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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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Action Menus for Free -- For a limited (though unspecified) amount of time, Power On Software is giving the Macintosh community a holiday gift of their $30 menu utility Action Menus (download version only, and one copy per person). With Action Menus, you can create custom menus; populate them with files, folders, and volumes; use a variety of automatically generated menus of recent, favorite, and frequently used files, folders and servers; assign keyboard shortcuts to any menu items; and more. Action Menus works under Mac OS 8.6 through 9.2, as well as in Mac OS X's Classic mode. I've long been fond of Action Menus, and it's worthwhile for anyone using Mac OS 9 heavily. If you're primarily using Mac OS X, take a moment to fill out Power On's Mac OS X survey so they can better prioritize bringing their utilities to Mac OS X. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
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