TidBITS Servers Moving 18-Feb-05 -- Both digital.forest, our primary Internet host, and Technical Editor Geoff Duncan, who runs our database servers, are moving, and (not-quite-coincidentally) our servers ended up scheduled to move at roughly the same time. We expect the downtime to be somewhere between 90 minutes and 3 hours during the morning and early afternoon on 18-Feb-05, Pacific time, but given Seattle traffic and the general orneriness of machines that haven't physically moved in years, that's just an estimate. The move also means our email will be down and no TidBITS or Take Control Web pages will be available while the machines are in transit. We know the downtime may be stressful for some readers, in that case, just take a few deep breaths and reflect upon how much more stressful it is for us! [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.
- Server Moves Almost Complete (21 Feb 05)
TidBITS Servers Moving 18-Feb-05
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