No TidBITS 19-Apr-04 -- We're taking the next issue of TidBITS off for a little hard-earned rest and recuperation in Hawaii at my sister Jennifer's wedding. Those who have been with us from the beginning may remember that back in 1992, Jennifer converted our first 99 issues from HyperCard format into setext, which was an essential step in allowing us to provide a complete archive containing every TidBITS issue. Aside from the wedding festivities, Tonya and I are looking forward to downtime and extra sleep to make up for what we've lost in the last week while dealing with Tristan's cold-exacerbated asthma troubles. So, although we'll try to keep TidBITS Talk flowing, we won't be reading or replying to other email on a regular basis. Our next issue will be released on 26-Apr-04. [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.