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[Friday 30th November 2007 at 8:06 pm]

You never realise just how loud your desktop is, until you sit and use the laptop instead. Without the sound of all the fans and whine of failing hard disk bearings, you can hear other sounds...

The wind in the trees outside, the rain lashing against the window.
The low buzz/rumble of the kitchen extractor fan resonating slightly, varying up and down in pitch.
The gentle airy whirr of the laptop hard disk, with the odd click as it talks to itself.
The reliable tick...tick...tick...tick... of a small clock.
The 'tock' of a relay and the hum of a pump as the boiler preheats the heat exchanger.

What do you hear right now?
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[User Picture]From: justicefornone
Friday 30th November 2007 at 9:11 pm (UTC)
Right now??

I hear Edguy blasting out of my Studio Monitors which is still too quiet to drown out the sound of my Rig being its usual Uber Powerful self...

Natures nice but I do love the sound of a Powerful Rig ticking over!
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Saturday 1st December 2007 at 12:57 am (UTC)
whirr whirr whirr whirr as the 2 harddrives beat with each other.

My laptop is off, so I don't hear an angry "clack" every $RANDOM*3 hours as the actuators do scary stuff.

Preheating the exchanger? I found the hard way this winter, by putting the air conditioner on a timer to turn on an hour before I come to bed back at the lodge after night shift, that there is such a thing as too cold. Perhaps the heat exchanger froze up or something. But -1 degree or so, very cold wind blowing directly into the heat exchanger, and I heard it trying to start repeatedly, but it never got anywhere. Silly me thought that with the air conditioner having sufficient time to heat up the place before I got back, I wouldn't need to also put the electric blanket on.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 1st December 2007 at 9:58 am (UTC)
Heh, I used to hear a beat pattern with the old case. A regular ...thruuuummmmm......thruuuummmmm......thruuuummmmm... from a couple of fans in there.

Re heat exchanger: combi-boilers have an internal heat exchanger for on-demand hot water (the central heating water is diverted through this). Some like to run for a few seconds every couple of hours to keep this warm so that you get hot water 'faster' when turning the tap on. It's slightly disconcerting when you first have one of these, and you hear it fire up for what seems like no reason.
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From: pewterfish
Saturday 1st December 2007 at 2:34 am (UTC)
I hear fan-whine, since Chimaera only very rarely actually powers off. Tone changes very slightly every so often, as the fan controller picks up on temperature variation.

Of course, the clicky-clicky of my battered old warhorse keyboard, now I'm bothering to listen while replying.

My housemate's girlfriend, sighing through the over-thin wall.

The rain on the windows, and the periodic sounds of digestion as my computer flushes buffers to disk.

That's outside. Within, between the ears, I hear other things, but they matter less to the world.
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[User Picture]From: ariskari
Saturday 1st December 2007 at 11:45 am (UTC)
Computer noises, Sophie talking to her mum in the other room, clattering from the kitchen downstairs.
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[User Picture]From: elemnar
Saturday 1st December 2007 at 12:10 pm (UTC)
All the sounds of my desktop - Fans, and my keyboard.
Central heating clunking a bit.
A door opening, then closing, keys clinking, and then footsteps going away.
I can just about hear the bass of some music, I think it's a from few rooms across on the floor above.
And in about 3 minutes I'll hear the bell - the clock chimes every 15 mins.
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[User Picture]From: ballista
Sunday 2nd December 2007 at 1:38 am (UTC)
Ironically, I hear my laptop. I wish I could get it half as quiet as my desktop is.
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