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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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DealBITS Drawing: Autographed Spam Winner

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DealBITS Drawing: Autographed Spam Winner -- Although we had only 257 entries in our one-day DealBITS drawing for an autographed can of actual Spam, as announced in last Thursday's extracurricular issue, the competition for that can was hot and heavy, with a number of people begging for special dispensation. But such shenanigans would be against our carefully amended rules, which made for tasty reading, so I'm pleased to congratulate Guy Plunkett III of charter.net, whose entry was chosen randomly and who will be receiving a can of Spam, autographed by me. It's worth $2.95 in raw materials, although I wouldn't be surprised if Guy could get $4 or even $5 if he were to auction it on eBay. Unfortunately, our deal with Hormel to provide a discount on Spam by the case fell through, so if you're hankering for some Spam Quesadillas, Spamghetti and Spamballs, or other delicious Spam treats (or even if you just want to break into the cutthroat world of Spam architecture), you'll have to ante up full price on your own. Many thanks to those who entered this special DealBITS drawing, and for those who either didn't win or failed to enter because you thought we were kidding, I hope the devastating disappointment you're undoubtedly experiencing won't prevent you from participating in the future. Who knows, maybe this time next year I'll give away a can of Turkey Spam. [ACE]

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