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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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DealBITS Drawing: A Sharp's Opal

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I introduced last week's DealBITS drawing for Rogue Amoeba's Fission audio editing program by talking about how good it was to see simple, focused programs returning to a field after the major applications had become more complex than was desired by many early users. The same is true of A Sharp's Opal, the successor to the popular Acta outliner of yesteryear. While many outliners now feature multiple columns, style sheets, notes, and a wide variety of other fancy features, Opal remains focused on just one thing: outlining. It's small, friendly, and for many people, I suspect, all that an outliner should be (for more details, see Matt Neuburg's "Acta Reborn as Opal," 2006-10-23).

In this week's DealBITS drawing, you can enter to win one of three copies of Opal, each worth $32. Entrants who aren't among our lucky winners will receive a discount on Opal, so 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 and challenge-response systems, since you must be able to receive email from my address to learn if you've won. Remember too, that if someone you refer to this drawing wins, you'll receive the same prize as a reward for spreading the word.

 

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