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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.

 
 

In the unconfirmed news department

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In the unconfirmed news department, I hear that Apple has finished the Macintosh Hardware System Update 2.0, but that the update is not yet generally available. It fixes a many bugs on many different models of the Mac, many of which seem to be more operating system bugs than hardware problems, but who's complaining? We'll let you know more details once we have a copy ourselves. Also, I just heard that Prodigy is beta-testing an Internet gateway. We don't know if there's any cost to Prodigy users, but they need new software, called Mail Manager, and can sign up for Internet access at JUMP INTERNET. Prodigy users can receive Internet mail via the address format

abcd12a@prodigy.com

where "abcd12a" is the recipient's user ID. It's about time Prodigy appeared on the Internet, but don't expect a reliable gateway right away since it's still in testing. Again, details as they arise.

 

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