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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 
 

Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4

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New from Microsoft are updates to the last three versions of its flagship Office for Mac suite. According to the company, the three releases, labeled 14.1.2 for Office 2011, 12.3.0 for Office 2008, and 11.6.4 for Office 2004, are all aimed at security, addressing eight important vulnerabilities focused on specially crafted Excel files that an attacker could use to overwrite the contents of a computer’s memory with malicious code. Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2 also fixes several bugs in Outlook and Word. (Free updates; 109 MB, 333 MB, 13 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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Comments about Microsoft Office 2011 14.1.2, 2008 12.3.0, and 2004 11.6.4
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Mark G  2011-06-27 06:09
Biggest and buggiest release of an update patch ever by Microsoft. I had to actually stop using Outlook and go back to using Apple Mail and iCal. Outlook 2011 simply doesn't work after the update.
achabot  2011-06-28 06:28
Once again, MS AutoUpdate shows itself for the poorly designed software it is.

Upon reading this news in Tidbits, I checked for Updates, and AutoUpdate told me I had 3 to install. Great. Click "Install" and wait for them to install, right? Nope. In order to do the first installation, I have to quit AutoUpdate. And of course that means that only one installation takes place, requiring me to reboot a MS application and redo the process. I wonder when they will fix this....
Leonard Campbell  2011-07-11 12:14
I get a message that I don't have the correct system. 10.6.8 isn't the right system? The pages I get say the same thing!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-07-11 13:43
Interesting. These updates came out slightly before 10.6.8, but it's surprising that they would check for that, since Microsoft would have known 10.6.8 was due out soon. Do you get different results if you download manually versus using Microsoft Auto Update?