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101  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: LATEST VERSION - Dina 2.92 - September 7th 2013 on: September 07, 2013, 05:11:20 PM
102  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / LATEST VERSION - Dina 2.93 - September 10th 2013 on: September 07, 2013, 05:11:06 PM
The latest version is attached here, and should be available (soon) from: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Jibz/Dina/

If you are using Dina on Windows, please note that it is a good idea to remove any older versions of the font before installing the current version (due to the way Windows decides if two FON files are the same font).

For Linux, there are some hints in this thread on how to install Dina.

Here are the readme and news files from the current release for easy reference:


[copy or print]

Dina Programming Font

Copyright (c) 2005-2013 Joergen Ibsen



Dina is a monospace bitmap font, primarily aimed at programmers. It is
relatively compact to allow a lot of code on screen, while (hopefully) clear
enough to remain readable even at high resolutions.

I made this font after having tried all the free programming fonts I could
find. Somehow there was some detail in each of them that meant I could not
work with them in the long run.

The closest to perfect I found was the Proggy font, so I started building
Dina using Proggy as the base, and with inspiration from Tobi, Fixedsys and
some old DOS fonts I used to love.

Some of the design goals were:

  - Monospaced
  - Should be easy to distinguish between `j i l 1 I`
  - Should be easy to distinguish between `o O 0`
  - Operators should line up horizontally `- + * =`
  - Brackets should line up horizontally and vertically `< ( { [ ] } ) >`
  - Punctuation should be clear `., :; ' "`
  - Symbols used in programming languages should look right `& @ % $ #`
  - No other characters that look too similar `gqy z2Z s5S 8B CG6 DO uv`
  - Still has to be pleasant to read passages of text

Dina is the result of many hours of tweaking and testing, and I am quite
happy with it now.

Font Format

Dina is a monospace bitmap font in Windows FON file format (Windows-1252 /
ISO-8859-1 encoding). It is available as:

  - 6pt regular
  - 8pt regular, bold, italic, bold italic
  - 9pt regular, bold, italic, bold italic
  - 10pt regular, bold, italic, bold italic

`DinaR.fon` contains the regular fonts, `DinaB.fon` contains bold,
`DinaI.fon` italic, and `DinaZ.fon` bold italic.

All styles are the same width for proper alignment.

Depending on your monitor size and type, the 8pt or 9pt versions should be
preferable up to at least 1280x1024 resolution. The 10pt version may be an
option at higher resolutions.

The BDF folder contains BDF versions of the fonts for easier conversion to
formats usable on Linux and Mac. The point sizes may be slightly different on
other operating systems. Please check the [forum][] for updates on

The OEM folder contains FON files for OEM codepage 437 (US) and 850 (Western
Europe), which can be used in command prompts and text-mode programs that run
in them (like HIEW and FAR). After installing one of them, DinaTerm should
show up under Raster Fonts, in sizes 6x10, 7x13, and 8x16. If not, you can
try [these instructions][term]

[forum]: http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?board=62.0
[term]: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/247815

Installing on Windows

If you have a previous version of Dina installed, it is a good idea to remove
that before installing a new version. Close all open programs that use the
Dina font before removing it.

On recent Windows versions, removing a font is usually done by going into
Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Fonts, finding the font in
question, right-clicking it and choosing Delete. On older Windows versions,
go to `C:\Windows\Fonts`, right-click the font and choose Delete.

Installing a font on recent Windows versions, can be done by right-clicking
the `.fon` files and choosing Install. On older versions, go into Control
Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Fonts, and choose Install New Font
from the File menu.

Microsoft has more detailed instructions on installing and removing fonts
for [Windows XP][winxp], [Windows Vista][winvista] and [Windows 7][win7].

There is an issue on some Windows versions, where the 10pt entry disappears
from the font selection dialog. If this is the case, you can enter a size of
10 manually in the editbox.

[winxp]: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314960
[winvista]: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/install-or-uninstall-fonts
[win7]: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-or-delete-fonts


A big thanks to Tristan Grimmer for his excellent Proggy fonts.

Thanks to mouser for testing.

Thanks to Jamie Burns and bpcw001 for contributing conversions.


Copyright (c) 2005-2013 Joergen Ibsen

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.



