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This article barely introduces the subject of fonts. Hundreds of books and articles are available on the subject, and many people have made it a lifelong study. Below are two books that can teach you how to improve your design work. Both are relatively inexpensive and won't be outgrown in a hurry; you'll return to them again and again:
The Non-Designer's Design Book. 2nd. Ed. Robin Williams. Berkley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2003. A quick and entertaining introduction to design and layout, especially on a computer. Many professional designers have been introduced to design by this book.
The Elements of Typographic Style. 2nd. Ed. Robert Bringhurst. Vancouver, CAN: Hartley and Marks. 1996. One of the Bibles of modern typography. Bringhurst explains in detail the issues of design, trying hard to be reasonable and non-dogmatic in his comments. Although not as accessible as William's book, this one is more complete. Use it as an encyclopedia of design issues.
Bruce Byfield was a manager at Stormix Technologies and Progeny Linux Systems and a Contributing Editor at Maximum Linux. Away from his desktop, he listens to punk-folk music, raises parrots and runs long, painful distances of his own free will. He currently is writing a book on OpenOffice.org.
-- Bruce Byfield (nanday)
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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