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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.

 
 

Zoom Animation

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When the Finder opens or closes an item, it shows an animation effect usually called the "ZoomRect" (zooming rectangles describes it pretty well, so that's what those innovative programmers called the procedure). When you open or close a lot of items, especially on a slow Mac, this effect is suddenly renamed "damnSlowZoomRect". Here's how to remove the effect:

  1. Open a copy of the Finder with ResEdit 2.1.1
  2. Open the Code resource
  3. Open Code ID 4 (Yup, you need to decompress it)
  4. Find hex 4E56 FFE0 48E7 1F38
  5. Select these bytes
  6. Replace with 205F 700A DEC0 4ED0
  7. Save the copy of the Finder and close ResEdit.

 

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