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.
We have a veritable cornucopia of Apple-related articles this week, anchored by Matt Neuburg's exploration into a tricky font cache bug that can cause seemingly random text to be displayed. Doug McLean reports on a serious vulnerability in Adobe's Flash and looks at Apple's update to Logic Studio. Glenn Fleishman reviews the new Skype 2.8 for Mac, which includes a limited screen sharing capability and per-minute Wi-Fi access at numerous hotspots. And Jeff Carlson delves into Apple's record-setting Q3 profits. We're also pleased to announce a new version of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of MobileMe." Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro Studio Update, iPhoto2Twitter 1.5, and Sandvox 1.6.3.
Adobe has released a security advisory regarding a critical vulnerability that exists in Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player. For the moment, the only fix is to disable Flash in your Web browser and other applications.Show full article
In what is becoming a familiar pattern, Apple reported record profits for its most recent financial quarter, the third of its current fiscal year.Show full article
Using MobileMe? Joe Kissell's just-updated "Take Control of MobileMe" ebook has all the information you need to make the most of your $99-per-year MobileMe subscription fee.Show full article
The latest version of Skype for Mac brings two unique features: screen sharing and metered access to for-fee Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. The developer says voice and video quality are improved, too.Show full article
Apple has released a major upgrade to its professional audio editing program. The latest version offers time-saving tools, guitar-focused features, and enhancements for live performers.Show full article
Ever see your browser suddenly displaying nonsense? That's the Mac OS X font cache corruption bug. Apparently, a major cause of the corruption has been found.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Final Cut Pro Studio Update, iPhoto2Twitter 1.5, and Sandvox 1.6.3.Show full article
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
This week's discussions deal with viewing PDFs within Safari, hoping for a location manager on the iPhone, Amazon's stealthy removal of books from Kindle devices, connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks, taking notes on presentations, mirroring different-sized monitors on one machine, and capturing screen video.Show full article