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View Extra Bluetooth Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, Option-click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar to view a few additional items in the Bluetooth menu. Specifically, it enables you to open three utility applications: Bluetooth Explorer, Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility, and PacketLogger. These are likely of interest primarily to experts, but if you're having troubles with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth Diagnostic Utility in particular may be useful. (These tools are available only if you've installed Apple's Developer Tools.)

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Safari 6.1

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If you’re not ready to upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks from 10.7.5 Lion or 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, you can get many of the features found in Safari 7.0 for Mavericks with the release of Safari 6.1. The update adds the new Shared Links and Sidebar features of Safari 7.0, as well as one-click bookmarking, Safari Power Saver (which can pause plug-in content when it’s in the background), third-party data blocking, and updated security patches. It’s available exclusively via Software Update. (Free)

 

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Comments about Safari 6.1

Crashed until I uninstalled GLIMS
Ralph Smith  2013-11-04 15:40
I have a lot of bookmarks in folders, so when viewing bookmarks I can select some within a folder and double click them to open just some of the many bookmarks that I have in a folder.
That's no longer possible.

And to delete one from the side bar it seems I have to ctl-click and use a drop down.

MAJOR setback in functionality.
Geoffrey Staines  2013-11-24 07:27
Safari 6.1 seems to be very slow, and since I installed it I have experienced two "kernel panics" -- the only times that I have ever had this problem.

Yesterday I was unable to log into my online banking site. The bank told me that they are "experiencing problems with Safari right now".
Geoffrey Staines  2013-11-25 17:08
Did I say two "kernel panics"? Make that three now.

Is there an easy way to downgrade to the previous version of Safari? If not, I may need to switch to Firefox.