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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.


DealBITS Drawing: TextExpander Winners

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DealBITS Drawing: TextExpander Winners -- Congratulations to Raymond Cheydleur of, Mac Carter of, Ken Marcus of, Hugh Lester of, and David Steffens of, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of SmileOnMyMac's TextExpander, worth $29.95. Everyone who entered the drawing also received a $10 discount off the purchase of TextExpander. Thanks to the 765 people who entered, and keep an eye out for future DealBITS drawings! [ACE]



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