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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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QuickTime 7.0.1 Fixes Security Hole

QuickTime 7.0.1 Fixes Security Hole -- Apple has released QuickTime 7.0.1, a 26.6 MB download via Software Update. This update replaces the Quartz Composer plug-in, which was found to be capable of sending local data to an arbitrary Web location using an encoded URLShow full article

MathMagic Sponsoring TidBITS

MathMagic Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to welcome our latest long-term sponsor, InfoLogic, a small company known for their powerful equation editor MathMagicShow full article

Apple to Transition to Intel Processors

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) today, Steve Jobs dropped a bombshell on the Mac community by confirming rumors that the company will transition its computers from the PowerPC architecture to Intel processors by 2007Show full article

Apple Settles iPod Battery Suit, Announces iPod Recycling

Last week saw two significant developments regarding Apple's now-iconic iPod music players: an Apple-sponsored recycling program designed to diminish the environmental impact of millions of iPods one day being landfilled, and a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit over battery life in early iPod models. Reduce, Re-use..Show full article

Pay to Play with QuickTime 7.0 Pro

Although Apple has considered QuickTime part of the Mac OS for many years, the company has also generated some additional revenue by selling QuickTime Pro for $30Show full article

Squeezebox2: Long Live Rock

When it comes to playing computer-based digital media in the home theater, there are generally two types of solutions: local playback and network streamingShow full article

Take Control News/06-Jun-05

Take Control Tiger Ebooks Pass 10,000 Sales -- Last week we hit our second milestone with our Take Control ebooks about Tiger: 10,000 copies sold. Amusingly, the 10,000th copy sold went to Prudence Holliger of Issaquah, Washington, who we met years ago through the Seattle Downtown Business Users Group MUGShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/06-Jun-05

The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be faster. Reliable scanner vendor -- Some people are running into problems with scanner vendors' software under Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, prompting a move to the all-purpose VueScan softwareShow full article

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