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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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Joe Wilcox on "Why Apple Succeeds" -- "Think Different" isn't just a marketing term. Apple's success since Steve Jobs returned to the company (and when he first headed it before being ousted) is due to the fact that Apple doesn't play by other companies' rules, but instead makes up its own. (Posted 2009-05-17)

Snow Leopard Developer Preview to Appear at WWDC -- Apple has announced that attendees at the Worldwide Developers Conference in early June will receive "a final Developer Preview release" of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. That implies that Snow Leopard will ship for the rest of us later in the year - anyone want to bet on October, given past release dates? (Posted 2009-05-14)


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