Reduced Distribution on CompuServe -- If you've become accustomed to downloading TidBITS from a CompuServe forum, the time has come to change your habits. We'd been thinking about dropping direct CompuServe distribution because the download counts have fallen while direct email subscriptions to CompuServe subscribers have been climbing steadily, plus CompuServe Navigator is old, clunky, and difficult to automate. However, our hand was forced a few weeks ago when our CompuServe account via ZiffNet/Mac stopped accepting our password. We have no problem with TidBITS appearing in CompuServe forums but don't plan to handle the distribution any more. If anyone wants to upload the issues, as is happening in the MACCLUB forum, feel free to do so. It's probably easier for CompuServe members to subscribe to our Internet mailing list (which already has over 800 CompuServe subscribers) by sending email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. [ACE]
Type an em-dash on an iPhone
Typography and punctuation geeks rejoice! It's easy to type an em-dash on the iPhone's or iPod touch's virtual keyboard. To do so, tap the .?123 key to switch to the numeric keypad. Then touch and hold on the Hyphen key to reveal a pop-up strip showing an em-dash. Slide to the em-dash and release your finger.
Note that this basic trick works with many other keys on the virtual keyboard.