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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.

 
 

Apple Telecom 3.0... Maybe

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Apple Telecom 3.0... Maybe -- A common question we receive at TidBITS is "When is Apple going to release the 28.8 Kbps version of the GeoPort software?" We've been just as confused about this software as everyone else, but lately some consensus is emerging among public and private sources. After numerous promised release dates, demos at Macworld Boston, and abortive appearances on Australian and Swedish servers a few weeks ago, it appears that Apple will generally release Telecom 3.0 in late October.[GD]

 

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