I have had my MacBook Pro for about 6 months; bought it new in 2010. I am running Mac OS 10.6.5.
Using Airport to connect to the Internet. Had no problems until this last week, when at an apparently random moment, some applications (e.g. Safari, iTunes, Adium and Tweetie) decide the Internet is no longer connected. The message from Safari is the standard "You are not connected to the Internet."
Pinging different hosts on the Internet works completely fine, and I can browse without any issue on Firefox.
Network Diagnostics reports that the Internet is connected. Turning Airport on and off, and closing and rebootting the applications doesn't seem to help.
I did manage to fix the problem with a reboot but would rather find the underlying issue and a better solution. Can anyone out there help?