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If you've been using the parental controls options in Mac OS X to lock your child out of using a particular computer late at night, but would like to employ a more clever technique to limit Internet access, turn to MAC address filtering on an Apple base station.

To do this, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Manual Setup. In the Access Control view, choose Time Access to turn on MAC filtering. You'll need to enter the MAC address of the particular computer, which (in 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard) you can find in the Network System Preferences pane: click AirPort in the adapter list, and click Advanced. The AirPort ID is the MAC address.



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Default Folder X & QuicKeys X: Upgrade Before Panther!

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Default Folder X & QuicKeys X: Upgrade Before Panther! St. Clair Software has published version 1.9.1 of their popular Open/Save dialog enhancement utility, Default Folder X. In addition to being compatible with both Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar, Default Folder X 1.9.1 now tracks files opened directly from the Finder (not just through the Open dialog) and lists recent and favorite folders in a system-wide menu, in the Dock or menu bar. Furthermore, Default Folder's menus are now hierarchical. Version 1.9.1 is a free upgrade for existing users.

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St. Clair warns that older versions of Default Folder X are not compatible with Panther. Existing Default Folder X users who upgrade to Panther (even using Archive and Install) won't be able to launch any applications! If this happens to you, log out, log in with the Shift key held down, disable the older version (remove it from the Startup Items tab of the Accounts preference pane), and then log back in. Panther will then operate normally, and you can upgrade Default Folder X at leisure. Default Folder X 1.9.1 is a 3.7 MB download.

CE Software has released a beta of QuicKeys X 2.0.2b3 to work around a similar-sounding problem; launching any other version of QuicKeys X in Panther causes every active application to quit. QuicKeys X 2.0.2b3 is an 11 MB download and comes with a registration number that's good until 19-Nov-03 if you don't already own QuicKeys X. In both cases, following Joe Kissell's advice in "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther" to delete everything from the Login Items preference pane in Jaguar before upgrading to Panther would avoid the problem. [MAN]

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