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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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Pulling the String with Joe Kissell

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TidBITS Senior Editor Joe Kissell joined host Benjamin Alexander on the Pulling the String podcast. The pair discuss Joe’s TidBITS origin story, hulking out on Mail in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Nisus Writer Pro, and Joe’s latest book, “Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks.”favicon follow link

 

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Kevan Pegley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2013-11-01 01:09
Sorry, I'm British. What on earth is 'hulking out'?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-01 07:05
It's a reference to this Joy of Tech comic, where Joe is depicted as The Incredible Hulk. :-)

http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1917.html