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Dina 2.93 (2013.09.10)

  * Added OEM codepage 437 and 850 versions for Windows command prompts

Dina 2.92 (2013.09.07)

  * Moved bold, italic, and bold italic styles to separate files
  * Updated BDF files

Dina 2.91 (2013.08.25)

  * Fixed `&` in Dina 10 regular
  * Updated copyright strings in all fonts

Dina 2.90 (2013.08.23)

  * Added a 6 point version of Dina regular
  * Extended top line in `j` to make it easier to distinguish from `i`
  * Moved top part of `&` right and adjusted height
  * Moved `%` up
  * Changed `ø` and `Ø` to look less like `0`
  * Changed `æ` and `ß` to look more harmonious in text
  * Moved down starting question and exclamation marks
  * Fixed single and double text quotes
  * Fixed positioning of degree, ordinals, and powers
  * Fixed various other symbols
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: August 31, 2013, 05:21:40 AM
After having used git a bit in SourceTree, I must admit that interactive staging is rather brilliant Kiss.

For someone like me, who admittedly sometimes does drive-by-editing, being able to stage individual hunks is a really nice way to avoid commits that contain multiple unrelated changes.
104  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: Dina font in size 7, 6.5 or 6 ? on: August 23, 2013, 10:25:14 AM
I feel the 6pt version is pretty much finished now (and I probably need a break from staring at pixels Grin).

So, attached is the current version in FON and BDF format.

Let me know what you think Thmbsup.
105  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: Dina font in size 7, 6.5 or 6 ? on: August 21, 2013, 01:46:49 AM
Thanks cranioscopical Kiss.

I am tweaking the 6 point version, and moving some of the changes to the other sizes at the moment. I think it's looking quite good, though it is very dense.

Here is a comparison of a snippet of C in Dina 8 and 6:


And here are sets of common characters at 6, 8, and 10:

106  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: Dina font in size 7, 6.5 or 6 ? on: August 20, 2013, 08:23:51 AM

Yes, it is! Grin There is something fascinating about the expressiveness you can get from so few pixels, how much moving a pixel or two around can matter for readability and feel.

But it is also very time-consuming, and I always end up spending hours trying out possibilities, checking how they look in different programming languages, and agonizing over what choices are best embarassed.

FWIW, I'm sure you're already very aware of things like this, but one requirement I'd really like is to preserve the visible distinction between '(' and '{'. In Terminus, for example, they are only a pixel or two different, but in Dina they are really distinct, which is great.

Yes, being able to clearly distinguish the characters used in programming languages is a high priority Thmbsup.
107  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: Dina font in size 7, 6.5 or 6 ? on: August 20, 2013, 04:10:04 AM
Just wanted to let you know that I am working on a 6/7 point size version of Dina.

I have been reluctant to make one, since there really isn't much space to move pixels around at this size, but I can see there are uses for it.

The difference between 6 and 7 point is the height, so it is a trade-off between cramming more lines onto screen and readability -- I am not sure what is more important yet.

Also, it will probably only be regular, since italic and bold are very hard to make readable at that size.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: *Email privacy and security survey* on: August 17, 2013, 03:55:38 AM
A polished solution for this should have been part of thunderbird for a decade instead of relying on clunky plugins or obscure tools if it should have had any chance.

I can't tell you how long it's been there but Thunderbird->Write->Options->Encrypt Message

That's S/MIME as far as I can tell, which is actually supported by many e-mail clients. To get PGP support I think you still need to install both Enigmail and GnuPG.

And the problem of not many people having support for PGP extends to the trust model. In theory the web of trust is a great idea, but in practice it's probably easier to trust certificates from a CA than self-signed PGP keys that nobody has verified undecided.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google: Gmail users shouldn't expect email privacy on: August 16, 2013, 03:57:33 PM
Much like app103's picture implies, I think it should have been

Email users shouldn't expect email privacy

instead Grin.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: *Email privacy and security survey* on: August 16, 2013, 12:25:09 PM
I know what it is, but I am not using it. The problem I see with GPG/PGP for e-mail is that, unless you are mailing somebody involved in linux development, chances are they don't have anything installed that can check/decrypt it. This sums it up nicely:


A polished solution for this should have been part of thunderbird for a decade instead of relying on clunky plugins or obscure tools if it should have had any chance.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A new Dropbox Competitor on: August 15, 2013, 02:46:25 AM
Having another 20 GB of cloud storage for unimportant stuff is always nice Thmbsup.

