June 22nd, 2011
Tabula rasa is a phrase meaning “without prior knowledge”. It comes from ancient Latin: then it was use to write on natural wax tables, and they were erased melting wax and havig them plain again.
Being a tabula rasa means then “untouched by knowledge”.
What a perfect example is a newborn: he or she does not even have the knowledge of his or her own limbs!
That’s a hard time for the infant, but sometimes we should think back at that condition with our minds and realize that we often are in similar situations without even knowing it. We are most of the times in fact: that’s life and we should be prepared all the time to put our efforts in something we’ve been doing since when we were in the womb of out mothers. Learn.
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June 22nd, 2011
Last week I had to buy a new PC (no, I didn’t come up with the excuse that mine was too old, too slow or decided I deserved one ).
So I got a new minitower with a pretty nice hardware and a brand new LCD screen with double luminosity, faster response, etc.
Even after a lot of fine tuning monitor, resolution, gamma correction, etc, the look and feel was quite strange, so I decided to search for some optimizations and I discovered this Cleartype font switch.
Cleartype uses the way monitors are built to create a smoothing effect with sub-pixels calibration (the R, G and B of the RGB).
As one may read on the net, Cleartype is something you hate or love: since it uses single R, G or B pixels, you might end up with multicolor fonts (where the source is single color, typically black). This behaviour may be very annoying to sensitive people, so much that they have nightmares from Cleartype setups
What I did was a very innocuous move: I run the Cleartype tuner of Windows 7 and turned the switch on.
After a few hours I started seeing red halos around characters, with a general effect of an unfocused screen.
I then decided I didn’t like at all this red-ish font corners and just turned off the switch.
“Oh my god! What’s this?!”
The fonts looked so grainy I couldn’t read!
After that, the rest is a nightmare…. I couldn’t possibly imagine a simple switch messed up all Windows settings…
Or it’s just me that got used to smooth chars and couldn’t ho back?