Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 20-Apr-09

Send Article to a Friend


Problems setting up FTP server in Leopard -- Could the problem getting an FTP server to work stem from a software configuration error, or is an ISP blocking the connection for security reasons? (11 messages)


IMAP Client for Mail Backup -- A few methods allow local backup of IMAP email, which is a good way to protect data in case of an ISP meltdown. (3 messages)


Backblaze Publicly Launches Online Backup Service for Macs -- A reader is concerned that Backblaze may not provide secure backups. (6 messages)


10 Undocumented Changes in iPhoto '09 8.0.2 -- The latest version of iPhoto handles addresses for its Faces feature in odd ways. (9 messages)


iPhones down under -- After accepting a job offer in New Zealand, a reader wonders whether his new iPhone can be used there. (8 messages)


Sound recording tapes -- What's required to digitize old reel-to-reel Scotch Sound Recording Tapes from the early 1950s? (11 messages)


Pop Up Folders Replacement Software? -- FinderPop, FolderGlance, or a system preference in Mac OS X may be able to replicate the behavior of the early Mac OS program Pop Up Folders. (5 messages)


When iPhone Pushes, Text Message Fees Fall -- A reader in Europe provides additional information about sending - and paying for - text messages from mobile phones. (1 message)


AppleScript Problem -- Readers tap the dusty archives of their AppleScript memories to solve a problem under Mac OS 8.6. (2 messages)

 

Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS!
Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of
savvy, committed Apple users who actually buy stuff.
More information: <http://tidbits.com/advertising.html>