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.
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Worried about the major new security problem with Microsoft Office 98? Guess what - it's neither new nor limited to Office. Geoff Duncan explores this long-standing security issue and explains how to work around it. Also this week, Jerry Kindall reports on the astonishing feats at this year's MacHack, and we have news about new installer tools, The Tilery 4.0, ACTION Files 1.1, an important update for Norton AntiVirus 5.0, and finding TidBITS staff at Macworld Expo.
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