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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.

 
 

Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0

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Apple has released Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0 for the lucky few who have received their shiny new Mac Pro models (see “Mac Pro Available to Order, Shipping in February 2014,” 20 December 2013). This firmware update improves system reliability during reboot, resolves an issue with memory self-test, and improves graphics power management when using Boot Camp. As always, be careful not to interrupt the update process when applying a firmware update. (Free, 4.7 MB)

 

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