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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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Apple Drops Prices on Power Mac G3 Systems

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The Power Macintosh G3 desktop computers, described in "Three New Macs and a PowerBook" in TidBITS 404, have proven to be one of Apple's best-selling product lines; this week, Apple reduced their prices, which historically indicates new, faster units will be introduced in the next several weeks. The low-end G3 desktop - with a 233 MHz PowerPC G3 processor, 512K of Level 2 backside cache, 32 MB RAM, 4 GB hard disk, and 24x CD-ROM drive - is now available for $1,699 (a $300 reduction), and some higher-end models have been reduced by as much as $500. Apple also announced price cuts from $150 to $200 on many of its AppleVision displays, although prices for PowerBook G3 models were not changed. The price reduction not mentioned in Apple's announcement involves the 20th Anniversary Macintosh, which debuted last summer with a $7,500 price tag (see "The 20th Anniversary Mac Comes for Tea" in TidBITS 387). The sleek, limited edition units with outstanding Bose audio systems are now available from Apple for a scant $2,000 (and possibly for even less from other sources), although the new price presumably doesn't include delivery and concierge services. At the new price, the 20th Anniversary Macs are almost designer computers for the rest of us.


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