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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.

 
 

Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.2

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Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.2; despite the minor version hop, this release includes dozens of bug fixes that affect several areas of the backup utility’s functionality, including scheduling, the handling of network filesystems, access permission management, and so on. In at least one case, the fixes address issues that could cause a restored volume to be un-bootable under some circumstances. A number of minor feature tweaks round out the update. (Free update, 5.2 MB, release notes)

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Backup expert Joe Kissell provides all the latest advice you need to create a backup strategy that protects your data and enables quick recovery. Joe compares backup media, services, and software to help you make the best choices. You'll learn to set up, test, and maintain your backups, plus how to restore your stuff after a calamity!

 

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