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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.


After Dark Contest

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The deadline for this year's Berkeley Systems After Dark module contest is 14-Oct-94, and the prizes look pretty good. The contest has four categories and only one requires you to know anything about programming.

In the Programming category you must program either a Macintosh module or a Windows module. For the Artist category you must create the computer graphics for a module and describe how it would work visually. To enter the Kids category, you must be 12 years old or younger and submit drawings and a written description of the module. Finally, the Classroom category works much like the Kids category, but it's for a collaboration among children in a classroom (grades K-6).

For the Programmer and Artist categories, one grand prize winner receives the hefty sum of $10,000, and runner-ups receive assorted computer equipment and software. The first place winner in the Kids category gets a Performa for personal use; the first place winners in the Classroom category win four Performas for their school. To get an entry form, look in the Berkeley Systems forum on America Online or CompuServe, call Berkeley Systems at 510/540-5535 (ask for extension 600 to reach the contest hotline), or look on the Internet using a Web browser at either: BerkeleySystems

This particular FTP site also has a large collection of After Dark modules if you want more.

Also, aspiring After Dark module programmers can hook into the module developer community by subscribing to a mailing list for module programmers. Send email asking to be added to <>.

Information from:
Berkeley Systems propaganda
Lloyd Wood (Screensaver FAQ author) <> /screensaver-faq-21.txt


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