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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.

 

 

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Server Stamina with Keep It Up 2.1

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Karl Pottie has released Keep It Up 2.1, the latest version of his widely used server application monitoring tool. Version 2.1 includes a few bug fixes, adds the capability to view log files produced by Keep It Up or other programs via the Web and to quit all programs except for Keep It Up and the Finder. Keep It Up 2.0 added remote management capabilities via a private, password-protected HTTP server, enabling administrators to quit and launch applications, gather system information, or restart the machine. The $22 shareware Keep It Up is a 248K download.

 

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