Further adventures in sound
(or, an example in considering fringe use cases)
Some years ago in a previous life when the skies were bluer, the “Spice Girls”
were but a Dune tribute band (though, sadly not long enough ago that Snickers
was still called Marathon) I had a Sun Sparc5 on my desk.
For reasons that escape me right now the
desktop clock had the ability to use a .wav file as an alarm, or in the case
of this tale, hourly chime. I found this useful. My colleagues didn’t disagree
so I’m going to assume they LOVED IT when I set it up with a audio sample so
it would go off. Every hour. On the hour.
This worked well for about a week until one day a grumpy Security Guard turned
up at my desk. At the time I was working for a multinational, big building,
one of two buildings, in the middle of a city business park. So they employed
a securty firm 24/7 to keep an eye on the place. “This PC here, yours sir?”.
I felt like I was about to be rumbled for something. Turns out that while
during the day, my hourly reminder could barely be heard 2 cubes over, in
the middle of the night when security were patrolling the building that noise
travelled a good deal further. The Security Guard proceeded to tell me how
they heard what they thought was someone in the building and locked down the
floor to try and catch an intruder.
It was a sample
of Homer Simpson going ‘DOH!’. Every hour. On the hour.