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.
Macworld Expo news continues to fill this issue, with our look at a number of products and booths that caught our attention. Adam also relates what's going on with his spam, and with the Habeas anti-spam service. And Geoff Duncan looks at Apple's recent Logic-derived audio application announcements. In the news, Apple posts a $63 million first quarter profit, Research Design's Papyrus becomes free, and AppleWorks and iCal receive minor updates. Be sure to enter our DealBITS drawing for a copy of Cocoatech's Path Finder!
Celebrating Martin Luther King Day -- Here in the U.S., it's a national holiday - Martin Luther King Day. Despite the fact that offices and schools are closed, it's not a holiday that invites the drawing inward of many other holidaysShow full article
Apple Posts $63 Million First Quarter Profit -- Apple Computer posted a $63 million profit on just over $2 billion in revenue for its first fiscal quarter of 2004, boosted by strong sales of laptop computers and increasingly obligatory iPod digital music playersShow full article
AppleWorks Updates Span Platforms -- Apple has released a trio of minor updates for AppleWorks, its integrated productivity software that includes word processor, spreadsheet, page layout, graphics, database, and presentation capabilities, as well as compatibility with Microsoft Office file formatsShow full article
iCal 1.5.2 Released -- Apple today updated iCal, its calendar and personal organizer application, to version 1.5.2. The Info drawer is now optionally detachable, you can assign alarms or add notes to To-Do items, and alarms now include an option to display a message 15 minutes before the alarm goes offShow full article
Give Me Death and Give Me Liberty -- Research Software Design's bibliography and note-taking program Papyrus was reviewed four years ago in "Best Footnote Forward: Papyrus 8.0.7" in TidBITS-514; a couple of years later, development ceasedShow full article
Could there be a more difficult program to compete with than the Finder? After all, it's not just ubiquitous, but for most people, it is the Macintosh interfaceShow full article
The volume of spam I receive has continued to rise inexorably, to the point where I'm averaging between 500 and 600 spam messages per day, and that's just what's getting past our rather conservative server-side filters (including the MAPS RBL+)Show full article
At last week's NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, Apple Computer announced a repackaging of its Logic professional audio applications to follow a two-tiered approach, just like Apple's Final Cut video editing productsShow full article
Apple may set the agenda for Macworld Expo with Steve Jobs's leadoff keynote, and a few developers may receive a few minutes of keynote time (as did Microsoft's Roz Ho, who said at the end of her presentation that - take note for the future - "we're looking forward to another 20 great years of working together"), but many of the most interesting products are to be found only on the show floorShow full article
Alternative word processors -- It's largely a Word world, but alternatives to Microsoft's dominant word processor abound on the Mac - depending on what you need, of courseShow full article