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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 02-Feb-09

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DVI/HDMI adapter confusion -- Trouble with an HDMI to DVI cable points to an issue with HDCP content-protection mechanisms. (8 messages)


Reading SMART status on external hard disks -- Is there a Mac OS X application for reading SMART diagnostic information from external hard drives? (6 messages)


Diagnosing weird hard disk problems -- Apple's Hardware Test (accessible from a Mac OS X installation disc) could provide a clue about whether a hard disk is salvageable. (2 messages)


Opening OneFile files -- The Opera Web browser may be able to open this file type, but a better approach is probably to ask the sender to create a PDF file instead. (2 messages)


The Mac Turns 25: Best Mac Ever? Readers debate Adam's contention that the Mac SE/30 was Apple's best Mac. (12 messages)


The Mac Turns 25: Our First Macs -- We shared the stories of our first Macs. What was the first Macintosh (or other computer) you owned? (2 messages)


iLife 09 caused Spotlight issues -- Readers discuss an issue with Spotlight and iLife '09, as well as general impressions of the suite. (7 messages)


Yet Another Reason Not to Pirate Software -- News of Trojans embedded in pirated copies of Mac software leads to discussions of online security and the difficulty of managing passwords. (28 messages)


Geolocation in searching -- Is there a way to specify that search results (and other Web destinations) be limited to a single country? (4 messages)


Unpacking the old tarball -- Installing Python 3 requires Xcode, as one reader discovered when trying to decipher a cryptic set of installation instructions. (6 messages)


Worst Apple Products -- Adam's Macworld article on Apple's worst products in the Mac's 25 year history spurs suggestions of other unworthy products. (22 messages)


Google v Apple, cloud v local -- As more data is floated in "the cloud," are we expecting better service, security, and reliability? Or does a traditional local (on your computer) model work better? (27 messages)


Apple Drive Modules for Xserve RAID? Now that Apple no longer offers the Xserve RAID, it seems nearly impossible to buy replacement drives. Any workarounds that you know of? (8 messages)


Partitioning large drives -- Does it make sense to partition a large (1.5 TB) hard disk, or leave it as one volume? Readers also discuss combining large drives in RAID arrays. (12 messages)


iPhoto Faces -- Readers comment on their experiences with the Faces feature of iPhoto '09. (4 messages)

 

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