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.
Other articles in the series Y2K and Your Mac
Wondering about Y2K and the Macintosh? You may have heard that the Mac OS is Y2K-compliant, but that doesn't mean there won't be problems related to Y2K in homegrown databases, spreadsheets, and custom applications that run on the Mac. Also this week, Jeff Carlson looks at Default Folder in the latest Tools We Use column. In the news, Bare Bones releases Mailsmith 1.1.3 and Keyspan ships a USB-to-serial adapter aimed at Palm organizer users.
USB Adapter Connects Palm Devices -- Palm organizer owners frustrated by the lack of a direct USB solution for connecting their HotSync cradle to iMacs or blue and white Power Macintosh G3 machines can now purchase Keyspan's $40 USB PDA AdapterShow full article
Mailsmith 1.1.3 Update from Bare Bones -- Bare Bones Software has released version 1.1.3 of Mailsmith, their sophisticated POP and SMTP email program. Version 1.1.3 includes a new POP Monitor window that enables users to download or delete messages selectively from a remote POP server, enhanced manipulation of quoted text in messages, improvements to Mailsmith's mail storage database, and an assortment of interface enhancements and feature additions (a full list of changes is available)Show full article
A recent expedition through my Preferences folder uncovered the fossils of utilities and other programs I've installed and removed during the past several monthsShow full article
This is a bit embarrassing, but I've saved nearly every TidBITS-related email message I've received since joining the TidBITS staff in late 1994. Sure, I delete unsubscribe requests, vacation notices, junk mail, and the like, but I've kept almost everything else, particularly messages from readers and internal email amongst the staff. According to that email archive, I've been avoiding writing about the year 2000 and the Macintosh since we first talked about such an article in February of 1995Show full article