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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.


NetNewsWire Updates Solid But Fail to Impress

NetNewsWire was the king of Apple-centric RSS readers long ago, but has lately been overshadowed by the likes of Feedly and Reeder. Now, publisher Black Pixel has revived the newsreader app for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even the Apple TV. But these apps feel like also-rans in their current forms.

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