in defense of Big Bill, informing us that:
Microsoft’s Steve Ball gave Robert Scoble some reasons for the startup sound, which as of current planning cannot be turned off: 1) “A spiritual side of the branding experience. A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react”; 2) “The startup sound is designed to help you calibrate or fix something that got out of wack when you startup your machine.”
Ed Bott, in return, fires back that start-up sounds that are as loud and obtrusive as a fart in temple – like the Windows XP sound and, potentially, the Vista sound – should be modifiable by the user and should be completely removable, if said user so wishes. However, this shizz is spiritual, baby, and you don’t mess with spiritual.