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Spin Through Toolbar View Options

Although many people never change their toolbars from the default settings, all standard toolbars on the Mac offer six states: icon only, text only, and icon and text, with all three coming in normal and small size. You can change them by choosing View > Customize Toolbar.

But there's a shortcut that makes it easier to check out each variant. Simply Command-click the toolbar lozenge at the upper right of a window, and the toolbar switches to the next view. Click it enough times, and you cycle back to the start.

 
 

Mysterious .Mac Slowdowns in Europe

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A TidBITS reader contacted us this week wondering if we'd experienced or heard of an issue where subscribers to .Mac in Europe are seeing unusually slow download speeds (capped at roughly 768 Kbps). (More information can be found at Apple's discussion forums.) The issue doesn't appear to affect customers in the United States, prompting the reader to speculate that Apple must be deliberately throttling the bandwidth. No one on the TidBITS staff had experienced this (including Joe Kissell, who now lives in Paris), so I forwarded the message to a contact in Apple's PR department.

Now, please understand that we at TidBITS don't have some special phone line to Cupertino, though there are definitely times when we wish we did. However, this time I got a reply. According to an Apple representative, the only time bandwidth is restricted is when a .Mac customer has exceeded his or her allotted data transfer limit (currently 100 GB per month "for full members and Family Pack master accounts, and 25 GB for Family Pack sub-accounts.") There's no other policy limiting bandwidth, especially based on geography. She also said that Apple is looking into the issue to determine what could be causing the slowdown.

 

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