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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.

 

 

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Keep It Up 2.3 Improves Restarts -- Karl Pottie has released Keep It Up 2.3, a free update to his useful server-monitoring and remote management utility (see "Keep It Up 2.0.1 Adds Remote Management" in TidBITS-451). New in Keep It Up 2.3 is a significantly improved method for restarting the Mac that offers "Clean Restart" and "Forced Restart" options. Keep It Up 2.3 is also compatible with the forthcoming Mac OS 9 and now stores its log file in the Preferences folder for compatibility with Mac OS 9's multiple user capabilities. Keep It Up remains $22 shareware and is a 286K download. [ACE]

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