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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

My understanding was that it came from a time when startup could take a while, during which the user's attention would be elsewhere and therefore worth notifying them when the computer was ready for ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

Part of it is iconic branding, much like putting the logo on the boot screen. I can still remember the startup sound from windows xp and playstation one.
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

To give auditory feedback to the user that the system has started loading. Here are 3 reasons why: Prevent users from hitting the power button multiple times. Users should not wonder whether the ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

Beeps during POST are there to help with troubleshooting. Think of it like debugging: if you can't tell why your script isn't working or where, it helps to have it echoing its status along the way in ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

Asides from old systems and their delay times at start, or branding considerations (both correct reasons), one reason that I might add is that it serves as a Sensory Cue. This is true both for blind ...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

Use the ISO format for combined date and time values. It's best to stick to the standards, especially when dealing with dates. The above linked Wikipedia article states (emphasis mine): A single ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

Branding. Of course there are other reasons to include it, like letting the user know the hardware is working, start up is finished and they can interact with the computer, etc. but it is an ...
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Are there any natural/reverse scrolling usability studies?

Interesting question. This is what I could find after a bit of searching on the matter: This article by Chen J, Proctor RW. (2013) seems to address this question. Sadly the full article isn't ...
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Have you seen this file-manager/desktop UI pattern anywhere?

I think what you're describing – a desktop that is "a view into a particular folder, much like a file manager" with "some very basic minimal file manager type UI" – has been ...
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

Common symbols for the super key are OS-specific. From this answer elsewhere on StackExchange and Wikipedia it doesn't seem like there is an icon other than the Windows and Mac platform specific ...
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

I'd use the OS X Command key symbol, ⌘. Yes, it's traditionally associated with OS X, but that's just because nobody else uses it. I don't believe Apple has a trademark on it or anything like that. ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

It's about saying Hello Hello The start-up sound was a machine, designed and made by people, announcing its variant of "Hello", indicating it's now present, here, and in being on, is a being, here. ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

Although I'm sure things are much more advanced now, my Grandfather who was blind used the POST beeps in tandem the Windows opening noises (especially once 95 released) to let him know that his speech ...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

I take it this is unambiguous to a human reader rather than a machine? The ISO 8601 is a good suggestion for machine readable/parseable data, but for human readability it's trickier. E.g. the US does ...
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Is there a specification for OS-default mouse and keyboard text navigation and selection behavior?

There are more things than you might suggest. Besides different OSes there are different locales in each of them, and weird stuff is going on there (different keys for different purposes, right-to-...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

I tend to lean toward ISO, but with file-naming limitations, the benefits of sorting, and yet still relatively human friendly, for your use case, I'd actually lean toward something like: ...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

I prefer to represent all of data in 2 digits as follows, 20Y02M14D12H30M11S86SS75MS.log But if you have to keep year and millisecond in 4 digits then you might use the following one, ...
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Which platforms support a Hyper modifier key?

The Hyper modifier key is defined in the Space-cadet keyboard. This type of keyboards used in the MIT Lisp machines which ran some dedicated operating systems. These OSes were written from the ground ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

It is a notification that the software and hardware checks have passed (with no beep codes), and that the user is now able to access an operating system through a command interface shell or an ...
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Undesired change of application focus by the OS

The issue of focus stealing is well-known. In the Linux world, some desktop environments like Xfce have options to prevent it. GNOME 3 also prevents it by default. In terms of security, the reality ...
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