Signed TidBITS T-Shirt Charity Auction -- At Macworld Expo 2002 in San Francisco, I donated a signed TidBITS t-shirt to the World Without Borders folks to auction off for their charity Mac-A-Wish Foundation. It aims to provide Macintosh hardware and software to ill children to help them communicate with the outside world and continue their educations when they can't attend school. World Without Borders has now put the t-shirt up on eBay for auction, ending on 20-Mar-02, and all proceeds will go to their Mac-A-Wish Foundation (not yet an IRS-recognized non-profit). Of course, if you have old hardware or software you'd like to donate to the cause, contact World Without Borders to coordinate your gift. [ACE]
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.