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.
Congrats to Peter Lewis for his MacUser award, corrections on last week's GIF article, and an announcement from Microsoft about a faster Word 6.0a start off this issue. Geoff and Adam report on a road trip to Vancouver for Comdex/PacRim, a heavy-duty Windows show. Geoff also has an in-depth review of Chad Magendanz's ShrinkWrap 1.2, an indispensable disk image utility. Finally, Adam explains URLs, those ever-so-useful identifiers of Internet objects.
Congratulations are in order for Australian developer Peter N. Lewis (not the Peter Lewis who writes for the New York Times). At Macworld Expo in San Francisco this year, MacUser Magazine awarded him the Derek Van Alstyne Rising Star AwardShow full article
Take a Deep Breath: Word 6.0a -- Last Friday, Microsoft announced plans to release a free maintenance update for the Macintosh version of Microsoft Word 6.0Show full article
MacUser and MacWEEK have made their appearance on the World-Wide Web. The MacUser home page contains selected articles from the most recent issue, article archives, and links to Apple and other Macintosh sites and resourcesShow full article
Connection Machine WAIS Server Down -- Unfortunately, due to financial troubles, Thinking Machines has taken down the vastly useful Connection Machine WAIS server, effective 27-Dec-94Show full article
Liam Breck writes: The Macintosh Client/Server Database Development Summary is an overview I've written for developers and managers involved in the evaluation, design, and construction of multi-user database systemsShow full article
GIF Gaffe -- Our article on the recent Unisys/CompuServe GIF fiasco (see TidBITS-259) contained a few misstatements. First, Unisys's patent on the LZW compression method was effective in 1985, not 1993 as stated in the articleShow full article
Last week, Geoff and I went on a road trip last week to Vancouver for the Comdex/PacRim conference. Frankly, the trip was more an excuse to go to Vancouver (a three hour drive) with our friend Cary Lu and a friend of his, David CoderShow full article
Anyone who's dealt with floppy disk images knows what a pain they can be. The idea behind a disk image is simple enough: instead of distributing or storing a floppy disk as a physical object, you store it as a file on a larger diskShow full article
We've been using URLs in TidBITS for over a year now, and I don't think an issue goes by without us pointing at some resource or another with a URL. I wrote a little about URLs back when we first started, but with our readership growing so quickly I think it's worthwhile to talk about URLs some moreShow full article