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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: Running for Office?

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Poll Preview: Running for Office? Microsoft has begun rolling out Office 2001 - the latest versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, its flagship business productivity applications for the Macintosh. In this issue, TidBITS Contributing Editor Matt Neuburg reviews Entourage, Office 2001's new email and personal information manager, but we thought we'd ask: Do you plan to buy or upgrade to Microsoft Office 2001, and, if so, why? Are you attracted by new features, fixes, or improvements? Do you have to upgrade because your company or organization is standardized on Microsoft Office? Do you not plan to upgrade at all? Vote today on the TidBITS home page! [GD]

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