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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.

 
 

Listen to Guy Kawasaki's Online Conference

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Listen to Guy Kawasaki's Online Conference -- Ex-Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki has a new book out, called The Art of the Start, about starting new companies, projects, or anything else. It's based in large part on his experiences over the last few years as a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, which is an early-stage venture capital firm. I'm still reading it, but the sections I've made it through so far are practical, sharply written, and tend to spark ideas, so I'm looking forward to finishing and reviewing it soon.

<http://www.guykawasaki.com/books/>
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 1591840562/tidbitselectro00/ref=nosim/>
<http://www.garage.com/>

In the meantime, though, Guy's giving a pair of free hour-long online conferences using technology from Raindance; the first was 21-Oct-04; the next one is scheduled for 18-Nov-04 at 10 AM Pacific. You'll see Guy's presentation slides while listening to him on the phone. Signing up was a bit involved, but it wasn't difficult, and despite the warnings about how it might not work in Safari or on the Mac in general, I had no trouble watching and listening to the first conference. Guy was his usual irreverent self, making it a enjoyable and thought-provoking hour, although he told me later that it felt odd to give a presentation without an audience there to provide immediate feedback. [ACE]

<http://www.raindance.com/rndc/solutions/ marketingExecutives.jsp?it=secNav>

 

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