You Beta Be AfRAID of Norton -- Mark James <firstname.lastname@example.org> has identified a severe incompatibility between the public beta of Norton Utilities 4.0 for the Macintosh and volumes formatted with SoftRAID, the RAID software currently bundled with Apple servers. When repairing a striped volume, Norton Utilities apparently changes the partition type to HFS, thereby rendering all striped volumes inaccessible. Independent sources confirm this problem also applies to Apple RAID, RAIDware, ImageRAID, and FWB's RAID ToolKit. Symantec should be able to fix this problem quickly, and while anyone who's been nipped by this issue has our sympathies, it's beyond us why people would be running pre-release disk repair software on an important disk without top-notch backups. (And if you don't have top-notch backups, check out Adam's recent article series on the subject.) [GD]
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.