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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.

 
 

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Eudora 6 comments -- Eudora 6's new spam-catching capabilities generated lots of questions and answers, as did problems with Eudora's extremely helpful way of opening Web pages in the background when their URLs are Command-clicked. (40 messages)

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Extending networks with WDS -- Glenn Fleishman's article about the WDS compatibility between AirPort Extreme Base Stations and Buffalo's WLA-G54 prompted discussion about how wired network segments were handled under WDS-bridged networks. (3 messages)

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.Mac a year later -- It's been a year, and TidBITS Talk participants are trading notes on whether or not they'll be paying Apple for another year of .Mac service. (10 messages)

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Safari faster without cache -- Safari is a fast Web browser, but could it be even faster if you turn off its caching of Web pages? (4 messages)

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SideTrack trackpad driver -- Previous discussion of scrolling techniques had Nik Gerber moaning about how the Mac lacked custom trackpad drivers that would let you scroll using special portions of the trackpad. He mentioned this to Alex Harper, author of uControl, and a short while later, Alex released a public beta of SideTrack, providing extra trackpad functionality. Check it out! (1 message)

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