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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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Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 1: Why I Switched

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Google’s Gmail. In this first of a multi-part series, he explains why he chose Gmail and what some of the pros and cons are. Future installments will explore the ins and outs of Google’s free mail service.Show full article

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Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 2: Labels & Filters

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Gmail. In this second of a multi-part series, he explains how the fact that everything in Gmail is a search enables a Zen approach to email.Show full article

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Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 3: Gmail Labs

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Gmail. In this third of a multi-part series, he looks at how Google engineers have extended Gmail in a wide variety of optional — but sometimes very helpful — ways.Show full article

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Zen and the Art of Gmail, Part 4: Mailplane

After spending more than 16 years using Eudora for email, Adam has switched, perhaps unexpectedly, to Gmail. Although he likes Gmail’s Web interface, since that’s where most of the innovation lies, he uses Mailplane to enhance the experience on the Mac.Show full article

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