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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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Liz Castro's iPhoto Book Themes Site

Confused by all the possibilities available when building a book in iPhoto? Liz Castro has done an incredible job of documenting all the details of each theme.Show full article

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 02-Mar-09

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ExtraBITS for 02-Mar-09

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 02-Mar-09

In this week's discussions, readers look at the new Safari 4 beta, dream of marrying SubEthaEdit to Dropbox, relate tales of woe concerning Time Machine, and wonder whether Google is getting special treatment when it develops applications for the iPhone.Show full article

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