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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.

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Likewise

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This little $129 network utility from Apple hasn't gotten a lot of press, but I've heard good things about it. Quite simply, Likewise allows you to set up multiple Macs over a network with identical files and system settings, a task many network administrators want to do. Apple says:

  • Configures an entire classroom at the click of a button
  • Downloads system and application programs to all Macintosh computers at once
  • More affordable and more precisely focused than sophisticated network management software
  • Easily selects network zones for configuration
  • Can update system files from a remote location
  • Allows automatic restart or shutdown after transfer
  • Administrator can update Client's system files, change Client systems to new settings, or rename all Client hard disks
  • Compatible with any AppleTalk network using LocalTalk or Ethernet
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