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 ConceptDraw
Want to make a diagram? Most graphics applications will let you down, but not ConceptDraw, reviewed this issue, thanks to its diagram-specific feature set. We also look at Aladdin's StuffIt Deluxe 6.0, and cover smaller updates to Eudora 5.0.1, SETI@home 3.0, Action Files 1.5.4, and Action Menus 1.0.2. In the news, Quark founder Tim Gill exits the company, Napster releases a Mac client, and Priceline.com bags the concept of bidding on groceries.
Eudora 5.0.1 Released -- Qualcomm has released Eudora 5.0.1, a minor upgrade to the company's widely used email program (see "Eudora 5.0 Reads Your Mind" in TidBITS-547 for a review of the new features)Show full article
Updates to Action Files 1.5.4 & Action Menus 1.0.2 -- Power On Software has released a pair of minor updates to Action Files and Action Menus, the company's $30 utilities for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes and for creating custom menus and keyboard shortcutsShow full article
SETI@home 3.0 Client Available -- The folks at the SETI@home distributed computing project - which takes advantage of idle systems around the world to analyze radio telescope data for possible extraterrestrial signals - have released version 3.0 of the SETI@home client for MacintoshShow full article
Napster (Finally) Releases Mac Client -- Napster, the controversial peer-to-peer music sharing service currently being sued by major recording industry players for promoting piracy, has released its first beta client software for the MacintoshShow full article
Entourage Followup -- A postscript to my review of Microsoft Entourage in TidBITS-550: Despite the congeniality of its organizational structure to my working style, I eventually found that, as I had feared, Entourage's speed was a show-stopperShow full article
Priceline.com Ceases Bidding on Groceries -- In "Name That Price on Priceline.com!" in TidBITS-499, we wrote about a good experience (not since repeated) with purchasing airline tickets through Priceline.com's auction approachShow full article
Gill Exits Quark -- Sources close to Quark, Inc. have confirmed that founder and chairman Tim Gill has left the company to pursue philanthropic efforts through his organization, the Gill FoundationShow full article
Poll Results: Front and Center -- Last week's poll asking what folks consider to be the most common tasks for which they use their Macs was both enlightening and predictableShow full article
Poll Preview: Bandwidth Is Good -- As noted above, last week's poll revealed that TidBITS readers consider email and Web browsing the most common tasks they perform on their MacsShow full article
In moving to version 6.0, the venerable StuffIt Deluxe compression and archiving package has received a significant update from Aladdin Systems. Most notable among StuffIt Deluxe's new features is ReturnReceipt, which enables the sender of a compressed email attachment to request notification of the attachment's expansionShow full article
Sooner or later, you're going to want to draw a diagram. Of course, you may already know the importance of diagrams - perhaps because you have to chart team organization or workflow at the officeShow full article