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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.

 
 

Firefox 7.0

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Continuing their new silly version numbering, Mozilla has released Firefox 7.0 (think of it as 4.3 in the real world), once again adding no real new features to the organization’s Web browser. Memory handling is supposedly “drastically improved” for certain use cases, Firefox Sync is faster, the http:// URL prefix is hidden by default in the address bar, MathML support has been enhanced, and there are a few other minor changes. Walk, don’t run, to download it. Also note that the just-released Firefox 7.0.1 fixes a rare bug that could hide add-ons after the 7.0 update was installed; if you’re not seeing the problem, it’s safely ignored for now. (Free, 28.2 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Firefox 7.0
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Hi Adam: Firefox has just been updated to 7.0.1. Check it out.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-03 14:40
Yeah, it's a trivially tiny update... nothing wrong with getting it, but it doesn't deserve coverage.
When will they take the debugging code out? It fills up my console log with arcane messages.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-13 16:52
Strange. I'm not seeing hardly any messages from Firefox.
Dan O'Donnell  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2011-10-24 00:41
Is (are) there any compelling reason to upgrade from version 5?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-10-24 12:19
The only reason would be to get the security fixes. None of the "features" are really even noticeable.