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.
We have a cornucopia of articles this week, anchored by Jeff Carlson’s report on using the iPhone app Cyclemeter to track a 42-mile bike ride in the rain. Adam returns to the topic of iOS developers being threatened with patent infringement letters with news of Apple Legal’s response, and he also shares a subtle change in Mac OS X 10.6.7’s Finder sidebar that could have you questioning your sanity. On the perceptual side, Michael Cohen explores how being told to “Get over it” makes him feel in the rumored Rosetta transition with Lion, and Adam disassembles his laptop bag to figure out why it feels so heavy, even going so far as to share a spreadsheet of its entire contents. Notable software releases this week include Dolly Drive 1.2, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.3, ProKit 7.0, Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7, and Mailplane 2.4.
In an unannounced change in Mac OS X 10.6.7, Apple changed the way you remove items from the Finder sidebar. Read on for Apple’s new approach.Show full article
iOS developers are breathing easier after Apple Legal has weighed in on the Lodsys patent infringement claims, asserting that developers are indeed covered by Apple’s license of the Lodsys patents.Show full article
Annoyed by the shoulder-crushing weight of his laptop bag, Adam strips it and weighs absolutely every item to see where the weight is really coming from. Although there aren’t any huge surprises, nearly 30 percent of the weight could have been jettisoned.Show full article
Jeff Carlson biked 42 miles in the rain, and thanks to Abvio’s Cyclemeter app for iOS, he has the data to prove it.Show full article
Rosetta may well not be in Mac OS X Lion. Should Michael Cohen just “get over it,” or is that not a helpful way to discuss the results of a change that brings with it real consequences?Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Dolly Drive 1.2, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.3, ProKit 7.0, Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7, and Mailplane 2.4.Show full article
Due to being heads-down in publication and development work, only one external article — news of GadgetTrak being able to file police reports — caught our attention this week.Show full article