I don’t normally do a lot of Windows tips, but in the interest of web beautification, here it goes.
If you’re using Windows, your computer is displaying text in a very crappy way, but it doesn’t have to. You have it in your power to turn on a feature called ClearType, which enables your computer to anti-alias text. I won’t bother with the technical details of how this works, but the end result in cleaner, smoother text.
I used my sidebar as an example. See how the heading, and list look very different with ClearType turned on?
In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft has chosen to turn this off by default, but it is extremely easy to turn on. But, you do need to be running Windows XP.
Go to your Start Menu, and select Control Panel. Then select Appearance and Themes. Then select Display. Select the Appearance tab, and click on Effects…. In the second pull-down menu, change it from Standard to ClearType. Click OK, and then click Apply.
Now all text in your system should look better. Your eyes, and web designers everywhere, will thank you.
Of course, you could just switch to a mac and skip all this silliness ;)
This tip inspired by this article at TUAW