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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.

 
 

GraphicConverter X 7.3.1

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Although Lemkesoft’s GraphicConverter X 7.3.1 received a only minor version bump, the update comes with a large number of enhancements, including new options for manipulating images and previews, improved drawing functions, and the capability to display GPS location data embedded in image files. Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion has also been improved with the reintroduction of support for the operating system’s full-screen mode. Several smaller bug fixes and feature tweaks round out the update. ($39.95 new from Lemkesoft or from the Mac App Store, free update, 100 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about GraphicConverter X 7.3.1

Beware of this upgarde. I downloaded it, and it wigged out in every way imaginable: repeating error messages that required a force quit, crashes, and much more.
Curious, Kirk. I've worked all day with it yesterday and the day before, no such bad luck. Actually, while some versions have been a bit prone to crashing compared to others, I've always found GC to be a stable and well-behaved app (I've been using it since OS 7.5). Would you care to share with us what you were doing when this happened, or, at least write to the programmer (Thorsten Lemke): he's very responsive to his users' comments and requests for help.