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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.

 
 

Internet Explorer Updated

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Internet Explorer Updated -- Microsoft last week released Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0.1, which adds several welcome features. Most notable are the capability to monitor Web sites for changes, an AutoComplete feature that finishes typing URLs for you if you've visited that URL before; site password management that remembers cookies, usernames, and passwords; and a Download Manager that finally downloads files in a download window rather than the main browser window. Internet Explorer 3.0.1 also adds support for Netscape's JavaScript scripting language, gives you the choice of accepting or declining cookies, and offers an AutoSearch that lets you search directly from the Address bar by typing "go" or "?" and then the search keywords. Versions are available for both PowerPC and 68K Macs, and download sizes range from 3.3 MB to 12.3 MB. [ACE]

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