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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 16-Feb-09

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Steve Wozniak -- Fire up the TiVo, because Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is going to be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars"! (3 messages)

File Sharing -- A reader wants to create a file that can be shared with multiple people but edited only by one. Is Google Docs the answer? (4 message)

More Ebooks Available for the iPhone/iPod touch -- If Amazon were to sell ebooks for the iPhone, would that channel run counter to Apple's developer guidelines? (4 messages)

Google Sync for the iPhone -- Google announced the capability to sync contacts and events to the iPhone, but what's the benefit of doing so? (1 message)

Dock Bug Could Lead to Data Loss -- Readers debate the severity and likelihood that someone could fall prey to a bug in the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Dock. (10 messages)

The Phoenix Lander on Mars tweets -- The Phoenix Lander (or, more accurately, someone at NASA who communicated in the first person) used Twitter to send out regular updates while it was active. (7 messages)

Mouse-click via AppleScript? It's possible to use AppleScript to create a mouse click, though not straightforward. The question is, why? (11 messages)

Multiple boot versions of OS X? For testing purposes, a reader wants to know the best way to keep multiple versions of Mac OS X at hand. Separate hard drive partitions? Virtualization? (5 messages)

24" iMac Solid Gray -- A problematic external hard drive or bad RAM could be the cause for a new iMac to display only a solid gray screen. (5 messages)

Dropbox: A Collaborator -- Should Apple buy Dropbox and incorporate it into MobileMe? Its features seem more advanced than Apple's offerings. (3 messages)

Alternatives to iDisk -- What other options exist for backing up critical data online? (13 messages)

Apple Adds iDisk Sharing Feature to MobileMe -- Apple's newest iDisk feature invites comparisons to Dropbox, and suffers from the fact that you can share only a file, not a folder. (2 messages)

Gmail Adds Move To and Label Menus to Toolbar -- Want to know how to tell if your ISP is filled with incompetent monkeys? Read on. (2 messages)

Macs and AVCHD files -- A reader wants information about HD camcorders that shoot AVCHD format, and how that's edited on the Mac. (4 messages)


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