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A Great Tool For Programmers To Read More Comfortably

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A Great Tool For Programmers To Read More Comfortably

A new typeface by Font Bureau is out to help coders or programmers to develop apps and programs. Called Input, it is a family of fonts designed exclusively for writing code. Input is so interesting and easy to use that it can be used by people who wouldn’t know a line of C++ from a command line. Input serves as a great tool for programmers to read easily. According to Font Bureau, Input is a flexible system of fonts designed specifically for code. What it offers is both monospaced and proportional fonts for richer code formatting.

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    Why will Input make programmers’ lives easier?

    When writing a story a writer chooses a font because he wants the character to communicate their text. However a programmer chooses a font for directly the opposite, he wants a generally characterless font that wouldn’t distort the massive bodies of code. With Input, a new kind of monospaced design, such as generous spacing, distinguishable characters, and large punctuation is adopted to allow each character take up the space that it requires.

    Mosnospaced fonts in the past have had shortcomings such as low resolution fonts; since they were designed from traditional computer terminals and could not be used on modern machines. They were also hard on the eyes during marathon programming sessions. Such monospaced fonts also made it difficult for typos to be spotted when skimming code, although they offered large punctuation and uniform indentation.

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    What the designer of Input, David Jonathan Ross, had to do differently was to come up with a typeface that took its aesthetic cues and merits from monospaced pixel fonts that coders already use. Thus he also made sure he disposed the technical limitations that restricted them. By drawing each letter on a standard 11-pixel grid; he begun the process of designing Input as a pixel font. To invent a typeface that would be effective on modern devices, Ross drew the outlines of the finished letter on top of each grid.

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      What does Input offer?

      Input may feel like a coding font when you consider the completely straight sides and its mechanical curves. Yet even though rugged, Input feels very modern. Input comes in 168 different styles, optional serified and sans serif varieties, with multiple widths. It can also be displayed in proportional and monotype styles.
      The proportional styles offer a more comfortable option to the monospaced fonts which you can use for text composition and correspondence to code. The capitals get wider so they can be felt at home with the lowercase. Alongside the Normal width the condensed styles can work together. The Serif provides an alternative texture to the Sans and the Bold weight gets wider so it can be as comfortable to use as the Regular.

      These features provide writers who want their text to be more prominent than their typeface. You can say it is appealing and incredible for programmers who rely heavily on formatting.

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      It is the belief of Input, technically speaking, that a superior alternative will improve typography in the coding world. According to the makers of Input, the Font Bureau, “by mixing typographic variation with the power of syntax highlighting, by composing text that transcends a fixed-width grid, and by choosing and combining multiple font styles, we can end all up with code and data that is ultimately easier to read and write.” Input hopefully is a sign that there will be a typographically rich future when coding environments, that programmers will overcome technical constraints and have full control over their display.

      If you visit the marketing page of the Font Bureau you will find a live preview of the font with real code. Input is available for free download for private and unpublished usage.

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      Last Updated on November 25, 2021

      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

        What Does Private Browsing Do?

        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

        The Terminal Archive

        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

        Clearing Your Tracks

        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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        dscacheutil -flushcache

        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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