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 wide selection of Apple-related topics for you this week, starting with Glenn Fleishman's look at Apple's latest Security Update (don't worry, it's not something most people need to install immediately). Glenn also looks in depth at the significant drop in pricing for the CrashPlan Central hosted backup service. Meanwhile, Doug McLean reports on the return of the matte screen option for the 15-inch MacBook Pro and compiles a list of his top ten favorite Apple t-shirts. Finally, Adam covers Microsoft's announcement of the forthcoming Outlook for Mac and other changes in Microsoft Office. Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.3, PCalc 3.5, AirPort Client Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro, PDFpen 4.2, Safari 4.0.3, Cocktail 4.4.1, SubEthaEdit 3.5, and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.2.
We've written so much about flaws in DNS that you might worry you need to apply Apple's latest security patch post-haste. Don't get anxious unless you're a system admin or handy with the command line.Show full article
Nearly a year since Apple enraged some customers by moving the entire unibody MacBook lineup to glossy displays, the company has relented and quietly brought back the matte screen option to the 15-inch model.Show full article
Microsoft has announced that a completely new Outlook for Mac will replace Entourage in about a year, but until then, the just-released Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition provides enhanced Exchange support. Also, as of 15-Sep-09, Microsoft is dropping from three editions of Office 2008 down to two.Show full article
CrashPlan has revised its pricing for online backups to offer unlimited storage for an unlimited number of family computers for $100 per year, far below its competitors.Show full article
Looking for a way to display your love for Apple in the hot summer sun? Doug McLean takes a look at his top ten favorite Apple t-shirts.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 4.3, PCalc 3.5, AirPort Client Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro, PDFpen 4.2, Safari 4.0.3, Cocktail 4.4.1, SubEthaEdit 3.5, and Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.2.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
A lot of questions and answers dominate this week's TidBITS Talk discussions. Readers are curious about which notes people keep on their iPhone or iPod touch devices; wonder whether Leopard will run acceptably on old Mac hardware; seek advice on keeping iPhone SMS and phone logs on the Mac; and ponder the value of paying for the highest-speed MacBook Pro processor. Also this week, people discuss Apple's upgrade pricing and licensing terms, getting out of an AT&T contract when moving to another country, and troubleshoot problems with LetterRip and with older AirPort hardware.Show full article