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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.

 
 

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Panther vs. external FireWire drives -- Who's being bit by Panther's proclivity to eat external FireWire drives? Although Apple has pinpointed a problem with FireWire 800 drives, others are seeing issues in FireWire 400 drives, too. (11 messages)

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Take Control and E.U. VAT issue -- Calculating the proper VAT charge for Take Control ebooks in Europe is more complicated than one might expect. (4 messages)

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Panther Installations -- Readers share their experiences as they start installing Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. (4 messages)

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Translating Take Control ebooks -- What's involved in translating our Take Control books? We discuss potential payment and distribution of work models. (4 messages)

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Pricing Take Control ebooks -- Does the cost of $5 adequately cover every Take Control title, or should pricing vary by the length and complexity of each work? (4 messages)

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