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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Imaging an Address -- Brandon Munday <mundayrb%am4@mr.nawcad.navy.mil> offers a suggestion for displaying your email address on a Web page in a manner that prevents automated spiders from sucking it down:

I used an image editing program to create a graphic image of my email address, in a font and size similar to that used by most browsers. I saved it as a GIF with a transparent background. Then I placed that image on the Web page anywhere I needed the email address, and used something like "Email address" as the alternate text for the image. Further, I removed all "mailto:" links, and added an apology that there was no clickable link, and asked for the reader's understanding. This way, anyone looking at the Web page with a browser with images enabled sees my email address in clear text. But the address does not exist as part of the page's text, so no spider or robot can glean the information automatically.

 

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