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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-Jan-04

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Alternative word processors -- It's largely a Word world, but alternatives to Microsoft's dominant word processor abound on the Mac - depending on what you need, of course. (36 messages)

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The Musical Trojan Horse -- So was Adam on target with his article about how the iPod and the iTunes Music Store are Apple's Trojan Horse for introducing the Mac to an entirely new audience? (3 messages)

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Recording from vinyl -- Is it time to convert your LP records into bits (the digital kind, that is; a sledgehammer will do nicely otherwise)? Readers relate their experiences with various software and hardware solutions, and a musically inclined TidBITS technical editor teaches a short class in importing audio. (11 messages)

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Unicode support -- Many programs claim they "support Unicode," but how good and how extensive is that support? (5 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>