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.
Which Palm OS-based handheld should you buy? Travis Butler attempts to answer that question by comparing the main devices from Palm, Inc. and Handspring. Also in this issue, Geoff Duncan looks at the history of the Web display wars to determine why it's such a mess. We also note a band-aid for a destructive sleep bug on iBooks and PowerBook (FireWire) computers, ACI's purchase of StarNine, and the release of Virtual PC with Linux and Action Files 1.5.2.
Sleep Memory Extension Blocks Laptop Bug -- Apple's new Sleep Memory Extension helps protect iBook and PowerBook (FireWire) computers from data loss or corruption when using the "Preserve memory contents on sleep" feature under low memory situations (see "iBook, PowerBook Data Loss Problem Noted" in TidBITS-521)Show full article
Look Elsewhere for PowerBook (FireWire) Security -- Apple has issued a Tech Info Library article warning owners of new PowerBook (FireWire) machines not to install the Password Security control panelShow full article
ACI Buys StarNine Technologies -- ACI US, makers of the high-end 4D relational database, have purchased StarNine Technologies, makers of the WebSTAR Server Suite and ListSTAR, from Platinum Equity HoldingsShow full article
Connectix Ships Virtual PC with Linux -- Connectix has shipped a version of its Virtual PC Pentium emulation product bundled with a pre-installed copy of Red Hat LinuxShow full article
ACTION Files 1.5.2 Update Released -- Power On Software has released an update to ACTION Files, its utility for enhancing open/save dialog boxes (See the review of ACTION Files 1.0 in "Get a Piece of the ACTION Files" in TidBITS-434)Show full article
Poll Results: Palm Before the Storm -- Apple's recent eye-catching designs have sparked debate as to whether the appearance of a device contributes to its successShow full article
Poll Preview: Clear as Mud -- The origins of HTML were focused on structure over layout, but as the Web became increasingly commercial the look of a Web page became ever more importantShow full article
Folks interested in buying a Palm OS-based handheld have many more options now than they did a year ago. In addition to the eight models Palm, Inc. has introduced since the original Palm III, handhelds that license the Palm OS - most notably the Handspring Visor - have begun to appearShow full article
A little over a year ago in TidBITS-467, I wrote about some historical and technical reasons why text on Web pages can be illegibly small when viewed on a Macintosh - especially pages designed by and for Windows users. The principles and problems outlined in that article are as true today as they were then, but new Internet standards and a new generation of Web browsers are beginning to offer possible solutions to both Web users and Web authorsShow full article