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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.

 
 

EvangeList Expands Web Presence

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EvangeList Expands Web Presence -- Guy Kawasaki's 30,000-person EvangeList, a high-volume mailing list carrying Apple propaganda for the Macintosh faithful, now has its own full Web site (a number of other Web sites carried selections from EvangeList or provided search tools). The site is hosted by the new MacAddict magazine and looks like it will be a useful resource because the postings are nicely organized by category and sorted by date. I recommend that you take a look, especially if you're feeling depressed about Apple or need information to back up the standard Mac versus PC arguments. [ACE]

<http://www.evangelist.macaddict.com/>

 

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Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
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