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.
The big Apple news this week is a stunning $818 million profit for the third fiscal quarter of 2007, thanks to a record number of Mac sales (and a goodly number of iPhone sales too!). For those of us not rolling in that kind of cash, we have news about useful Mac products and techniques that won't stress your checkbook. Adam looks at options for mounting and reading bare hard disk drives that aren't strapped into enclosures (and why you'd want to do this). Glenn Fleishman notes the release of Webjimbo, a program that lets you access your Yojimbo data remotely. Joe Kissell stays up late trying to get his MacBook Pro to go to sleep, no thanks to Apple's Safe Sleep feature. And lastly, we have a pair of new Take Control ebooks: "Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon," which provides practical and witty definitions of over 500 Mac- and Internet-related terms, and an update to "Take Control of Syncing in Tiger," which now covers the iPhone and Apple TV.
Sales of 1.76 million Macs between and April and June pushed Apple to an $818 million profit on $5.41 billion in sales. That's 33 percent more Macs than the 1.33 million sold in the year-ago quarter and represents the highest number of Mac sales during a quarter.Show full article
Several different products make it easy to work with bare hard drive mechanisms for backup, troubleshooting, or disk recovery.Show full article
Webjimbo extends the usefulness of data organizer Yojimbo by giving it a Web interface for viewing, searching, and updating stored items.Show full article
Does the Safe Sleep feature of modern Mac laptops protect you from data loss... or does it just cause unnecessary aggravation?Show full article
If you've ever felt uncertain about what a technical term actually means, help is here in the latest Take Control ebook: "Take Control: The Mac OS X Lexicon," a mad romp through over 500 Macintosh- and Internet-related terms. Also released this week: our iPhone and Apple TV update to "Take Control of Syncing in Tiger."Show full article
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