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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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When It Bends, It's Funny. When It Breaks...

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I had beads - nay, rivulets - of sweat on my brow. Why wouldn't it open?

You guessed it: I was installing RAM in my new Mac mini. I avoided Apple's $425 price tag for a 1 GB upgrade (from the meager built-in 256 MB of RAM), and bought generic RAM for $200. I also watched Other World Computing's very clear video of how to use a putty knife to crack open the mini case.

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Perhaps I was too sanguine. I'd slipped the knife in, and starting cracking. But the noise was terrifying. I watched the plastic bow and thought, "This just can't be right, regardless of what I'd heard."

I persisted. I nicked the bottom of the case a bit, but after wiggling it this way and that and hearing awful ship's-rigging-collapsing, nightmare-tree-falling sounds, the case released its burden and allowed me access to the beautiful innards. I'd wrestled with the giant clam and snatched its pearl.

Well, I snatched a 256 MB memory module. I put the new 1 GB module in, sealed her back up - just a little worse than re-sealing a Tupperware-brand container - and fired the puppy up.

Happy as a clam, it booted.

 

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