electronic mily wrote:Back in the day I remember my dad telling me about how he had set the startup sound on his work computer to play the entirely of Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive. Loudly. He was the only one who knew how to skip it, so it served as a reasonably-long-distance notification when somebody tried to use it without asking.
Back in the day my dad obtained a driver that let one play (horrible) sound through the PC speaker in the absence of a sound card. Surprised a few people.
Back in my day (in college, anyway) I wrote a script that would change the user's startup sound to thirty seconds of silence followed by a selection from the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. It was a script because, if the fellow student figured it out, they would of course change it... so the boot-time script had to change it back, in addition to checking to see if the other copies of itself and the WAV were still intact in their own boot-time run locations, in case said student was especially savvy. That's how I found out that startup sound length is limited by filesize, not runtime. (It was 255kb in XP IIRC; I don't know what it might be in 7.)
I wish I'd got the chance to use that script.