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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.

 
 

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Filesystem metadata approaches -- Why do some files of the same type open in one application by default and not another? Readers discuss file metadata from the Classic Mac OS to the present. (9 messages)


Internet control for family iMac -- Never underestimate the power of a teen to do what he wants on the computer. Parents compare techniques for encouraging responsible Internet usage, focused mainly on restricting hours of availability. (13 messages)


Improved scanner software -- Now that a reader has a scanner capable of digitizing slides, what software will help ensure that he's capturing the highest image quality? (6 messages)


MacBook Gains Core 2 Duo Processor -- The optional inclusion of a 200 GB drive that runs at 4200 RPM in the most recent MacBooks makes people wonder if hard disk speed makes much difference. (3 messages)

 

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