Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.
Does the iPod halo effect exist, or is it just a Mac myth? In this week's issue, a Windows user returns to the Apple fold and describes how the design and ease of use of the iPod led him to purchase a MacBook Pro (with some reservations). Also in this issue, Glenn Fleishman follows up last week's article on ultrawideband data speeds, and we note the release of Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo 1.1 and an unexpectedly late date for the next Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Finally, check out Joe Kissell's new ebook, "Take Control of Maintaining Your Mac".
Security Update 2006-002 Fixes the Fixes -- Apple today released Security Update 2006-002 that, along with closing a few new holes, addresses issues created by Security Update 2006-001 (which is included as well, just to ensure that everyone has it)Show full article
Yojimbo 1.1 Adds Features, Fixes Bugs -- Bare Bones Software has released Yojimbo 1.1, the first update to the company's new information organizer (See "Let Yojimbo Guard Your Information Castle" in TidBITS-814)Show full article
WWDC Moves to August -- Apple has opened registration for the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is interesting primarily because the dates for this year's conference are August 7th through 11th, roughly two months later than recent instances of WWDCShow full article
In last week's issue, I explained the upcoming UWB wireless technology, but I may have overstated its range. (See "Ultrawideband to Add New Wireless Options" in TidBITS-819.) In a coincidentally timed article at ZDNet, the head of the USB Implementers Forum states that UWB products will be available in the third quarter of 2006 that conform to Wireless USB standards for conveying USB 2.0 via UWBShow full article
By now most of you have read numerous MacBook Pro reviews filled with technical specifications, startup times, benchmarks, battery life, and counts of how many times an icon bounced on the dock when an application is launchedShow full article
Keep Your Mac Running Smoothly -- Everyone agrees that regular maintenance is the best way to avoid nasty problems and to ensure your Mac runs at peak performance, but it's hard to know what you should do and when to do it, and even harder to fit it into your scheduleShow 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. SquirrelMail vsShow full article