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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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Poll Preview: Digital Video Editing

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Poll Preview: Digital Video Editing -- With the new iMac DV machines and iMovie software, Apple is targeting a potentially nascent market for consumers who want to edit digital video. Previous attempts to tap the market, as with the Performa 6400 video editing systems, failed to catch on. So the poll question on our home page this week is, how appealing do you find the iMac DV's digital video capabilities? [ACE]

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