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Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm. [according to the venerable and wholly reliable ;) resource, Wikipedia]
It's a political season like no other, with ample helpings of  truthiness,  more than a  little bit of nonsense, rather a lot of offense,  and some --though not enough-- genuinely helpful policy dialogue and analysis.  Then add  to the campaign rhetoric the unprecedented  legal time and expense committed to exploring whether classified email was transmitted via an unsecured server, followed by the additional realization that, yes, well- protected governmental servers can be hacked.  And we business folk in less lofty circumstances now know, without a doubt, that we have cause to worry (more) about something we try not to think about overly much.  Security. 
Commercials, sales teams and  software companies assure us our emails and websites are secure, and if they are credibly managed and updated, they generally are.  However, they are also never completely secure as this unusual political environment has shown us.  So the true, not truthy, takeaway is to hire responsible, well-informed technical support.  Security cost is not the line item a business can cut. 
Rather, as savvy business owners operating in a plugged -in world, we need to anticipate the problem by working with experts who do everything possible to protect and maintain the commercial realm.  Because, yes, we can still be hacked, but by engaging professionals who can repair the problem, we can spend our time worrying about other things, like surviving the white noise until November 2016.

Comic Sans: A Designer's Perspective

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“Is that comic sans?” The person next to you asks, most certainly with a hint of disapproval. Let’s face it: Comic Sans has become a bit of a joke of the typographic world. Unless you had to make fliers for a last minute bake sale, there’s really no excuse for using it…or is there?

As it turns out, Comic sans is an excellent font for aiding dyslexic individuals. One of the reasons for this is that letters are simplified; for example, the lowercase “a” does not have two story construction.

So why do people abhor this font? Well, its pros are also its cons.The “simplified” nature of the letters have often be described as “childish” and equated to “immaturity.”

Any piece of writing that has to be taken seriously should steer clear of this font but, hey, there is a time and a place to use it. It’s okay, go print those bake sale fliers.