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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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Critical Vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Turn off JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat Professional - or use Apple's Preview - to mitigate a critical security vulnerability.Show full article

iPhone to Add Location Logging?

Some sleuthing within iPhoto '09 reveals that Apple was at least thinking about adding a location logging app to the iPhone and iPod touch, possibly for providing geotags to imported photos or improving maps. Could the feature point toward a more capable iPhone or iPod touch? And what about the privacy issues?Show full article

Get a Free, Non-Expiring Mac.com Address for iChat

You don't need to sign up for a MobileMe account to use iChat. Although not obvious, you can create a free, non-expiring mac.com address to use iChat.Show full article

The Latest Details about Running Windows on a Mac

Looking for information about the best software to use for running Windows on a Mac, or how to run Windows most effectively? Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Third Edition" has all the answers for all the latest virtualization software.Show full article

More Dutch and Japanese Translators Wanted!

If you can read English and write in either Dutch or Japanese, we need your help in translating TidBITS!Show full article

Backups Need Power, Too

When you're thinking about safeguarding your data, don't forget to protect the equipment on which it's stored from electrical surges. Jeff Carlson updates the UPSes in his office.Show full article

Liquid Submersion Indicators Reveal Accidental Dips

Drop your iPod in the bathtub or spill coffee on your MacBook? Hoping to convince Apple otherwise and cash in on your warranty? Think again - Apple's liquid submersion indicators are stool pigeons for the 21st century!Show full article

Top 10 Screensavers for the 21st Century

Want something to enliven your Mac's screen when you're away from the mouse for 15 or 20 minutes? Doug McLean went hunting for the most interesting screensavers he could find. Here are his top 10.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23-Feb-09

Notable software releases this week include ScreenFlow 1.5, MercuryMover 2.0.3, TextExpander 2.5.2, MacBook SMC Update 1.3, WireTap Studio 1.0.8, Things 1.0.4, and the ConceptDraw WebWave plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 23-Feb-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered or wrote elsewhere on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 23-Feb-09

This week's discussions concern the ever-popular look at what email program to replace Eudora, Microsoft's new retail stores, Apple's way of determining whether your device has taken a dip, the Unix underpinnings of Mac OS X, how to deal with stolen laptops, backing up a Mac to a portable hard drive, and more.Show full article

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