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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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Default Folder X & QuicKeys X: Upgrade Before Panther!

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Default Folder X & QuicKeys X: Upgrade Before Panther! St. Clair Software has published version 1.9.1 of their popular Open/Save dialog enhancement utility, Default Folder X. In addition to being compatible with both Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Default Folder X 1.9.1 now tracks files opened directly from the Finder (not just through the Open dialog) and lists recent and favorite folders in a system-wide menu, in the Dock or menu bar. Furthermore, Default Folder's menus are now hierarchical. Version 1.9.1 is a free upgrade for existing users.

<http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/ release.html>

St. Clair warns that older versions of Default Folder X are not compatible with Panther. Existing Default Folder X users who upgrade to Panther (even using Archive and Install) won't be able to launch any applications! If this happens to you, log out, log in with the Shift key held down, disable the older version (remove it from the Startup Items tab of the Accounts preference pane), and then log back in. Panther will then operate normally, and you can upgrade Default Folder X at leisure. Default Folder X 1.9.1 is a 3.7 MB download.

CE Software has released a beta of QuicKeys X 2.0.2b3 to work around a similar-sounding problem; launching any other version of QuicKeys X in Panther causes every active application to quit. QuicKeys X 2.0.2b3 is an 11 MB download and comes with a registration number that's good until 19-Nov-03 if you don't already own QuicKeys X. In both cases, following Joe Kissell's advice in "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther" to delete everything from the Login Items preference pane in Jaguar before upgrading to Panther would avoid the problem. [MAN]

<http://www.cesoft.com/downloads/qkx2/ panther.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/panther/ upgrading.html>

 

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