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.
We're back from Macworld Expo 2004 San Francisco, with news of software and a bit of hardware. Adam relays his overall impressions of the show, and examines how Apple's musical forays are a Trojan Horse into the rest of the computing world. We also look at iLife '04 and its newest application, GarageBand, plus note the releases of the G5 Xserve and the Xserve RAID, Final Cut Express 2, and news of Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac OS X. Lastly, Tristan turns five!
Apple Unveils G5 Xserve, new Xserve RAID -- Apple last week lifted the cover on a significant upgrade to the Xserve, its line of 1U (one-unit high) rack-mount Mac OS X-based serversShow full article
Apple Releases Final Cut Express 2 -- Apple announced Final Cut Express 2 at Macworld Expo, an updated version of its mid-range video editing software originally introduced in January 2003Show full article
Microsoft Announces Office 2004 for Mac OS X -- Microsoft last week announced the upcoming release (sometime in the first half of this year) of Office 2004 for MacintoshShow full article
Tristan Turns Five -- At Macworld Expo in San Francisco five years ago, I had to leave a day earlier than planned to make it home in time for Tristan to be bornShow full article
Before last July's Macworld Expo in New York City, everyone was wondering what sort of a show it would be without a Steve Jobs keynote and without many of the high-profile exhibitors who pulled outShow full article
For the first time in recent memory, Apple's announcements at the latest Macworld Expo didn't involve any new consumer Mac hardware, instead focusing primarily on software improvements and the iPod miniShow full article
GarageBand impressions -- TidBITS Talk readers voice their initial opinions of GarageBand and its user interface, and also clear up differences between it and Apple's SoundtrackShow full article