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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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SpotDJ -- Readers test out SpotDJ, a service for recording and sharing your own radio spots that Adam wrote about recently. (3 messages)


Digital watermarks -- How difficult is it to circumvent a digital watermark, such as those that could be embedded within digital music files? (1 message)


Apple and EMI Offer DRM-Free Music via iTunes -- With DRM-free music coming to iTunes in May, why bother selling 128 Kbps songs with DRM? Why not just remove the DRM entirely? (11 messages)


Use iPods Cautiously While Driving -- Adam's article this week prompts the tale of a teenager who died after being struck by an ambulance because she was listening to an iPod while driving. (6 messages)


Google Desktop Comes to the Mac -- Readers test-drive Google's new Mac desktop search application, relating their initial experiences and discussing Google's use of Input Managers in the program. (23 messages)


Online Backup Options Expand -- Joe Kissell's article brings up a few other services that offer online data backups. (1 message)


Emacs on the Mac -- How does one use emacs, which is included as part of Mac OS X's Darwin Unix installation? (9 messages)


EU probe into Apple music pricing -- The announcement of Apple and EMI selling DRM-free music tracks seemed to cool down opposition to iTunes and the iPod in the European Union, but the EU is also looking at whether Apple's pricing model for songs is legal. (3 messages)


RedHat/CentOS under Parallels? Readers share their experiences installing and running Linux variants using Parallels Desktop for Mac (5 messages)


Google Book Search -- Is Google's book scanning and searching service a violation of copyright? (3 messages)

 

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