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Environment: Ecofont

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Here’s one more way to reduce the amount of resources you use without need.

The Dutch group SPRANQ has developed MS Windows and Mac font replacements that have little holes within the normally printed areas of a font to reduce the amount of ink used. The fonts are based on Vera Sans an open source font similar to Verdana. Their tests resulted in about 20% less ink used.

Downloads are available for MS Windows XP, MS Vista and Mac OS X.

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25 Years MS Windows

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It’s now 25 years ago since the first version of that thing called MS Windows started to infest became available for the new IBM PCs.

When you think back – that long ago – we were sitting and trying out that new interface provided to us on a PC the price of a small car today. And yes it was only black and white and it crashed and crashed and crashed (could be the applications), so most of the time we went back to a green shimmering monitor running Lotus 123 – latest after 15 minutes.

Actually it’s only 23 years ago because it took quite some time between the announcement and becoming available for sale. We started using it when MS persuaded us with an Alpha version of MS Windows 3.0 / 3.1 a few years later. If I recall it right that Alpha arrived on about 20 of these new 3.5″ floppies (each costing about 10 times as much as a DVD today). As time goes by…hmmmmmm…

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Microsoft announces web based Office Applications

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Finally the move from Microsoft we have been waiting for quite some time. MS is going to bring (parts of ) its Office Suite into the Browser.

As announced today MS Office Web Apps will run not only within IE but also with Firefox and Safari. The web apps will be “lightweight versions” of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, but Microsoft said at the MS PDC the functionality included should be comparable to Google’s online office suite…

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FSF: High Priority Free Software Projects

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The Free Software Foundation has published a list of software projects that are considered high priority – “…that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems…

The projects on the list are not maintained by the FSF but are entirely supported by the free software community…

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Humor: Change your nationality with Google Chrome

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Not even out a day as a Beta release Google’s new web browsers already has massive impact on people living in parts of Europe.

If your Belgium, Austrian, Danish, Dutch or from parts of the Czech Republic and Switzerland from now on you’re part of the Greater German Reich. Please send your passport to Google and…

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Google: A Comix to create interest for a new web browser

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To gain further interest and introduce new features of its web browser launched today, Google created a comix book about the browser. On 38 pages the comix describes benefits, key scenarios and advantages of the Google Browser in comparison to existing solutions…

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