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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.

 
 

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Unauthorized Steve Jobs Biography -- Unhappy with a forthcoming biography about Steve Jobs, Apple retaliated against the publisher by pulling all Wiley titles from Apple retail stores. Has Apple's actions hurt Wiley, other Wiley authors, Apple itself, or all of the above? (9 messages)

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iMac G5: Up in Smoke -- Matt Neuburg's article on his burnt-out iMac G5 brings forward others who experienced similar problems, and sparks a debate on how many failed machines is statistically acceptable. (15 messages)

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Mini power supply -- A reader who wants to use his Mac mini as a portable Mac wants to buy an extra power supply, but Apple doesn't offer it separately. Buying the pieces individually is possible, however, but pricey. (7 messages)

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