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Smarter Parental Controls

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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 19-Jan-09

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Kindle? What Kindle? Readers hoping for an Apple ebook reader like the Amazon Kindle to appear at Macworld Expo were disappointed, but with the iPod touch and iPhone, does Apple even need to make one? (2 messages)


January 22nd, 2009 - the 25th Anniversary of the Macintosh -- Will Apple do anything to commemorate the 25th anniversary of introducing the Mac? Should we take matters into our own hands? (10 messages)


Apple does solicit feedback! People complain that feedback to Apple is like tossing a rock into a deep well, but the company does occasionally contact people directly. (7 messages)


The Future of Macworld -- With Apple having exited Macworld Expo, what will the show be like? And is there any truth to the rumors that Apple might make an appearance at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show? (15 messages)


Re-Unplugging QuickTime from Safari? After a recent update to Safari, a reader realized that the browser is handling playback of QuickTime movies, rather than handing them off to QuickTime Player where he prefers to view them. Is there a setting to change this behavior? (2 messages)


Protect Yourself From the Safari RSS Vulnerability -- Simply switching the default RSS reader setting in Safari is apparently not enough to bypass a recent vulnerability. (3 messages)

 

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