MacNotables Podcast on Email Clients -- Few types of software engender the same level of loyalty as email clients. It makes some sense; an email program is the communications lifeline to the world for many of us, instant messaging notwithstanding, and we all end up with a lot of data - messages, addresses, carefully constructed folder hierarchies - in our email programs that would be difficult to transfer to another client. But at the same time, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. Entourage just picked up Spotlight and Sync Services support that was previously enjoyed only by Mail users; Mailsmith has killer filtering capabilities; and Eudora offers a level of serious geekiness that many people swear by. If you're considering a switch to a new email program or just want some confirmation that your current program is the right one for your needs, tune in to the latest MacNotables podcast. In it, I, Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, and Chuck Joiner discuss what we like and don't like about our current email programs and others we've used, including Eudora, Mail, Entourage, PowerMail, Mailsmith, Gmail, and yes, even Elm. This was definitely one of my favorite episodes of MacNotables, so if you're at all interested in the world of email on the Mac, give it a listen.
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.