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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.


No TidBITS Issue on 22 November 2010

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Next week is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, so we won’t be publishing an email issue on 22 November 2010 as we get ready for family and food. (I for one will be consulting Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner” ebook, which is also now available in the iBookstore—which it isn’t yet possible to link to—and as an iPhone app, for my dinner preparations.)

Although the weekly email edition of TidBITS won’t appear on Monday, we’ll no doubt continue to post to the TidBITS Web site. Check back at the site or subscribe to the our RSS feed or Twitter stream to keep up with everything we’re writing. And look for the next email issue on 29 November 2010!


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