Allume Ships StuffIt Deluxe and StuffIt Standard 9.0 -- Allume has upgraded their long-standing compression, archiving, and expansion utilities, improving performance (particularly on dual-processor Macs) and improving the interface and user experience. Both StuffIt Standard (comprised of DropStuff and the free StuffIt Expander) and StuffIt Deluxe 9.0 include an improved version of DropStuff that provides a single interface to creating StuffIt, Zip, and .tar archives. DropStuff can also now archive files directly to CD/DVD and FTP servers, eliminating the need to create an archive and then burn or upload; if an archive is larger than a single CD or DVD, DropStuff automatically segments it on the fly. On the other side of the equation, the new StuffIt Expander makes restoring archived files to their original locations easier. Changes in StuffIt Deluxe 9.0 include an enhanced ArchiveAssistant tool that helps users archive any folder to any local or network drive, CD/DVD, FTP server, or iDisk. Also improved is the StuffIt Express automation utility, which now allows distribution of automation drop boxes to others. Also, compression and expansion tasks invoked via Magic Menu and the StuffIt contextual menu are now multi-threaded, so you can keep using the Finder while they run. StuffIt Standard costs $50 (although StuffIt Expander remains free as part of the 6.3 MB demo download); upgrades from any previous version are $20. StuffIt Deluxe costs $80, with upgrades from previous versions of StuffIt Standard or StuffIt Deluxe at $30. Both require Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [ACE]
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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