From the day Apple Macintosh came out with their desktop publishing solution I was very inquisitive about the beauty of typefaces. From typewriter days to the Macintosh - it was a huge leap and finally we could create eye catching art work made with typeface or fonts. Gradually font designer or artists became popular with their creativity and foundry.
The open-source type movement is about giving tools away, about ending the monopolies on creativity. I remember how I desperately requested Adobe for student discount for a publication which I believed would have stood out just by using a specific font. Open-source has opened the door for not only desktop publishers but the web designers as well. That translates to thousands of fonts made by talented, professional, hard-working designers from around the world. Here are the few prominent open-source free font resources which you can straight away use in your projects.
Google’s all about making things easier. Their fonts team has collected hundreds of fonts for web and print design. They make it easy for normies and professionals alike, and all the fonts are open-source. That means you can customize them, publish them, or share them however you want. Click HERE to visit Google Fonts.
Signing up with Typcast gets you over 3,650 licensed fonts, which are free, which is great! Click HERE to visit Typecast.
Are you sitting down? Good. Because you’ll need to calm yourself before you learn that Urban Fonts has nearly 8,000 free fonts to choose from. Now, don’t go downloadin’ all at once, they have plenty of categories to let you search smarter for those awaiting gems. Click HERE to visit Urban Fonts.
Best for Business
Launched by designer Svet Simov, Fontfabric is an independent type foundry that creates high-quality fonts for whatever web or print destinations your heart desires. In addition to the freebies, Fontfabric’s paid fonts are definitely cheap enough to deserve a look at them. Bonus is - their fonts can be used for both personal and commercial projects! Click HERE to visit Fontfabric.
It’s on you to look into the licensing for any font you use, but FontSquirrel wants to help. All of their fonts are free for commercial use, organized in an easy-to-use format, and pre-selected by professional designers. They’ve done the work for you! Click HERE to visit Font Squirrel.
All you business peeps, rejoice! FontCab’s fonts are all free to use for commercial purposes. FontCab makes it super easy to find fonts by what you’re working on. Instead of scrolling through hundreds of options, just explore categories like “Cartoonish,” “Decorative" or “Futuristic.” Click HERE to visit Font Cab site.
Blue Screen of Death
Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSD) has been a biggest joke amongst Mac and Linux users for a long time. Little did we know that it's not completely Windows OS's fault rather it's the third party device drivers and tools written to support various hardware and services were the root cause of the problem. But obviously users blames Microsoft for not scrutinising those buggy application and allowing them to distributed through their updates or through the vendors.
But there's also a common cause - specially after people upgraded from Windows 7 to 8/8.1 and recently to Windows 10 discovered the BSD problem again! During the online/manual upgrade process some file gets corrupted and also some doesn't get replaced with newer version which should have happened during the upgrade. To address this issue Microsoft has a Windows built-in tool called System File Checker. It is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or is corrupted, Windows may not behave as expected - some Windows functions may not work, or Windows may crash.
This how you can run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe);
Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
To do this, click Start, type Command Prompt or CMD in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search. Type Command Prompt in the Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
The sfc/scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
The %WinDir% placeholder represents the Windows operating system folder. For example, C:\Windows.
Note: Do not close this Command Prompt window until the verification is 100% complete. The scan results will be shown after this process is finished.
After the process is finished, you may receive one of the following messages:
It's not that Microsoft always get things right! But it seems like with Windows 10 - they might have finally got it right with their most popular product. When there's still a battle between Mac OSX and Ubuntu Desktop (not to mention Chrome) - Windows still is a major player in the desktop market. With the Surface - it is trying to come up in the tablet arena as well which is dominated by iPad and Android tablets.
They took a new approach in rolling out the new OS - surprisingly it is free and will come automatically as an upgrade. We all thought Windows 8.1 will have SP1 - instead SP1 became the new Windows. As a Windows user I have to appreciate Microsoft's vision. Apple always offers their OS to their customer free but you have to remember it is because their users have to buy Mac hardware. Microsoft don't have exclusive hardware other than Surface - so it's not the same as Apple. But definitely Microsoft's new CEO made a big impact and will win back lots of disgruntled customers.
In my experience the installation was very straight forward specially since it was an upgrade from an existing 8.1 Professional installation. Instead of waiting for my automatic update - I used the Windows 10 Download Tool from Microsoft's site. Microsoft customers downloaded 14 million copies of the Windows 10 upgrade on the first day of availability - this is 10X more downloads then Windows 8 had. This alone should convince you to upgrade your existing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 systems.
If you have 4GB or more RAM and a 64bit supported processor - you should install 64bit version of Windows 10 else 32bit will obviously will do. None of the application had any issue nor the any hardware. I have to say it was the most clean hassle free upgrade experience for me after Windows XP. In fact better than Windows XP.
I typically noticed performance gain. User experience wise I love the layout and the access to applications. Although Cortana is not available for most languages but I hopeful it will arrive for my English New Zealand very soon. The new browser Edge seems to be very responsive and works well with all sites. The new snipping toolset within browser is a great idea.
Don't wait for the automatic roll-out - give it a go now.
I am Naweed Qadir - a Bangladeshi New Zealander providing IT solutions and support for businesses, non-profits and education for last 10 years now. This section contains all the news related to technology and solutions that affects the modern world.