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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.

 
 

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Get Informed -- If you've ever wanted to try Shana Corporation's $295 Informed Designer, a application for designing forms, now's your chance to pick up the package at a minimal cost. If your modem can handle it, you can download the free 2.5 MB archive from a variety of online sites, or you can call Shana and request the package (on a CD) for a $15 shipping fee (more than $15 if you live outside the U.S.). Informed Designer offers an array of features for creating paper and onscreen forms, as well as features that help with filling out forms onscreen. The application requires a Macintosh with at least 2 MB RAM, System 6.0.7 or later (some features require later versions), and a hard disk. Shana says they are giving Informed Designer away to encourage people to learn about form design software and to generate sales for their add-on products. Shana isn't kidding about wanting to generate sales - when you launch the downloaded, freebie version, you get a series of splash screens telling you about Informed Designer's add-on products. The first screen reminds you that you must register in order to "suppress this sales pitch," and if you click the Register Now button, you are given an 800 number (or a toll number), to call in order to register. When you register, you won't be charged any money, but Shana will ask for your contact information and give you a serial number. [TJE]

Shana Corporation -- 800/386-7244 -- 403/463-3690 -- <info@shana.com>

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