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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/27-Mar-06

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The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster.

How to covert a music file to a Podcast? An attempt to make iTunes see an MP3 file as a podcast leads to discussions of how iTunes handles files. (12 messages)

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Classifying memory allocations -- What are the different memory types found in Activity Monitor? (9 messages)

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Refurb laptop battery? Is it possible to buy refurbished laptop batteries? And if so, are they worth buying? (6 messages)

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NetNewsWire and NewsGator -- Glenn's experience with the newest beta incarnation of NetNewsWire prompts talk about the service and subscription pricing. (4 messages)

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Macs for the very elderly? What considerations need to be addressed when setting up a Mac system for someone who may be facing common symptoms of age such as poor vision and hand dexterity? (6 messages)

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Mighty Mouse hardware easter egg -- Lifting a Mighty Mouse (and other Apple mice) reveals a mouse-shaped light pattern. See the pictures here! (2 messages)

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Music licensing for podcasts -- Learn guidelines for legally using music in podcasts. (3 messages)

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Photo metadata redux -- Where does Mac OS X store photo metadata? (3 messages)

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Setting window layout on discs and disk images -- Adam's experiences trying to burn a disc with specific window placement leads to someone else's solution to a similar problem. (1 message)

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Recovering music from the iTunes Music Store -- A reader is able to re-download the songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, even though Apple doesn't make it an official policy. (2 messages)

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Installing reluctant drivers -- A reader looks for help when trying to get a USB-to-Ethernet adapter working under Mac OS 9. (1 message)

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Five Years of Mac OS X -- Mac OS X turned 5 years old on 24-Mar-06, and what changes we've seen in that time! (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>