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The cranky user: Performance anxiety (02 Feb 2005)
Many modern systems use antialiasing to render text. This makes text easier to read and can substantially improve the usability of low-resolution monitors and LCD displays. On the downside, antialiasing sucks up a lot of processing power. Visual effects like drop shadows behind windows and menus, transparent menus and effects, and real-time effects also consume a lot of processing power. The catch for computer makers is that most users expect them.
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