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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.

 
 

Poll Preview: Mac OS 9 Upgrade Plans

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Poll Preview: Mac OS 9 Upgrade Plans -- You'll read about Mac OS 9's major features and compatibility in this issue, and our Mac OS 9 coverage will continue next week. The question is, are you an early adopter who plans to buy into Mac OS 9's new features and $99 price tag now, or are you the cautious sort who plans to wait to hear reports from the field? Visit our home page and register your opinion! [ACE]

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