For years now people have told me how FireFox is oh-so-much better than Internet Explorer (IE), but so far I have refused to use FireFox because I hated the way that FireFox renders fonts.
I have learned the reason why FireFox renders fonts in such a sickly thin format. Because FireFox is a cross-platform browser, it does not do some of the things that IE, a Windows-only browser, does. IE uses clear-type fonts to render and display fonts; FireFox does not.
The simple fix is to turn on clear type fonts. Several places described going to Appearance and Themes in the Control Panel and under the Appearance tab to select the Effects button then turn on Clear Type fonts, but on my XP pro I didn’t have that option.
What I found was an XP Power Toy at Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP called ClearType Tuner. This is a control panel applet that allows you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access. It has a wizard interface where you can turn on Clear Type fonts and select and preview how the fonts will appear. Once Clear Type fonts are turned on, Fire Fox fonts will be much easier on the eyes.
Someday I may make FireFox my default browser… 47% of browser users can’t be all wrong.
This May 5, 2009 article at Millenia’s Legacy News has a great tip for those that cannot wait for the next version of Windows to officially released:
I personally would not suggest installing pre-release software, especially an entire operating system, for use with your one copy of every-day critical data. After all, you would also have to backup all your files and reinstall all your software (unless you are currently using Windows Vista). But if you are one of those techie nerds like myself who wants a jump on all the latest software, I suggest that you install Windows 7 in a "virtual PC" environment or on a spare computer. Using Microsoft’s free Virtual PC 2007 or Sun Microsystem’s free VirtualBox, you can run multiple operating systems at once, on your one computer.
See Legacy News: Windows 7 and virtual software
There certainly has been a lot of discussion about Windows 7 in the last few weeks. A lot of folks want to know when they can get their hands on the official RC, when we are going to RTM, and what I had for breakfast.
I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.
See Windows 7 Team Blog – The Windows Blog
According to this article at PC World the system requirements for Windows 7 are…
They call for a 1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit), 1GB of main memory, 16GB of available disk space, support for DX9 graphics with 128MB of memory (for the Aero interface), and a DVD-R/W drive.