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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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Retrospect Updater Addresses Two Problems

Retrospect Updater Addresses Two Problems -- Dantz Development has released updaters for Retrospect Express and Retrospect Desktop/Workgroup/Server, addressing two problems with the company's new backup software, reviewed in "Retrospect 5.0 Enables Mac OS X Backups" in TidBITS-624Show full article

Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2 Syncs with Palms

Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2 Syncs with Palms -- Hot on the heels of the new Palm Desktop 4.0 (see "Palm Desktop 4.0 Released" in TidBITS-622), Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2 for Mac OS X, which adds Palm synchronization capabilities back to the popular calendar and contact managerShow full article

QuicKeys X 1.5 Adds Menu Support

QuicKeys X 1.5 Adds Menu Support -- CE Software has released QuicKeys X 1.5, a new version of its automation utility (see "QuicKeys X: The Return of the Ghost" in TidBITS-602)Show full article

New Book Documents iPhoto Features and Quirks

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An Even Dozen TidBITS

This issue of TidBITS marks our 12th anniversary of continuous publication on the Internet. On some of our previous anniversaries I've written about the early history of TidBITS, lessons we've learned over the years, and how things have changed from the early daysShow full article

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