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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.

 
 

Bonus Stories for 03-Dec-07

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Leopard Compatibility List Updated -- Curious about what programs have been updated for Leopard? Look inside for a list of the important or interesting programs that specifically claim Leopard compatibility. (TidBITS Staff, 2007-12-02)


Powerless? iPhone Provides a Light -- In a brief power outage, I discovered the joy of continuous Internet connectivity with my iPhone. I express outrage at the outage reporting, too. (Glenn Fleishman, 2007-11-10)


Google Used 70 Times More than Yahoo -- Why is it that we get 70 times more referrals from Google than from Yahoo, considering that Google serves up only about 3 times as many searches? (Adam C. Engst, 2007-11-07)


iMovie '08 Meets Wild Robot Cars -- Back from the field filming the DARPA Urban Challenge, will I be able to perform a simple task using iMovie '08 - to overlay some text onto an entire movie - without ever having used the program before, and without reading the manual? (Matt Neuburg, 2007-11-02)


Nisus Writer Pro Wrangles Word into HTML -- Faced with the tedious task of converting styled source text from Word into HTML, Adam remembers that the proper tool for the job is Nisus Writer Pro, with its grep-based, attribute-sensitive Find and Replace capabilities. (Adam C. Engst, 2007-10-25)


My Real Breakfast with Fake Steve Jobs -- Dear diary: I had breakfast with Fake Steve Jobs! He showed me the next-generation iPod (hint: it requires minor surgery to use), gave me a shiny new penny, and then wiped my memory using his reality distortion field. All I recall is eating a bagel with a Boston-based Forbes reporter named Dan Lyons. (Glenn Fleishman, 2007-10-24)

 

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