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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.

 
 
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iPhoto Visual QuickStart Guide Available in PDF

iPhoto Visual QuickStart Guide Available in PDF -- For those who have purchased my latest book, iPhoto 1.1 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, you can now download the entire book in PDF formatShow full article

O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference Report

Last week's O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference marked the rise of the first major new Macintosh conference in years. Luminaries from the Macintosh and Unix worlds, brought together by Apple's melding of the Mac OS and Unix in Mac OS X, mingled with a similarly eclectic mix of several hundred attendeesShow full article

Mac OS X Report Card: October 2002

At last week's O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, I gave a talk grading Mac OS X in a number of categories, and although a draft was discussed on TidBITS Talk, I wanted to share the final version hereShow full article

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