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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.

 
 

MarsEdit 3.0

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Red Sweater Software has released a major update to its popular blog posting software MarsEdit, with new features aimed at making the program more accessible to the general user. The biggest change is the inclusion of a rich text editor, enabling users to style text (complete with images, lists, and more) in blog posts without using HTML tags. Other changes include new HTML syntax highlighting for those who do wish to write in HTML; the capability to schedule posts with media attachments while offline for later posting; support for WordPress pages and for customizable fields on sites that support the WordPress API; and media integration with iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom. ($39.95 new, $14.95 upgrade, 4.9 MB)

 

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