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.
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.
MacNotables Podcast on Email Clients
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and