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.
If the Red Sox winning the World Series wasn't strange enough, Geoff Duncan has finally solved his personal Curse of Mac OS X. Thanks to a Sonnet Encore/ST G4 Duet accelerator, he can now run Mac OS X for more than a few hours at a time, and even Mac OS 9 enjoys a speed boost. We also take a quick look at the Mac OS X 10.3.6 upgrade, pass along a new USB printer compatibility list for Apple's wireless base stations, and announce winners of last week's DealBITS drawing.
New AirPort USB Printer Compatibility List -- Unfortunately, Apple no longer publishes a list of USB printers that are compatible with the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Base Stations (those models include a USB port that turns the base station into a print server for any computer on your wireless network)Show full article
EU iTunes Music Store Correction -- In last week's issue, we erroneously wrote that Ireland was the only European Union nation not included in Apple's rollout of its EU iTunes Music Store (see "Apple Intros iPod Photo, iPod U2, and Euro iTMS" in TidBITS-753)Show full article
DealBITS Drawing: iMove from MaxUpgrades Winners -- Congratulations to Marie Smolnik of yahoo.com and David Stoler of sbcglobal.net, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each will receive an iMove positioning table from MaxUpgrades, worth $149Show full article
On 05-Nov-04, Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.6, a free update to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The update includes a new version of the Safari Web browser that will no longer stop trying to load a Web page or submit a form after 60 seconds, but will instead keep trying until the user cancels the attemptShow full article
In fiction, there's a genre called "alternate history" that speculates about what might have happened if key historical events had transpired differentlyShow full article
The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. Voice Recognition Dictation Software for the Mac -- What options are currently available for voice dictation on the Mac? Readers share their experiencesShow full article