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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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VMware Fusion 6.0.3 and Fusion 6.0.3 Professional

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VMware has updated its popular virtualization package VMware Fusion to version 6.0.3 with standard and Professional editions, both of which resolve OpenSSL security vulnerabilities related to the Heartbleed bug (see “The Normal Person’s Guide to the Heartbleed Vulnerability,” 9 April 2014). The release also resolves an issue that prevented USB devices from connecting to a virtual machine, improves performance and compatibility with USB audio and video devices, reduces the number of crashes when your Mac comes out of sleep mode, and improves support for using two monitors with the same virtual machine. It also prevents several instances of a screen or window turning black, including when returning to the Mac desktop while the virtual machine is running, resizing a Windows XP virtual machine window, and using an Apple TV as an external display. ($59.99/129.99 new, free updates, 514 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

 

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