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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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Mac OS X 10.4.10 Released

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Boldly marching into double-digit version number territory, Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.10, a maintenance update that adds more RAW image support, fixes issues with Bluetooth and USB, and addresses a few other issues. The delta update from 10.4.9 is available via Software Update or it can be downloaded for Intel-based Macs (a 72 MB download) and PowerPC-based Macs (a 25 MB download). A combo update (weighing in at a 293 MB for Intel Macs and 165 MB for PowerPC Macs) updates any version of Mac OS X 10.4.

This new version of Tiger fixes a problem where a Bluetooth headset may not be correctly removed from Bluetooth preferences, improves reliability when using the Apple Remote after waking from sleep and when mounting external USB drives, and resolves an issue with the TomTom GO 910 GPS navigation device on Intel-based Macs. It also fixes distortion and discoloration of DNG images, and adds support for RAW images created by the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III. The release notes also claim improved compatibility with Mathematica 6 on 64-bit Macs and a fix for a specific issue with dropped frames while importing video from a DV camera, among other changes.

Mac OS X Server 10.4.10 has also been released as a delta update for PowerPC-based Macs (a 58 MB download), and as a combo update in universal (391 MB download) and PowerPC (218 MB download) versions.

 

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