Stream Anything to an AirPort Express Using Airfoil -- Rogue Amoeba has released the first version of Airfoil, a program that can take the audio output of any program under Mac OS X and stream it using AirTunes to an AirPort Express's audio output jack. It's a simple piece of software that will delight all AirPort Express owners who want to stream audio from applications such as QuickTime Player, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player. However, due to latency between Airfoil and the AirPort Express, audio and video will not be synchronized, such as when playing a DVD and sending the audio to a home stereo; Rogue Amoeba has posted a possible workaround that's worth trying. There's no guarantee that Apple might not step in and update their AirTunes software to disable Airfoil, but it doesn't seem to fall into the category of things that Apple believes is detrimental to their products, contracts, or partners. The software costs $25, but Rogue Amoeba is offering it at an introductory offer of $20 through 31-Mar-05. [GF]
Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.