DropBox' main strength is numbers. Everybody has dropbox -- even people who know little about computers. But I think their default 2 GB free storage is starting to look a bit silly with all the options to get 10-20 GB.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: August 05, 2013, 02:46:26 AM
Looks like Feedly Pro is up, $5 a month, and $99 lifetime for a limited period.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes Secure Backup Beta launches on: July 31, 2013, 04:20:19 PM
A quick google seems to suggest their service is a based on SOS Online Backup, which has been around for a while.
114  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: High-bit Math? (128 or 256) on: July 25, 2013, 03:41:35 AM
There are a number of bignum libraries available for various languages.

A few examples that appear to support float operations are GNU MP, NTL, MAPM.

And if you can restrict your problems to integer math there are a lot more options (even python, which has a built-in arbitrary precision integer type).
115  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Licensing in a Post Copyright World on: July 23, 2013, 03:24:25 PM
A nice discussion of licensing issues:

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 4 released - tons of new features on: July 22, 2013, 03:40:10 AM
Anyone know if Listary 4 has been fixed to work on non-admin accounts? I have been running 3.51 for the past four months due to this issue Sad.

Yes. Please use the beta version: http://discussions.listary.com/discussion/585

Yay, just installed, and it seems to be working so far Thmbsup.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 4 released - tons of new features on: July 21, 2013, 09:24:29 AM
Anyone know if Listary 4 has been fixed to work on non-admin accounts? I have been running 3.51 for the past four months due to this issue Sad.
118  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: July 20, 2013, 03:40:10 AM
From their FAQ, the business licenses are for a year at a time, but the consumer licenses are currently with lifetime upgrades.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: July 17, 2013, 10:04:59 AM

If you have been downloading programs from SourceForge in the last days, you may have noticed that some do not provide you with direct downloads of the programs anymore. Instead, you download something called SourceForge Installer which bundles the software with third party offers used for monetization.

120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: July 10, 2013, 04:20:28 AM
If you want to do a little investigation yourself on battery drain, I found Wakelock Detector helpful for figuring out which apps interrupt your phones peaceful slumber.

I've looked at Battery Doctor (and the other app KS Mobile offers, Clean Master) before, but somehow was a bit worried about a company that offers two highly popular apps for free. I am probably paranoid though embarassed.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: July 10, 2013, 04:17:25 AM
emeditor here.

I would probably have bought emeditor at some point if they hadn't stopped offering lifetime licenses, but I can understand why they did it.
122  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: SourceTree for Windows in Beta on: June 30, 2013, 07:07:37 AM

Looks like mercurial support is in now.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sublime text: some innovative text editor! on: June 28, 2013, 01:55:58 PM
First public beta of Sublime Text 3:

124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: June 26, 2013, 05:25:30 AM
I'm looking forward to trying the Digg reader when it appears


Looks nice and simple, but like the rest of the web offerings, going freemium at some point.

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Secure Cloud backup -e.g., Digital Lifeboat - what alternatives are there? on: June 26, 2013, 03:34:57 AM
It is probably worth making the distinction between cloud storage, syncing, and backup here (although some of these companies are trying to cover more than one area).

Storage usually means you upload files and then you are able to access them from other devices. The cloud acts like a USB drive you always have with you.

Syncing is often a group of files or folders that are automatically uploaded to the cloud every time you make a local change, and downloaded every time you (or somebody else) made a change on another device that has the same files synced. The cloud works as intermediate storage, giving the illusion that the synced files are the same on all devices.

Backup services keep a copy of important files from your computer in the cloud, and make sure the cloud is synced to reflect any changes you make, but keeping backups over time so you can restore any files that were unintentionally changed or deleted (but there is no syncing the other way, and only one source). Here it works a bit like making a regular backup on DVDs.

Amazon offers storage only. DropBox is a good example of storage and syncing. CrashPlan is backup only. SpiderOak seems to do all three.
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