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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/31-Oct-05

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iTunes 6 Gets Video -- The capability to purchase video content such as music videos and television episodes brings up questions over whether the music and television companies are actually making any money on those sales. (10 messages)

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Opening old MacWrite files -- Is it possible to open an old MacWrite document? Several suggestions are offered. (3 messages)

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Testing drives that don't support SMART -- Last week's discussion of utilities that can diagnose SMART-enabled hard drives leads a reader to ask whether non-SMART drives can be similarly diagnosed. (2 messages)

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iTunes Music Store for Australia at last -- Australia gets its own iTMS finally, but some readers question why the song prices are higher than in the United States. (3 messages)

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Sleeping Hard Drives -- Last week's article on setting custom sleep times for hard drives elicits a link to Cocktail, a utility that looks as if it can set different spindown times for every drive. (2 messages)

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