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.
Having problems with your new PCI Power Mac? Maybe this week's crop of fixes and updates will help you out. Also, learn about a new commercial HTML editor, get more details on nifty digital cameras, plus read about the just-announced PowerPC Platform specification and where on the Web to find the Internet white paper Adam wrote for Apple. Finally, we round out the issue with the first part of an interview with the well-known Mac Internet developer Peter Lewis.
A few months ago, I completed a white paper for Apple, called "Apple and the Internet: The Macintosh Advantage." If you are interested, you can now read the paper on the Web, where it appears to be identical to the paper version other than including my bio at the endShow full article
PowerPC Platform Specification Announced -- At COMDEX in Las Vegas last week, Apple, IBM, and Motorola jointly announced the "PowerPC Platform" specification, formerly referred to as the Common Hardware Reference Platform (CHRP)Show full article
Billions of Happy Astronomers -- Famed astronomer and Cornell University professor Carl Sagan has reached an amicable settlement with Apple Computer in their argument over Apple's internal use of Sagan's name as a codename for a new computer modelShow full article
Now Utilities 5.0.2 for PCI Macs -- Earlier this month, Now Software finally released Now Utilities 5.0.2 for System 7.5.2 and Apple's new set of PCI MacsShow full article
Energy Saver and 1710AV Monitors -- An article in Apple's Tech Info library confirms reports of problems using Energy Saver with Apple's new 1710AV monitorShow full article
Apple Announces Three Language Kits -- Apple has announced Claris will be marketing Arabic, Cyrillic, and Hebrew Language Kits for System 7.1 or higherShow full article
Java Support Planned for CodeWarrior -- Metrowerks has announced plans to ship a suite of Java development tools for the Macintosh. The Java tools will be developed in conjunction with Sun Microsystems (creators of Java), and Metrowerks expects to have an initial release by mid-1996Show full article
Last week Apple released a set of printing software updates under the collective name 7.5.2 Printing Update 1.1. Don't confuse this update with version 1.0.2 of the 7.5.2 Printing Fix (see TidBITS-299); this update supersedes Apple's earlier attempts to fix printing problems on the Power Mac 7200, 7500, 8500, and 9500, and includes additional materials that may help some other Mac users. ftp://ftp.support.apple.com/pub/apple_sw_ updates/US/mac/printing_sw/other_ printing_sw/7.5.2_Printing_Update_ 1.1.hqx What's Included -- 7.5.2 Printing Update 1.1 includes the following three componentsShow full article
Mixed in with the flurry of issues surrounding Apple's new PCI Power Macs - including difficulties with Open Transport and numerous printing problems - there have been reports of slow Ethernet performance and outright crashes on the Power Mac 7200/90Show full article
Web authors don't just have to keep up with new browsers and tags, they must also contend with a sometimes bewildering array of HTML tools. I'm not going to sort out that array today, but I will point out that another tool has joined the commercial arena. Best Enterprises just released World Wide Web Weaver for Macintosh 1.0Show full article
My articles regarding digital cameras (starting in TidBITS-297) have prompted scores of comments, including reports of newer and cooler cameras. Each time I get a new report, I think, "Enough about these digital cameras," and each time I read the note and think "Wow, that's too cool!" So, here are more details about the Ricoh DC-1 (or RDC-1, depending on who you believe) digital camera along with a note from Japan about a new single-lens reflex digital camera from NECShow full article
Peter Lewis is one of the best-known Macintosh Internet programmers, with about 20 programs in distribution on the Internet. Most are freeware or inexpensive shareware in the $5 to $10 rangeShow full article