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.
It's becoming a common story: After determining that he didn't really need one, Joe Kissell finally took the plunge and bought an iPhone 3G when it became available in France. Joe discusses how the iPhone has changed his work and some of the limitations that he's run into. Speaking of the iPhone 3G, Apple is recalling its diminutive USB power adapter due to the risk of electric shock. Adam looks at the new StuffIt Deluxe 2009 as the venerable utility turns 20, Joe highlights the improvements in VMware Fusion 2.0, Tonya finds an immediate use for the just-released MercuryMover 2.0 window-moving utility, and we note the release of the latest edition of Adam's "Take Control of Buying a Mac." In the TidBITS Watchlist, we spotlight the availability of Gears for Safari, BBEdit 9.0.1, Coda 1.5.1, Apple's Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.2, Apple Remote Desktop 3.2.2, and Server Admin Tools 10.5.5.
It's compact. It's cool. It's dangerous. So says Apple. The tiny USB power adapter for charging an iPhone 3G has blades that can break off and remain in an AC outlet. Apple advises you to stop using the adapter, and the company is replacing all of them.Show full article
Over the weekend, Tonya didn't lose my marbles, but she nearly lost a window. However, the brand-new MercuryMover 2.0 came to the rescue and let her recover her off-screen window.Show full article
The venerable compression utility StuffIt Deluxe 2009 adds Leopard-specific functionality, integration with MobileMe, and smart handling of duplicates in archives.Show full article
Our latest book, the third edition of "Take Control of Buying a Mac," is an indispensable guide to buying the best new Mac for your needs, figuring out the best time to buy it, and moving your files from your old Mac to your shiny new one.Show full article
After four months of beta testing, VMware has released version 2.0 of Fusion, the company's software for running Windows, Linux, and other operating systems on an Intel-based Mac. The new version catches up to, and in some ways surpasses, the feature list of Parallels Desktop.Show full article
After being convinced that I'd never own an iPhone, I finally bought one. Two months later, I reflect on the good, bad, and surprising things I've learned about my new favorite tool.Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include iPhone Configuration Utility 1.0.1 for Mac OS X, Final Cut Server Update 1.1.1, Pro Applications Update 2008-03, Gears for Safari, BBEdit 9.0.1, Coda 1.5.1, Apple's Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.2, Apple Remote Desktop 3.2.2 Client and Admin, and Server Admin Tools 10.5.5.Show full article
This week's discussion topics include a Mac port of Google's Chrome Web browser, experiences running VMware Fusion 2.0, Joe Kissell's first two months with an iPhone, and iTunes 8's deafness concerning the Genius feature and classical music.Show full article