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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.

 
 

OmniOutliner 4.0.3

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The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 4.0.3, with fixes for multiple crashes related to using the style theming interface and for notes that disappeared at the start of editing when displayed in-pane. The flexible outline and information organization app also now ensures that edits made to embedded attachments are always saved and that linked attachments appear immediately (instead of having to wait until reopening a file). And while the update also improves typing in long documents, Omni promises more optimizations and asks for examples of files that continue to perform badly to be sent to omnioutliner@omnigroup.com. OmniOutliner is available in a Standard edition for $49.99 and a Pro edition for $99.99 (the latter with additional user interface elements and AppleScript support), and both the Standard and Pro editions are available in the Mac App Store. For more information, see “OmniOutliner 4 Refines the Outlining Process” (31 January 2014). ($49.99 new, free update, 43.2 MB, release notes)

 

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