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Conficker Eye Chart

If you use Windows, and have not yet discovered the Joe Stewart blog, then perhaps you should. Joe is Director of Malware Research with SecureWorks and writes:
      "I've been working on a few different ways to detect Conficker via a web page load. I originally came up with a javascript method but I decided to go with a simpler approach using only images. Thus, the Conficker Eye Chart was born. It's a simple visual test you can use to evaluate a Windows PC just by surfing to that page and looking at the images."
BRAVO, JOE! (Whew, I don't have the Conficker worm! Oh. I guess I wouldn't, would I? I'm running Macs! www.joestewart.org August 11, 2009

Top Level Domains - ICANN pushes forward

The Second Interim Report of the Board Review Working Group has been presented and ICANN appears to be moving forward to offer huge range of new top level domains -- allow almost any string of letters to be used for a global gTLD!
SEE: This and other news from the world of internet DNS August 11, 2009

Professional Web Critique

Mailbag: Web site Critiques? -- A reader wrote in to ask if we 'publish' web site critiques that have been contracted.
... The answer is NO. We do NOT publish paid critiques -- however, if it is a particularly helpful critique, that we feel will benefit other readers, we will ask the owner's permission to publish. Only upon approval do we publish. (Learn about our critiques) August 11, 2009

Pixels to Win

Based on the Million Pixel theme, you purchase pixels by the 20x20 box. Kind of cool because behind the grid of boxes to chose from, there are prizes like iPhones and MacBooks! It's a novelty, but it's also an interesting way to market your web site and brand! August 11, 2009

Time billing gets iBiz upgrade

Newly updated iBiz 4.1 brings new features to Mac users for time-tracking, billing and project management. Version 4.1 sports a pop-up calender for events, projects and to-dos, plus numerous other features and fixes ... designed to help free-lancers and small business owners stay on top of their billing August 10, 2009

The Art of Calligraphy

The birth of movable type dramatically changed the way people communicate, but the Italian artist, scribe and calligrapher named Ludovico Arrighi continued to stand by and practice his own Chancery Cursive. This beautifully slanted form of writing is sometimes referred to as the original italics, however you know it better as Calligraphy. August 7, 2009

History: The Font or the Tale

When the Bayeux font was first downloaded, it presented an intriguing puzzle. Who made it and why? Then we discovered it's an illustration font all about the Bayeux Tapestry, one of Europe's most treasured historic artifacts. Now you can relive the 1066 Battle of Hastings through three versions of the Bas Bayeux Font August 7, 2009

Bodoni Open: beauty of rhythm

Little did Giovanni Battista Bodoni know that when he chiseled his first font that it would become a timeless classic which would endure all time. To understand why Bodoni has been called the "father of modern typefaces" we revisit the many splendid uses of the elegant typeface Bodoni Open August 7, 2009

Direct Marketing Primer

Lynne Saarte and Janice Jenkins present a four-page primer on direct response marketing. First, Janice addresses "generation y" marketing. Topics covered are using your database, marketing with postcards, and measuring your direct response marketing campaign. August 7, 2009

How much should I charge?

In the Design Cafe I provided an answer to one of the most frequent questions we receive -- about pricing creative services. Whether you're a new designer, or a new freelancer, you need some basic starting points to answer the questions... How much should I charge? August 7, 2009