On the way in this morning I was listening to the most recent episode of the This Developer’s Life podcast which is all about fonts. I decided to spend a few minutes this morning sprucing up the fonts on my Windows XP desktop. The first thing I found was the ClearType Tuner PowerToy from Microsoft . Microsoft developed ClearType ages ago, but it was disabled by default on XP (enabled on Vista and 7). I turned that on and instantly everything looked better. Highly recommended if you still have XP.
Then I set about finding a better monospaced font in Eclipse than Courier. I found a number of suggestions for Consolas, a font Microsoft developed for Visual Studio. Download it if you don’t already have it. Other popular suggestions were DejaVu Mono and Andale Mono. Give them a try.