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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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WriteMoving Ribbon

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WriteMoving Ribbon -- Mark H. Anbinder writes:

One nifty feature of the new GCC printer is its "ribbon saving" feature. GCC's dealer material describes it like this:

"In order to print more quickly, the WriteMove II's ribbon cartridge continues to spool even as it passes over white spaces in your document. GCC has engineered a means by which you can choose to spool ribbon over white spaces, and therefore maximize the speed of the printer, or choose to stop ribbon spooling and conserve the ribbon. If speed is important, choose High Speed Printing. If it is less important, you can conserve ribbon by adjusting the speed downwards.

"Note that you should always use High Speed Printing when using the Multi Strike Ribbon."

I applaud GCC for leaving the choice of whether to optimize printing time or consumables usage in the user's hands. They have revealed a failing of most devices that use ribbons, and have taken it upon themselves to resolve the problem.

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Mark H. Anbinder, Contributing Editor

 

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