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— 2:47 PM on March 2, 2011

You probably haven't noticed, but Cyril made some tweaks to the site's CSS layout over this past weekend in order to clean up a few quirks of the new design. The biggest change is related to relative font sizing. If you use a system or web browser with large fonts enabled, text sizes should now scale up properly to match your settings, where it might not have before in some configurations. Those of you with an iPhone will also notice that the site is much more readable on Mobile Safari now; text is larger and generally readable in landscape mode, once you've zoomed in on a column. It's possible things have improved for users of Android and other mobile operating systems, but I've not tested that. (We still plan on creating a separate mobile template for the site, but that will come later.)

The adjustments to the style sheet should allow TR's text to look better and more consistent in web browsers like IE9 and Firefox 4 that use Windows' DirectWrite hardware acceleration, too. I say "better" and not "great" because in my estimation, Firefox 4's DirectWrite font rendering has deeper issues with text size, edge antialiasing, and ClearType that we can't fix with a style sheet. Ugh.

Anyhow, those quick tweaks should be an improvement for certain browser configs. If you've had trouble before from your phone or whatever, you might give it another shot.

Also, thanks to all of you who had such nice feedback on our Core i7-990X review. We wanted to try something a little different for once, and it seems to have been well-received, which is gratifying.

I would like to ask you a little favor. For whatever reason, we've had very little traction in getting people to read that article. Very few outside sites have linked to it, and as a consequence, not many people have seen it. The reasons behind that are many—GDC is this week, CeBIT is imminent, and many tech sites have quit linking to outside sources, among other things—but it's frustrating. If you thought the article was entertaining, consider doing us the favor of sharing it around the interwebs, via the FaceSpace and Twitteroids, submitting it to DiggIt, or whatever it is the kids are doing these days. We'd appreciate it. Thanks.

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