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.
Steve Jobs previewed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at last week's Worldwide Developer Conference, but his references to still-secret features piqued our curiosity. This week, we offer a wish list of fixes and features we'd like to see appear from behind the curtain when Leopard ships next year. Also in this issue, Matt Neuburg looks at Microsoft's discontinuation of Visual Basic in the next version of Microsoft Office for Macintosh, and Adam both provides more thoughts on a collaborative editing application and notices that the latest iPod software update causes his iPod nano to sk-sk-skip. Plus, we note the winners of this year's Apple Design Awards and announce a DealBITS drawing for lynda.com's Online Training Library.
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When he introduced Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard on stage during last week's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Steve Jobs was clear about how there were more "top secret" features coming in LeopardShow full article
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