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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.

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 08-Dec-08

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BusySync 2.1.9 from BusyMac updates the iCal synchronization software with a handful of bug fixes. Issues addressed include bugs that caused alarms to multiply, calendars to become orphaned on Google Calendar, crashes in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and problems to occur when syncing recurrence exceptions and Google Holiday calendars. ($25, free update, 2.6 MB)

Bento 2.0v3 from FileMaker, Inc. is a minor stability update to the personal database software. The new version includes fixes for several customer-reported issues, including a problem with vertical spacing between checkbox fields, a bug that caused partially downloaded email messages from IMAP clients to prevent users from opening or viewing messages in a Message List field, and an issue related to editing text boxes containing only numbers on imported templates. Additionally, issues regarding the exporting of tab-delimited files and non-ISO date formats have been repaired, and integration with AppleWorks, Numbers, and Excel has been improved. ($49 new, free update, 76 MB)

QuickTime 7.5.7 from Apple is a minor update to the media technology that resolves an issue in which standard definition purchases from the iTunes Store would not play on external displays lacking HDCP support. Apple's Mini DisplayPort, found on the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, is designed to prevent HD content from being played on non-HDCP compliant displays. The update is currently available only via Software Update on the new 2008 laptops. (Free update, 70 MB)

 

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