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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.

 
 

Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 Combo Update 1.1

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Apple has updated the combo updater for Mac OS X Server 10.6.3. Although Apple provided no details on what was changed, the only users who need to consider installing it are those who updated from Mac OS X Server 10.6.0 using the 1.0 version of the Mac OS X Server 10.6.3 Combo Update, build 10D573 (in other words, someone reinstalling Snow Leopard Server from scratch and then updating to 10.6.3 in one step). The combo updater is available via the Apple Support Downloads page, and will be presented by Software Update to those reinstalling Snow Leopard Server from scratch. (Free, 897.32 MB)

 

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