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.
This week's issue is once again packed with Mac and iPhone goodness, anchored by an article revealing even more hidden refinements in Snow Leopard. But Jeff Carlson also walks you through how to use the just-enabled MMS service from an iPhone, Glenn Fleishman reviews the new myPantone color exploration app for the iPhone, and guest contributor Pete Resnick explains how he restored proper keyboard scrolling behavior to Microsoft Word 2008. In the news, a TidBITS reader reports contact from Apple regarding the widespread SuperDrive problems, Google adds Gmail push support to Google Sync, and we publish the fourth edition of our best-selling ebook, Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups." Notable software releases this week include iTunes 9.0.1, NetNewsWire 3.2, Nicecast 1.9.9, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4, Airfoil 3.3.4, Phone Amego 1.0.5, Logic Pro 9.0.1, Logic Express 9.0.1, Main Stage 2.0.1, HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, TweetDeck v0.30.5, and Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater.
In a followup to our coverage of widespread - but elusive - SuperDrive issues, we are pleased to report that Apple has informed at least one TidBITS reader that they are investigating the problems.Show full article
A few short weeks after the release of iTunes 9, Apple gives us iTunes 9.0.1 with a variety of important-sounding bug fixes. Show full article
NewsGator has released NetNewsWire 3.2 for Mac OS X and NetNewsWire 2.0 for iPhone after some delays and a bit of confusion. The latest versions for Mac and iPhone now rely on Google Reader for their synchronization services.Show full article
AT&T started offering MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) in the United States after a long delay. Learn how to activate and use it.Show full article
For over a year the iPhone has supported "push" mail delivery, instant delivery of new email messages, but not for the popular Gmail service. Google Sync for iPhone and iPod touch now offers push email, contacts, and calendars, via Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol. The catch? You can only do this with one mail account at a time.Show full article
Even if you're not a professional graphic designer, the myPantone app for iPhone might pique your interest in capturing and exploring color.Show full article
Whether you want to establish a sensible backup strategy or modernize your existing backup strategy, Joe Kissell's just-updated "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, Fourth Edition" has the real-world advice you need to choose backup hardware and software, and set up a rock-solid backup strategy.Show full article
If you're as irritated as we are at Microsoft Word's habit of moving the insertion point when you use the Page Up and Page Down keys (something most Mac applications don't do), read on for a solution that requires no additional software.Show full article
We keep finding the equivalent of chocolate-filled Easter eggs in Snow Leopard: tiny, undocumented improvements that make Mac OS X even better.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Nicecast 1.9.9, Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.4, Airfoil 3.3.4, Phone Amego 1.0.5, Logic Pro 9.0.1, Logic Express 9.0.1, Main Stage 2.0.1, HP Printer Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6, TweetDeck v0.30.5, and Quicken 2007 Certificate Updater.Show full article
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article
Readers are busy in this week's TidBITS Talk discussions, covering recent articles such as the availability of HP printer drivers, Gmail push service to iPhones, and widespread SuperDrive problems. They're also looking for help and solutions on topics ranging from making scrollbars reappear in Word, dealing with spotty behavior in Eudora, encrypting information on disk, recovering a deleted login keychain, troubleshooting RSS problems in Mail, extending an AirPort network, speeding up a sluggish Mac, scheduling software updates, and separating Web browser sessions.Show full article