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He or she, if given too broad powers, could also delete important files and applications. And finally, if allowed to do so, that child could come face-to-face with some of the less seemly sides of the Internet. The key to creating these accounts is the Parental Controls setting.
For example, you can control access to certain system settings and programs, manually select the people with whom your kids can exchange e-mail and chat messages, set time limitations for computer use, and identify which Web sites users can visit. These types of limitations are useful not just to parents, but also teachers, IT departments, and businesses that offer public computer stations. When setting up his parental controls, click the gear icon at the bottom of the user list and select Allow Remote Setup.
When setting up a new account, select Managed With Parental Controls from the Account pull-down menu. To add parental controls to an existing account, click the account name and turn on the Enable Parental Controls option. You can apply parental controls to any nonadministrator account, including the guest account. Select the Customize button to give the OK to certain sites right. Control the System The System screen lets you control the appearance of the Finder, select which programs are accessible, prohibit burning CDs or DVDs, and prevent changes to printer, Dock, and password settings.
It presents a very limited interface to the user: the Dock contains three folders Applications, Documents, and Shared , and the user can work only with the applications you choose. To set up this list, click the Applications disclosure triangles for the group of applications you want to manage—iLife, iWork, or Internet, for example—to reveal a list of available applications.
By default, this option bars the user from all areas of the Mac except applications; you choose whether to allow additional options. As with the Simple Finder, you can allow any or all applications; click the disclosure triangles to see the programs available on your Mac. Limiting Computer Use Snow Leopard lets you enforce bedtimes and restrictions on computer usage by setting up time limits. Then click the plus-sign button and enter the URLs and names of sites you want to allow.
You can add e-mail and IM addresses by clicking the plus-sign button. The Hide Profanity In Dictionary option simply prevents this user from viewing certain words. You have no control over which words Dictionary blocks. Transfer Settings Setting up parental controls for multiple accounts? If the accounts are going to have the same settings, first configure one of the accounts.
Then click the gear icon at the bottom of the accounts list and choose Copy Settings For Username from the pop-up menu that appears. Finally, select another account and then choose Paste Settings To Username. Keep Track with Logs Just setting up a restricted account may not be enough to give you peace of mind. From here you can monitor the activity of a controlled account, including a list of all visited Web sites, any blocked sites that the user attempted to access, programs used, and anyone with whom the user chatted using iChat.
A pop-up menu lets you restrict the log view to the current day or the past week, month, three months, six months, or year. You can also group the log display by date or by Web site.
Keep in mind that any user on your Mac who has administrator status can change settings and view logs in the Parental Controls pane. This is another reason you should give administrator status to accounts only when absolutely necessary.
You can set separate time limits for weekdays and weekend days, and you can also restrict usage during certain hours. For example, you can restrict an account to two hours per day of use during the week and three hours on weekend days, and block access completely from 8 p. Just like a paper calendar on the kitchen wall, iCal provides space for jotting down one-time events or recurring ones. You can view those events in Day, Week, or Month views.
If you want to edit an event already on the calendar, double-click its title to open an editable Info pane. Click Done to close the window and add your new event to the calendar. To create a new calendar, click the plus sign in the bottom left corner of the window. Click the colored pull-down menu and choose a new color from the list, or choose Other to designate your own color.
Now, when you create a new event, you can b assign it to a specific calendar by opening the Calendar pull-down menu in the edit pane. You can switch between Day, Week shown here , and Month views A. You can also keep track of to-do items. For all the promise of major long-term gain, there was at least some shortterm pain: boxes to pack and unpack, new neighbors to meet, and a house to turn into a home.
Moving from a Windows PC to a Mac presents the same kinds of opportunities and challenges. It requires some up-front effort: transferring your old data to your new machine, getting your essential hardware and software up and running, and learning your way around.
These days, most common file types—including photos, word-processing files, spreadsheets, and e-mail—will work just fine on the Mac. So how do you safely move that mass of data from one machine to the other? You actually have a couple of options. One of the easiest is to use an external USB hard drive. To transfer files via your USB drive, connect the hard drive to the PC, drag your data onto it, and then disconnect it. Over the Network Moving Day An external hard drive such as this LaCie d2 Quadra offers an easy way to move files and later serve as your backup drive.
You can also shuttle files from your old PC to your new Mac using a wireless or wired network; however, the process can be a hassle depending on your setup.
In the subsequent command line, type ipconfig. Make a note of the IP address that appears. Right-click on it, choose Properties, and click the Sharing tab. Click OK. Most major Windows features have counterparts in Snow Leopard.
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