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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.

 
 

iMac Graphic FW Update 2.0

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Apple has released the iMac Graphic FW Update 2.0 to fix an issue that could in rare cases cause an iMac to hang during startup or while waking from sleep. The firmware update requires Mac OS X 10.6.7, but Apple doesn’t say which iMac models it applies to. Therefore, the easiest approach is to rely on Software Update to present you with the update. As always with firmware updates, be careful not to interrupt the installation process. (Free, 699 KB)

 

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Comments about iMac Graphic FW Update 2.0

Robert Durnford  2011-06-23 12:39
My iMaci7 27" late 2009 gets a response that my computer does not support this software. Also it does not show up in Software Update searches.