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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9 July 2012

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Keyboard Maestro 5.3.1 -- Stairways Software has released version 5.3.1 of its Keyboard Maestro automation utility, which fixes an issue with executing Automator workflows in the upcoming release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. This maintenance release also patches some memory leaks, resolves a performance issue with the Button Condition, provides Growl notification when a timeout cancels a macro, fixes a performance issue with getting the Finder’s selection, fixes the SECONDS() function, allows “APPLICATION” in the menu condition, and ensures that triple click actions perform correctly. The Mac App Store version of Keyboard Maestro 5.3.1 (not yet available as of this writing) now includes a fix that avoids “no autorelease pool” warnings when launching the engine. ($36 new from Stairways Software or the Mac App Store, free update, $25 upgrade from versions previous to 5.0, 17.7 MB, release notes)

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SpamSieve 2.9.2 -- C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.2, which improves compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and updates some graphics for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The latest release of the spam-filtering software also updates its recommended condition for Apple Mail rules to Every Message from Message Type Is Mail, and your rules will be auto-updated when you next open Mail in 10.7 Lion. Additionally, the release provides a workaround for a bug that prevented the app from analyzing some message attachments properly, reverts to Growl SDK 1.2.3 to prevent high CPU usage and crashes, improves reporting of unexpected errors and script errors from Apple Mail, and updates several sections of the manual. ($30 new, free update, 10 MB, release notes)

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Hazel 3.0.9 -- Noodlesoft has released version 3.0.9 of its file cleanup utility Hazel, which updates some icons and fixes some issues when viewing the app with the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as adding a Developer ID that allows the app to be installed without difficulty when using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. Hazel 3.0.9 also displays more-accurate error reporting in its preview, prevents a whole pattern getting deleted when you delete a custom token, and fixes an issue with the incomplete downloads setting that was causing prediction errors. ($25 new, free update from version 3.x, $10 upgrade from previous version, 5.2 MB, release notes)

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ClamXav 2.3.1 -- Mark Allan has released ClamXav 2.3, which updates the free virus-checking software to the current 0.97.5 release of the open-source ClamAV antivirus engine. It has also been signed with a Developer ID that’s used by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper security feature. While not implemented in this version, the new release does roll in support for future sandboxing. Additionally, ClamXav 2.3 brings select all and copy functions to the Infected List, reworks ClamXav Sentry to keep its RAM usage at a lower and more constant level, adds support for system-wide preferences, adds Italian localization, and makes modifications to the French localization.

A few days after the release of version 2.3, ClamXav was updated to version 2.3.1 with a fix for a bug that prevented the operation of scheduled scans as well as a temporary fix for a ClamXav Sentry bug that scanned folders in their entirety (rather than just new files added to a watched folder). Allan notes that ClamXav users still running 10.4 Tiger should not download this update, but instead download version 2.2.1 and turn off the application update checking preference. (Free from Allan’s Web site or from the Mac App Store (not yet updated), 16.5 MB)

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