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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3

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Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, a small update that solves a problem with the macro editor eating too many CPU cycles — especially with Google Chrome actions. The release now updates only visible actions in the editor window, and it fixes incorrect text in the non-edit mode display of Quit/Hide Applications. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 24.8 MB, release notes, 10.8+)

 

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