One of the first things I do when I install Windows is to turn the sounds off. Quite why there are so many of the damn things I’m not sure. I don’t really need some noise to tell me that a program has crashed: I’m either looking at the screen and will see, or I’m not looking at the screen and so don’t care. (The main reason, of course, is just that they interrupt my music though.)
I liked this post complaining about a specific set of noises: the you’ve-just-plugged-something-in noises. I mean, of all the useless things. Like you’re not going to notice? Some wierd, extreme form of short term memory loss perhaps. I particularly liked this quote:
On the Mac, one knows that he’s plugged in a USB device because, first, he plugged it in, and, second, because it then proceeds to work.