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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/12-Jun-06

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GraphicConverter and RAW files -- A user's photo files appear to be shrinking when converting from RAW to TIFF, which doesn't seem right. (4 messages)

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Utilities for Multiple Monitor Users -- Are three monitors too many? A reader finds himself dragging dragging dragging the mouse, but solutions exist that can help cut the repetition while still taking advantage of all that screen real estate. (9 messages)

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FileMaker Mobile 8 and the Future of PDAs -- Joe Kissell's article from last week coaxes responses from readers who have used FileMaker Mobile 8. It also spurs discussion of whether a better solution might be Web-enabled portable databases, and how easily such a thing could be built. (8 messages)

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Color problem with OSX 10.4, especially with iPhoto -- Some strange color artifacts make one reader question the health of his system, and others chime in with suggestions for solving the problem. (2 messages)

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Firefox Upgrades and Other Problems -- Firefox's auto-update feature leads one reader to suspect that his Internet connection might be compromised. (6 messages)

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