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How Loud Are Your Mac's Fans?

When they get hot, Macs turn on various internal fans to keep components cool. The noise can be annoying, but just how loud is it? If you have an iOS device with a built-in microphone, you can download one of many free sound meter apps (search on decibel in the App Store) and see if you're subjecting your ears to a truly unreasonable noise level.

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 09-Mar-09

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Safari's 3.x RSS Database3 file corruption problems -- A corrupted RSS feed may be the cause of problems reading news in Safari; checking against an online feed validator can help identify the culprit. (3 messages)


Kindle 2 Improves Design, Not Features -- Does the Kindle's new text-to-speech feature pose a threat to audiobooks? Readers respond to Glenn's article. (5 messages)


Time Machine vs. Retrospect -- Both backup approaches have their pros and cons, both of which get the full TidBITS Talk treatment. (42 messages)


Cheap, Small Netbooks -- Is buying a netbook worth living with its limitations? For people who value small size and low price, the answer is yes. (17 messages)


Why the Kindle 2 Should Speak When Permitted To -- Readers continue to debate the Kindle's text-to-speech feature, and whether authors should have any say in the matter. (38 messages)


Time Machine vs. Retrospect (and Stolen Laptop Redux) -- The discussion of backing up data turns to offsite, Internet backups. (2 messages)


AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule: Like Two Base Stations in One -- Is the price difference between the low and high end Time Capsule models inflated? (7 messages)


Binding AppleScript to a hotkey in Mail -- It's possible to create a key combination that runs an AppleScript script in Mail, but other third-party options are also available. (4 messages)


H.264 Decoding in New Macs -- The graphics processors in Apple's newest machines greatly increase the performance of H.264 video encoding. (2 messages)


Amazon Releases Kindle Software for iPhone -- Readers discuss Amazon's move to let iPhone and iPod touch owners buy and read electronic books using its Kindle software. (4 messages)


AirPort Utility Update May Be Problematic -- The TidBITS Talk community pitches in to help diagnose a problem with the latest AirPort Utility software. (14 messages)

 

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