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.
Last week's quiz sparked interest in a murky topic: what is the best encoding method to use when sending email attachments to Windows users? In response, Adam dons his hip waders to explain why the correct answer was the runner-up, and why the most common response wasn't necessarily wrong either. We also look at Keyspan's Digital Media Remote, release old versions of the Internet Starter Kit on the Web, and note the release of the SETI@home 2.0 client.
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Old Starter Kits Now Online -- Last week a reader commented that he couldn't find the online versions of my Internet Starter Kit books (3rd edition Mac, 2nd edition Windows 3.1) at Macmillan Computer Publishing's site due to yet another reorganizationShow full article
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My family has always liked remote controls. Many years ago - long before every television came with a remote - my parents had a device they called a bleeperShow full article
Okay, we may have confused a few people with last week's quiz, where we asked "What's the best encoding to use when sending a file to a Windows user via email?" I'll get to the correct answer shortly, but first let me explain the confusion. Terminology -- As I explained in "Macintosh Internet File Format Primer," in TidBITS-445, there are usually two actions that take place for Macintosh files to be transferred via email: binary packaging and transfer encodingShow full article