Skillswap is back!

I’m pleased to announce that Skillswap is back. Our first event is Web Typography Sucks by Richard Rutter.

For too long typographic style has been overlooked on the Web. This SkillSwap will show how new technology demands that websites receive the refinement that has been applied in print for centuries. The session will examine what currently sucks about typography on the Web, and how to implement those typographic principles which are so severely lacking. It will also highlight what is being done right typographically, and how that can be carried forward.

By explaining how everyone involved in a website can and should take typography to heart, the session will provide a blueprint for introducing typography at all stages of a project, thus ensuring that sound typographic principles and techniques become an integral part of the future of Web.

Richard Rutter is Production Director at Clearleft in Brighton, UK. He curates where he slowly battles to improve typographic style across the Web.

Please come along—just drop us an email at

Now, I just wish that I had managed to organise all this earlier… Mea culpa. I’m just grateful to Andy Budd for allowing us to pick up his excellent work. And also to my cohorts, Ribot, Rosie Sherry, Danny Hope and Glenn Jones who have really helped to pull all this together.



I’ve been using postgrey for a while now in order to cut down on my spam. However, a few days ago, I realised that I hadn’t also killed my backup MX. So the greylisting, whilst helping, wasn’t being as effective as it could.

A few days ago, I decided to get rid of the backup MX and have my own mailserver handle the load on it’s own. After all, it’s been pretty reliable and I didn’t see much need for it.

I only connected the two events yesterday when I suddenly realised that my spam volumes were far, far lower than usual. But it makes sense. Backup MX’s reduce the effectiveness of greylisting. Doh.

Thinking about why, it’s because greylisting particularly hurts those clients (like zombie spam engines) which don’t implement proper queueing for mail. But a backup MX is much more likely to use correctly implemented software (like exim in my case). So it’s quite happy to wait the requisite 5 minutes until the greylisting wears off.