Poll Results: Grading Mac OS X -- It's a bit hard to analyze the results of last week's poll asking how you'd grade Mac OS X. I was intrigued to see that the number of people who rated Mac OS X more highly than I did was almost the same as the number who rated it less highly, giving some level of credence to my grade. The most common grades were a B+ (from 25 percent of the respondents) and a B- (from 21 percent). Subsequent discussion on TidBITS Talk left most of my grades alone, except for the Internationalization grade. Quite a number of people from other countries wrote in with their frustrating experiences with Mac OS X, and although they agreed that the foundations were solid, they felt Apple had a long way to go before an A- would be justified. With that feedback, I'd probably drop the Internationalization grade to a B, but that wouldn't be sufficient to affect my overall grade. [ACE]
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.
- Mac OS X Report Card: October 2002 (07 Oct 02)