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The Icon Bar: The Playpen: But why....?
 
  But why....?
  adrianl (09:28 14/10/2007)
  richcheng (11:39 15/10/2007)
    monkeyson2 (11:53 15/10/2007)
      rich (14:01 15/10/2007)
        pvigay (00:04 16/10/2007)
          tribbles (10:18 16/10/2007)
            andypoole (10:32 16/10/2007)
              rich (19:51 16/10/2007)
                monkeyson2 (19:54 16/10/2007)
  rich (15:01 26/10/2007)
    richcheng (11:14 29/10/2007)
 
Adrian Lees Message #104750, posted by adrianl at 09:28, 14/10/2007
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Windows PCs: why play a jingle to announce an arbitrary intermission in the startup process when you're still going to spend ages loading all the apps before the box actually starts to respond to the user?

Microwaves: Why beep to say that you've finished when it's obvious because the loud whirring noise of your motor has ceased?

Other: to be continued.....
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richard cheng Message #104759, posted by richcheng at 11:39, 15/10/2007, in reply to message #104750

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Windows PCs: why play a jingle to announce an arbitrary intermission in the startup process when you're still going to spend ages loading all the apps before the box actually starts to respond to the user?

Microwaves: Why beep to say that you've finished when it's obvious because the loud whirring noise of your motor has ceased?

Other: to be continued.....
My microwave continues whirring for about a minute after it's finished microwaving. So maybe the beep programmers are kept seperate from the whirring programmers, and had to program for the worst case scenario?
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Phil Mellor Message #104760, posted by monkeyson2 at 11:53, 15/10/2007, in reply to message #104759
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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My microwave continues whirring for about a minute after it's finished microwaving. So maybe the beep programmers are kept seperate from the whirring programmers, and had to program for the worst case scenario?
There's also the case of programmable microwaves which can leave the item to stand during cooking, then continue.

Why hasn't anybody invented novelty microwave dingtones yet?
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Richard Goodwin Message #104768, posted by rich at 14:01, 15/10/2007, in reply to message #104760
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I so hoped "dingtones" wouldn't be found in a Google search, but it is unhappy And probably just to get around the fact that everyone else using "ringtones", rather than as a new and unique meme.

Anyway - back on topic. Although electronics can be a bit iffy around microwave ovens (I had a Mac II next to one, and it went nuts), the machines themselves have electronic components so it can't be completely fatal - at least, not to the oven.

I challenge the likes of Mr. Tribbeck and Mr. Tyrrell to hack a microwave to play Ding-tones(tm). Presumably you'd just need to remove the current noisemaker and use the signals down these wires to trigger your own replacement electronics, and possibly find some juice from somewhere to power whatever you've built/ripped out of an old cordless phone. There are bonus points for user-reprogrammable-ness (i.e. uploading new ding-tones(tm)), although storing multiple tones and switching between them is an acceptable alternative for slightly less points. Proof will only be accepted via dodgy MPEGs, as this will be harder to fake than good ones.

I now point at Mr. Tribbeck, in the hope that he still has a spare microwave from his "Microwave Stuff" days.
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Paul Vigay Message #104789, posted by pvigay at 00:04, 16/10/2007, in reply to message #104768

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Pagh! Ding-tones indeed. I made a 'Brnng-tone' (musical doorbell) for an electronics project back at school (and anyone who knows how old I am knows how many years ago that was!!).

Programmable to play up to 20 different 'tunes' too, and it still works, some 25 years on! big grin

'I.T.' these days is boring compared to the good old "War Games" and "Weird Science" era.
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Jason Tribbeck Message #104793, posted by tribbles at 10:18, 16/10/2007, in reply to message #104789
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Thanks to a ping that Rich sent me, here's an idea for an extension:

Get the clock value, and play music based on how much time there is left. Suggestions I have thought of are the "Countdown" music, and the BBC News 24 music.

Then, when it dings, do what's been described.

Oh, and ping-tones.com is currently available (if you think that your microwave "pings" instead of "dings") smile
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Andrew Poole Message #104794, posted by andypoole at 10:32, 16/10/2007, in reply to message #104793

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Oh, and ping-tones.com is currently available (if you think that your microwave "pings" instead of "dings") smile
I rather thought it beeped, thus beep-tones.com would also be required, and is also currently available wink
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Richard Goodwin Message #104829, posted by rich at 19:51, 16/10/2007, in reply to message #104794
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I think ping-tones are noises made when using ICMP echo request packets to check if another computer's available on a network, surely?
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Rich.
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Phil Mellor Message #104830, posted by monkeyson2 at 19:54, 16/10/2007, in reply to message #104829
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Thankfully (for the good of humanity), a domain spammer has already claimed bling-tones.
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Richard Goodwin Message #104962, posted by rich at 15:01, 26/10/2007, in reply to message #104750
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Another "but why?" - people who send us questions via the email form, and then fake their name and email address so we can't respond.

Subject: nevermind. From: never mind.
never mind about my name or any other detals ..... why do you need my details over a adf file ?????
Whoever you are, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. And get a dictionary.
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richard cheng Message #105023, posted by richcheng at 11:14, 29/10/2007, in reply to message #104962

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Another "but why?" - people who send us questions via the email form, and then fake their name and email address so we can't respond.

Subject: nevermind. From: never mind.
never mind about my name or any other detals ..... why do you need my details over a adf file ?????
Whoever you are, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about. And get a dictionary.
Could it be mikael from the Aldebaran/Exodus thread?

I'm sure I already wrote this message on Fri, but it's not here. Am I having strangely realistic IconBar themed dreams now?
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