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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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Finally! After 101 issues and almost two years, we're setting up a mailing list so that you can receive TidBITS in your electronic mailbox. Thanks to some great folks at Simon Fraser University in Canada, you can now receive TidBITS directly rather than waiting for it to come through in comp.sys.mac.digest or snagging it from an FTP site a few days later. This will definitely be the fastest way to get TidBITS from now on. The mailing list should work for people on CompuServe as well, although probably not for people using the AppleLink gateway, since AppleLink has something like a 30K limit on incoming files, and although most issues are under 30K, I can't guarantee that all will fit through.

Subscription to the mailing list is extremely easy: just send an email message (you don't have to include a special Subject: line or special body text) to:

tidbits-subscription@sfu.ca

and you'll be automatically added to the mailing list. This list is not a discussion list; it is solely for distributing issues of TidBITS via email, so please do not use it to talk about TidBITS. I enjoy receiving comments and suggestions, but please send email to my personal account (ace@tidbits.halcyon.com) for that purpose. I include selected comments and suggestions in our weekly MailBITS column in TidBITS.

Information from:
Alvin Khoo -- khoo@sfu.ca

 

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