Personal Web Sharing -- Though it's been somewhat overlooked in recent hoopla regarding Apple and Claris, Apple recently released Personal Web Sharing 1.5, an update to the small-footprint Web server that ships as part of Mac OS 8. Personal Web Sharing 1.5 adds support for aliases, HTTP file uploading, automatic binhexing of downloaded files, and a Personal Web Sharing control strip module. The release also adds some features to the Web Sharing control panel, including the ability to set the server's port number, keep an activity log, and directly configure CGIs and (importantly) MIME types. These new features are aimed more at savvy Web users than casual Internet users, but I've found Apple's Personal Web Sharing to be a surprisingly robust and reliable little server, and the new capabilities are welcome additions. Personal Web Sharing requires Mac OS 8; the download is 1.5 MB. [GD]
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.