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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.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 12-Jan-09

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Safari Stalling on Opening PDF files -- What's the cause for long delays in opening PDF files in Safari? (10 messages)


A contrarian view of Macworld Expo's utility -- A reader makes the case that perhaps it's time to do away with Macworld Expo entirely, with a variety of reactions both for and against. (8 messages)


iWork.com and MobileMe? Apple's desire to turn iWork.com into a paid service is baffling, since it would be a great add-on to MobileMe. (2 messages)


Apple's Canard of 100 Macworlds a Week -- Apple is comparing Macworld Expo to the number of people that go into Apple retail stores, but does the comparison really match up? (4 messages)


Odd removable disk behavior with 10.5.6 -- Removable disks such as CDs or flash drives aren't appearing in the Finder as expected. Is something wrong in Mac OS X 10.5.6, or did an errant preference get set? (2 messages)

 

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