Mike is an educator, freelance writer, and self-taught PC user who maintains a Windows resource site at ToeJumper. His hobbies include basketball, politics, and spoiling his cats.

Michael's articles

  1. 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks Article

    How Similar is Similar? Klein has noted that grouping fonts according to their aesthetics (type and angle of stroke, proportions, “looks like Georgia,” “looks like Arial“) may be unhelpful in some instances. Even similar typefaces often have distinct differences; for example, he notes that Garamond is a different typeface family from the ITC Garamond family, […]

  2. 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks Article

    A more traditional Garamond-based serif stack: font-family: “Palatino Linotype”, Palatino, Palladio, “URW Palladio L”, “Book Antiqua”, Baskerville, “Bookman Old Style”, “Bitstream Charter”, “Nimbus Roman No9 L”, Garamond, “Apple Garamond”, “ITC Garamond Narrow”, “New Century Schoolbook”, “Century Schoolbook”, “Century Schoolbook L”, Georgia, serif; The Helvetica/Arial-based sans serif stack: font-family: Frutiger, “Frutiger Linotype”, Univers, Calibri, “Gill Sans”, […]

  3. 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks Article

    In this article, Michael introduces the idea of using font stacks to expand the number of typefaces you can use in your web designs. Try out these structured collections of fonts, and give more of your users a richer typographic experience today!

  4. Adware and Under-Wear – The Definitive Guide

    Adware, spyware, malware – whatever name they go by, unwanted scripts inserted on your computer without your knowledge spell bad news. Mike’s definitive guide explores the main and lesser-known culprits, and explains how to avoid and remove them.

  5. Web Design Tools From Down Under

    Mike’s been searching distant shores in his quest for good graphics tools – and he’s found them in Australia! Here he reviews two handy offerings from Down Under.

  6. The Real History of the GUI

    Mike dispells both rumour and myth in his tale of the GUI. Infused with mystery and intrigue, the story tells of the making and near-breaking of two personal computing monoliths. A must-read. Revised September, 2001.