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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.

 
 

Myths of the Net

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Myths of the Net -- Ken Lager <klager@pipeline.com> points us to a good resource for debunking stories like the AOL 4.0 rumor we lambasted last issue:

I have found that the best way to deal with mail warning me of a deadly computer virus is to fire up my Web browser and head on over to the Computer Virus Myths page at Rob Rosenberger's non-profit Web site. It always has the latest information to debunk all of these urban legends. Usually, I write up a reply to the sender and everyone who the message was sent to, including the information from the site as well as the address. That way, I won't have to worry about getting that same message again from mutual friends who are looking out for me.

<http://www.kumite.com/myths/home.htm>

 

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