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.
People who like to push the Web's edge will be pleased to read about beta releases of Java-enabled Netscape and of Amber, an Acrobat plug-in for Netscape. We also have news about California's NetDay, a cheap way to buy a Mac, Open Transport 1.1b16, and the testing tool QC 1.2. The issue continues with a helpful review of FileMaker 3.0, a look at problems InterNIC has had administering domain names, and an essay about personal Web servers.
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I've heard the term "personal Web publishing" a couple of times recently, and it has started me thinking. I first heard it when Chuck "MrShow full article