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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.

 
 

DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.1

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DEVONtechnologies has released a significant update to all editions of its information management applications, DEVONthink and DEVONnote. DEVONthink and DEVONnote version 2.1 include a long list of changes, described in detail in the products’ release notes. Highlights include a completely revised Clip to DEVONthink bookmarklet for capturing data from Web pages; a welcome and support assistant that provides access to tips, tutorials, downloadable extras, and more; workspaces, which save every aspect of your work environment and let you switch from one arrangement to another instantly; an improved Sorter, which is now available in all editions of DEVONthink (but not in DEVONnote); a Google Chrome browser extension; and numerous other improvements, including many bug fixes. (DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, free update; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, free update; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, free update; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, free update)

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DEVONthink 2 offers a slew of features for defeating information overload, but mastering its power is easier with real-world advice from DEVONthink power-user Joe Kissell. He helps you understand what DEVONthink can do for you, the best ways to put information into DEVONthink, and how to organize it so you can find it later.

 

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