Newton News -- In the wake of Apple's latest reorganization and cost-cutting measures, several news sources reported that Apple might ditch its Newton division. Understandably, reactions among MessagePad users have ranged from confusion to outrage. On Friday, Sandy Benett, vice president of Apple's Newton Systems Group, released a letter to developers and users reassuring them that the group "remains intact" amid the reorganization, and that support for the current MessagePad 2000 and eMate 300 is proceeding alongside development of future products. [JLC]
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.