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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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Introducing the TidBITS Archive CD

A few months back, I wrote a brief bit about how MacTech Magazine had created a CD containing the complete archives of the magazine (see "MacTech Creates Archive CD," 2006-11-13)Show full article

Macworld SF 2007 Event Updates

Macworld Expo is always a hectic time for us, what with oodles of appearances and signings, and sometimes we can't nail them down entirely before our last issue of the yearShow full article

Microsoft Releases Office 2004, Office X Updates

Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (also known as MacBU) wrapped up 2006 by releasing updates to its core suite of productivity applications. Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.2 Update, a 13.7 MB download, fixes a problem that could cause PowerPoint 2004 to unexpectedly quitShow full article

Simon Monitoring Tool Updated

Dejal Systems last week released Simon 2.2, the latest version of the company's Internet service monitoring tool, which can also check for content updates to Web pagesShow full article

PreFab UI Browser 2.0 Better Than Ever

PreFab UI Browser is a scripter's tool. You don't need it unless you need it, but if you need it, it's exactly what you need. As I explained in TidBITS four years ago ("Scripting the Unscriptable in Mac OS X", 2003-03-10), as well as in my AppleScript book, when you need to write a script that clicks buttons, reads scrolling lists, and chooses from menus, the Accessibility API and System Events are the only way to go; and UI Browser is the best way to figure out how to use themShow full article

VMware Releases Fusion Beta

Last week VMware finally made good on its promise at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), releasing a public beta version (registration required) of its new virtualization software for Mac OS X, code-named FusionShow full article

Apple Releases Stock Option Backdating Report

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Younger Than Thou: Instant Messaging

[Adam here. I recently turned 39, and as much as I don't feel old physically, there are times when reading about how teenagers use technology - the stuff I've been writing about for 17 years! - make me feel simply ancientShow full article

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