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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.

 
 

Caffeine Software Suspends Operations

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Caffeine Software Suspends Operations -- On 03-Mar-03, Caffeine Software, makers of TIFFany, Curator, Cycles, and the elegant PixelNhance, suspended operations. The note on Caffeine Software's home page gives no indication as to why the company closed down, and our inquiries haven't turned up any additional information. After a week or so, Caffeine Software modified the home page to add a link to a 57.1 MB disk image containing the latest official versions of all their applications. If you don't own TIFFany, it's still possible to request a trial license from Caffeine Software's license server, although I don't know if it will actually expire in a month as it claimed. Their other applications are free as far as I can tell, and are fully functional. I'm mainly sad to see PixelNhance go; it's a slick and simple image-editing program with a fun interface that makes an excellent addition to iPhoto's editing tools. Still, I'm pleased that Caffeine Software saw fit to make their programs available at the end in this way; perhaps they'll see life again at a new company. [ACE]

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