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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.

 
 

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Hot PowerBooks -- Mark H. Anbinder, obviously hoping to add a Junior Woodchuck Crime Prevention Badge to his TidBITS Contributing Editor Badge, sent this note:

Late in December, three Macintosh PowerBook 140's (4/40 part #M1227LL/A) were stolen from the ComputerLand Mid-Atlantic warehouse in Clinton, MD. The following are the serial numbers for the units:

     F2144L5D7
     F2145JTG7
     F2148HWK7

If you have information about these units, please notify Officer Wingate with the police at 301/336-8800, and reference case #91-364-419. Please pass this information along to anyone who might come into contact with these units.

 

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