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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.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 09-Feb-09

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Things 1.0.3 from Cultured Code is a minor update to the Getting Things Done-inspired task manager. Changes include syncing between the order of projects in the Next list and that of the sidebar, the immediate program-wide reflection of changes to projects and tags, and the capability to deactivate both selected inactive and active projects at the same time. Additionally, the update provides a handful of bug fixes, including one that prevents the date chooser from disappearing after editing a project's due date, and several iPhone sync bugs. ($49.95 new, free update, 4.3 MB)

Firefox 3.0.6 from Mozilla is a maintenance update to the popular Web browser with changes focusing on various security and stability issues. Specific fixes target a bug that causes parts of the screen to display incorrectly after Firefox has been open for long periods of time, a bug that causes problems with the display of Indic scripts, and a problem with scripted commands properly working with plug-ins. Among a short list of security issues addressed, the most serious one involved the possibility of crashes resulting in memory corruption being exploited to run arbitrary code. (Free update, 17.2 MB)

GarageBand 5.0.1 from Apple is a minor update to the iLife '09 version of the popular music editing software. According to Apple this update, "improves overall stability and addresses specific issues with downloading lessons from the Learn to Play Lesson Store." The update is recommended for all GarageBand '09 users, and is available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free update, 26.7 MB)

PageSender 4.4 from SmileOnMyMac is the latest version of the company's fax application. Changes include support for new fax-via-email services such as Faxaway and Ring Central, support for 64-bit applications in anticipation of Snow Leopard, support for QuickBooks 2009, and a handful of unnamed minor bug fixes. ($39.95 new, free upgrade for 4.x users, 7.1 MB)

BBEdit 9.1.1 from Bare Bones Software updates the powerful text editor with some minor changes involving the save procedure for FTP/SFTP servers, and the default font name (which is now "Consolas for BBEdit"). Mostly though, this latest version addresses a slew of bugs. A glance at the fairly lengthy list of resolved issues indicates that many of the fixes revolve around improved FTP connection stability. ($125 new, free update, 15.5 MB).

Twitterrific 3.2 from the Iconfactory is the latest version of the popular Mac OS X Twitter client. Changes include old tweets being marked as read when the application is launched, a new rate limit check at startup, better HTTP authentication that improves the reliability of access through a proxy, HTTPS encryption of all communications with Twitter, the capability to have up to 200 tweets read into your timeline, and an optional menu available on the Dock icon. The update also contains a variety of bug fixes that address accessibility issues with VoiceOver, support for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and more. ($14.95 or free with ad display, free update, 1.2 MB)

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>