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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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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of SuperSync

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iTunes is a fine program in many ways, but its designers seem never to have considered how it might be used in a family situation, or even by a single user with multiple computers. Just because you have multiple Macs, or use a Windows PC at work, doesn't mean you want each one to have a completely independent iTunes library. Unfortunately, moving music, movies, and playlists from one library to another is a hassle.

Enter SuperSync, from the company of the same name. Its claim to fame is that it can synchronize two or more iTunes libraries on networked computers - across a LAN or the Internet. It can move the music files themselves, update iTunes, and even update just metadata changes like play counts, ratings, and so on. The program is extremely flexible and customizable, which can make for a complex interface, but that's a small price to pay for being able, for instance, to synchronize just certain playlists, or only videos in .m4v format. And the fact that you can do it bidirectionally means that you don't have to worry about changes on one Mac being overwritten by changes on another. SuperSync even works under Windows, if you want to sync your Mac's music with your Windows machine at work. Other useful features include the capability to compare and merge libraries, find duplicate tracks and corrupt files, access your music library over the Web, and listen to your music from an iPhone, iPod touch, or even TiVo. SuperSync costs $29 for a 2-pak version, $39 for a 5-pak, and $49 for a 10-pak, but you can enter to win a 5-pak in our DealBITS drawing this week.

Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on SuperSync, so be sure to enter at the DealBITS page. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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