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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/10-Oct-05

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Creating PDF-based ebooks -- A reader runs into difficulty creating PDF files that work well for print and online reading, and finds answers in TidBITS Talk. (4 messages)

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Mac OS X CAD programs -- What programs are available for the Mac for creating architectural drawings? Programs spanning the range from professional to entry-level are discussed. (8 message)

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Apple Cracks Down on Google AdWords -- Adam's article about Google's restriction on terms such as "Mac" generates similar stories and discussion from readers. (10 messages)

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Virtual PC 7.x: How deep? Is the latest version of Virtual PC good enough to use in place of a Windows-based PC? (4 messages)

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Power Mac G5/1.8: The buggiest Mac ever? The Power Mac G5 1.8 GHz model seems to be more trouble-prone than others, but it depends on what you measure it against, and whether rumor outweighs reality. (3 messages)

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