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.
How many times have you been asked, "Which Mac should I buy?" Adam has been hearing it for 17 years, and has written "Take Control of Buying a Mac" as the answer. Also in this issue, Jeff Carlson reviews The Missing Sync for Palm OS 4.0, which is due to replace PalmSource's HotSync software. In the news, Apple recalls a series of batteries for 15-inch PowerBook G4s, and we note the releases of Spring Cleaning 7.0 and Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.5.3. Plus, we welcome Glenn's son Benjamin Warner Fleishman into the world!
Welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman! Our heartiest congratulations to Contributing Editor Glenn Fleishman and his wife Lynn Warner, on the birth of their son Benjamin last Wednesday, 18-Aug-04Show full article
DealBITS Drawing: Mail Factory Winners -- Congratulations to Tomas Serna of ngsec.com, Norm Norris of mac.com, Martin Tschofen of carlson.com, Jody Sebring of ptdprolog.net, and Jan Ferrera of yahoo.com, whose entries were chosen randomly in last week's DealBITS drawing and who each received a copy of BeLight Software's Mail FactoryShow full article
Allume Ships Spring Cleaning 7 -- Allume Systems has shipped Spring Cleaning 7, the company's long-standing cleanup utility for identifying unwanted files and folders and dealing with them (in ways other than just wholesale deletion)Show full article
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.5.3 Improves Servers -- Now Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.5.3, a bug-fix upgrade to the company's multi-user calendaring and contact softwareShow full article
Apple Computer is recalling certain lithium ion rechargeable batteries which shipped with its aluminum 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptop computers from January 2004 to August 2004, following four incidents where the batteries overheated and could present a fire hazard. Affected batteries were manufactured during the last week of 2003 by LG Chem Ltd., of South KoreaShow full article
If there's one question I've learned to dread over the years, it's "What Mac should I buy?", followed closely by "When is Apple going to release new Macs?" It's not that I mind helping people, but these simple queries are, if I'm to do the topic justice, the start of at least an hour of conversation and further questionsShow full article
PalmSource, the company that develops and licenses the Palm OS, let slip in February that it would not support Mac synchronization with devices running its next-generation operating system, Palm OS Cobalt (see "PalmSource to Drop Mac Support in Mac OS Cobalt" in TidBITS-717)Show full article
The second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster. There weren't many new threads in TidBITS Talk this week, so we encourage you to check out some of the postings we made in ExtraBITS; a number of which offer followup commentary on earlier TidBITS articlesShow full article