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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.

 

 

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Virtual PC News -- This week, Connectix plans to ship Virtual PC, its Pentium emulation software (see TidBITS-374). Early reports have been positive, and it seems that - at least for those who have the necessary hardware - Virtual PC has become a real alternative, not only for running the included Windows 95, but also any other Pentium-compatible operating system.

According to Connectix, the lower-end version, called Virtual PC Windows 3.11/MS-DOS Version, works on any PowerPC-based Mac running at 100 MHz or faster, with a recommended 24 MB RAM and 200 MB disk space. Those interested in Virtual PC Windows 95 Version need a Power PC-based Mac with at least a 180 MHz Power PC 603e chip, or any 604 or 604e, plus a recommended 32 MB RAM and 300 MB disk space. Both versions require Mac OS 7.5.5 or later. Connectix also notes that a big Level 2 cache helps performance. Retail pricing is expected to come in around $159, and there is a $25 rebate for SoftWindows users. Connectix -- 800/950-5880 -- 415/571-5100 -- 415/571-5195 (fax) -- <info@connectix.com> [TJE]

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