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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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Default Folder X 4.4.4

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St. Clair Software has released Default Folder X 4.4.4, a minor update to the company’s Open and Save dialog enhancement utility. This release adds support for Gmail and other plugin-based file dialogs in Safari 5.1 and corrects several crashes that were occurring under Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Word, Handbrake, TextSoap, and other apps. Finally, Default Folder’s menu bar menu now works with the right mouse button as well as the left. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.7 MB, release notes)


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