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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.

 
 

Macworld Expo Boston 2005 Events

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Macworld Expo in Boston happens this week from 12-Jul-05 through 14-Jul-05 in the Hynes Convention Center, marking the second East Coast show that will not include Apple Computer as an exhibitor. The exhibitor list is once again a bit sparse, with about 50 to 60 vendors currently listed, so it shouldn't be a problem to see the entire show floor fairly quickly. Interestingly, IDG World Expo has tweaked the show hours this year, so the doors open at 11 AM Tuesday and Wednesday and close at 7 PM; Thursday runs from 10 AM through 3 PM. Hopefully the later closing hour the first two days will make it easier for Boston residents to stop by after work.

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I'm not aware of any public after-hours events associated with the show, but Tonya and I will be attending and would love to say hello to any TidBITS readers who make it to the show. Here's a cheat sheet to where you can find us:

  • Tuesday, 12-Jul-05 brings another episode of the MacBrainiac Challenge, in which the "Intel Aside" team of Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, Rich Siegel, and I attempt to defend our title against the Smart Folders: Jason Snell, Jim Dalrymple, Rob Griffiths, and Rick LePage. The MacBrainiac Challenge is a live quiz show, moderated by the estimable Chris Breen, and it has been huge fun in previous years. If you're around at 12:45 PM and have an hour to kill, don't miss it. Then, at 3:00 PM, I'll be talking about iPhoto, wireless networking, and Tiger at the Peachpit Press booth (#202).

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  • Wednesday, 13-Jul-05 will be a long day. At 11:15 AM, I'll be giving my "Inside iPhoto 5" talk in the Users Conference. Then, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Macworld Speakers booth (#433), Tonya and I will be answering questions about TidBITS and Take Control, signing books, and generally chatting about the show. Then, at 6:00 PM, I'll be talking to the Boston Macintosh User Group in room 106 of the Hynes Convention Center, probably about iPhoto, wireless network security, and Take Control.

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If you're sensing a pattern of what I'm talking about, that's just what I have prepared, and I'm happy in the general sessions to veer off onto any topic you like, so please bring your questions and feedback about our work. See you next week, and for those not attending, note that my email responsiveness will be minimal the entire week.

 

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