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Is it a Unicode Font?

To determine if your font is Unicode-compliant, with all its characters coded and mapped correctly, choose the Font in any program (or in Font Book, set the preview area to Custom (Preview > Custom), and type Option-Shift-2.

If you get a euro character (a sort of uppercase C with two horizontal lines through its midsection), it's 99.9 percent certain the font is Unicode-compliant. If you get a graphic character that's gray rounded-rectangle frame with a euro character inside it, the font is definitely not Unicode-compliant. (The fact that the image has a euro sign in it is only coincidental: it's the image used for any missing currency sign.)

This assumes that you're using U.S. input keyboard, which is a little ironic when the euro symbol is the test. With the British keyboard, for instance, Option-2 produces the euro symbol if it's part of the font.

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TidBITS Virtual Server Move: Check Your Spam Filters

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Late last week, we moved our virtual server from Rackspace to Linode in an attempt to eliminate problems related to traffic spikes. In theory, you shouldn’t notice any difference at all, but since we reconfigured the new server from scratch rather than attempting to move the image, it’s possible that some things broke in the process. In fact, lots of little things did break, but we’ve fixed all those that we know about. If you do run across something that doesn’t work right, let me know and we’ll track it down.

However, there is one aspect of the move that may affect you: the IP address of the new virtual server has to be different from the old one, and that change may drop us out of some ISP spam whitelists. (Yahoo is particularly bad about this, but Yahoo’s hyperactive spam filtering has already caused most yahoo.com subscribers to bounce — sorry!)

So, should it come up, our new server is at 173.255.250.214; the previous one was at 184.106.219.205. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and fingers crossed that the move will eliminate the downtime we’ve experienced of late when one of our articles appeared in Google News or Daring Fireball.

 

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