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.
The issue starts off with news of a new version of QuickMail from CE Software, followed by an announcement of some new Macintosh Internet sites that should be of interest to all. Jamie McCarthy solemnly informs us of the true conspiracy behind Apple's decision to use IDE drives in favor of SCSI drives in the most recent Macs, we look at some PowerPC/Pentium marketing feuds, and we end with a few first impressions of Apple's eWorld online service.
We're in Boston for Macworld Expo this week, which means several things. First, although we are receiving email, replies may be delayed. Secondly, since this is the first time we've created and released an issue completely on the PowerBook 100, there may be some glitches, and in particular, we can't double-check URLs contained in this issueShow full article
Going to Macworld Expo? Don't forget to bring along the latest Newtonware offering by Bill Kearney , a $5 shareware guide to all the exhibitors on the two show floorsShow full article
Aladdin Systems reports that they have released a bug fix update to StuffIt Expander and DropStuff with Expander Enhancer (see TidBITS-235 and TidBITS-236)Show full article
The Quadra 660AV has a new lease on life. Apple's announcement to dealers that the Quadra 660AV 8/500/CD model (M2691LL/A) is being replaced with a similar model (M2691LL/B) containing a tray-loading CD-ROM drive, effective today, suggests that the machine will be around for a while longerShow full article
No Trackpad on the PowerBook 150 according to Apple. Apparently a popular weekly paper publication slipped up and incorrectly stated that the new entry-level notebook computer sports one of the touch-sensitive devices found on the 500-series PowerBook modelsShow full article
Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc. Last month, CE Software, Inc. announced its plans to ship QuickMail 3.0 in August. The major revision to the company's popular LAN-based electronic mail software includes long-demanded features such as text searching and spell checking, as well as new capabilities including automated mail processingShow full article
Internet-savvy Mac users might be interested in taking note of two new services. First is a new software archive at: ftp://rever.nmsu.edu/pub/macfaq/ This archive contains almost all freely distributable software mentioned in the FAQ lists for comp.sys.mac.misc, comp.sys.mac.system and comp.sys.mac.appsShow full article
"Development of cost-saving IDE controllers for the Mac has also been nuked, although the project was far enough along that an IDE Mac can't be ruled out." - MacWEEK, July 19, 1993, pShow full article
In the bloody PowerPC/Pentium marketing war, Intel has fired another shot (well, what did you expect them to do?). Several people have reported that the magazine Computer Shopper is running a poll to see if people are interested in the PowerPC chipShow full article
After years of AppleLink's exorbitantly high access charges, Apple has finally decided to provide a real online service. Yes, there's a whole new world out there to explore - Apple's eWorld. I know what you're thinking - with CompuServe, America Online, GEnie, Prodigy, Delphi, BIX, the Internet, and all sorts of miscellaneous bulletin boards out there, what can be all that new in this brave new world? Well, some of the information providers inhabiting the eWorld only exist on one of the other services, and Apple's graphical interface is one of the most visually pleasing ones I've seenShow full article