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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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Apple Reports on Options Backdating Problems

Steve Jobs apologized last week while announcing the results of an internal investigation regarding Apple's backdating of stock options, in which options were granted on a preferentially low stock price date instead of the date upon which the grant was decidedShow full article

PocketMac for BlackBerry 4 Released

PocketMac last week released the latest version of its BlackBerry for Macintosh software, version 4.0. (For details on the previous version, see "Putting BlackBerries in Your PocketMac," 06-Feb-06.) The software is available at no cost to BlackBerry owners, paid for by Research in Motion (RIM), the firm that makes the BlackBerry deviceShow full article

Virtual Reality or Real Virtuality?

The news of recent times has me confused, so let me see if I have this straight. We'll soon be seeing video games based on reality TV shows - you know, the shows that employ script writers to make sure the reality sounds realShow full article

Sleepless (and Latchless) in Seattle

It takes a village to put a laptop to sleep. Over the weekend, a comment from Adam Engst solved problems for both TidBITS Irregular Keith Dawson and me with our recalcitrant laptopsShow full article

Get a Piece of the Thinking Rock

In his recent TidBITS article, "Getting Things Done With Your Macintosh" (24-Jul-06), Jeff Porten explains the general Getting Things Done (GTD) philosophy, and mentions some software that might be used or adapted for maintaining GTD listsShow full article

Take Control News/09-Oct-06

"Real World Mac OS X Fonts" Encapsulates Font Ebooks -- Summer disappeared all too quickly for us this year, in part because of a major project we were working on to convert Sharon Zardetto Aker's "Take Control of Fonts in Mac OS X" and "Take Control of Font Problems in Mac OS X" into a print volumeShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/09-Oct-06

Apple Updates iPods, Introduces Movies, Previews iTV -- Installing iTunes 7 on an older machine causes jerky video playback. What can be done to improve the quality? (3 messages) Using MySQL on a Mac -- Following last week's article on MySQL, TidBITS readers call out SQL utilities and resources, and ask about moving from FileMaker developmentShow full article

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