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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.

 
 

BusyCal 1.5.2

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It’s never surprising when the folks at BusyMac are busy working on features for BusyCal. The company’s latest update is BusyCal 1.5.2, which shows outgoing meeting replies when you link outgoing invitations with Apple Mail. The update also works around a Google bug that caused sync conflicts, corrects the “Application needs to be reinstalled” error, improves MobileMe CalDAV syncing, and offers numerous other miscellaneous bug fixes. ($49 new, free update, 6.6 MB)

 

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