Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2012 23:16 UTC
Windows Okay, so this one actually bothers me quite a deal in the Windows 8 consumer preview: the fonts in Metro look fuzzy - they look like fonts on Mac OS X. Because of the Mac OS X resemblance, I had assumed that Metro switched to a shape-accurate rendering method, like Mac OS X uses, but as it turns out, it's a little less exotic than that.
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Cleartype is about using the 3 subpixels in any TFT display to triple the effective DPI of your monitor.

Tripling the DPI is a bit of a bold statement. First, it only works in one direction. Second, it only works when displaying black on white or vice versa. And then, with the rise of OLED and the technological issues associated with emitting blue light, PenTile arrangements start to become popular, effectively negating the advantages of subpixel rendering...

Edited 2012-03-13 18:51 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:

I know it isn't that exactly, but maybe you would like to listen to that developers life talk by the guy that created the technology, that I linked. He explains it better than I.

BTW the Podcasts in general are really good BTW and really open you eyes to how other developers think. I think you may get something out of it Neolander ... I certainly have. Some of the ideas have had profound changes to how I think about Software Development in general.

I know it doesn't work in other circumstances other than the most generic ... but are you supposed to do? They tried to make it better for most use cases.

Edited 2012-03-13 19:24 UTC

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Neolander Member since:

To be honest, I understand the point between technologies like ClearType and it seems that they have been successful to some extent so I also agree that they deserve praise for that.

What I was criticizing here was that you were ignoring a bit the hackish nature of subpixel rendering to turn it into a bit more of a magical product at an unbelievable price than it actually is.

As for podcasts, I agree abut the enlightening nature of listening to other devs in a field, but I tend to significantly prefer written media on technical subjects. They allow you to skip the parts that you already know, read difficult paragraphs slowly or several times, and easily stop somewhere and get back to that point later. Then I also find it easier to focus for extended periods of time on a bunch of text than on moving pictures. And finally, there are more people out there who know how to write than people who know how to make an enjoyable audio or video show.

Then of course, there are exceptions like TED talks. These guys just excel at presenting complex stuff on a stage.

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