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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/24-Sep-07

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Can QuickBooks open Windows files? After downloading the free trial of QuickBooks for Mac, Matt Neuburg discovers that it can't open files created by QuickBooks for Windows. But other options are available to read the data. (4 messages)


Classic OS and later OS X versions -- How will Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard run on a PowerPC G4-based Mac, and what factors will contribute to the performance? (9 messages)


Why the "rebate hassle"? People who hacked their iPhones to run on a provider other than AT&T may not be able to take advantage of the recent $100 rebate for early iPhone purchasers. (4 messages)


iPhoto 7 Fills Glaring Holes -- Adam's article about changes in iPhoto 7 brings up questions and observations about the new Events method of sorting photos. (13 messages)


Deciding Between the iPhone and iPod touch -- Looking at the features of these devices, are they ready to replace the notes and calendar capabilities of Palm organizers? (1 message)


PowerBook G4 and combo drives -- A reader needs help trying to mount an external hard disk (which was previously in a PowerBook) on his Mac. (3 messages)


why the ipod touch/ipod-classic? The iPod classic offers huge capacity using the "old" iPod interface, while the iPod touch offers relatively small capacity using the new touchscreen interface of the iPhone. Why not combine the best attributes and create a touchscreen iPod with a huge hard drive? (3 messages)


Downloading iTunes 7.4.2 -- Apple's attempts to make downloading iTunes easier for both Mac and Windows users results in making it harder for some readers to download the correct version. (7 messages)


LaunchBar -- A LaunchBar shortcut for bringing up Web site URLs is almost hidden, but can be powerful - if you can get used to actually using it. (4 messages)


Safari 3.0.3, RSS Feeders, and Article length -- A reader is trying to make Safari 3 remember its article length setting when viewing RSS feeds, but it's not working. Any assistance? (1 message)


Powering Datacenters -- One idea for improving power efficiency in energy-hungry datacenters is to use DC current (versus the more common DC to AC conversion), but it's not catching on. Why not? (6 messages)


Using Mail -- Here's a suggestion for keeping two POP email accounts separate using Apple Mail. (2 messages)


Backing up as files get bigger -- As files from iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes continue to increase in size, what are the best approaches to backing up that extra data? And do large individual file sizes make a difference? (1 message)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>