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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.

 
 

CE Sells QuickConference

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CE Sells QuickConference -- CE Software has announced that the Iowa-based Prairie Group will take over development and sales of QuickConference IP, instant messaging software that evolved from CE's long-standing QuickMail email software. QuickConference IP, which Prairie Group plans to ship on 01-May-98, uses TCP/IP to enable users of Mac OS, Windows NT, and Windows 95 to exchange instant messages on local networks or over the Internet. CE veteran and well-known Mac developer Don Brown, now at Prairie Group, will spearhead continued development of the software, which will cost of $119.95 for a five-user license. [MHA]

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