A note from a reader of my recent Spotlight article asked how to make including Spotlight Items and System Files the default search settings. My response: whatever your default search settings, create them and save them as a Smart Folder. But even after that he didn't quite grasp how to use such a Smart Folder, so I made him a little movie showing what to do. Notice how, if you summon the search criteria of the saved search, they include everything including the original search term. So now you can change the search term, keeping the other settings as defaults (or possibly adding more criteria). The same point is made on p. 67 of my Leopard ebook, but the movie is more vivid. (Hmmm, maybe we should make movie versions of everything in our books!)
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.