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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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Cleaning Windows

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Cleaning Windows -- Last issue in NetBITS Updates, we expressed confusion that no one writing about Microsoft's attempts to offer versions of its Windows 95 operating system without Internet Explorer mentioned that the original Windows 95 system was still in use on tens of millions of machines. But Rob Hagopian <> pointed out an extremely valid reason why the original release isn't worthwhile:


The old version of Windows 95 does not run correctly on machines built with the latest PC chipsets (from Intel, primarily). In addition to the lack of USB (Universal Serial Bus) support in the older versions, some incompatibilities have been noted with the TX chipset and older versions of Windows 95. Just as older system software for the Mac may not run on newer computers, running the previous version of Windows 95 on new machines is not a good thing.
Why Microsoft can't remove Internet Explorer and leave in the 2 DLLs is another issue.


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