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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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SpeechPrompter

As a gift for the public speaker or lecturer - including any businessman, academic, or scientist who goes to meetings - think of SpeechPrompter. It's a software program that emulates a teleprompter on a laptop computer and allows the user to show graphics such as slides and movies to the audience while the speech scrolls for the speaker. The program is available both for Mac and for Windows, and it can save a bundle on making 35 mm slides. SpeechPrompter lists for $89.95 and can be ordered via the Web. [Al Feldzamen <bpill@swva.net>]

<http://www.the-orator.com/>

Nisus Writer and a Newton

For my sister - a fellow Mac user - I'm getting the new Nisus Writer 5.0 (and I'm looking forward to seeing it in action too!). Me? I wish someone would get me a Newton MessagePad 2000 when they finally appear, hopefully bundled with a Newton version of FileMaker Pro. [Ala'a H. Jawad <aljawad@kuwait.net>]

<http://www.nisus-soft.com/5.0_features.html>

Zip and Jaz Drives

The best gift for 1996 remains the Zip drive - it's affordable, easily installable, and comes with back-up software that every Mac aficionado ought to run on a regular basis. For those on your gift list who already own a Zip drive, then a gift set of cartridges would be indeed be appreciated. Of course, if someone wants to give me a gift, I'd love a Jaz drive. [<glantz@pcbuoa.enet.dec.com>]

<http://www.iomega.com/>

Cyberian Outpost is offering TidBITS readers deals on the Zip drive ($189.95, $5 off, and there's a $50 rebate), the Jaz drive ($489.95, $8 off), and single Jaz disks ($117.95, $5 off) via the URLs below.

<http://www.tidbits.com/products/zip-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-disk.html>

 

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