Don't-Miss Networking Stories
If you don’t need the features unique to Apple’s AirPort Extreme Base Station, the new Express is an affordable and portable alternative with advantages of its own, although it doesn’t match the Extreme’s performance.
Thanks to a timely software update, Apple's Time Capsule is an easy-to-use backup appliance that provides speedy wireless network access while keeping your data safe.
For voice chat users who spend a lot of time near a Mac (but not right in front of it), the DialogPhone provides more freedom and mobility than a Bluetooth headset.
This isn't just a minor update to the AirPort Extreme Base Station Apple introduced earlier this year. By adding Gigabit Ethernet, Apple has boosted performance, raising the bar for its wireless networking product.
Users favor spam utilities that work within their e-mail client and EmailCRX doesn’t do that. It does offer a variety of ways to filter your e-mail but lacks a statistical learning filter, which could help improve its results.
Spamfire will certainly cut down on the amount of spam you receive, but SpamSieve does the job more easily and safely.
SpamSieve 2.6 should be on the lips of all Mac users serious about ridding their computers of junk mail. It’s affordable, effective, easy to use, and as configurable as just about anyone needs a spam utility to be.
SpamX 3.0.2 is far more difficult and unpleasant to use than any spam utility should be. A good manual and a decent interface would go a long way towards making SpamX an acceptable option for Mac users.
Despite its many features, MailWasher Pro 1.1.3 is too difficult to set up and counterintuitive to use. In addition, there is no Universal version of the application.
Intego’s Personal Antispam X4 (10.4.2) provides ease of use and safety thanks to its built-in nature, and it’s also configurable enough that you can create complex rules for its black- and whitelists.
SpamSweep 1.5.3 is a reasonable choice if you prefer an effective filter that doesn’t require much in the way of setup or maintenance. It’s not a good choice, however, if you want to get into the guts of your spam utility to configure its lists and filters.
Apple's new AirPort Extreme Base Station may have been a long time coming, but it's worth the wait for anyone whose network needs either greater speed or longer distance. While cheaper 802.11n gateways are already on the market, none matches Apple's for features or ease of setup.
Anybody doing development work in FileMaker Pro 7 Developer, and anybody who skipped version 7, should upgrade to FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced as soon as possible. The usability enhancements in FileMaker Pro 8 are compelling enough to pique the interest of end-users, but the indirect benefits of FileMaker 8 may be even greater.
Griffin's AirBase offers convenience you didn't know you needed.
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