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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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Ambrosia Releases Snapz Pro X 2.0

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Ambrosia Releases Snapz Pro X 2.0 -- Ambrosia Software has released a major update to Snapz Pro X, their utility for making screenshots and recording movies of on-screen actions under Mac OS X. Much of Ambrosia's attention went toward improving Snapz Pro X's video capture capabilities, which enable it to capture full-motion video, complete with digital audio and an optional microphone voiceover. For those of us who use Snapz Pro X primarily for static screenshots, Ambrosia streamlined the interface, added a live preview so you can see the results of different settings, provided a FatBits mode for close-ups, and more. On the downside, installing Snapz Pro X 2.0 seems to have had the effect of wiping out all my Startup Items, so I recommend recording your list before installing, just in case. Snapz Pro X 2.0 Movie Capture costs $70, and upgrades from Snapz Pro X 1.0 Movie Capture are $20, or $40 from Snapz Pro X 1.0 Image Capture (the version that's not licensed for capturing video). If you don't need movie capture, Snapz Pro X 2.0 Image Capture costs $30, and upgrades from the previous version are free (just download the demo and it should pick up your registration information; Ambrosia's site is wildly confusing on this fact). It's a 5.2 MB download. [ACE]

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