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.
Practicality rules in this TidBITS issue, as Adam explains how an architectural problem in Mac OS X can result in certain applications accidentally filling up your hard disk. He also looks at the Kensington SaddleBag Ultra laptop bag, and reviews MercuryMover, a slick utility for moving and resizing windows using the keyboard (complete with a live demonstration of just what it can do in his first ScreenFlow-created screencast). Security editor Rich Mogull then shares his top tips for keeping your iPhone secure, and we pass on news of the Microsoft Office 2008 SP1 Update, which fixes over 150 bugs in the application suite. In the TidBITS Watchlist this week, we look at PageSender 4.3, CrowzNest 2.0, Captain FTP 5.3, AOL Desktop 1.0, Cyberduck 3.0.1, Cocktail 4.1 (Leopard Edition), Dejal Simon 2.4, and the Office 2004 for Mac 11.4.2 Update.
Microsoft Office 2008 SP1 fixes over 150 bugs in the application suite, and Microsoft also announces that the next version will once again support Visual Basic for Applications.Show full article
If you'd like to get more out of Apple Mail in Leopard, check out Joe Kissell's new "Take Control of Apple Mail in Leopard" and the newly updated "Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail."Show full article
If you're unhappy about being forced to move from the keyboard to the mouse just to move or resize a window, take a look at MercuryMover, which lets you move and resize windows from the keyboard. Be sure to check out Adam's screencast!Show full article
When Adam's aging laptop bag ripped out recently after years of use, he started down the road of researching the ultimate replacement, before realizing that what he really wanted - a slightly updated version of what he had before - was available inexpensively.Show full article
Mac OS X suffers from an architectural problem, that, when combined with less-than-ideal implementation of applications, can result in folder structures appearing in /Volumes and potentially filling up your hard disk.Show full article
Avoid rogue wireless networks and take advantage of your iPhone's security features with just a few simple screen taps and slides.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include PageSender 4.3, CrowzNest 2.0, Captain FTP 5.3, AOL Desktop 1.0, Cyberduck 3.0.1, Cocktail 4.1 (Leopard Edition), Dejal Simon 2.4, and the Office 2004 for Mac 11.4.2 Update.Show full article
This week's discussions deal with color (making PDFs with the help of ColorSync, as well as in embedded Web images), Microsoft Office 2008 (updates and a potential installation problem), and lots of advice (buying a new monitor, setting up a network, troubleshooting SSH, watching TV on a Mac, buying an iPod touch, and backing up over the Internet). Plus, conspiracy theories about media companies!Show full article