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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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Apple Introduces $49 Mac Pro Security Lock

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If you purchased the new, 2013-era Mac Pro, you might have been dumbfounded to discover that the tiny, yet expensive, desktop machine did not feature a standard security slot to prevent a ne’er-do-well from taking it off your desk.

Now Apple has introduced a solution: a $49 clamp-on Kensington lock adapter, which is compatible with most computer security locks and also prevents your Mac Pro from being opened. Unfortunately, for $49, you get only the bracket, not a lock to go with it, which will set you back another five to thirty dollars.


Given that the Mac Pro starts at $2,999, it’s a bit infuriating that Apple is charging another $49 for what should be a standard feature. On the other hand, $49 isn’t much to add a slight bit of protection to such an expensive piece of hardware (Still mulling over the cost of a Mac Pro? See Julio Ojeda-Zapata’s “Can a Normal User Justify a Mac Pro?,” 21 April 2014).

Hopefully Apple will offer a similar solution for the MacBook Air and the newer MacBook Pro with Retina Display, neither of which features a security slot.


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Arthur Sauer  2014-07-03 14:03
After a long search I found this for the MacBook Pro Retina:
I do not understand what goes on in the minds of people that decide that this "feature" is completely useless. I use computers in theaters... I need a lock, or I have to walk around with my laptops all day...
B. Jefferson Le Blanc  2014-07-07 19:08
Considering the cost of a Mac Pro Apple should include this locking device as a standard feature on the computer. After all, it was they who designed the Mac Pro so that it needs an ancillary device to connect to a lock. In effect, they created a problem so that they could charge for the solution. That's not innovation. It's exploitation - and their customers are the chumps being exploited.