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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

Default Folder X 2.0 Supports Tiger

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Default Folder X 2.0 Supports Tiger -- Default Folder is the first piece of software I add to a Mac OS X system after I install the operating system. The fine people at St. Clair Software last week lived up to their excellent reputation for staying on top of system releases by pre-releasing Default Folder X 2.0 for Tiger 11 days before Tiger ships.

<http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/ release.html>

This update is critical: previous versions of Default Folder will not work under Tiger. I was bit by this a few times going back and forth between Jaguar and Panther. Make sure to install the new release under Panther (where it will work just fine) before you run an upgrade to Tiger. Default Folder X 2.0 is free for current registered users, and is a 4.7 MB download. [GF]

 

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