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.
First, the mundane but useful, with an important tip for Excel users, a clarification about Conflict Catcher, a new 32-user license for A/UX, and a report of the imminent demise of the Portable battery supply. Following that comes the cool stuff, a neat in-ear speaker and microphone (i.e. telephone) that works via bone conduction, some MacDraw Pro 1.5 speed benchmarks, and Microsoft and Tandy's answer to Commodore's CDTV.
Mark H. Anbinder writes, "It tells you a little bit about the pervasiveness of Microsoft's products in the industry that one of the top-level options on their phone menu system is, "If you are a hardware manufacturer and would like to bundle Microsoft software products with your product, please press 4."" Information from: Mark HShow full article
In TidBITS-133 Andy Williams passed on a warning about a potentially dangerous bug in Excel 4.0 that could cause you to lose data bound into a workbookShow full article
I want to correct some misinformation in TidBITS-139 about Conflict Catcher. The article claims that Conflict Catcher automates the process of loading startup documents one-by-one to identify conflictsShow full article
Apple recently announced to dealers a license upgrade option for owners of the 16-user license of A/UX 3.0, Apple's Unix operating system, bringing the maximum number of users to 32Show full article
Owners of the discontinued Macintosh Portable will feel even more left out this fall, when Apple plans to remove the Macintosh Portable Battery from all of its price listsShow full article
One of the most interesting technologies I saw at Macworld had little to do with the Mac. So why did this company come to Macworld? The technology enhances various communications applications, and lots of Macintosh companies are working on improving communications using the Mac. The product in question comes from Norris Communications, and they call it, appropriately enough, the Norris Ear PHONE[tm]Show full article
I just got my upgrade to MacDraw Pro 1.5 and since lots of people on the nets wondered how fast it was compared to previous versions, I decided to try a few rough and ready benchmarks on the two versionsShow full article
Apple certainly has the head start on the potentially lucrative (at the price of this hardware and software, someone had better make some money at it) multimedia market, but as Mark HShow full article