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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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Take Control News/20-Mar-06

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New Take Control Ebooks Cover GarageBand 3 -- Regardless of your musical experience, if you want to make the most of GarageBand 3, follow along with Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert as he shows you how to work creatively with GarageBand and get the most out of its features. In "Take Control of Making Music with GarageBand," you'll find step-by-step directions for using GarageBand's built-in loops to plan, edit, mix, and export a tune, and in "Take Control of Recording Music with GarageBand," Jeff covers how to get the most out of existing gear and what to purchase, as well as real-world recording studio techniques, using a mic, and applying effects. Both ebooks include linked-in audio that lets you listen to Jeff's examples while you read about them. If you own an older version of one of these ebooks, click the Check for Updates button on the cover of your copy to find update information.

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"Take Control of Podcasting" Goes Live as a Free Podcast -- If "Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac" helped give you podcasting fever, be sure to tune in to author Andy Affleck's new "Take Control of Podcasting" podcast to learn more and stay up to date with the latest developments in the field. The first full-length episode covers the new podcasting features in GarageBand 3 (complete with sound effects!) and Monbots in Sound Studio 3, and includes an interview with fellow Take Control author Kirk McElhearn about iTunes, podcasts, and Skype.


You can hear even more of Andy's dulcet tones on the popular MacVoices podcast as host Chuck Joiner interviews Andy Affleck about podcasting and his ebook:



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