I was as skeptical as anyone about ClearType when Microsoft announced it, but I’m here to tell you that I’m now a true believer. It doesn’t help out much on a CRT, but it makes text look about 100 times better on my laptop’s LCD. Arial normally looks hideous, but with ClearType enabled, it’s beautiful. I truly hope that Steve Wozniak’s prior art nullifies any patents Microsoft might file for ClearType so that everybody can build it into their window managers. It’s amazing. I want a nice, big LCD for my desktop machine now. (If you’re running Windows XP, you can use Microsoft’s ClearType tuning tool to tweak your ClearType settings to make it look even better.)