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Smarter Parental Controls

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.

 
 

No Issue Labor Day

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No Issue Labor Day -- In the continuing administrative saga, our planned server move last week was delayed by the just-resolved US West strike, so the move will happen in the future. More immediately, we're taking the next issue off, nominally because it's the Labor Day holiday in the United States, and what better way to celebrate than by not working? In fact, Tonya and I have friends visiting and Jeff Carlson is working to finish his PalmPilot Visual QuickStart Guide for Peachpit Press. If we're lucky, the weather won't decide to follow the stock markets into the doldrums. [ACE]

 

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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
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