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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.

 
 

Take Control News/14-Feb-05

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We continue to work on updates, with this week bringing a pair of small updates to Joe Kissell's ebooks about Apple Mail.

<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/news/>

Ebooks about Apple Mail Updated -- Thanks to author Joe Kissell's tireless efforts in keeping readers of his ebooks up-to-date, we've released minor updates to both "Take Control of Email with Apple Mail" and "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail." Changes in "Take Control of Email with Apple Mail" include a new sidebar that details how to access Hotmail, MSN, and Gmail accounts from Mail; a new tip about what to do if Mail fails to show a new window after you click Reply; and new info about a bug with rules and color-coded messages. "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail" has a few typographical corrections and a few wording changes to indicate directions that work with later versions of Panther than previously noted. Everyone who owns these ebooks is welcome to download these free updates, but they may not be worth the trouble of downloading because the changes are so small and so specific. In particular, we recommend that you don't bother to download the update to "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail" unless you've haven't yet acted on plans to print it. As always, to download an update, open your existing copy of the ebook, click the Check for Updates button in the lower-left corner of the first page, and click the Download link on the Web page that loads in your browser.

<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/email-apple- mail.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/takecontrol/spam-apple- mail.html>

Back in October 2004, we rolled both ebooks into a print title, "Take Control of Apple Mail." The print book already includes the typographical corrections in these ebooks, but it does not have the new information. If you own the print book, consult the "Free Updates" section on page xii of your copy to access these ebook updates. [ACE]

<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 0321321154/takecontroleb-20/ref=nosim/>

 

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