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In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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This little $129 network utility from Apple hasn't gotten a lot of press, but I've heard good things about it. Quite simply, Likewise allows you to set up multiple Macs over a network with identical files and system settings, a task many network administrators want to do. Apple says:

  • Configures an entire classroom at the click of a button
  • Downloads system and application programs to all Macintosh computers at once
  • More affordable and more precisely focused than sophisticated network management software
  • Easily selects network zones for configuration
  • Can update system files from a remote location
  • Allows automatic restart or shutdown after transfer
  • Administrator can update Client's system files, change Client systems to new settings, or rename all Client hard disks
  • Compatible with any AppleTalk network using LocalTalk or Ethernet
Apple -- 800/950-2442

 

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