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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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Norton Utilities 4.0 Problem Reports Abound

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Norton Utilities 4.0 Problem Reports Abound -- The much-awaited release of Norton Utilities 4.0 may have come too soon. Numerous people (including TidBITS staff members) have experienced problems - some resulting in significant data loss - after using Norton Disk Doctor 4.0. The problems vary (see TidBITS Talk and MacFixIt), but we recommend that you uninstall system-level components of Norton Utilities 4.0 and avoid running Norton Disk Doctor, particularly if you use a third-party disk formatter. The most important thing you can do is to make sure you have multiple current backups. If you wish to continue running Norton Utilities 4.0, download the 4.0.1 updater, along with a Norton Disk Doctor Special Edition that fits on a floppy and runs only if you boot from the Norton Utilities CD-ROM. (This is necessary because you can't update the version of Norton Disk Doctor on the CD-ROM.) Also, if you use Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 5.0, get the Norton AntiVirus 5.0.2 update, which addresses potentially serious problems with Norton Utilities 4.0. [ACE]

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