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.
Security holes in Mac OS X? That's right, and the first installment of our new column on Mac OS X explains how to shut them, along with looking at Mac OS X releases of Timbuktu Pro and ConceptDraw, a limitation of Mac OS X's FTP server, and a clever utility that puts a graphical interface on the Unix command line. We also look at Apple's extremely positive quarterly financial results and cover new releases of Eudora 5.1, BBEdit 6.1, and Acrobat 5.0.
Eudora 5.1 Adds SSL, Palm Address Synchronization -- Qualcomm has released Eudora 5.1, a free update to their popular email application. New features include support for secure, authenticated connections via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) if your email server supports them; an option to display signatures inline in message composition windows; support for sending, receiving, and storing vCards; colorizing of MoodWatch trigger words and phrases (Paid or Sponsored mode only); and a new MoodWatch settings panelShow full article
BBEdit 6.1 Adds Features, Mac OS X Support -- Bare Bones Software's popular text and HTML editor BBEdit has now joined the ranks of software carbonized for Mac OS XShow full article
Acrobat 5 Focuses on Online Collaboration -- Adobe has released Adobe Acrobat 5, positioning its Portable Document Format (PDF) as an online collaboration tool rather than just a way to view documents across platforms (see the TidBITS series on document collaboration)Show full article
For its second fiscal quarter of 2001, Apple Computer last week announced a net profit of $43 million dollars, or $.12 per share, on sales of 751,000 MacsShow full article
I noticed when reading back through the issues of ten years ago (see our anniversary article "TidBITS Goes to Eleven" in TidBITS-576) that we did a sporadic column reporting bits of information related to the just-released System 7Show full article
Last week, Apple announced that it had sold its five millionth iMac, making the translucent machine Apple's best-selling Macintosh model of all time. Its unique design attracted many who had never before purchased computers, and its ubiquitous shape and colors have made it almost standard fare in mainstream magazine photo spreads, television shows, and movies - when you need to show a computer, you might as well present one that looks good. Many TidBITS readers undoubtedly own iMacs, as I do, and many of you may also have family members who own oneShow full article