A (minor) Public Confession

For years now:

I have been opening the Plantronics headset boxes of people that have annoyingly loud phone voices.

I have been surreptitiously turning the input volume up as far as it will go.

As it seems nobody knows the input volume control is there except for me[1], this has a positive effect: on the Loudy’s next phone call, the victim recipient generally asks why they’re shouting, and from then on, a markedly more measured tone is gradually trained into their phone conversations.

‘Course, it doesn’t work at all if they don’t have an amplified headset box thingy.

I don’t know why I’m revealing this now, but I know why I thought of it.

Hopefully your workplace can be made better (read: quieter) too, through guerilla volume adjustment.

Global Louding is real. It’s happening all around us. We must fight back.


[1] There’s another pull-off panel next to the battery cover, and in there, there’s a tiny flat screw that adjusts the mic volume (and a convenient little plastic tool you can use to adjust it).

[2] I personally contribute to noise pollution by playing music after 5. I have eclectic tastes.

[3] Open plan workplaces are the worst for this sort of thing – whatever (expletive deleted) decided callcentres – actually, forget callcentres, *anywhere* would be better when everybody doing the talking has direct line-of-sight with everybody else was possibly the most inspired evil idiot-savant genius in modern history.

Kerb Notes Down for a bit

Due to one of my hosters changing their hosting policy, and the other having unspecified ongoing difficulties with Sharepoint site provisioning, my Kerb troubleshooting Wiki is down for the count, for now. It’s still cached in search engines, though.

Sharepoint’s an interesting beast to host Wiki notes in, and I’m interested to see how the Frontpage/Sharepoint Designer migration features work when my regular host gets it together.

What I’d really like is to use OneNote to store all my notes, and have it (magically, natch) kept in sync with a flat HTML wikified version on a server somewhere.

Yep, I did just say I’d prefer a fat-client Wiki interface. Hey, can Windows Live Writer be upgraded to do that? I’m going to go crawl back under my rock now 🙂