Contents of the LINTSEC.TXT file
The Lintsec font is a stencil font with a full alphabet, numbers and punctuation. There are no kerning pairs -- hey, do YOU kern your stencils? The font is supported on Macintosh and PC platforms in PostScript Type 1 and TrueType formats both. The IBM fonts have been tested and tweaked by your advocate, Eileen Wharmby.
The Lintsec font is copyright (c) 1992 by David Rakowski. All Rights Reserved. This font is distributed free of charge. You may keep as many copies as you like and may give away as many copies as you wish to friends, aliens and shop teachers, providing you include this file (the one you are reading (the README file (as in, the one you are reading))) on disk with the copies of the fonts. You may sell copies of any of the four supported versions (see first paragraph) of this font without the author's permission, whether you are a for-profit or nonprofit organization, with the above stipulations.
The Lintsec is yet another brilliant font released to the general public by the real people at the fictional entity Insect Bytes, where we recently ran into David Rakowski interviewing himself. Let's listen.......
DAVID: So why did you call the font 'Lintsec'?
DAVID: Being me, you should know the answer already.
DAVID: Humor me, Dave.
DAVID: Don't call me Dave.
DAVID: Humor me, Davy.
DAVID: The name 'Lintsec' is an anagram of the word 'Stencil,' which for all I know is a trademarked name. And by the way, I worked on it a long time in order for the characters to be represented by as few points as possible.
DAVID: Thundering applause. So I notice you haven't released too many fonts onto shareware outlets recently.
DAVID: That's right, Dave.
DAVID: Don't call me Dave.
DAVID: No, YOU don't call me Dave.
DAVID: So, you haven't released too many fonts recently.
DAVID: Just call me Davy.
DAVID: So, you haven't released too many fonts onto bulletin boards, etcetera, recently.
DAVID: That's right. I'm still making plenty fonts as a relaxation - - even as a sedative -- and being far more careful with them than I used to be. But I'm holding onto them, because a little while ago I noticed many of my fonts being sold commercially by scumbags who claim they did all the work. Their fonts even have the same quirky names as my fonts! Plus, a lot of people have been calling me at home -- a cardinal sin in my book -- either asking me to do custom fonts for them, help with ATM, asking me to send them special versions of fonts FOR FREE, etc. etc. etc. And a lot of people have called asking for permission to include my fonts on disk for their stupid books, acting as if they were doing me a big favor.
DAVID: You sound embittered.
DAVID: "Embittered"??? What, did you go to college, or what?
DAVID: Well, yes, we both did. Are you bitter?
DAVID: No, no, no. The fonts have made some money for my pet charity, the Columbia University Composers. And by the way, the vast majority of shareware payers have been PC users -- hardly any at all have come from Macintosh users.
DAVID: Well, there are just so many more PCs.....
DAVID: True. But Mac users have had scaleable fonts for so long that they seem to think of them as their birthright; PC users are far more grateful for cool outline fonts.
DAVID: That's a pretty stupid and trivial stereotype.
DAVID: What can I say? I'm stupid and trivial.
DAVID: Well, at least you've provided shareware users with over 90 far out and unusual fonts. Grateful shareware users must be heaping awards on you left and right.
DAVID: Nope. None. Nada. Zilch.
DAVID: Let's get the interview going again.
DAVID: Okay, okay. Why a stencil font?
DAVID: Well, I noticed a lot of people "desperately looking for" shareware Stencil fonts on America Online and Compuserve. I couldn't help but marvel at these peoples' lack of taste and/or class. So I figured if I made a pretty good stencil font and made it free for commercial and noncommercial distribution, then the market would be glutted, the font would be overused, everyone would get bored with it, and eventually I'd never have to look at another stupid stencil font again.
DAVID: So you are in essence trying to flood the stencil font market by dumping a free font into it, much as the Japanese did with memory chips in the late 1980s?
DAVID: Your analogy is faulty, but you're cute nonetheless.
DAVID: I know.
DAVID: Meanwhile, by the way, I've improved on my other fonts and added international characters and licensed them; they should be available commercially around October 1992.
DAVID: Why would anyone else want to know that?
DAVID: I can't say.
DAVID: So what fonts from you can shareware users look forward to in the future?
DAVID: Scumbags are stealing them is why. Plus other scumbags are converting them, without my permission, for Amiga and NExt and other computers and distributing them like baseball cards everywhere, without any READMES or acknowledgement of the font author.
DAVID: Don't you know any other words?
DAVID: I have a perfectly fine vocabulary. I even know what "slake" means.
DAVID: What were we talking about again?
DAVID: Why are you not making your fonts shareware anymore?
DAVID: Commercial vendors is why. Columbia Composers can make better money if EVERYONE who uses them pays for them instead of one-thirtieth of one percent of the people who have them.
DAVID: Is the percentage really that low?
DAVID: I don't know. I made that number up.
DAVID: So you don't know what you're talking about, really.
DAVID: I guess you could say that......
After this point we nodded off, and when we woke up eleven days later, we wrote this README.