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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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NoteBook 2.1 Adds Syncing, Cornell Note-Taking System

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NoteBook 2.1 Adds Syncing, Cornell Note-Taking System -- Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 2.1, a notable (heh!) upgrade to their information organizing tool (see "The Well Worn NoteBook" and "The Shiny New NoteBook" for my reviews of earlier versions). For new users, NoteBook 2.1 now includes the Starting Point system that provides pre-built templates for a variety of common usage scenarios. It also adds support for the Cornell Note-Taking System, a method of taking notes that divides the page into three areas for taking, analyzing, summarizing, and reviewing notes. Other enhancements include support for syncing to-do items with Microsoft Entourage, the capability to make to-dos synced to iCal be calendar appointments or regular to-do items, support for the LinkBack content linking technology promulgated by Nisus Software, improved uploading of HTML-exported notebooks to .Mac, support for SFTP and FTP uploading of HTML-exported notebooks, and creation of fully linked PDFs when exporting to PDF.

<http://www.circusponies.com/>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08079>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/07803>
<http://www.clt.cornell.edu/campus/learn/ LSC%20Resources/cornellsystem.pdf>
<http://www.linkbackproject.org/>

NoteBook 2.1 is a free upgrade for registered users; new copies cost $50. It's a universal binary and requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later. It's a 20.5 MB download. [ACE]

<http://www.circusponies.com/store/index.php? main_page=downloads>

 

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