OnStream Back in the Flow -- Less than two months after the company declared bankruptcy, the assets and intellectual property of OnStream Inc. have been acquired by the newly formed Netherlands-based OnStream Data B.V. to sell and support Advanced Digital Recording (ADR) high-capacity tape drives (see "OnStream Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy" in TidBITS-573). OnStream offers 30 GB tape drives with SCSI, IDE, USB, or FireWire connections; it also sells 30 GB and 50 GB SCSI versions for server backups. When we first mentioned OnStream in TidBITS-569, we expressed concern that the ADR format (as well as the format used by Ecrix's VXA-1 drive) wasn't yet available from multiple suppliers, and therefore could be a risky choice as a backup solution should the parent company not succeed. We're happy to see OnStream's technology continue to be supported. [JLC]
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.