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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.


Terry Morse Software Sponsoring TidBITS

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Terry Morse Software Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to welcome our newest sponsor, a small company that's in essence coming back to TidBITS. Terry Morse of Terry Morse Software used to be the president of Salient Software - makers of DiskDoubler, AutoDoubler, and CopyDoubler - and Salient Software was one of our first sponsors years ago. Salient merged with Fifth Generation Systems, which was in turn purchased by Symantec. Symantec eventually retired Salient's utilities, and we didn't hear from Terry for a while. Then, out of the blue, he popped up with a new company and a new product, the classically named Myrmidon (either a follower of Achilles in the Trojan War or one who executes commands without question).

Myrmidon remains unique in its capability to create accurate Web pages from any Mac file, simply by "printing" to a Web page. It's a welcome solution to the problem of needing to put information from various Mac applications on the Web. Also interesting are tricks such as creating a Web page by printing a report from a database - it's ideal for a one-time usage. Most people won't use Myrmidon for all their Web pages; it's best likened to an odd-looking wrench that can save you hours of frustration fixing the sink (plumbing and HTML are similar in that respect for me). We're happy to see small companies like Terry Morse Software producing useful utilities that help set the Mac apart. [ACE]

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