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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.

 
 

Hazel 3.0.15

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Noodlesoft released Hazel 3.0.14 to enable you to edit notification options from the file cleanup utility when running in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Accessed via the gear pull-down, you can select Notification Center or Growl (if you have the latter installed) and specify which kinds of notifications should be displayed. (By default, Notification Center gets the nod if both are available.) The update also fixes instances of Hazel not keeping track of Trash if it is empty on startup and more reliably matches patterns with accented characters. Noodlesoft subsequently issued version 3.0.15 to fix a crash in notification options and a disabling of the gear pull-down when notification options are available but no folders are present. ($25 new, free update, 6.2 MB, release notes)

 

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