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.
If what we're hearing is right, you might want to hold off on buying an iPhone until the second-generation models appear later in 2008 with support for the Iridium satellite network, which Apple is currently negotiating to buy. Another hint that the second-generation iPhone will be worth waiting for comes from an undocumented feature discovered in the beta iPhone 2.0 firmware - Time Machine support. But be careful with what you're sharing, since there's a new virus out there that's affecting Mac users. In Internet news, Merriam-Webster experiments with sponsored definitions and a U.S. federal judge grants an injunction against declaring email bankruptcy. We also announce a new subscription mode aimed at making TidBITS more relevant to a younger audience, and pass on some of the best suggestions for new titles from our recent Take Control reader survey.
An undocumented change discovered in the beta iPhone 2.0 firmware may indicate that Apple plans to turn the iPhone and iPod touch into portable backup destinations for Time Machine. Could this presage versions of these devices with dramatically more storage?Show full article
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TidBITS extends a wrinkled, trembling hand to today's youth by creating a new subscription mode that is sure to appeal to those with short attention spans.Show full article
Read on for a look at some suggestions for future Take Control titles. Finding authors to write some of these may be tricky, but we'll do our best.Show full article