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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.


Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/21-Jul-03

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Defragmenting and optimizing -- Readers who do a lot of video or graphics work continue to chime in about the effectiveness of defragmenting hard drives. Also, if your Mac's performance does improve after defragmenting or optimizing the drive, is the improvement too small to notice? (23 messages)


Moving virtual memory swap files -- The discussion of virtual memory swap files continues, focusing some applications (like Safari) that seem to leak memory and cause swap files to grow uncontrollably. Some useful performance improvement tips here! (32 messages)


Software Update operations -- You can run Software Update from a command line, but there can be complications when shutting down or restarting from there. Also discussed is why Software Update doesn't work for non-admin users and why Apple requires restarting after many updates. (9 messages)



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