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.
Do you rely on Entourage for handling your email, calendar, and contacts? Matt Neuburg and Joe Kissell dig into the details of Microsoft's just-released Office 11.2.3 update, which brings major improvements to Entourage (and a few bug fixes for the rest of the package). Then Adam gets obsessed with burning discs that retain the Finder's window attributes when opened, and Glenn Fleishman looks at synchronizing RSS reading history in NetNewsWire. In the news, we officially welcome Joe to the staff, Ovolab ships Phlink 3, Apple releases Security Update 2006-002 v1.1, and we publish new editions of our Take Control ebooks about GarageBand and launch a Take Control podcast about podcasting.
Security Update 2006-002 v1.1 Fixes Safari Glitch -- Apparently, some people who moved Safari out of their Applications folders ran into a problem after updating to the recent Security Update 2006-002 where Safari would have a blank icon and not launchShow full article
Ovolab Ships Major Phlink Update -- Ovolab has released the long-awaited version 3 of its flagship telephony software, Phlink. [Conflict of interest disclaimer: I wrote the manual for version 2 of this product.] Phlink turns your computer into an intelligent phone-answering machineShow full article
Desktop Picture Transparency Hacks -- Every now and then I come across a site documenting something truly clever - not necessarily useful, but clever nonethelessShow full article
Although some people seem to believe that I do everything with TidBITS, nothing could be further from the truth - TidBITS wouldn't exist without the ongoing work of Tonya, Geoff Duncan, Jeff Carlson, Matt Neuburg, Glenn Fleishman, and Mark AnbinderShow full article
Microsoft has released the 11.2.3 Update to Office 2004. The 57 MB download incorporates all previous updates and service packs, so if you've neglected the care and feeding of your copy of Office 2004, now might be a good moment to mend your ways. The Read Me file accompanying the download lists various minor bug fixes for Word, a stability fix for PowerPoint, and a security fix for Excel; but don't go looking for your favorite pet peeve to be mended in this releaseShow full article
RSS feed aggregator and news reader NetNewsWire released its first (and then second) public beta of the next major version of the software, numbered 2.1Show full article
Sometimes easy things turn out to be more involved than you initially anticipated. Recently I wanted to burn a few CDs containing the full Take Control library for a user group raffleShow full article
New Take Control Ebooks Cover GarageBand 3 -- Regardless of your musical experience, if you want to make the most of GarageBand 3, follow along with Seattle musician Jeff Tolbert as he shows you how to work creatively with GarageBand and get the most out of its featuresShow 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. Comments on A Switcher's Tale -- Readers respond to last week's article, including the need for using a Windows environment and the ongoing debate about Apple's historic insistence on single-button miceShow full article