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.
Many folks dream of ditching work and traveling the world, but Gideon Greenspan not only set off on a trek throughout Asia, he brought along his PowerBook and shareware business. Gideon relates the details of his trip and offers invaluable advice to Mac travelers. We also pass on some changes to our polls, mourn the passing of Don Crabb, and note updates to Eudora 4.3.1, IBM ViaVoice 1.0.2, and the release of a color Palm handheld.
Macintosh Columnist Don Crabb Dies -- Prolific Macintosh columnist Don Crabb has died at age 44 after having been hospitalized since December with a disease of the pancreasShow full article
Eudora 4.3.1 Updater Available -- Qualcomm has finally released the free updater that upgrades existing copies of Eudora Pro 4.x to Eudora 4.3 in Paid mode, which offers all of Eudora's features without displaying adsShow full article
Palm Adds Color, Boosts Memory to Handhelds -- Palm, Inc. has released the Palm IIIc, a new handheld device sporting a color screen, 8 MB of memory, and a built-in rechargeable lithium ion batteryShow full article
IBM Updates ViaVoice, Dragon Reneges -- IBM has posted a free 1.0.2 update to its ViaVoice continuous speech recognition software, correcting some annoying minor bugs such as problems with extra spaces, backtracking over errors, and training words with special charactersShow full article
Poll Results: Color Me Pretty -- In last week's poll we asked what colors you'd like to see Apple use in future Macs. Brushed metal came in as the most popular choice, scoring 27 percent of the voteShow full article
Poll Preview: Travelling the Old Road -- With the release of the iMac, Apple started down a path of eliminating ports and other capabilities that had been standard on Macs since 1987's Macintosh SEShow full article
Those of you who participate in our weekly polls and quizzes will notice some new functionality this week that should make our polls easier to take and easier to referenceShow full article
As I write this, I'm sitting on a flight from Bangkok to Frankfurt, making my way back to London after spending two months travelling through Asia with my company, Sig Software, operating out of my PowerBook G3Show full article