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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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Why are applications so silent?

You can't count on sound being on, it isn't accessible to every user, and it can be distracting and downright annoying for apps used over long periods. These reasons make it time consuming and ...
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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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Why are applications so silent?

I can think of a couple good reasons off hand. It would be annoying to be using software at work and constantly getting little clicks and confirmation dings when you are listening to music at the ...
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Is lack of sound in game detrimental to experience?

I believe most users will expect sound, and if there isn't they might feel something is wrong with the app (either with their version of the app or the app itself). Even if most users don't want the ...
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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 alert the user to open the app (after queuing)?

Sometimes too much feedback can be harmful. The sound every time the queue counter changes can be very annoying. It will interrupt users from other tasks they may be doing and increase waiting anxiety....
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How to alert the user to open the app (after queuing)?

You might be forgetting something here: The experience of waiting and how long it actually feels. Your users don't know yet that a double ding means it's their turn so they might be looking at their ...
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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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