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Now gentlemen (and ladies too I presume) of a certain age like a little larger font when reading stuff on a computer. I'm not saying that the good Captain is of that certain age, not pointing fingers or anything mind you, but being of that certain age myself, I find reading this much preferable to trying to read this. Even the younger crowd can find that itsy-bitsy font a tad bothersome. (Sorry, I'll try to limit the technical terms like itsy-bitsy which simply means kind of small, as opposed to terms like ginormous, which means really big.)
So I gather from various clues in the form of comments that the good Captain likes to make use of the "zoom" function available to many modern computing devices. Let me demonstrate what I mean.
This works on a Window PC, not sure how MacBooks and the like do it. (I'm sure you just have to think it and it happens on a MacBook, all of my Mac friends claim magical properties for those machines. You'd think they were made of unicorn farts and elven magic.)
Hold down one of the control keys on your keyboard (the ones labeled Ctrl, left or right will do the trick, if you have two, otherwise use the only one you have) now, using the mouse wheel on your (well obviously) mouse, scroll that wheel and watch as the display gets larger and then smaller. (Don't freak out, I did that larger/smaller thing for you.)
So one can zoom in (or out) and return to normal via the magic of the control key and the mouse wheel. (If you have neither of those than you have my sincere condolences. You're either using some weird 23rd century device or a "smart" phone. I don't really cater to those. I'm a Windows PC kind of guy and make no apologies for it. (Why do I feel dirty typing that? It's those Mac-people, they guilt trip me all the time.)
Now the Captain's point of grief is that when he does the mouse wheel zoomie-thingee (sorry, sometimes I do need to use technical terms) then the text goes off the sides of the screen and he must needs be use the "horizontal scroll bar" to slide on over and read a whole sentence. I feel the Captain's pain and don't like to horizontal scroll myself, that's something I never acquired a taste for.
Experimenting in the back room here at the Chant du Départ I think I have identified the source of the Captain's scrolling dilemma.
Now at his place he uses what I call a "narrow field" for his posts, I prefer the "wide field" as I am a fellow who likes a bit of elbow room and likes to see his sentences and paragraphs go sprawling across the screen as if they were from Chicago (the city of big shoulders, it's a poem by Carl Sandburg, for your education and enlightenment, chase this link, we'll wait here for you, if you're not back in ten minutes though, we'll move on. Link chasers, GO. The rest of you, take a load off, smoke 'em if you got them.)
[Hhmm, I wonder if anyone actually followed the link. I'll just wait here and...]
Ah good, you're back. Now where were we? (These digressions can be amusing n'est ce pas?)
Yes, the wide versus the narrow field.
Zooming in with a narrow field blog, you can get quite a magnification factor and still see the post from one margin to the other. As the field widens though, stuff starts to drip off the edges and Mr. Horizontal Scroll Bar needs to step up and shoulder the load. (No, he's not from Chicago. What an odd question.)
So that's the Captain's Dilemma. Does anyone out there in the blogoverse know of some cool widget I could add to the blog so that gentlemen (and ladies too I presume) of a certain age can select it and read to their heart's delight without having to strain too much. (Please don't suggest that Microsoft "Magnifier" thing, I tried it and like many Microsoft tools it annoyed me to no end. Quite bothersome it was.)
Yes, ladies and gentlemen I need your assistance to help out my good man, the Captain.
Without narrowing the field of the blog. If I can possibly avoid that. Change is
Seriously though, drop me a line, leave a comment. All will be read and
Oh, look, an airplane!
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The photo came from Russian Wikipedia. Общественное достояние is Russian for Public Domain. Pronounced "Obshchestvennoye dostoyaniye." Hhmm, good luck with that...
Me? Feeling goofy? Yeah, a little. Why do you ask?
If you were thinking that I might, perchance, chime in on the election, not today. It's too soon.