MindVision Software has announced a free license that makes their Installer VISE installation software available for free to freeware and shareware developers. Installer VISE 5.0.1 offers numerous advanced features, such as a Web-based installer, precise icon positioning, user-defined forms, integration with MindVision's Updater VISE technology, and online product registration. At a time when Apple is changing its developer support programs to focus on the 100 largest Macintosh developers (see "Furor Over Developer Programs & QuickTime" in TidBITS 425), it's good to see other members of the Macintosh industry helping out small developers.
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.