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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/24-Oct-05

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Internal Drive Reports Failing SMART Tests -- When Disk Utility reports a hard drive's SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) status as failing, is it time to retire the drive, or can it still be used? (11 messages)

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New video-capable iPod -- Apple has been careful to note that the new iPod is a music player that also plays video, leading to a discussion of the company's marketing. (5 messages)

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Multi-service IM clients -- Readers look at programs that can communicate to all of the major instant-messaging services, versus having to run separate programs for each service. (2 messages)

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Apple's update barrage -- Apple updated nearly all of its product line in the last month. What can we look forward to seeing at Macworld Expo in January? (6 messages)

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AirPort Extreme power adapter -- This vital piece of hardware disappeared during a reader's move, so where can he find a replacement? (2 messages)

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AirPort Internet sharing problem -- A reader needs advice on setting up his Macs so that his Power Mac at work can act as a wireless base station for his laptop. (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>