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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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SpamSieve 2.0.1 Improves Accuracy

SpamSieve 2.0.1 Improves Accuracy -- Michael Tsai has released SpamSieve 2.0.1, a major upgrade to his helpful Bayesian filtering-based anti-spam tool (see "Tools We Use: SpamSieve" in TidBITS-667 for a review)Show full article

Microsoft Office X 10.1.5 Released

Microsoft Office X 10.1.5 Released -- Microsoft earlier this month released Microsoft Office X 10.1.5, an update to the business suite which tackles stability issues with PowerPoint, Excel, and Visual Basic for ApplicationsShow full article

New PowerBooks Announced in Paris

At Apple Expo in Paris last week, Steve Jobs at long last unveiled the long-awaited update to the Titanium PowerBook G4. The new aluminum-clad 15-inch PowerBook G4 offers two configurations with a choice of a 1 GHz or 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 processor (both with 512K of on-chip level 2 cache, which, according to Apple, makes up for the lack of a level 3 cache that was present in some earlier PowerBook G4s), Combo drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM) or SuperDrive (CD-RW/DVD-R), 60 GB or 80 GB hard drive, and an AirPort Extreme card (hopefully with better range than the abysmal Titanium PowerBook G4)Show full article

Apple Releases Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

At last week's Apple Expo in Paris, Apple introduced the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, a pair of Bluetooth-based wireless input devices for Macs running Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later with Bluetooth capabilities (either built in or provided by an external adapter)Show full article

What's New in StuffIt Deluxe 8.0

Aladdin Systems today released StuffIt Deluxe 8.0, the latest release of one of the oldest continuously developed Macintosh programs. It's safe to say that almost every Mac user has seen some facet of StuffIt over the years, thanks to the ubiquity of the free StuffIt Expander, which Apple ships with every MacintoshShow full article

TiVo Series2 Improves on Original

I've been carrying around a dirty secret for a couple of years now. When I wrote a TidBITS article about Netflix, the DVD rental service I had used and loved for years, I had already stopped using itShow full article

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Boring headers for Eudora -- For those who want to eliminate unnecessary headers in Eudora, here's a thread for suggesting specific headers to hide. (11 messages) Asante FR1004AL can share a non-PS printer -- Some non-Postscript printers can be shared by the Asante wireless router mentioned in Adam's articleShow full article

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