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.
Mountain Lion continues to monopolize our coverage this week. First off, for that in-person touch, be sure to watch our TidBITS Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion” video. Otherwise, we’re exploring Mountain Lion’s territory in more depth, with Kirk McElhearn sharing tips for successful voice dictation, Shane Stanley explaining how Mountain Lion makes some subtle but important changes for anyone writing AppleScript scripts, Matt Neuburg showing how Mountain Lion fails to fix Lion’s poor interface with regard to Automatic Termination, and Adam Engst looking at how to bring Web Sharing back to Mountain Lion. Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0, Coda 2.0.2, Airfoil 4.7.2, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.5, TinkerTool 4.9, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.5, and Voila 3.2 and Boom 1.5.
Looking for details on the best ways to upgrade to Mountain Lion and take advantage of its new features? If you enjoy video presentations, tune in to our second TidBITS Presents event to watch Joe Kissell and Matt Neuburg share tips from their Mountain Lion books.Show full article
With Mountain Lion, Apple removed the Web Sharing options from the Sharing preference pane, but left the underlying Apache software installed. You could buy Apple’s OS X Server to bring back Web serving capabilities, but if that’s overkill, you can instead control Mountain Lion’s Apache from the command line or use a free preference pane from developer Tyler Hall.Show full article
Mountain Lion continues Lion’s tradition of spontaneously force-quitting applications. Fortunately, there’s now a magic wand that lets you turn off this reprehensible behavior.Show full article
Kirk McElhearn has been dictating for years, into tape recorders, digital dictaphones, and his Mac via speech recognition software. He shares his top ten tricks and techniques for making your life easier with the new dictation features in Mountain Lion and the third-generation iPad.Show full article
Mountain Lion changes the rules on AppleScript file formats in a subtle yet important way. It’s a potential trap for the unwary, even if they are not running Mountain Lion themselves.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include MacBook Pro Retina SMC Update 1.0, Coda 2.0.2, Airfoil 4.7.2, Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.5, TinkerTool 4.9, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.8.5, and Voila 3.2 and Boom 1.5.Show full article
Thievery figures strongly in our ExtraBITS this week, as David Pogue’s iPhone was stolen and then recovered, and as someone convinced Apple customer service to give up control over Gizmodo writer Mat Honan’s iCloud account. Also this week, we share articles about the likely revenues surrounding the popular Sparrow email client, a TUAW interview about ebooks with Michael Cohen, and the appearance of Hulu Plus on the Apple TV.Show full article