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 rev up this issue with a request for holiday gift suggestions, an important note for AOL users, and a quick look at new Internet software from Microsoft. Also in this issue, Adam examines the state of the Web server market (with a focus on personal Web servers) and Matt Deatherage gives us a detailed examination and analysis of Apple's Meta-Content Format, or MCF, a new way of organizing and viewing information.
We'd like to congratulate ShrinkWrap programmer Chad Magendanz and his wife Galen on the ahead-of-schedule release of their first non-software product - Quinn Pierce MagendanzShow full article
Got a Holiday Gift Suggestion? We at TidBITS love the holiday season, even with the capitalist feeding frenzy that it has become. If you're interested in participating in one of our holiday traditions, send one paragraph descriptions of your favorite computer-related gift ideas (for giving or receiving) to me at before 02-Dec-96Show full article
AOL Pricing Shenanigans -- AOL has managed to get itself in hot water with its new pricing plan, which takes effect 01-Dec-96. The new plan offers unlimited AOL service (including Internet access) for $19.95 per month - not a bad deal for some usersShow full article
Microsoft Internet Updates -- Microsoft recently released two new Mac Internet programs: Internet Mail and News 1.0 and the first beta of Internet Explorer 3.0Show full article
The press releases have been flying fast and furious in the Macintosh Web world of late, mostly on the server side of things. But, lest you think Web servers aren't for mere mortals, read on for news of how you might find yourself running one in the not-so-far future. WebSTAR 2.0 Appears -- The main news for the week was the release of StarNine's WebSTAR 2.0, the leading Web server in the Macintosh marketShow full article
In nearly every recent important Apple executive speech, the Powers That Be have mentioned an Apple technology investigation initially referred to as Project X and now called HotSauceShow full article