Web based WIFI analyzer

Update Jan. 11th 2017: The web version of the stumbler is no longer available. An Android app is all that remains; available from Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meraki.wifistumbler.

If you’ve ever felt that your wireless was a tad bit sluggish, one of the reasons might be because of interfering signals from your neighbours. Choosing the channel with the least amount of interference is thus the way to go, if you want a good strong signal.

Obviously there is a ton of WIFI analyzer programs out there, but who would bother if you could just open up your browser and do it without needing to install anything?

Enter Meraki Tools | WIFI STUMBLER:

URL: http://tools.meraki.com/stumbler

Essential software for a fresh installation of Mac OS X

Following my recent decision to upgrade to Snow Leopard, being a bit old fashioned I decided a clean install would best quell my OCD. That of course means figuring out, what all those nifty little programs you’ve picked up along the way was.

Granted, this is rather a matter of personal preference, here is a short list of software I think is must have’s on a clean install of OS X:

  • Quicksilver
    Is a tool for accessing everything on your Mac incredibly fast. Just press Ctrl + Space, type a few letters of the title of the thing you need to find or open. Press Enter and voila.
  • Caffeine
    Is a little background application that allows you to toggle screen dimming. It puts a little icon in your task bar, that you just click whenever your want to watch a youtube clip or similar, where the screen dimming would otherwise be activated.
  • MacPorts
    Is a package manager for OS X, which gives you access to all kinds of open source software, that doesn’t ship with OS X. MacPorts relies on XCode being installed for a compiler, which can be installed from the OS X installation DVD. When it’s installed, using it is as simple as issuing the command:

    sudo port install

    Wait for it to finish compiling and installing and then you can run the program directly from your command-line.

  • Cyberduck
    A really good lightweight FTP client.
  • Adium
    For all your instant messaging needs. Handles most of the networks out there. No Skype support though.
  • Perian
    A collection of codecs that aren’t natively supported. If you want the preview feature in Finder to work, as well as QuickTime playback on non-supported file types, this is what you need.