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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.

 
 

Web Confidential 2.2.1 Adds Import and More

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Web Confidential 2.2.1 Adds Import and More -- Alco Blom has released Web Confidential 2.2.1, the latest version of his utility for storing passwords and other sensitive information in a highly secure file on Macs, Windows-based PCs, and Palm handhelds. (See "Web Confidential: Securing Information of All Sorts" in TidBITS-441 and "Web Confidential 2.0 Syncs with Palm Devices" in TidBITS-531.) Changes since 2.0 include a tab-delimited text import feature, the capability to change the category of a card, an option to show passwords as text rather than bullets, a new file format that's compatible with the format used by the Windows version of Web Confidential, and an updated Palm conduit to handle the new file format. Web Confidential for Palm has also received an update to version 1.2.1, adding more options for auto-locking of your password file, random password generation, beaming of records, and the capability to hide the passphrase when entered. Web Confidential 2.0.1 is a 710K download, and Web Confidential for Palm is a 220K download; each is $20 shareware or $35 bundled. Upgrades are free for registered users.

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Web Confidential now has competition from Selznick Scientific Software's recently released $15 shareware PasswordWallet 2.0.1, which offers similarly strong encryption, a $12 Palm version, and a simpler interface. However, it lacks many of Web Confidential's extensive customization options and has no categorization features. Still, if the more-powerful Web Confidential is overkill for your needs, give PasswordWallet a look. The Mac version of PasswordWallet is a 390K download; the Palm version 27K. [ACE]

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
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
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>