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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.

 
 

TidBITS 2005 Holiday Hiatus

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TidBITS 2005 Holiday Hiatus -- It has once again been a sprint to the finish this year, and speaking as someone who regularly runs track, cross-country, and road races, I'm not just turning a phrase - we're exhausted. So with this, the last TidBITS issue of 2005, we're looking forward to some serious holiday hibernation over the next few weeks. But as always, we could never have made it this far on our own, and I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps Tonya and me keep TidBITS going: Geoff, Jeff, Glenn, Matt, and Mark; the good folks at digital.forest, our Internet host; our corporate sponsors; the generous authors who contributed excellent articles this year; all our Take Control authors and editors; our selfless volunteer translators; the participants of TidBITS Talk; and of course, all of you who devote your valuable time to reading our words. Thank you, one and all, and may all your wishes come true. Our next issue will appear 09-Jan-06, as we gather our strength for Macworld Expo in San Francisco. [ACE]

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>