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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.

 
 

Internet Resources Corrections

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Chuq Von Rospach of Apple wrote to correct and comment on the article about Apple's Internet resources in TidBITS-233. We got the URL for the Apple Business Systems FTP server slightly wrong - the best one is:

ftp://abs.apple.com/abs/

The idea is that when the great coherency campaign begins (and Chuq has plans for it already), that directory will be easy for the other Apple FTP sites to mirror, making it easier to bounce from one to another.

Chuq noted also that the easiest way to get information about and subscribe to the MAE mailing lists is to send email to <listproc@abs.apple.com> with "info mae-users" in the body of the message. The reply walks you through the entire subscription process. In addition, he recommended checking <ftp.support.apple.com> for files before going to the other sites, either via FTP or Gopher at:

ftp://ftp.support.apple.com/pub/
gopher://ftp.support.apple.com/11/pub

Gilbert Rankin <gilbert@netcom.com> found another public Apple FTP site, this one containing information on Macintosh Common Lisp and Dylan, an object-oriented programming tool, at:

ftp://ftp.cambridge.apple.com/pub/

Finally, Peter Lewis just released Anarchie 1.2.1 to fix some small bugs, and I noticed among the new bookmarks an Apple ATG site (that didn't seem to have anything useful on it, except maybe MPW GCC) at:

ftp://atg.apple.com/pub/

And, for those of you who are curious, I got the new copy of Anarchie from:

ftp://mrcnext.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/info-mac/comm/ tcp/anarchie-121.hqx

 

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