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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.

 
 

ScreenFlow 3.0.5

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Telestream has released ScreenFlow 3.0.5, a maintenance update to the screencast recording app that offers a plethora of fixes and improvements. Among the highlights, the new release resolves a problem with logging in to and publishing to Vimeo, modifies the iPhone export preset for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to 480 by 320, and fixes an issue that caused occasional errors when recording PowerPoint presentations. The update includes many more minor fixes and subtle improvements. ($99 new from Telestream or the Mac App Store, free update, $29 upgrade from 2.x or 1.x, 14.1 MB)

 

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