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.
Where do you get your Mac-related news and information? Adam digs further into the results of the TidBITS 2007 Reader Survey and comes up with some surprising answers. Also in this issue, Brian Tanaka shares the secret of how he tracks his billable hours: OfficeTime. Rounding out the news, we note the releases of QuickTime 7.2, iTunes 7.3.1, MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3, Firmware Restoration CD 1.3, Microsoft Office 2004 11.3.6, and a major update to "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac." Lastly, if you're a new iPhone owner with a weak stomach, you may not want to watch the video of the device's losing battle with a high-powered blender.
Apple has updated QuickTime and iTunes, resolving issues with the H.264 video codec and fixing bugs. The primary changes in QuickTime 7.2 are fixes for several potential security vulnerabilities related to playback of malformed movie files and visiting maliciously crafted Web sitesShow full article
Apple has released MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 1.3, which "fixes a display issue on 2.2/2.4 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models," according to the minimal text on Apple's download pageShow full article
Microsoft has released Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.6 Update, which addresses vulnerabilities in Excel and fixes a bug in Entourage. In Excel, an attacker could "overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code," according to MicrosoftShow full article
Who would be so bold as to put an iPhone into a blender? A firm that makes a high-powered blender, that's who.Show full article
I'm forever juggling multiple projects. Naturally, I must track the hours I spend on each project so I can bill my clients, and over the years I've tried a variety of time tracking applicationsShow full article
We've been busy with other things, but we haven't forgotten the results of our recent reader survey, which garnered responses from over 3,500 people. In the first installment (see "TidBITS 2007 Reader Survey Results: Who Are You?," 2007-03-12), I looked at what the results said about who reads TidBITSShow full article
Run Windows on a Mac with Up-to-Date Advice -- We've just released version 2.5 of "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac," bringing this essential 148-page book completely up-to-dateShow full article
State of Mac Support for GPS -- Following Adam's review of GPS devices last year, what's the current state of the art? And more importantly, how is the Mac support? (9 messages) Best FM transmitter -- There are lots of devices designed to play music from an iPod over your car's stereo system, but how do they stack up? And is a wired cassette adapter a better alternative? (12 messages) PDF "resolution" -- A PDF file is resolution-independent, but the quality of the imagery can vary if it includes bitmapped pictures (such as JPEG photos, for example)Show full article