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.
News and updates this week, as we bring you news on Intuit's MacInTax fix and Microsoft's efforts to escape Apple's QuickTime lawsuit. We also have follow-up information on ShrinkWrap and the U.S. Congress's latest attempt to legislate cyberspace, along with news of a nifty utility disk from Apple and World-Wide Web security problems. We round out the issue with reviews of the Epson Color Stylus printer and Human Computing's ComicBase Encyclopedia.
Nisus Software Returns -- We'd like to welcome back Nisus Software as a TidBITS sponsor. For those of you who have been hiding under a rock recently, we just finished a three-part review (starting in TidBITS-263) of Nisus Writer, the latest version of the company's powerful word processorShow full article
System 7.5 Network Startup Disk -- Apple's finally done what Macintosh network managers have been doing for years: created a DiskCopy image of a minimal startup disk that boots almost any Macintosh and puts it on a networkShow full article
ShrinkWrap Update -- Some TidBITS readers were confused when the URL given for the disk-image utility ShrinkWrap 1.2 in TidBITS-260 seemed invalid. Turns out Chad Magendanz, ShrinkWrap's developer, has been especially ambitious lately, releasing new versions to add capabilities and fix a few problemsShow full article
Communications Decency Act Follow-Up -- Several civil liberties, privacy, and electronic advocacy organizations are coordinating a campaign with the Voters Telecommunications Watch to oppose the Communications Decency Act, Senate bill 314, outlined in TidBITS-263Show full article
John T. Chapman writes: A number of postings have shown up recently regarding an Edupage article on 21-Feb-95. This article suggests that there is a security hole in "Mosaic," which could lead to destruction of a number of Web sites. http://www.educom.edu/edupage.old/edupage.95/ edupage-02.21.95 Unfortunately, this article is somewhat inaccurate: the security weakness lies in the NCSA HTTPd server software (version 1.3) for Unix Web serversShow full article
The Demands of Video -- Microsoft announced that it will shortly release to developers version 1.1e of its Video For Windows (VFW) software, just a day before a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order halting the distribution of VFW 1.1dShow full article
As noted in TidBITS-261 and TidBITS-264, MacInTax has exhibited problems importing data from other software programs. Several TidBITS readers have reported other problems they've encountered with this year's version of MacInTax, and these folks certainly aren't aloneShow full article
One of my current pet theories - to be tested this summer when I go to my ten year high school reunion - is that in many ways, our teenage years form the basis for the people we becomeShow full article
This Christmas, my wife sent me on a scavenger hunt. As I followed the clues, I finally ended up in her closet and found a big, beautiful box hidden beneath some clothesShow full article