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Set Password Activation Time in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, you can now set an amount of time after your Mac goes to sleep or engages the screen saver before it requires a password to log back on. In Leopard, the option was simply to require the password or not. Choose among several increments, between 5 seconds and 4 hours, from System Preferences > Security.

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Next Monday is the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, when a number of TidBITS staffers have family commitments, so we’re taking next week’s email issue off. You’ll also notice that we’re not publishing Chapter 3 of Charles Edge’s “Take Control of OS X Server” this week; although the chapter has been written and edited, we’re looking at it and future chapters again to make sure they focus tightly on the target audience of home and small business users — we need to make sure this book doesn’t turn into 1,000 pages of digital spaghetti.

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Dennis B. Swaney  2014-05-19 16:17
Just wanted to thank you for honoring my mother's 94th birthday!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-05-19 16:40
Anyone who makes it to 94 deserves recognition. Wish her the best from us!