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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.

 
 

Evernote 5.5

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With its new descriptive search capabilities, Evernote 5.5 enables you to sift through your notes more easily by place, file contents, date ranges, and more. As you type, Evernote makes suggestions for subjects, tags, date ranges, what device originally created the note, and more. (For additional information and suggestions for using descriptive search, see this Evernote blog post.) Currently available only for English, descriptive search is promised to be applied to other localizations soon.


The update also improves business card scanning (in conjunction with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner), fixes issues with the Evernote window, and squashes a bug with syncing that may have caused crashes. (Free from Evernote or the Mac App Store, 49.5 MB)

 

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