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.
Return the survey, maybe win a button - it's your only chance! Back in the real world, there's a mean DOS virus that even Mac users should be aware of, a brand new TIDBITS LISTSERV mailing list, and a possible reason why that Quadra doesn't seem so fast. A review of Timeslips III and a gripe about unreasonable international upgrade fees help round out the issue, ably backed by a special deal for StuffIt Deluxe that is solely for online users.
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Train Power -- Lucius Chiaraviglio writes in regard to this quote from TidBITS-106: But then, as someone recently said on the net, "there are few other media that can beat the bandwidth of a truck full of CD-ROMs." "As a serious railway proponent I am obliged to point out the following: No media (on land, anyway) can beat the bandwidth of a train full of CD-ROMs." :-) Information from: Lucius Chiaraviglio -- firstname.lastname@example.org Show full article
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It's taken a little while to come up, but we now have a genuine LISTSERV running at Rice University. Many thanks to Mark R. Williamson and the other great people there for going to the effort of setting this list upShow full article
This one's a nasty bugger. The Michelangelo virus is a variant of the Stoned virus that infects the boot sector of disks. Unlike Stoned, on a certain date , March 6th (of any year), Michelangelo destroys data on the startup diskShow full article
Do you know how many hours you work? Do you care? I do. I'm a statistic junkie and I like to know how much time I spend on certain tasks. After I find out how much, I often wish I hadn't checked, but that's lifeShow full article
If you're lucky enough to have a Quadra but you've been wondering what the excitement was all about, because yours just isn't that fast... you may be responsible! Rumour has it that the popular, free menu-bar clock utility SuperClock, among other useful doodads, can cause significant performance hits on your QuadraShow full article
I recently received an offer from Icom Simulations to upgrade my old OnCue to a brand new OnCue II. I don't intend to discuss the usefulness of OnCue II but instead the price of the upgradeShow full article
Here's a good deal for those of you who have been waiting for an excuse to pick up StuffIt Deluxe. Aladdin Systems and Raymond Lau have a special Valentine's Day offer only for users of online services, including the InternetShow full article