Audio Feedback from Computers

There are some subtle audio clues that I use to tell if my computer is doing something – mostly, whether I can hear the hard drive churning or the CPU fan whirring up to a higher RPM – these tell me that something is going on.

When I’m remote controlling computers, it’s a bit disturbing to have absolutely no audio feedback to my actions. Often times I have to ask the person on the other end “is anything happening?” because without sound, I can’t tell what’s going on.

I suppose I just find it interesting how much I rely on sound to tell me what the computer is doing. Something future computer designers should take into account!

By Keith Survell

Geek, professional programmer, amateur photographer, crazy rabbit guy, only slightly obsessed with cute things.