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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.

 
 

Cyberduck 3.5

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Cyberduck 3.5 is a significant update to the popular open-source file transfer client, adding support for Google Docs storage. Files uploaded to Google Docs are converted to Google Docs format, and you can set what format you want downloaded files in. Plus, if you upload images to Google Docs, Cyberduck can perform optical character recognition on the files. The update also adds support for Reduced Redundancy Storage at Amazon S3, custom metadata attributes for S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files, keyboard-interactive authentication using SecureID, the capability to configure access logs for CloudFront streaming distributions, and Romanian and Slovenian localizations. A full list of changes and enhancements is available on Cyberduck's Web site. (Free, 19.2 MB)

 

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