Steve Gibson, who shocked the computer industry last month when he revealed that Microsoft's ClearType technology was nothing more than a copy of a twenty year-old video display hack that was actually quite popular on the Apple II, has released a demonstration program that proves his claims. Dubbed Free & Clear, this 35K assembly language program demonstrates how Microsoft's ClearType uses "sub-pixels" to effectively triple the resolution of text on a video display.
And yes, the effect is outstanding. Steve's excellent program readily displays the difference between normal text and text that uses sub-pixels, offering a host of options in a tiny package. To download Free & Clear and to find out more information, please visit Steve's "Inside Microsoft's ClearType" Web site.
You can download Free & Clear directly from Steve's FTP site as well