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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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Firefox 18

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Reaching voting age in record time, Mozilla has released Firefox 18 with the new IonMonkey JavaScript compiler, which Mozilla claims will improve the speed of Web apps and games by up to 25 percent. The new release also gets Retina display support (joining the already Retina-fied Safari and Chrome Web browsers) for those running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later. It also adds “preliminary” support for the Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) open framework that enables in-browser video chat capabilities. Other changes include improved performance when switching tabs, improved image quality thanks to a new HTML scaling algorithm, a fix that disables insecure content from loading on HTTPS pages, and improved proxy responsiveness. Note that if you haven’t opened Firefox in a while and allowed the automatic updates to be applied, you’ll have to go through multiple updates to get to Firefox 18 (our version needed to jump first from 16.0.1 to 17.0.1 and then to 18). (Free, 36.6 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Firefox 18

Lisa Spangenberg  2013-01-09 10:11
I think the most telling part of this article was this bit:

Note that if you haven’t opened Firefox in awhile and allowed the automatic updates to be applied, you’ll have to go through multiple updates to get to Firefox 18 (our version needed to first jump from 16.0.1 to 17.0.1 and then to 18).

I'm not sure I've actually used Firefox other than to check a Website in about two years . . .
Agen Schmitz  2013-01-09 10:46
I switched to Chrome full time in the autumn as I was experiencing a lot of RAM hogging by Firefox. I still miss the customizable search engine field, but things are definitely smoother with Chrome.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-09 11:05
Chrome has single-key search shortcuts - look in chrome://chrome/settings/searchEngines

I use this a lot to search TidBITS, Amazon, and Google (since I have the omnibox set to do Google Browse By Name, per http://tidbits.com/article/12099 )
Steve Nicholson  2013-01-09 10:59
Reaching voting age in record time
I shudder to think what will happen when Firefox reaches drinking age!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-09 11:05
It's drinking now, just surreptitiously. ;-)
Jesse the K  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2013-01-14 17:46
On my shiny new Macbook Pro Retina, it zoomed to 102% of (8gig) available ram in five minutes. I think Firefox 18 already has a wooden leg.