The story is that you cannot turn off the startup sound in Windows Vista. There is a decent chance that this means that our law firm will not adopt Windows Vista. Seriously. I don’t think that the yahoos in Redmond realize how people use thier product. We use it in sensitive, formal situations. We use it in courtrooms. If your courtroom blares a guitar riff in the middle of a hearing or trial because they screwed up programming it and you had to reboot it, you risk going to jail. Judges can and will find you in contempt of court for that. They don’t care if it is a computer, a cell phone, a blackberry, or a Speak-N-Spell. if it makes noise, you are interupting thier courtroom.
And it doesn’t stop there. We use laptops in nearly every deposition that we take. We also videotape every deposition. That means that when you have to reboot your laptop in a deposition, you are going to have this guitar riff that everyone already hates because they have been hearing it several times a day on tape for all posterity on the videotape.
Microsoft’s “solution” is turn down your speakers. Guess what? I have a laptop. My speakers are software controlled. That means that I can’t turn them down until after the machine has booted up. That means your solution isn’t.
If Microsoft wants to turn thier software into a branding game rather than a utility, then they can take thier games somewhere else. We have work to do.