Java Roaster to Ship -- Natural Intelligence has announced plans to ship Developer Release 1 of Roaster, the first available integrated Java development system for the Macintosh, this week at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Roaster lets Macintosh developers write and test Java applets on Power Macs, and Natural Intelligence plans to ship a 68K version soon. No publicly available Web browsers for the Mac support Java yet, but Roaster includes a runtime environment for Java applets, and applets can (and should) be tested on other platforms with Java-capable clients. The company's Web site says Roaster will be available as a subscription for $299 (although their press release says $399), which will include unlimited tech support and free updates through the second commercial release of Roaster. [GD]
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.