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 Accessibility on the Mac
- Accessibility on the Mac: Further Glimpses of Paradise (03 Dec 01)
- Web Accessibility: Audio and Video on the Web (19 Mar 01)
- Web Accessibility: Surfing the Web Blind (12 Mar 01)
- Accessibility on the Mac: Trouble in Paradise (19 Feb 01)
So how do you back up those gargantuan hard disks that are standard in today's Macs? Read on this week for Adam's detailed look at an attractive new backup device, Ecrix's VXA-1 tape drive. Joe Clark's second installment on accessibility for the disabled concentrates on the products that are available for the Mac. And in the news this week, Apple tweaks the iMac and G4 Cube, releases iTunes 1.1, and quietly consigns iReview to the Trash.
New iMacs Highlight Macworld Expo Tokyo -- At his keynote address at the Macworld Expo in Tokyo, Steve Jobs continued Apple's move to CD-RW as the media device of choice in new MacsShow full article
iTunes 1.1 Adds Support for Third-Party CD-RW Drives -- Living up to its promise at last month's Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple has rolled out iTunes 1.1, improving stability, adding keyboard controls, and providing support for burning audio CDs using more than two dozen third-party CD-RW drivesShow full article
I Come to Bury iReview, Not to Praise It -- Apple has quietly turned out the lights on iReview, which it rolled out a little over a year ago with iCards and iTools as part of a Mac-centric Internet strategy (see "I Say, Apple's iStrategy is iMpressive" in TidBITS-512.) iReview was intended to be a stepping stone for new Internet users by providing reviews of Web sites along with user feedback and commentaryShow full article
Poll Results: How Would You Like Your TidBITS? We're considering adding options for receiving TidBITS via email, so last week we asked how you'd most prefer to receive TidBITS to gauge interest in alternative formatsShow full article
Huge hard disks are a boon in today's world of MP3s and QuickTime movies, but they've made reliable backup strategies harder to develop. Back when I bought my first 2.6 GB DAT drive, I'd just added my first 1 GB hard disk to my main Mac, and no other Mac on my network had over 700 MB onlineShow full article
Last week, I talked about the needs of people with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments when it comes to using a Mac. In a nutshell, the state of accessibility on the Macintosh is in decline and may become worse under Mac OS X before it gets betterShow full article