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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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Apple Bargain Basement

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A lot of people had to quiet down when Apple introduced the Classic, LC, and IIsi because those machines aren't priced to compete with workstations. They are quite affordable (though it's still easy to find PC users bellyaching about how expensive Macs are), and Apple has lowered prices on a number of other machines to spread the savings across the product line.

                   New Suggested Retail Price          Reduction
     Mac IIfx 4/floppy          $7,369                   $1,600
     Mac IIfx 4/80HD            $8,069                   $1,800
     Mac IIfx 4/160HD           $8,669                   $2,300
 
     Mac IIci 4/floppy          $5,269                   $700
     Mac IIci 4/80HD            $5,969                   $700
 
     Mac SE/30 4/40HD           $3,369                   $1000
     Mac SE/30 4/80HD           $3,869                   $1700
 
     Personal LaserWriter NT    $2,599                   $700
     LaserWriter II NT          $3,999                   $500
     LaserWriter II NTX         $4,999                   $1000

In addition to these new prices, Apple is increasing the standard memory for the IIsi to 3 MB (we think that Apple will accomplish this using 512K SIMMs in the IIsi) and for the IIci to 5 MB. With the price of RAM these days, the move allows Apple to get rid of some 256K SIMMs in the IIci's and make a few friends in the process.

And finally, Apple officially dropped IIcx and IIx. Considering how useful they still are to those who own them, I doubt that muttering anything to the effect "Rest in peace" would be appropriate, especially considering that you can upgrade a IIcx to a IIci and a IIx to a IIfx.

Information from:
Mark H. Anbinder -- mha@memory.uucp
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