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.
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The big news this week is that TidBITS publisher Adam Engst survived the New York City Marathon on Sunday, ensuring that there will be future issues. Turning to the stuff we really cover, AT&T is now offering free Wi-Fi to iPhone users, Apple has opened iPhone developer forums, and LogMeIn is testing a tool that lets you control remote computers via an iPhone or iPod touch. Returning to the world of the Mac, Adam relates at how it's possible to put 6 GB of RAM in a MacBook or MacBook Pro, and Doug McLean reports on the unveiling of Netflix's Mac-compatible Watch Instantly player. Also this week, Glenn Fleishman examines the ground-breaking legal settlement that will keep Google Book Search going. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we cover the releases of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.4 Update, iKey 2.3.1, TextExpander 2.5, SpamSieve 2.7.2, and Fission 1.6.
iPhone owners in the United States can now get free Wi-Fi Internet access through any AT&T wireless hotspot, which includes Starbucks stores and McDonald's restaurants.Show full article
Adam not only finishes the New York City Marathon, he bests even his most optimistic prediction for a time of 2:48. Now he's paying the price in muscle soreness (but is happy nonetheless).Show full article
Following the end of a restrictive non-disclosure agreement for iPhone developers, Apple announces a beta test of forums meant for discussing programming ins and outs.Show full article
Can you install more RAM in a MacBook or MacBook Pro than Apple says? It seems that you can go up to 6 GB, but not 8 GB. Those with Apple's newest laptop models should beware, though, since those extra few gigabytes will cost a pretty penny.Show full article
LogMeIn is all about providing remote access to screens and files across the Internet. Its desktop software for Mac OS X and Windows is now complemented by a beta version for the iPhone and iPod touch.Show full article
Netflix has announced that Mac users will finally gain access to its coveted Watch Instantly feature through - surprise - a Microsoft Silverlight-based media player.Show full article
With the addition of the Time Capsule and the 802.11n version of the AirPort Express, AirPort wireless networking has become all the more complex, but we document and demystify the topic with the 242-page "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," the third major rewrite of Glenn Fleishman's popular Take Control ebook about AirPort networking.Show full article
Authors and publishers have agreed to settle with Google over its book search program. The surprising part is that the resulting agreement will likely make millions more books widely available, benefit the public, and increase revenues to Google, authors, and publishers. Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.4 Update, iKey 2.3.1, TextExpander 2.5, SpamSieve 2.7.2, and Fission 1.6.Show full article
This week's discussions take a geekier curve, with readers trying to determine which system processes are gobbling up CPU power and programming Python in a terminal shell under Windows. Also featured are discussions about installing Adeona for tracking a stolen laptop, sorting out versions of "Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network," and the implications of the recent Google Book Search legal settlement.Show full article