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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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After a flashy Comdex announcement last year (and by the way, the prototype shown there and in the press was purely a prototype and not a production design at all), little more has been heard about Apple's Newton project. Current rumors point to a smaller "Newt" and a larger 6" x 8" "Newton Sr." that will include more collaborative capabilities. Apple seems to be backing off a bit on the general purpose uses of the Newton, perhaps because handwriting recognition is so deucedly hard to do well. Another factor may be Eo's PDA-like device based on the RISC-based Hobbit chip from AT&T. The Eo device is aimed much more at personal communications rather than digital assisting, whatever that may be. More information may come out at Macworld SF next week.

 

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