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.
Scared by the big jump to Mac OS X? We were too, but we've assembled a guide to upgrading from Mac OS 9 that will eliminate many of the common problems people experience. Also, Adam reports on the first MacMania Geek Cruise - read on if you've ever wondered what it would be like to cruise to Alaska with nearly 200 other Mac geeks. In the news, Apple started selling the eMac to the general market, and we cover Mac OS X 10.1.5 and Mailsmith 1.5.3.
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eMacs for Everyone -- In a surprising move, Apple has announced that it is now selling the all-in-one eMac to anyone who wants one, barely a month after introducing the low-cost, CRT-based system solely for the education marketShow full article
The first MacMania Geek Cruise has now sailed into the sunset, and I've had a few days to digest what was a truly fascinating experience. We sailed from Vancouver, British Columbia, on 27-May-02, headed out into the Pacific to zip up to Alaska, and then worked our way back down through the Inside Passage, stopping at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before arriving back in Vancouver seven days laterShow full article
No activity in the Macintosh world has ever inspired as much fear, loathing, and terror as contemplating the upgrade from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. People are worried they'll be forced to use the command-line (you won't) or that they must reformat and repartition their hard disks (it's not necessary)Show full article