Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
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CD-ROMs rule this issue of TidBITS, where artist Bonnie Lebesch tells the story of how she self-published her CD-ROM, Stella and the Star-Tones. We also welcome our latest sponsor, CD-ROM publisher Soft Material and its flagship product, Pickle's Book. Geoff reveals keyboard shortcut secrets that deserve to be in every Mac user's portfolio, we look at the release of a new LaserWriter driver, and Tonya calls for Mac-related computer gift suggestions.
Got a Great Gift Suggestion? Here at TidBITS, we've made it a holiday tradition to collect (realistic) Macintosh-related gift suggestions from readers, sauce them up with a few of our own, and serve them out in an article that lists notable presents for the many computer users among usShow full article
Hit the Road, Jack -- In NetBITS-009, Jim Heid reports from the roads of rural United States that the Internet is not only appearing in remote areas, it is fulfilling the promise of bringing people closer togetherShow full article
LaserWriter Edges Up to 8.5.1 -- Apple's recent release of LaserWriter 8.5.1 may not appeal to all, but it promises to catch the eyes of publishing professionalsShow full article
Reversing Your View -- In TidBITS-403 and TidBITS-405, we noted the Mac's "paper" approach of displaying black text on a white background can be difficult on the eyes; several readers pointed out Apple's CloseView control panel can reverse your screen's display (and zoom in as far as 16x for those with vision difficulties)Show full article
We'd like to welcome our latest sponsor, Soft Material, a new company formed to publish CD-ROM titles from creative and innovative authors, particularly titles from Japanese and European authors that might not otherwise reach as broad an audience. Despite the success of a few CD-ROM titles, such as Myst and Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, the hurdles facing a CD-ROM title (or any software product from a small company) are enormousShow full article
Like many people these days, I work from my home, though lately I've been spending more time protecting my possessions from a pair of unruly kittens. Kittens or no kittens, I don't have much face-to-face interaction with Mac users while I use my computerShow full article
[When I casually asked Bonnie Lebesch last summer what she did, I had no idea she'd tell me that she'd recently self-published a commercial-quality CD-ROM, called Stella and the Star-TonesShow full article