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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.

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More RAM for IIf and IIg

More RAM for IIf and IIg -- In TidBITS-108/24-Feb-92 we reported a rumor that the LaserWriter IIf and IIg were likely to be upgraded with extra RAM, and indeed, that has happenedShow full article

Fox Swallowed by Microsoft

I once promised a friend that I would avoid allusions to baseball in TidBITS, but it's going to be hard to resist the comparison to the free agent market in this one, and if you can't grow 'em yourself, buy 'emShow full article


The computer industry is if anything incestuous. Apple can sue Microsoft with one hand while agreeing to further enhance TrueType with the other. And lest I confuse my imagery even more, a third hand of Apple Shiva (the many-handed Hindi god of reproduction and destruction, not the people who make the NetModem :-)) is reaching out to compete directly in the Windows marketShow full article

AutoDoubler Controversy

There has been a flurry of discussion on CompuServe about a controversial implementation decision that Salient made when creating AutoDoubler. For those of you who haven't paid much attention to compression software, AutoDoubler is a program that compresses files on your hard disk while you aren't using the Mac and then expands them quickly when you open themShow full article

Apple Distribution Changes

You won't be able to pick up a Classic at your local fruit stand, but given the recent changes in Apple's distribution channels, that's not far off. The most recent, and in some ways most shocking, change is that Apple will be working with Sears to sell special Macintosh bundlesShow full article

Danny Goodman's Macintosh Handbook

Ever tried to get a gut feeling for the size of an acre? It's about the size of an American football field without the end zones. That example is from a book by Richard Saul Wurman called "Information Anxiety," which explains how to convey information easily and painlesslyShow full article

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