Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Businessweek Archives

No, That Pc Isn't Crashing It Just Sounds That Way


Bits & Bytes

NO, THAT PC ISN'T CRASHING--IT JUST SOUNDS THAT WAY

When pioneer computer hacker Ted Nelson was developing products for computer maker Datapoint Corp. 10 years ago, he had a great idea for improving office computers: Have them use sound effects to give workers audible feedback. When deleting a computer file, for instance, why not hear it disappear with a loud "kaboom" or a gentle "bonk"? That would make work more fun, Nelson figured, and confirm that the computer had done what you wanted it to.

Datapoint never commercialized the idea, but Moon Valley Software Inc. did. The Phoenix-based company offers a $49.95 diskette full of 100 sound effects that augment Microsoft's Windows program and a related product called Norton Desktop for Windows. Icon Hear-It sounds range from sirens to famous movie one-liners and can be assigned to such tasks as opening a window or erasing a file.EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG


LIMITED-TIME OFFER SUBSCRIBE NOW
 
blog comments powered by Disqus