Remember This! In response to my rhetorical question asking if there is anything bad about Conflict Catcher (see TidBITS-393), L. Carl Pedersen <firstname.lastname@example.org> noted that it's a very bad thing that such an elaborate tool as Conflict Catcher is useful and necessary. Technology should make our lives easier, and although there's no question that technology enables us to do far more than ever before (something like TidBITS, for instance, is inconceivable without inexpensive and powerful computers, software, and communications technologies), we spend too much time on maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrades. Those who design hardware, software, and communications systems should keep simplicity and elegance in mind at all times. [ACE]
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.
- Conflict Catcher 4.0 Ups the Ante (18 Aug 97)