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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 Marks Best Quarter of Mac Sales for Q3 2007

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

Accessing Bare Hard Drives

Several different products make it easy to work with bare hard drive mechanisms for backup, troubleshooting, or disk recovery.Show full article

Webjimbo Makes Yojimbo Data Web-Accessible

Webjimbo extends the usefulness of data organizer Yojimbo by giving it a Web interface for viewing, searching, and updating stored items.Show full article

Stewing Over Safe Sleep

Does the Safe Sleep feature of modern Mac laptops protect you from data loss... or does it just cause unnecessary aggravation?Show full article

Take Control News/30-Jul-07

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

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/30-Jul-07

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