Special Blog Post:
Changes in the Works
Again, though, none of the alterations will in any way affect the joy experienced in coming to this respite from the mundane, tangible world.
Now, suffer your host a recommendation. Some of you may already know about this, and others of you may already have tried it and decided you didn't like it, but it's worth mentioning, anyway. If you're using Windows, particularly Windows XP, you might want to try something called ClearType. It's more or less a pre-installed plug-in (at least in XP) that you turn on by going to Microsoft's ClearType Tuner site, which will take you through three screens: first you'll turn on ClearType on your computer, then you'll select the appropriate monitor color set-up (which is almost always RGB and not the other), then you'll select from six possible font rendering strengths. Generally speaking, you'll probably want to select either the strongest or the second strongest because ClearType can have a slight blurring effect, especially on monitors that aren't very high-end jobs. The stronger the rendering of ClearType, the less noticeable this blurring (or "ghosting") will be; however, you might want to try the second-highest, rather than the highest, setting just because of the stress on the eyes created by the cleartyping at full power.
The payoff for using ClearType is pretty evident: text characters will no longer have jagged and indistinct boundaries. The effect is most striking for typefaces at small and very large sizes. At first, the change is somewhat disconcerting, and that blurring effect might be bothersome. Although ClearType was promoted primarily for laptops with LCD screens, its use and popularity has expanded to traditional monitors. Give it a try; if you don't like it, you can always go back to the site and re-select the rendering strength or just turn it off.
On to another note, some of you might have noticed that trying to access The Dark Wraith Forums yesterday took you to a screen that said the Website's bandwidth had been exceeded. My immediate suspicion was that the blog was under a flood attack to blow the bandwidth, but the Web hosting service techs assured me that it was no attack: it seems The Dark Wraith Forums has honestly earned its way to needing more bandwidth than is provided to run-of-the-mill Websites. So, with some glee and a small measure of additional funds, this blog now has enough bandwidth through which to move a herd of cattle.
Have your say, here. I shall be in and out tomorrow afternoon and evening as I check to make sure my re-coding hasn't caused a catastrophe. And please, for Heaven's sake, if anything noticeably good or bad is happening to your browser's rendering or loading of the blog, let me know. I have no desire to make the kind of coding error that would actually prompt a bovine stampede.
The Dark Wraith opens the range.
Changes to The Dark Wraith Forums are now complete; and at least at first blush, the blog is no worse for the wear.
On another matter, I must thank Mr. Goat for noting that the ClearType Webpage provided above is causing grief for some users. Old White Lady confirmed this, but both indicated that they were successful in turning on ClearType by using Microsoft's ClearType Tuner PowerToy, which is a downloadable utility. Fortunately for my hide, it sounds like they both like what ClearType has done for them. (It's always a little scary when something I recommend turns out to be a fiasco for those who try it.)
So there you have it: The Dark Wraith Forums has been tweaked ever so slightly to make the entire experience of coming here to hang out even more enjoyable than it was before. Now, someone please tell me whether or not the alterations have, indeed, had the intended effect of making the blog load more quickly than it did before.
The Dark Wraith awaits.