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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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DealBITS Drawing: Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro

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For many people outside of large cities, the Internet has revitalized radio, vastly increasing the amount of content - both spoken word and music - that's available. But most of it is streamed, making it just as disrespectful of our time as television for those without a VCR or DVR. With Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro, however, you can have your Internet radio and eat it after dinner (or whenever and wherever you like) too. It's a slick application that lets you record audio from almost any source to a digital format, making it useful not just for recording Internet radio programs for later listening on your iPod, but also for ripping your old vinyl albums to MP3.

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In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Audio Hijack Pro 2.1.1, each worth $32. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Audio Hijack Pro, so if you've been considering converting your LPs to MP3 or scheduling a regular recording of Car Talk, be sure to enter at the DealBITS page linked below. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy. Be careful with your spam filters, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won.

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