There’s this font which has created quite a buzz among the design geeks these days: Oxygen, from (who else?) KDE! Continue reading “Font of the Week: Oxygen”
Author: Darshak Parikh
A Simple Classification of Fonts
A classification of any kind usually differs from author to author. This also applies to fonts, which is vaster a field than it might seem to the beginner. Here, I provide a simple categorization of fonts into five major classes. Continue reading “A Simple Classification of Fonts”
Three Weeks With Esperanto
Theoretically, I’m pentalingual. I live in a city where most people are trilingual anyway. Almost everyone in Ahmedabad understands English, Gujarati and Hindi, albeit their levels vary widely.
All I did, was walk two extra miles and learn Spanish and Esperanto. Continue reading “Three Weeks With Esperanto”
The One Word Open Source Needs to Avoid
“X is an open source alternative to Y.” A pretty common sentence, wouldn’t you agree? From this sentence alone, it is easy to guess that Y is a rather popular proprietary software, most likely paid, and X is trying to provide a similar offering, only open source.
My point is, with this kind of marketing, X may manage to attract a handful of Y users, but that’s about it. It will never go mainstream. Not even close. And you probably know about more than a few such products. Continue reading “The One Word Open Source Needs to Avoid”
Typing ₹ on Linux the Easy Way
Even though the new sign of the Indian Rupee ₹ has been added to Unicode way back in August 2010, I still see people using the Latin alphabets Rs to denote it. That’s because their keyboard most likely doesn’t have it. Or even if it does, it doesn’t work because they are using the wrong keyboard layout, usually English (US). Continue reading “Typing ₹ on Linux the Easy Way”
Privacy Switch, Part 3: Firefox
It’s been quite a while since my last post in this series, thanks to my exams. Today I’ll talk about how you can make your Firefox more secure, without ruining your browsing experience. Basically, this is a list of add-ons which will try to ensure you don’t get tracked on the web. Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Part 3: Firefox”
SliTaz: The Extremity of Lightweight
My old desktop was just lying around, and I decided to equip it with a minimalist distro — something just enough to run a web browser. I wanted to use that machine because its screen and keyboard are positioned at just the right elevation. Continue reading “SliTaz: The Extremity of Lightweight”