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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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DST Resources If You're Feeling One Hour Off

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Clocks in much of the United States ticked ahead one hour last weekend for the new Daylight Saving Time adjustment, which we explored in "Daylight Saving Time May Bite the Out-of-Date" (2007-01-29) and "Daylight Saving Time Saved" (2007-02-19). If some of your devices weren't updated for the change on 11-Mar-07, here are some quick resources to get you back on track.

Mac Updates -- For Macs to deal with the change automatically, make sure to install either Daylight Saving Time Update (Tiger) (for Mac OS X 10.4.8; Mac OS X 10.4.5 and later had some, but not all, updated DST info) or Daylight Saving Time Update (Panther) (for Mac OS X 10.3.9), which are available via Software Update and as separate downloads. If you're still using Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, look to a modified patch at Apple also released updates for Java: Java for Mac OS X 10.4, Release 5 and Java for Mac OS X 10.3 Update 5.

Microsoft fixed Entourage 2004's DST handling with the Microsoft Office for Mac 11.3.3 Update, and a group of anonymous users have contributed an unofficial fix for anyone still running Entourage X.

For other computer- and operating system-related DST patches, check out the links on

Other Devices -- I own a Treo 650, and in the days leading up to the switchover I was bombarded with email, voicemail, and text messages urging me to upgrade my device. I'm guessing the cellular phone companies did everything they could to alert their customers to avoid a tech-support nightmare.

Patches for some recent Palm OS handhelds and Palm-branded Windows Mobile smartphones are available at Palm's Web site.

If you use a Blackberry device, Research in Motion (RIM) has posted a patch to download and install.

Do you rely on a TiVo to record your favorite television programs? This page at discusses how the time change will affect customers, particularly those who have set up manual recording times on some devices.

Lastly, if you're using an iPhone, well, "time" has no meaning while you work at Apple getting ready for that June launch. Don't worry, someone will deal with the DST adjustment and will be bringing emergency food and caffeine soon.


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