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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.

 
 

Typinator 5.2

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Ergonis has updated its Typinator typing expansion utility to version 5.2 with a wide-ranging list of improvements and fixes. The highlights include compatibility with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the capability to import Spell Catcher glossaries that were exported as XML files, improved import of text files, and a new technique that passes context variables to AppleScripts in Unicode format. The update also includes numerous fixes for audio glitches, the timing of display elements, and compatibility issues with other apps. (€24.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 4.9 MB, release notes)

 

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