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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 

 

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Could there be a more difficult program to compete with than the Finder? After all, it's not just ubiquitous, but for most people, it is the Macintosh interface. But the Finder has its shortcomings, and if you'd like to have a slew of tweaky options and capabilities that the Finder doesn't provide, Cocoatech's Path Finder is worth a look. It can show the full contents of many file types in its preview drawer, provide a drop stack to simplify moving items between folders while in column view, put a Trash on your Desktop, and a lot more. It also builds in numerous common utilities, including a PDF viewer, a terminal, an image editor and viewer, and a disk image creator, among others. For lots of folks, Path Finder is serious competition for the Finder.

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