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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/10-Oct-05

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Creating PDF-based ebooks -- A reader runs into difficulty creating PDF files that work well for print and online reading, and finds answers in TidBITS Talk. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X CAD programs -- What programs are available for the Mac for creating architectural drawings? Programs spanning the range from professional to entry-level are discussed. (8 message)

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Apple Cracks Down on Google AdWords -- Adam's article about Google's restriction on terms such as "Mac" generates similar stories and discussion from readers. (10 messages)

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Virtual PC 7.x: How deep? Is the latest version of Virtual PC good enough to use in place of a Windows-based PC? (4 messages)

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Power Mac G5/1.8: The buggiest Mac ever? The Power Mac G5 1.8 GHz model seems to be more trouble-prone than others, but it depends on what you measure it against, and whether rumor outweighs reality. (3 messages)

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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,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>