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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.

 
 

Timbuktu Pro Upgraded to 4.0.2

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Timbuktu Pro Upgraded to 4.0.2 -- Netopia, Inc., previously known as Farallon, has released version 4.0.2 of their remote control software Timbuktu Pro. New features include additional modem description files, some support for the Appearance Manager, and use of the underscore character in the TCP/IP tab. Bug fixes include mapping similar PC file names to unique names on the Mac, reduced memory requirements for copying PC files, a few network tweaks, and several cosmetic changes. The upgrade, which comes as a 2 MB patcher, is free to Timbuktu 4.0 users. Netopia is also offering special pricing on Timbuktu Pro through 31-Dec-97; check the second URL below for details. [ACE]

<http://www.netopia.com/software/tb2/mac/ upgrade.html>
<http://www.netopia.com/offers/mac_xmas.html>

 

New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>