Steve Jobs, 1990

It has been a month since Steve Jobs died. More and more primary source material is being released. Each interview fills in a little more about him, Apple, and just how and why computer have been influenced and changed through him.

I found a link to this
1990 interview done for PBS. Because it is in a raw, uncut format, it is even more revealing. Don’t miss it.


Writing foreign letters on Apple devices

One of the features I have really liked on my iPad and iPhone is the ease of adding foreign characters as I type. To add these letters, simply press and hold a letter that has special characters. You will see a pop-up, like this:


However, I have discovered that many iOS users have never discovered this special feature.

Many of those same users have probably missed this new, added feature in Mac OS X 10.7, Lion.

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It works much the same. Press and hold a letter such as
e, y, u, i, o, a, s, l, z, c, or n and you will see the pop-up. Then use your trackpad or mouse to move the cursor up to the correct letter and it will appear in your writing!

Of course, this means you can no longer produce words such as nooooooooo by just holding down a key to have it repeat. However, just tapping the o key will produce a string of o’s.

I’ll be back soon with more tips. However, if you need more help, we offer trouble-shooting, technical support and training over at
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