Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
Our focus this week is on the Mac and the Web, with Joe Kissell contributing an in-depth look at PGP Whole Disk Encryption 10.0 and Matt Neuburg reviewing the MacSpeech Scribe transcription program. Adam also runs down Apple's changes to the MacBook and Glenn Fleishman passes along news of Google's secure search beta and Adobe's HTML5 and CSS3 plug-in for Dreamweaver CS5. And just so you don't think we've gone totally off the iPad, Glenn covers the MaxRoam micro-SIM that provides not-very-cheap European data roaming for 3G iPads. Notable software releases this week include QuickTime Player 7.6.6 for Mac OS X 10.6.3, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7, and Keyboard Maestro 4.3.1. Finally, we're taking next week's email issue off for Memorial Day - see you in June!
We're taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 7 June 2010.Show full article
Apple has quietly updated its low-end laptop, the 13-inch white MacBook, with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, faster Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, and longer-lived battery.Show full article
Adobe has released an add-on pack with HTML5 and CSS3 support for the just-shipped Dreamweaver CS5, part of the new Creative Suite 5 set of applications.Show full article
Google is trying to counter waves of bad publicity about how it handles data and discloses its actions by offering a beta test of a secure Web site for search.Show full article
MaxRoam has a micro-SIM for the 3G iPad that lets you roam across Europe. But is MaxRoam cheaper than the competition? No, but it's more flexible.Show full article
Remember those movies where the boss records into a dictaphone for the secretary to transcribe later? Using MacSpeech Scribe is like that, except the dictaphone is a digital recorder and the secretary is your computer (and you're probably not sporting a three-piece suit and a pencil mustache).Show full article
The latest version of PGP Whole Disk Encryption supports Snow Leopard and Boot Camp (at least to some extent), and sports some other interesting changes. Joe Kissell puts it through its paces.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include QuickTime Player 7.6.6 for Mac OS X 10.6.3, Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 2, Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 7, and Keyboard Maestro 4.3.1.Show full article
Alas, the "Get a Mac" ad campaign is no more, but you can still watch all the ads online. If you're looking for more, listen to Rich Mogull on Science Friday, check out the video of connecting an Alphasmart Neo to an iPad, the New York Times's info-graphic about Facebook's overwhelming privacy options, the Final Cut Pro rumors that Apple is taking pains to dispel, and an amusing way of venting some frustration after an application crash.Show full article