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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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/19-May-03

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Challenge-Response Anti-Spam Systems -- Our policy about challenge-response anti-spam systems drew comments from all sides, people who like the concept (including the CEO of one of the main challenge-response services) and those who consider them a significant threat to the long-term utility of email once spammers start attacking them. (14 messages)

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Palm Tungsten C impressions -- Extensive additions to Geoff Bronner's review of the Palm Tungsten C - a must-read for anyone considering a Tungsten C. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X 10.2.6 changes -- Short comments about what has changed in Mac OS X 10.2.6 for better and worse. (5 messages)

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Should I upgrade questions -- Suggestions for the best way to determine if you should upgrade the Mac OS (or perhaps any application) or stick with an older version that's working fine. (4 messages)

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Frequency of shareware updates -- Does it bug you when shareware programs are updated frequently, seemingly once a week? You're not alone, but there are ways that developers can minimize the irritation. (6 messages)

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Controlling iTunes -- After last week's article mentioning a simple way to control iTunes, TidBITS readers suggested a number of other, better ways of controlling iTunes, including a couple of excellent utilities. (8 messages)

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How iTunes Music Store deals with naughty words -- It turns out that the iTunes Music Store tries to obscure naughty words in song titles, which prompted a good bit of discussion on TidBITS Talk about how it's done and how it could be improved. (10 messages)

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Selection in the iTunes Music Store -- Discussion of how good a job Apple has done with the breadth of selection in the iTunes Music Store, particularly with respect to classical music, cartoon music themes, and computer game soundtracks. (8 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>