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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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/19-Sep-05

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What's happening to our favorite GUI? iTunes 5 introduced a slightly different look to Apple's applications, leading to a discussion of whether the Aqua human interface guidelines are being tossed out the window or evolving. (8 messages)

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Voice recognition software in 2005 -- Despite a promising start years ago, the state of speech-recognition software such as iListen and ViaVoice on the Mac has fallen behind its Windows competitors. (5 messages)

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iPod nano -- The name "iPod nano" has a few different meanings in Japanese, but really, we all know the name came from Mork & Mindy: nano nanoo! (4 messages)

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iTunes 5 random shuffle -- iTunes 5 introduced a new feature to make the shuffle mode more random. What's going on? Apparently, "random" to a computer isn't as random as you might think. (4 messages)

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