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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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"Take Control of Safari 4" Guides Readers Beyond Basic Browsing

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We've just released "Take Control of Safari 4," a new book by long-time Mac author Sharon Zardetto. We've had many requests for a thorough explanation of Apple's Safari Web browser, and the beta of Safari 4 inspired Sharon to comb through the program, documenting exactly how it works for those who would like to learn a few non-obvious features so they can get more out of the program. If, to pick just a few of the topics covered, you've been slacking off on learning how to organize your bookmarks into a highly useful bookmarks bar, if you've never bothered to learn the keyboard shortcuts for working with tabs efficiently, or if you've always wanted to read RSS feeds but never quite figured them out, this 92-page book is for you. It's available in both PDF ($10) and print ($19.99) formats.

In "Take Control of Safari 4," you'll learn about new features like Top Sites and searching the page content of your bookmarks and history, and you'll get answers to questions like these:

  • How do I load six Web pages at once?
  • Now that I've loaded six pages, how do I best work with them?
  • What are all the keyboard shortcuts for working with tabs?
  • How do I bookmark a page I want to return to?
  • How do I import Firefox bookmarks?
  • I have 1,042 bookmarks. Is there a sensible way to search or organize them?
  • What are the default keyboard shortcuts for the bookmarks bar?
  • Can I search for text on the currently active Web page?
  • How do I erase my history to prevent someone from snooping through it?
  • Where does Safari store Web site user names and passwords?
  • Help! However Safari stored my password, it doesn't work any more!
  • How do I use Safari to read RSS headlines from different sites?
  • How do I "snip" a Web page to make it into a Dashboard widget?

Needless to say, if you already consider yourself sufficiently expert in Safari and other Web browsers, you probably won't learn that much from the book, but you might consider picking up a copy, skimming it for new tips and tricks, and then giving it to a friend or relative whose Web browsing techniques drive you crazy (you know, your buddy who insists on typing out every URL in its entirety, or your family member who hasn't picked up the utility of Command-clicking links).

 

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