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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.

 
 

ExtraBITS for 10 January 2011

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If you want to go further afield from TidBITS this week, be sure to listen to Joe Kissell talking about a paperless lifestyle and tune in Tuesday, when we’ll learn if Verizon Wireless’s media event is indeed to announce the iPhone coming to Verizon.

Joe Goes Paperless on the Tech Night Owl Live -- Joe Kissell joined host Gene Steinberg on the Tech Night Owl Live to discuss the ins and outs of a (mostly) paperless lifestyle and steps you can take to replace papers with digital documents.

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WSJ: The iPhone Comes to Verizon, At Long Last? -- “A person familiar with the matter” has told the Wall Street Journal that Verizon Wireless will announce that the company will make Apple’s iPhone available to its subscribers at an invitation-only event on Tuesday, January 11th at New York’s Lincoln Center. We’re waiting with bated breath to see if we can at long last put this rumor to bed alongside the Beatles coming to iTunes.

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