i am afraid that is the new design but what might help if you have a wheel mouse is to hold control and use the wheel at the same time should help to make the print larger, i must admit i am not too impressed with the font size either.
If you use a different browser say either Mozilla or Opera you can zoom the text size to 200% which will give you text size of over a quarter inch. Can you not also zoom the text from the view menu? Here using Mozilla and have zoomed the text so it can be easily read several feet away.
I wear spectacles and am beginning to find the small font size a bit of an eye strain, but I don't see why I should have to change my resolution to 800 x 600 every time I want to visit this site. It would be a lot more acceptable if the text size could be adjusted by using Crtl + centre mouse wheel. Only the black dots against the topics at the head of the page change in size when I do this.
As mentioned above. If you are using I.E.6 browser click on VIEW (top line left) and then click on text size. This gives 5 choices. Click on LARGEST. If this is still not big enough for you then install another free browser. Mozilla and Opera have more options and you can get the text size to a 300% increase if you so wish. This way you do not have to keep altering the screen resolution.