CMS ABSplus Adds Mac OS X Restores -- CMS Peripherals has updated its Automatic Backup System Plus backup solution so it can now restore a Mac OS X system to working order, as it has been able to do with Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9 since its initial release at Macworld San Francisco in January of 2002 (see "Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives" in TidBITS-612). The ABSplus combines a FireWire hard drive with custom firmware and software that enables it to back up changed files on a Mac as soon as it's plugged in. The ABSplus can now boot a Mac in Mac OS X using the backed-up system's files, something that also wasn't previously possible. There's no question the ABSplus offers unparalleled ease-of-use for fast backup of an individual Mac, but keep in mind that it keeps only the latest version of each file. ABSplus units using FireWire bus-powered laptop hard drives are available in sizes from 10 GB to 60 GB for prices ranging from $240 to $700; larger desktop units that require external power sport 40 GB to 160 GB hard drives and cost between $300 and $600. [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.
- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives (14 Jan 02)