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Wake On Demand in Snow Leopard

Putting your Mac to sleep saves power, but it also disrupts using your Mac as a file server, among other purposes. Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard works in conjunction with an Apple base station to continue announcing Bonjour services that the sleeping computer offers.

While the requirements for this feature are complex, eligible users can toggle this feature in the Energy Saver preference pane. It's labeled Wake on Network Access for computers that can be roused either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; Wake on Ethernet Network Access or Wake on AirPort Network Access for wired- or wireless-only machines, respectively. Uncheck the box to disable this feature.

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Fission 2.1.2

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Rogue Amoeba has released Fission 2.1.2 with a fix for a bug that made it seem that the audio editing app was hanging while exporting and transcoding — even while the app was indeed diligently working away. The update improves the Start window’s memory of the state of things as well as the app’s memory of previous settings for saving and exporting. Additionally, the app improves the VoiceOver controls, corrects some issues related to re-encoding audio, improves reading of chapterized AAC files, resolves a conflict with the window-managing Moom app, fixes an issue where the Mac App Store version would fail to save to a previously specified location, and makes progress bars appear more reliably during export. ($32 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 11.5 MB, release notes)


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