Sustainable Softworks Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to announce our latest TidBITS sponsor, the network utility company Sustainable Softworks. Best known for their IPNetRouter program, which turns almost any Mac into a feature-rich network router, Sustainable Softworks also makes other useful utilities like IPNetMonitor, which helps you test and troubleshoot network connections and IPNetTuner, which enables you to tweak Open Transport's internal settings. Most recently, Sustainable Softworks released IPNetSentry, an unobtrusive personal firewall which not only watches and deters Internet crackers from your Mac, but which also can improve overall reliability by throwing out crash-causing malformed packets. But IPNetRouter remains Sustainable Softworks' flagship program, and it's one we've come to rely on. Any time you read an article or a TidBITS Talk message in our database, or even receive an issue of TidBITS via email, that data has passed through IPNetRouter at some point. It's stable, flexible, reliable, and backed by outstanding online support from its author, Peter Sichel. Also important is the fact that Peter and others at Sustainable Softworks have long been active members of the Macintosh Internet community. We couldn't be happier to welcome Sustainable Softworks to our select group of sponsoring companies. [ACE]
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.