All the symbols you’re ever likely to need

I stumbled across the Code2000 font while typing up some revision notes which required “outline brackets” (Unicode characters 27E6 and 27E7). None of the the fonts on my computer seemed to include the symbols I needed.

If you’re ever in a similar position, you can download the font from James Kass. It includes most Unicode characters, so chances are that if a symbol exists, you’ll find it. It’s a TrueType font, which means it should work on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Code2000 is a shareware product, which means that if you like it, you should pay the registration fee (currently $5 which works out as around £2.90) – a bargain, methinks.

Banish spam from your blog

Akismet is free plugin which provides intelligent spam-blocking for WordPress users. Since I installed it 15 days ago,  it has successfully blocked 60 spam comments.

It’s installed by default for users of but if, like me, you host your own blog, it’s easy to download and install the plugin, although you’ll need to sign up for a free account to receive the required API key.