semi-sans, and Serif. All quite nice. =)

June 6, 2003, 17:40

Comment by ssp: User icon

I don’t own any of those and a quick skim through my bookshelf wasn’t revealing either. I’m sure I’ll find out sometime.

June 7, 2003, 22:16

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