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.
Hate the wait to ask a simple medical question of your doctor in this age of Internet email? This week, Dr. Ron Risley looks at the implications of online medical correspondence from doctors' and patients' viewpoints. We also sort out the facts about Apple's recent firmware upgrades and shift our focus away from Mac OS X with a review of The Mac OS 9 Bible. In the news, check out the releases of Netscape Communicator 4.77 and Toast 5 Titanium.
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Toast 5 Titanium Adds Video CD Support -- When Apple announced the CD and DVD burning capabilities of its new Macs, we wondered what it mean for Roxio's Toast, the current standard in media burningShow full article
UpdateAgent Correction -- After reading last week's article on installing Mac OS X (see "Out of the Box: Installing Mac OS X" in TidBITS-574), the folks at Insider Software pointed out that the TidBITS copy editing team might want to spend some time back in the boxShow full article
Poll Results: When Will X Mark the Spot? Two weeks ago, we asked when you planned to install Mac OS X to gauge the level of interest among TidBITS readersShow full article
Last week, we wrote about firmware updates for recent Macs which Apple issued shortly after the release of Mac OS X, and which were causing updated Macs to stop seeing some third-party memory modulesShow full article
Computer books can be big, because computers - as well as the applications and operating systems they use - are far more complex than their makers would often like to admitShow full article
It's a frustration I'm sure everyone has experienced: you have a medical question. You want to follow the advice in those pharmaceutical commercials and "ask your doctor," but the next clinic appointment is three months away and it seems silly (and expensive) to schedule an appointment just to ask a simple questionShow full article