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July 20th, 2005


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03:18 pm - Ha, ha!
I share a cubicle wall with one of the managers of our Customer Service department. He has enough loud phone conversations that I can conjecture that he was hired specifically for his technical experience in setting up call centers. Not only does he know Nortel and Avaya phones inside and out, but he troubleshoots his employee's PCs. The man knows computers.

Anybody sufficiently experienced with modern computers has passed through a mercifully brief phase of experimentation after discovering that they can make their PC say all sorts of funny things instead of "beep!" At one point of another, we've all downloaded .wav files from Monty Python and Pulp Fiction and changed our Empty Recycle Bin sound to Oscar the Grouch singing "I Love Trash." Eventually though, everybody gets sick of waiting for "I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it." every time they click on "Shut Down," so they change it back to "beep!"

This guy's computer laughs like Nelson from The Simpsons every time he gets new e-mail.

He's a manager so he gets a lot of e-mail. I've heard his computer say "Ha, ha!" at least ten times an hour since I came in today. Either it's a new sound that he's just become enamored of, or he's had the volume down all this time and just turned it up. Regardless, it's incredibly distracting.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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From:tlhinganhom
Date:July 20th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
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My shut down sound is, "We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological significance to our own. your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."

I'll admit it's annoying sometimes, but I restart my computer so infrequently anyway. Besides, it's such a cool shut down sound.
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 20th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
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You're right, that is cool, but I eventually shortened all of my system sounds because I hated waiting so long to reboot. These days I shut down with the very end of the song Harvester of Eyes by Blue Öyster Cult, but um, nobody knows that song...
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From:exairian
Date:July 20th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
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once upon a time (a very long time ago) when i was in highschool, one of my friends was in charge of upkeep on the computers in the mac lab (yes they gave this to a student because it was 1995 and the teachers where too dumb). so he found this cute little programmy type thing where he replaced the trash can with the oscar trash can. so not only did oscar sing when you threw something away but it was animated and he would rise out of the trash, sing and go back in.

the teacher where VERY annoyed, too bad they didn't know how to fix it. ;)
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 20th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Actually, that's exactly what I was thinking of. We had that on one of the Macs in the graphics department when I was in high school.
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From:valec
Date:July 20th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Ha,Haa *point*

Argh, first thing I do in any system is turn all system sounds off.
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From:matt_william
Date:July 21st, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
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I keep my sign off sound simple...

"End of Line"

Matthew
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 21st, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
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Ooh, that's a really good one.
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From:evil_jim
Date:July 21st, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)

Good idea/Bad idea?

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I'm not sure if you've heard my opening sound or not. It's the five note Videlectrix song from the Stinkoman game. The rest are kept simple. "Baam baam baaam, baam.... Beeem."
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 21st, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Good idea/Bad idea?

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Hey, that's pretty cool. I used to use "Shall we play a game?" spoken by the computer in the movie War Games.
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 21st, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
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I should, but he sits in a row of managers, and I don't think I want any of them to catch me.
Ha, ha! - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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