Sustainable Softworks Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to announce our latest TidBITS sponsor, the network utility company Sustainable Softworks. Best known for their IPNetRouter program, which turns almost any Mac into a feature-rich network router, Sustainable Softworks also makes other useful utilities like IPNetMonitor, which helps you test and troubleshoot network connections and IPNetTuner, which enables you to tweak Open Transport's internal settings. Most recently, Sustainable Softworks released IPNetSentry, an unobtrusive personal firewall which not only watches and deters Internet crackers from your Mac, but which also can improve overall reliability by throwing out crash-causing malformed packets. But IPNetRouter remains Sustainable Softworks' flagship program, and it's one we've come to rely on. Any time you read an article or a TidBITS Talk message in our database, or even receive an issue of TidBITS via email, that data has passed through IPNetRouter at some point. It's stable, flexible, reliable, and backed by outstanding online support from its author, Peter Sichel. Also important is the fact that Peter and others at Sustainable Softworks have long been active members of the Macintosh Internet community. We couldn't be happier to welcome Sustainable Softworks to our select group of sponsoring companies. [ACE]
Wake On Demand in Snow Leopard
Putting your Mac to sleep saves power, but it also disrupts using your Mac as a file server, among other purposes. Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard works in conjunction with an Apple base station to continue announcing Bonjour services that the sleeping computer offers.
While the requirements for this feature are complex, eligible users can toggle this feature in the Energy Saver preference pane. It's labeled Wake on Network Access for computers that can be roused either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; Wake on Ethernet Network Access or Wake on AirPort Network Access for wired- or wireless-only machines, respectively. Uncheck the box to disable this feature.