WebTV Alertbox -- After Mark Anbinder's article about the WebTV in TidBITS-367, Keith Instone <email@example.com> wrote to suggest that we check out an article about the WebTV. Written by Jakob Nielsen (a SunSoft Distinguished Engineer) for his Alertbox column, the article looks in detail at the usability factors of the WebTV, and it's definitely worth reading if you're considering one. I also encourage you to take a look at Jakob's other Alertbox columns - I was especially intrigued by his 01-Mar-97 column about the need for speed on the Web, which comes to the conclusion that speed (meaning minimal graphics and multimedia effects) must be the overriding design criterion for Web pages, something we've long said here at TidBITS. [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.
- An Internet for the TV Generation (24 Feb 97)