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.
Apple's special music event last week revealed the new iPod nano, iTunes 5, and release of the Motorola ROKR, an iTunes-enabled cellular phone. We have details and insight about the new devices. In non-music news, Jeff Carlson looks at ShowMacster, a utility for adding photos and movies to iChat video chats, Adam revisits how he uses email to get things done, and we note the release of Nisus Express 2.5.
Nisus Writer Express 2.5 Released -- Nisus Software has updated its Mac OS X-native word processor to version 2.5, adding core features and fixing bugsShow full article
Remember when the iPod was a marvel of compact engineering? At a press event in San Francisco last week, Apple introduced the iPod nano, an ever-more diminutive music player that replaces the now-discontinued iPod mini and more closely resembles the original iPod design than the miniShow full article
Apple Computer last week took the wraps off iTunes 5.0, the latest version of its free jukebox software for Mac OS X and Windows. iTunes 5.0 adds the following new features: After many years of user lamentation, playlists can now be organized into hierarchical foldersShow full article
As part of last week's press event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs shared the stage with Cingular Wireless COO Ralph de la Vega to announce the availability of the long-rumored iTunes cell phone, the new Motorola ROKR E1Show full article
Chatting via video in iChat is cool, but I didn't realize I was missing something until recently when a client introduced me to ShowMacster, a utility that enables me to display more than just my ugly mug during a video chat. The notion behind ShowMacster is simple: why limit your outgoing video signal to what's in front of your webcam, when you can also interject other digital imagery such as photos or movies? Say you're video chatting with your mother and want to show her your latest digital photosShow full article
Back in December of last year, I passed along a new technique I developed for handling email in Eudora. It relied on Eudora's long-standing capability to create "saved searches," which are essentially the same idea as the new "smart mailboxes" in the version of Apple Mail included with Mac OS X 10.4 TigerShow full article
"Take Control of Customizing Microsoft Office" Updated to Version 1.0.1 -- Version 1.0.1 of Kirk McElhearn's "Take Control of Customizing Microsoft Office" is now availableShow full article
The first link for each thread description points to the traditional TidBITS Talk interface; the second link points to the same discussion on our Web Crossing server, which provides a different look and which may be faster. FreeConference.com comments -- Adam's article about FreeConference.com prompts feature suggestions and a few questionsShow full article