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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/12-Jun-06

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GraphicConverter and RAW files -- A user's photo files appear to be shrinking when converting from RAW to TIFF, which doesn't seem right. (4 messages)

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Utilities for Multiple Monitor Users -- Are three monitors too many? A reader finds himself dragging dragging dragging the mouse, but solutions exist that can help cut the repetition while still taking advantage of all that screen real estate. (9 messages)

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FileMaker Mobile 8 and the Future of PDAs -- Joe Kissell's article from last week coaxes responses from readers who have used FileMaker Mobile 8. It also spurs discussion of whether a better solution might be Web-enabled portable databases, and how easily such a thing could be built. (8 messages)

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Color problem with OSX 10.4, especially with iPhoto -- Some strange color artifacts make one reader question the health of his system, and others chime in with suggestions for solving the problem. (2 messages)

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Firefox Upgrades and Other Problems -- Firefox's auto-update feature leads one reader to suspect that his Internet connection might be compromised. (6 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>